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Airco, ventilator, televisie, openhaard, minibar, koffie- en theezetfaciliteiten, badkamer met douche en föhn, privé-terras met buitendouche en dompelbad.
Gelegen in het Amakhala Game Reserve, op circa 40 minuten rijden ten noordoosten van Port Elizabeth.
- Game drives
De zuidelijke kustlijn tussen Kaapstad en Port Elizabeth wordt ook wel de Tuinroute genoemd. De naam duidt op het feit dat in het voorjaar – in oktober en november – de flora hier zo uitbundig bloeit dat het net één grote tuin lijkt. Het wijngebied, in de directe omgeving van Kaapstad, met pittoreske plaatsjes als Stellenbosch en Franschhoek, is ook absoluut een hoogtepunt tijdens uw vakantie in Zuid-Afrika.
"Get your acts together"
We had booked 4 rooms for 3 nights, and they gave 1 away to some other customers. We ended up 3 adults sharing 1 room, with no privacy â€¦ and no discount. They did not make it right by offering any apology or compensation of any kind. Given our disappointment and after insisting they offered â€¦ a coupon for an excursion â€¦ Are you joking? I would have left, if it had not been 7 of us travelling together in the busy year-end period. This is an absolutely unacceptable and highly unprofessional mistake: You cannot treat your customers like this. Even less when you call yourselves a luxury lodging and charge hefty prices. The management, which is on top of that not particularly pleasant, should get their acts together. To finish on a positive note, the lodges are nicely appointed and the rangers / waiters are very friendly and courteous.
"an amazing experience"
we revelled in 4 fantastic days in a spectacular setting, in superb accommodation with attentive, friendly staff, wonderful food, and game drives, full of anticipation and excitement. The 'tents' are warm and cozy, even returning to a run bubble bath following the afternoon game drive, and a burning log fire. Fabulous rustic furnishing and fittings, with wonderful beds and pillows. Pure luxury in a rural setting. The food was beautifully cooked and presented, and whilst the menu was restricted to two choices, it was perfectly fine and balanced. Our amazing guide, Bongani, enlivened our safari drives with his knowledge, commitment and care ensuring we had a incredible experience. Whilst one has to acknowledge that Amakhala is a relatively small game reserve, and numbers of animals are not as massive as in the national parks, we saw so many animals, with the dramas of life in the wild playing out before our eyes. So well organized so everyone sees as much as possible. Amakhala along with others reserves of its type at surely making a massive contribution to conservation.Just loved everything about this magical place. I just wish it were nearer to the UK!
"Out of 5, I would rate this a 6. What an experience!"
We stayed in the Bush Lodge in late Nov 2017 for 3 days and 2 nights. It really exceeded my expectations. First off, the accommodations were the ultimate in glamping (glamorous camping). I cant say enough how unique and wonderful our lodge was. From the comfy bed, to the view, to the wonderful decor, the fireplace, bath and the outdoor shower...its romantic scale is off the charts. The main lodge was really nice also, we found the food to be plentiful and satisfying. I could do a longer trip just to spend more time in our lodge #8. The game drives -- you go out at 5:30am and again at 3pm for 3-4 hours each time. We had a total of 4 drives and we saw something wonderful and a little different each time. We were tempted to sit one out because we were a bit tired, but we forced ourselves to go and we were glad we did because we saw several new things and animals each time out. Our guide, Lynette was great...very pleasant, knowledgeable and drives like a boss. Norman and Brenda were also great hosts! I have been told the neighboring game reserve is the best, but I cant imagine how it could be any better...so sham-whatever...this was perfect.
"Set expectations too high"
We finished up our honeymoon at the Bulls lodge on the Amakhala game reserve. The reserve itself is stunning, abundant in wildlife, we saw the big 5 & has a fantastic knowledgeable ranger. I canâ€™t recommend the game drives enough, 3 hours each they flew by, particularly for safari novices like ourselves. Where this lodge fell down was on accommodation. Particularly food. This lodge does not deliver 5* standard food. With poached eggs that look like they come from Mac Donaldâ€™s & the poorest food selection Iâ€™ve ever seen for breakfast & dinner. They worst part, do not visit this lodge if you have any kind of allergy. Despite plenty of notice about my gluten allergy, substitutes didnâ€™t arrive on site until the half-way through our stay. Leaving my challenged to eat any carbohydrates. The food is basic, simple & uninspiring. Most sadly for us on our honeymoon, this was the last stop on our 2 week honeymoon. We had emailed the lodge asking to book a romantic excursion. The lodge emailed back to say they were looking after this for us. This excursion never arrived. Lastly they repeatedly left letters for my husband addressed to the wrong name - surely a basic for a 5* accommodation? Overall, this place is great for safari, but not for a honeymoon. Just a bit disappointed.
"Very enjoyable end to our holiday"
Unfortunately we arrived in rain and had unseasonably cool weather for our stay. On top of this we had been infected with horrible colds on our flight over and mine had developed into bronchitis on our arrival at Bush Lodge. Staff were lovely though, were concerned and made me hot toddies etc. The tents, as others have stated are lovely - very well thought out with their log burners, baths, plunge pools etc. Sadly it wasnâ€™t warm enough to use our terrace and neither our electric blankets or fan heater worked. As a result we left the warm air of our air conditioner on all of the first night but this dried out the air and didnâ€™t help my cough (as well as being a bit noisy), so we left it off on our second night, which meant it was very difficult to get out of bed and dressed at 5am when it was about 1 degree C outside the tent (and not much different inside)! The bed though was very comfortable and cosy which meant it was even harder to get out of! Luckily our rain cleared up and our game driver, Lynette, was excellent. She worked hard to try and give us a good experience and we saw lots of animals. She is also very knowledgeable. I was disappointed not to see lions as I had previously done 2 â€˜properâ€™ safari holidays in Kenya and Tanzania and not seen them there either, but she tried her best! She had a very good attitude and tried hard to please our group of 6-8 people. Food at breakfast was absolutely excellent, although lunches were very simple. It was a nice touch to stop for either coffee and muffins or drinks and nibbles on the drives. Sadly I wasnâ€™t feeling up to participating in the (included) drink, which flowed very well throughout the stay. On our return in the evenings we were met with hot towels, hot chocolate (although Iâ€™m afraid I canâ€™t stand UHT milk!), a filled bubble bath and fire burning in the stove, All very luxurious. On our second night the fire was relit before we went to bed, too. After returning from the afternoon drives and warming up, we met again in the main building at 7:30pm for aperatives and hors dâ€™oevres. The main tent was very well furnished, but, unfortunately very cold. There was a heater and fire but they did little to raise the temperature and people were eating in fleeces and coats. It would have been better if the front flap had been closed! The dinners were good and there was a choice but I did find a little too much sugar was used. I couldn't eat my sweet corn soup for instance, it was like a dessert! The staff were great though and it was lovely that even those we hadnâ€™t been introduced to called us by our names - and these were even â€˜writtenâ€™ onto the soups! All in all we had a good time and obviously the staff canâ€™t control the weather or be responsible for my ill health, but it would have been nice had they been able to keep the main tent warmer and all of the heating in our room had worked! (Actually our hair dryer didnâ€™t work on our arrival either, but this was replaced after a phone call.) I think the idea of these private game reserves could be deemed a little â€˜contrivedâ€™, compared to being on a â€˜properâ€™ safari, but it is certainly an extremely comfortable way to get to see wildlife, here in a beautiful setting, albeit with the N2 motorway along one boundary!
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