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Amakhala Safari Lodge
De intieme Amakhala Safari Lodge bestaat uit elf zeer luxe, comfortabel ingerichte chalets met elk een eigen dompelbad. U kijkt uit op een waterpoel, waar het kleine wild zich vaak laat zien. In deze lodge wordt gedacht aan de kleinste details en dit ziet u terug in de uitstekende service. Het zal u hier aan niets ontbreken.
- Amakhala Safari Lodge, Safari Suite
- Amakhala Safari Lodge
- Amakhala Safari Lodge
- Amakhala Safari Lodge, Safari Suite
Over Amakhala Safari Lodge
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Airco, plafondventilator, kluisje, minibar, koffie- en theezetfaciliteiten, badkamer met douche en föhn, privé-terras met dompelbad en buitendouche.
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.
This was a great trip. The Ranger loves his job and the animals. We saw the big five in two days. An awesome trip awesome service all your wishes will be read from your eyes . Awesome food . thank you for everything
Staff were excellent, helpful and made our stay great. In particular our Safari guide Moses was the best informative and made the safari exciting he managed to find all of the animals we wanted to see. Our room was comfortable, large and very clean.I would recommend this Safari Lodge.
"Excellen Lodge But Not Many Animals"
First, let me say that Safari Lodge was beautiful, the staff was very friendly (thank you Nkosi and Megan) and helpful and the food was excellent, BUT before getting into specifics, don't think that you will see an over abundance of the big 5. There are only a few lions, cheetahs and other big animals on the reserve so I would say this reserve is better suited for those who 1. Have never been on safari before or 2. Want some luxury on their trip and a place to relax and be pampered. The Lodge: Safari Lodge is located in a section of Amakhala that is closed off to predators so you can freely walk from your room to the main lodge area at night. They have a resident elephant named Norman who is pretty great. We had room #2 which had a direct view of the waterhole. Many Nyala came to drink as well as some Vervet monkeys. Each room has its own plunge pool, which was nice to use during the mid day. The rooms have outdoor showers, indoor huge tubs, a separate water closet, heated floors, over head heat and air plus a fan, a mini bar and a phone for calling staff. There is spa service which we did not take advantage of, and also a store with some souvenirs that you can purchase that support the local community. The Food: Breakfast and lunch are served at individual tables and dinner is served at one big table with all the guests eating together. At breakfast we had a choice of eggs plus a continental buffet was set up. You will pick your lunch at breakfast. Then at dinner you will be presented with a menu and several choices. We found the food to be as good as some of the private reserves we have stayed at in the Kruger area, I wish I had asked to meet the chef. The Drives: Drives took place around 7 AM and 3 PM. There is also a huge crater on the property and the views are quite spectacular and make for some great pictures. Martin was our ranger. He was very knowledgeable about everything from plants to animals and insects, to trees etc... He made the drives enjoyable. With that being said, it is a long drive from Safari Lodge to the main part of the reserve and then a slow adventure to find what you want to see. Nature doesn't follow a script. It took 1 1/2 hours of driving to find a lone cheetah. We then spent only a few minutes with the cheetah before other cars arrived. By that time, it was a long drive back to the lodge in time for our dinner. I understand now that smaller reserves do not have the capacity to house massive amounts of animals so as long as you are aware of this before hand, then the experience will be great. But don't be lulled into thinking that the safari portion will be filled with viewings/sightings of the big 5. The last day we took a river cruise on a pontoon boat and that was actually one of the highlights. Again, we didn't see any big animals but at that point we realized that we wouldn't, and we got to spend some time just enjoying the scenery. Over all it was still a good experience and I would stay here again.
A mind blowing stay with the animals right at your front door. ( don't worry no predators near the lodge). we stayed for 4 night and could have stayed longer. Food and service was amazing too but nothing could beat the experiences made to safari , seeing a baby elephants so clos was incredible and you learn a lot too.
"Outstanding service and excellent game viewing."
We have visited most of the SA national game parks but this was our first stay in a private reserve so were a little nervous on how this would be. We chose Amakhala (3 nights) primarily due to its smaller size and also because the Safari Lodge accommodation looked. I did do a lot of research like probably most do on all the lodges in the reserve and the layout and chalets is what made us choose this. I understand the owners wife for the design and furnishings and she must be congratulated as she has done an excellent job in creating a comfortable lodge with a very African feel to it. We flew into Port Elizabeth and hired a car, it is about a 40 minute drive East along the N2.you will pass signs for the Addo park and then there is a turning on the LEFT for Peterson and Shamwari and you turn left here onto a dirt road. The entrance to the reserve is about 4 km along this road on the left. When we arrived which was late afternoon, we were met at the entrance with drinks and hot towels by Thando who was assigned to look after us during our stay. Check in was quick and we were shown to our chalets, Number 2 and Number 3. As others have mentioned chalet number 2 has the best view of the waterhole but you also get a good view from number 3 as well. The chalets are large and spacious. Thatched roof, netting around bed, a separate lounge area which has a fridge and coffee and tea making facilities. There is ground coffee which is delicious. The bathroom has a bath from which you can look outside once you unzip the window and the shower is outside. Though it was winter the water is piping hot and can still be enjoyed. One nice touch is the underfloor heating which in winter was very welcome. The room has an overhead fan and an AC which can also be used as a heater, you can also ask for hot water bottles. There is a verandah at the front which has a plunge pool and recliners. The chalets though next to each are private and secluded. You cannot see from one into the other and because the plunge pool and outside seating area face the wildlife area no one will be walking there. The reserve was made when 5 farming families joined to create it in 1999, the Safari Lodge I understand was opened in 2002. The park covers approx 7500 Hectares so relatively small in comparison to Shamwari. The main section of the reserve is on the south side of the N2 while Safari Lodge is in a small section on the North side. In this section they have antelope, 4 giraffe, buffalo and a single elephant but no predators. To get to the main reserve you either take a drive through the small section of the reserve and go through a tunnel under the N2 into the main reserve or for a quicker drive (approx 15min) you drive on the normal roads to an entrance that is opposite the turning you take of the N2 to get to the lodge. I didn't appreciate this when i booked and though it wasn't an issue with us it does mean you do have to travel that little bit further and longer if you want to get to the main reserve and see the big game. There are 2 game drives a day, and the schedule was like this. Meet for coffee and scones in lounge area at 6.45. Leave for drive at 7.00 pm, hot water bottles and blankets provided in jeep. Approx 2 hour drive and the return for cooked breakfast Rest time. Lunch around 2.00 and then leave for afternoon game drive around 2.30 pm. Return by sunset which was around 6 pm when we went. And after each drive Thando was waiting at the door with our hot towels and a drink, perfect service. Dinner orders and the time you want to eat are taken at lunchtime. All the meals were delicious and perfectly cooked. There is also a choice of meals. Home baked bread was delicious too. Thando was in charge of our meals and he always made sure we had everything we needed, just the most perfect service. For our drives Martin was our guide and he was excellent, informative friendly and very helpful, this is part of what makes a private reserve so enjoyable and if you have the right guide like we did it adds to the total experience. The main reserve as an elephant herd of approx 26 and family of lions (2 cubs) and a family of cheetahs. We were fortunate enough to see all of these close up and best of all we saw the cheetahs feeding on a hartebeest they had killed. There are also rhino and again we had a close viewing of one. The rangers do communicate with each other by radio so you have a better chance to see the animals. Don't worry if you cant understand what they are saying as they say the animal names in Xhosa, they will explain why. Because the reserve is relatively small you do have a very good chance of seeing the large game but like all game drives there is a lot of good fortune that plays a part and of course having a good guide like we did helps a lot, so thank you Martin. The single bull elephant in our section of the lodge visited the water hole as did the giraffe but even better the elephant came right up to the restaurant and pool and we had a wonderful time watching it as it munched through the plants. There is wifi in the dinning area and small shop and telephone reception is best in that area as well. We also had a short excursion on the Bushman river and with hindsight would have rather spent the time in game drives than doing this. There aren't any animals to see and I probably would give this a miss. I think they arrange this in advance for you so perhaps check with them before you arrive. In all this is the perfect game reserve retreat and the outstanding part is the service, from Thando, Martin and all the staff. We also met the owner and complimented him on this. The only thing to be aware of is that its not in the main reserve and the travelling time to get there from Safari Lodge but if you are happy with this then I would highly recommend this Lodge.
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