- Well located for exploring Amakhala Game Reserve
- Game drives, boat tours, horseback rides and walks all available
- Raised tents with private decks
This welcoming, family-run campsite is located in Amakhala Game Reserve, one of many protected areas in the Eastern Cape province. The campsite is built up on a hillside and overlooks an ancient floodplain, offering spectacular views of the reserve, which is completely malaria-free. Its ongoing aim is to provide all those who book a stay with an authentic safari experience. Guests can look forward to going out on exciting game drives, which offer the chance to spot the Big 5 and many other wild animals roaming free in their natural habitats. For many, the drives are very much the highlight of staying here.
A maximum of twenty people can be accommodate at the camp at any time. There are ten tents in total, each one housing two people. Families looking to stay here can book two adjoining tents together. All of the tents are roomy and spacious. They’re set on raised bases and come with their own private deck area, along with an en-suite bathroom consisting of a wash basin and shower (hot running water is supplied). Guests can choose between twin beds or a king size bed, with electric blankets provided on colder nights. Two of the tents are set amongst the trees, while the remaining eight are out in the open, offering views of the reserve and the chance to spot nearby wildlife. To make guests’ stay comfortable and hassle-free, all of the tents come with tea and coffee making facilities and have electricity available.
Amakhala Game Reserve was formed in 1999 when six families agreed to combine their farmland together into a single, private reserve and return the land to its natural state. The camp’s game drives take place twice daily - one in the evening and one in the early morning. Both of them are led by knowledgeable, enthusiastic guides, who are keen to showcase the reserve’s diverse vegetation, captivating landscapes and fascinating wildlife. While the drives are very worthwhile, there are other ways to see the reserve. Guests can go on leisurely horse rides along scenic trails, sail down the river on relaxing boat tours and take part in guided bush walks.
The camp has a curio shop selling an array of souvenirs and mementos, along with a swimming pool. Three meals a day are provided. Dinner consists of three courses and is served in the main dining area; guests may even have the chance to enjoy a traditional ‘braai’, a South African buffet-style barbecue.
The game drives here are only available for those aged six and above. The camp doesn’t cater for babies and children up to the age of five.
- Swimming pool
- Great Views
- Comfortable small lodge
- Friendly atmosphere
- Classic camping safari
- Only three tents
- Access to Shamwari & Amakhala
- Owner hosts
- Tourdust favourite
- Exquisite small camp
- Only three tents
- Stunning views
- 14 Room 4* Safari Lodge
- Amakhala Reserve
- Spacious Rooms
- Family Friendly
- Swimming Pool
- Historic Colonial Homestead
- Amakhala Game Reserve
- 4 Bedrooms
- Swimming Pool
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
Level of service, quality of food throughout
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019
We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!
The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).
A few points:
Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.
Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.
Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!
The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!
Katrina P reviewing Value KZN Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019