- Lovely, remote location
- Pool, spa treatments, fitness room
- Big 5 game drives and guided walks
- Seasonal amphibian night walks
Amakhosi Lodge is a remote, well-presented and moderately-priced safari base located right on the banks of the Mkuze River in the Amakhosi Private Game reserve in northern South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province. There is plenty of wildlife to be spotted amidst wonderfully scenic surroundings and the lodge draws its design inspiration from the rich Zulu culture.
One of the main draws of the lodge is that the accommodation is limited to a maximum of twenty guests at any one time. There are three accommodation options to choose from: six River Suites, two Honeymoon Suites and the Private House. The River Suites have lovely views, floor-to-ceiling windows and private viewing decks, while the Honeymoon Suites are more intimate and cosy. The Private House is a spacious two-bedroom villa that comes with its own splash pool and has an open-plan design; it’s set a short distance away from the main lodge area. All rooms have air conditioning, spacious outdoor deck areas and amenities such as tea and coffee making facilities, bathrobes and a minibar.
The reserve is home to abundant, diverse wildlife. Game drives are an integral part of the lodge experience and are led by expert guides keen to share their knowledge about the area and the animals that call it home. While out on drives, guests will enjoy close-up encounters and may even be lucky enough to spot all of the Big Five. Guided bush walks are also on offer, along with birdwatching sessions and, from November to March, night-time amphibian safaris.
When not out exploring the reserve, guests are free to make the most of the lodge’s facilities which include a swimming pool with sun loungers, a curio shop and a library. There’s also an indoor lounge with a fireplace, a welcoming bar area and an outdoor decking area, the perfect spot to unwind. The on-site spa is well equipped with a fitness room, infinity pool, an adults-only ‘tranquility’ area and a treatment room just for couples. All meals are freshly prepared and there’s a focus on African fusion cuisine. It’s also possible to enjoy private, open-air dinners under the stars.
The lodge welcomes children, although do note that families with children under eight looking to go out on game drives are required to pre-book a private vehicle for an additional charge. Parents are reminded to keep their children under close adult supervision at all times.
Manyoni Game Reserve
- Large Mid-Range Lodge
- Game Drives in Manyoni GR
- Family friendly
- Good Value
Manyoni Game Reserve
- Big Five
- 23000 Hectare Reserve
- Superb views
- Private plunge pools
- Walking Safaris
Manyoni Game Reserve
- Good Value Big 5 Safari
- Private 23,000 hectare reserve
- Family suites
- Down to earth accommodation
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