- Remote location
- High quality of accommodation
- Good game drives and guided walks
Amakhosi Safari Lodge is a remotely located bush lodge that aims to offer guests an authentic and worthwhile safari experience. It can be found in the northern part of South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province within Amakhosi Private Game Reserve and lies right by the banks of the Mkuze River. There are plenty of opportunities available for guests to explore the reserve, immerse themselves in their scenic surroundings and learn all about the area and its fascinating wildlife. The lodge is presented in an artistic style that draws inspiration from the rich Zulu culture. While it’s easy on the eye, it’s also very much a comfortable base where guests can relax and unwind after a day full of activities.
One of the main advantages of the lodge is that there are never more than twenty guests staying here at any one time. There are three types of accommodation available to choose from: six River Suites, two Honeymoon Suites and the Private House. The River Suites offer views of the nearby and have floor-to-ceiling windows and private viewing decks, while the Honeymoon Suites are designed to be 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 accommodation options at the lodge have air conditioning and offer spacious outdoor deck areas. They’re also well appointed, with amenities such as tea and coffee making facilities, bathrobes and a minibar provided.
The reserve is home to abundant, diverse wildlife. The best way to see some of this is by going out on game drives. These drives are a key 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 have the chance to enjoy close-up encounters and may even spot all of the Big Five. The lodge also offers guided bush walks, birdwatching sessions and, from November to March, nighttime safaris focusing on amphibians.
When not out exploring the reserve, guests are free to make the most of the lodge’s facilities. These include a swimming pool with sun loungers, a curio shop and a library. There are also several comfortable public areas such as an indoor lounge with a fireplace, the bar are and an outdoor deck, where guests are invited to relax and unwind. The on-site spa is well equipped, offering 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 foods. There’s even the chance to enjoy intimate open-air dinners under the stars.
The lodge does welcome children. Families with children under eight looking to go out on game drives have to pre-book a private vehicle, which is available for an extra charge.
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 South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019