Amakhala Game Reserve

Amakhala Game Reserve

Spanning some 7,500 hectares in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province, Amakhala is a private malaria-free game reserve in the Greater Addo area. It’s widely renowned as a Big Five reserve, with the Cape buffalo, the lion, the leopard, the rhinoceros and the African elephant all frequently spotted in their natural habitats. As well as these, visitors often see animals such as wildebeest, giraffes, antelopes, cheetahs and zebras.

In common with the other private reserves in the Eastern Cape, Amakhala boasts the big five in a relatively small area, so chances of spotting wildlife are very high and the standard of guiding here tends to be excellent. Admittedly the smaller size of the reserve, does men it feels less wild than for instance the Kruger, Madikwe or KwaZulu Natal, but nevertheless it is an excellent option for a short and cost effective 2 or 3 night safari at the end of the Garden Route.

Amakhala is very family friendly. With several of the lodges making real efforts to appeal to younger families in particular, with childcare, kids programs and superb guides who now how engage young children. Hillsnek is our favourite camp here, Quatermains and Woodbury Tented have a lovely traditional safari feel and can be very good value.


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Accommodation

Hillsnek Amakhala

Amakhala Reserve

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Tourdust favourite
- Exquisite small camp
- Only three tents
- Stunning views

Amakhala Safari Lodge

Amakhala Reserve

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Small and characterful luxury lodge
- Big 5 safaris, guided walks, river cruises
- Near Elephant Park & Shamwari Reserve
- Mini observatory and telescope on site

Quatermain's Camp

Amakhala Reserve

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 2

- Classic camping safari
- Only three tents
- Access to Shamwari & Amakhala
- Owner hosts

Amakhala Woodbury Lodge

Amakhala Reserve

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Swimming pool
- Great Views
- Comfortable small lodge
- Friendly atmosphere

Hlosi Game Lodge

Amakhala Reserve

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- 14 Room 4* Safari Lodge
- Amakhala Reserve
- Spacious Rooms
- Family Friendly
- Swimming Pool

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Well located for exploring Amakhala Game Reserve
- Game drives, boat tours, horseback rides and walks all available
- Raised tents with private decks

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Historic Colonial Homestead
- Amakhala Game Reserve
- 4 Bedrooms
- Swimming Pool

Amakhala Bush Lodge

Amakhala Reserve

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Private Viewing decks
- Plunge Pools
- Amakhala Reserve

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 504 reviews

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  • Hi Lisa,

    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!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan 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

    MissingCatherine 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!

    MissingKatrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019

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