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.