Project Description

Safari Description

Animals that roamed the area freely living in the Eastern Cape for centuries have been reintroduced to this special part of the Little Karoo. The Big 5 – Lion, Leopard (rarely spotted in the Eastern Cape), Buffalo, Elephant and Rhinoceros as well as various other species such as Gemsbok, Springbok, Hartebeest, Eland, Kudu, Black Wildebeest and Zebra will be seen on Sanbona Wildlife Reserve. Natural small game such as Jackal, Caracal, Aardwolf, Ant bear, Brown Hyena, Grey Rhebuck, Steenbuck, Klipspringer, Grysbok and Common Duiker continue to thrive.

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About the Reserve

The Amakhala Game Reserve located in the malaria free Eastern Cape of South Africa began in 1999 as a joint conservation venture between the owners of six lodges who are direct descendants of the original Frontier settlers some five generations ago and arrived here with the British settlers of 1820.

Amakhala Game Reserve is situated in the Greater Addo and Frontier Country area, a mere 50 minute drive north-east of Port Elizabeth’s national airport. The reserve offers a wide variety of 3, 4 & 5-star owner-managed experiences in a selection of 10 Luxury establishments, made up of restored Country houses, Safari Lodges and Tented camps, each located in different areas of the large 7,500ha private reserve.


Game drives will take 3 hours depending on how much time is spent at each sighting. It is advisable to bring warm clothes along for the drive even in the hot summer months for the early morning and evening game drives. Remember to bring your camera and video camera with you, you don’t want to miss out on that chance encounter.

All safari options in the Eastern Cape are in relatively newly established private game reserves and thus it is not fair to compare to a safari in a more established game viewing area like Kruger National Park which has been around for a hundred or so years.
That said, the private Eastern Cape reserves are truly special and offer amazing wildlife moments in a lush, green and mountainous environment.


From Port Elizabeth take the N2 towards Grahamstown. Approximately 50 km from Port Elizabeth is an intersection, keep left on the N2 towards Grahamstown. From the intersection travel for a further 13km towards Amakhala Game Reserve and keep a look out for the road signs of various lodges along the way, there is no central entrance for either of the 10 separate lodges, so please make sure you arrive at the correct one (we can arrange private transfers to make it easier if you wish, see rates below).

Upon arrival at your lodge, check in, relax in the lounge or enjoy a swim in the pool. Once checked into your room around 2:00pm, freshen up, enjoy some lunch and prepare for your 3 hour evening game drive starting at 3:00 pm in the winter and around 4:00 pm in the summer months. Home to the ‘Big Five’ as well as many species of mammals, reptiles and birds, prepare for an amazing experience. Using all their senses & experience, your Ranger will seek out the animals and stop for anything of interest, possibly the spoor of hunting lions or a herd of African elephants. Sunset time is enjoyed on a vantage point with some sundowners and snacks, before we change into night mode and using flashlights, search for the secretive nocturnal creatures of the bush like a sleek genet or unforgettable view of a leopard. Upon returning to the Lodge, a blazing fire and yummy dinner awaits, along with your first night’s sleep in the African bush.

Your Ranger will awake you with coffee, tea and rusks before heading out into the sunrise to see what has been happening in the dead of night and follow spoor of animals on the move. You will also be lead on foot to discover sights which you would miss from a vehicle. A new day with birds in song, this truly is a beautiful way to wake up in South Africa. Return to the lodge for a hearty breakfast and possibly relax around the pool or your own room for a few hours before lunch is served in the lodge.
We repeat the previous evenings cycle and head out again in the late afternoon for another game drive and return for dinner at the lodge.
Enjoy an early 3 hour morning game drive with your experienced game ranger, pursuing the animals not yet ticked off your list.

After your game activity you will return to the lodge for breakfast before check out around 10:00am for your onward journey or return private transfer back to Port Elizabeth hotel or airport (if included).

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This intimate thatched lodge with its unique air conditioned safari huts and signature stone capped roof tops, offers all the comforts of a luxury Safari lodge and is an undisturbed retreat where you can regenerate your soul and tune into the sounds of nature.
The main lodge comprises of a reception, dining and sitting area with a central fireplace which is always welcome in winter, a media and library area with Internet, games and books and a large wooden pool deck overlooking a small dam frequented by buffalo.

The four suites and five luxury safari tents are each individually styled in African simplicity while never compromising on luxury, sleeps 2 guests and are privately located separate to the main lodge. Each suite is well appointed for a guests’ optimal comfort with every amenity including large, en suite bathrooms each with a spa bath overlooking the African bush, an indoor and outdoor shower for the more adventurous, a central fireplace for romantic evenings, a private wooden deck, bar fridge and hot drink amenities.

5-Star Bush Lodge is discreetly positioned in the bush at the top end of an open valley in the reserve, each of the superlative en-suite, tented and thatched suites overlooks a watering point with big sky views. Each suite has a secluded private viewing deck with intimate plunge pool. Within the spacious interior hot and cold air-conditioning, an atmospheric fireplace, large oval bath and romantic alfresco double showers make this the perfect bush retreat.

All buildings are thatched roofs, tented walls and have wooden floors.The main building has a large, comfortable lounge, dining area, pub and a 96m2 deck with outdoor and indoor fire place. Each of the eight tents have an open deck with plunge pool, air conditioning (hot & cold), fire place, large oval bath and outdoor shower.

Carnarvon Dale consists of the 1820 Settler farmhouse, the Bottom House, where breakfasts and dinners are served, and which offers a free wi-fi service. There are only two comfortable en-suite serviced bedrooms in the 1907 Edwardian cottage, the Top House. Lunches are served here for your convenience. The private lounge leads on to a cool, covered verandah overlooking the swimming pool.

Our accommodation is ideal for two couples travelling together or for a family group. Our menus offer good home cooking South African style – solid breakfasts, light lunches and three course dinners – and we cater for vegetarians and diabetics.

The main lodge and four luxury tented chalets are elevated on expansive wooden decks that command
panoramic views of the open plains. Discreetly positioned to ensure privacy and tranquillity, all are complete
with an en-suite bathroom and romantic outside shower.
The lodge sets the stage for unforgettable African sunsets followed by evenings enjoying bush inspired cuisine and celebrating all that is ‘safari’.
HillsNek is ideal for families, small groups or those seeking a truly romantic retreat and is available as an
exclusive-use lodge on request.
With only six suites and 8 luxury safari tents, our privilege is to create intimate, personal game-viewing experiences for our guests, and to share our love for conservation, food and life. Our four double suites and two 2-roomed family suites sleep a maximum of 12 adults and four children.

Each of our suites offers a sitting area, bar fridge, tea/coffee making facilities, a private verandah, air conditioning, underfloor heating, en suite bathroom with deep-soaking tub and shower, outside courtyard with outside shower.

Leeuwenbosch Country House is an eight bed, quality game lodge, created from the gracious 1908 Settler home of the Fowlds family and steeped in the history of the South African Eastern Cape Frontier. Located within the renown Amakhala Game Reserve, and set amidst expansive gardens, Leeuwenbosch Country House offers spacious accommodation in four en-suite bedrooms furnished with antiques and historical paintings. The accommodation and delicious cuisine is complimented by a wide range of game viewing and related outdoor pursuits and activities on the Game Reserve, all led by competent Professional Guides.
This classic 1920’s-style expedition camp is modeled on the heyday of exploration, that golden era when adventure lay around every corner. Our intimate 6 bed camp offers you the opportunity to experience “Africa under canvas”, with three crisp white 1900’s style safari tents fitted out with military campaign style furnishings; the choice of pioneers, hunters and explorers of that time. Relax in the central thatch boma area where local delicacies are prepared in front of you on an open fire, and dinner is served under a blanket of stars. Every effort has been made to stay true to the expedition style, with concessions only being allowed for rustic en suite bathrooms with modern conveniences.
Guests are accommodated in seven comfortably appointed stone–and–thatch sleeping lodges, beds are either king size or two singles on request , all connected by stone walkways tucked away into indigenous trees alive with birdsong. Each with air conditioning (hot and cold) and en–suite bathroom with heated floors and a private deck with magnificent views over the plains. Within the portfolio are two family lodges which can sleep up to four guests separated by a wall partition to provide privacy. The seclusion of the suites from the main lodge and central commune area, along with the design of the bathrooms and individual outdoor relaxation areas, enable our visitors to enjoy the unique and breathtaking views at their leisure.
Woodbury Tented Camp is one of the hidden jewels of the Eastern Cape, an intimate family-run Camp with a heartfelt service. Tucked into the embracing hillside thicket with breath-taking views, overlooking the ancient floodplain of the Bushman’s River. Allows a rustic and secluded luxury with an authentic personalized African safari experience.

Camp consists of eight large comfortable en-suite tents all on raised bases, each with their own private decks, providing the seclusion, tranquility and an intimacy with the bush like no other. Each tent has king size or twin beds at your request with hot running water, electric blankets for those cold evenings, along with all of your amenities required to make your stay comfortable. Also in the portfolio are two family tents which adjoin on the balcony allowing families to enjoy the African bush together.

Safari Details

  • Duration: 2 Days | 1 Night
  • Departure: Daily – on request
  • Departure time: Around 11h00 from Port Elizabeth as a guideline for either self-drive or transfers
  • Language: English
  • Accommodation: Luxury Tents – Suites – Chalets – Rooms – Mobile Tents
  • Child Policy:
    Hlosi & Leeuwenbosch Lodges: Children of all ages welcome, 0-2 years are free with cot provided and 3-11 years @ 50% of adult rates if sharing with parents.
    Woodbury Lodge & Woodbury Tented Camp: No children under 6 years, 6-11 years @ 50% of adult rate if sharing with parents.
    Safari Lodge: No children under 9 years, 9-11 years @ 50% of adult rate if sharing with parents.
    Bukela Lodge: No children under 12 years, 12 years and older at full adult rates.

    Game Drives …. ALL Lodges allow children 6 years and older on game drives. Children 5 years and younger only included subject to specific lodge policy. Private game viewing vehicle can be arranged at extra cost, subject to availability.

  • Included: All breakfasts, lunches, dinners, game activities, tea, coffee & selected beverages, conservation & community levy, tourism levy and 15% Vat (all other beverages are excluded and can be settled upon departure).
  • Excluded: Premium branded beverages, road transfers, laundry and items of a personal nature.
  • Direct road transfers can be provided:
    R 1880 each way per vehicle (1-2 persons)
    R 2380 each way per vehicle (3-4 persons)
    R 2500 each way per vehicle (5-7 persons)


  • HIGH SEASON (01/10-14/12/2019 & 01/03-30/04/2020):

    ⇒ Sharing :
    Bukela: R 16 120 pp
    Safari: R 13 700 pp
    Hlosi: R 13 700 pp
    Woodbury Lodge: R 11 680 pp
    Woodbury Tented Camp: R 7 960 pp

    ⇒ Single :
    Bukela: R 20 950 pp
    Safari: R 17 800 pp
    Hlosi: R 17 800 pp
    Woodbury Lodge: R 15 180 pp
    Woodbury Tented Camp: R 10 340 pp

  • PEAK SEASON (15/12/2019 – 28/02/2020):

    ⇒ Sharing :
    Bukela: R 18 540 pp
    Safari: R 15 120 pp
    Hlosi: R 15 120 pp
    Woodbury Lodge: R 12 680 pp
    Woodbury Tented Camp: R 8 840 pp

    ⇒ Single :
    Bukela: R 24 100 pp
    Safari: R 19 650 pp
    Hlosi: R 19 650 pp
    Woodbury Lodge: R 16 480 pp
    Woodbury Tented Camp: R 11 490 pp

  • LOW SEASON (01/05/2019 – 30/09/2019) :

    ⇒ Sharing :
    Bukela: R 11 680 pp
    Safari: R 10 260 pp
    Hlosi: R 10 260 pp
    Woodbury Lodge: R 9 460 pp
    Woodbury Tented Camp: R 6 620 pp

    ⇒ Single :
    Bukela: R 15 180 pp
    Safari: R 13 320 pp
    Hlosi: R 13 320 pp
    Woodbury Lodge: R 12 280 pp
    Woodbury Tented Camp: R 8 600 pp


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