- Morning game drives
- Evening game drives
- Boat cruise along the Bushman's River
- Excursions to neighbouring Addo National Elephant Park
- Excursions to the Born Free Foundation
- Lodge type; Safari Lodge
- Location; Amakhala Reserve
- Lodge size; 6 rooms
- Recommended stay; 2-5 nights
Amakhala Woodbury Lodge, situated on the beautiful Amakhala Game Reserve is a 7500 hectare Big 5 malaria-free game reserve in the Eastern Cape. Less than an hour's drive from Port Elizabeth, this spectacular lodge is set against a cliff above the Bushman's River valley.
It offers an intimate and tranquil experience of the Eastern Cape riverine bushveld at its best. Experience a memorable safari in a reserve steeped in history and beauty.
The lodge has recently received a four-star grading in recognition of its standards.
The privately owned Amakhala Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa that offers visitors the chance to view the "Big Five", lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo and leopard as well as cheetah, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest and plenty of antelope species.
The reserve hosts five of South Africa's seven biomes, bushveld to savannah. For a change of pace relax on board the boat cruise while meandering lazily along the Bushman's River.
A truly special part of the country this is, the Amakhala and Shamwari Game Reserves are split only by the N2 (national road) that runs between the two.
Rooms and Suites
Guests to Amakhala Woodbury Lodge are accommodated in 6 comfortably appointed stone-and-thatch sleeping lodges, each with air-conditioning and en-suite bathroom, 2 of which are family rooms. The seclusion of the lodges and the design of the bathrooms and individual outdoor relaxation areas enable our visitors to enjoy the unique and breathtaking views at their leisure.
Cuisine and Wine
Meals with a South African flavour are served in a relaxed and stylish atmosphere in the central dining room, and guests can gather around the outdoor fire or in the attractive bar lounge for a drink and snacks before dinner. Breakfasts on occasion are served outdoors on the deck of the dining room.
To relax, you could just recline around the communal swimming pool and enjoy some sun while the birds keep you company. In the evenings you can relax under the African stars around the central fire place while the bar keeps you well supplied.
Morning and afternoon game drives are included in the daily rates, guided by professional guides in 4x4 safari vehicles. Other activities within the Amakhala Game Reserve include;
- Family safaris
- Boat safari
- Night Drives
- Star Gazing
- Bush Walks
- And surrounding historical sites
Amakhala WoodburyLodge is family friendly with babysitting services, to fun kiddies programmes and child-friendly menus.
Rates from R4 220.00 per person
- Per person per night sharing (pp)
- Rates are in South African Rands
- *Rates may vary according to season
- Selected house beverages
- 2 game drive activities
- Premium branded beverages
- Telephone calls
- Items of personal nature
Addo Elephant Back Safari
I have been travelling in Africa for over three decades. In that time, I have been on countless safaris; by Land Rover, on foot, by canoe and horseback, up and down mountains and valleys.
The sense of wonder and appreciation of natural beauty has never left me.
There are, of course, individual animals which I prefer above all others. Some are large, very large and some small but all, for some reason or other, have endeared themselves towards me. I will start with the very large.
Samara Game Reserve Review
About three hours' drive northwest of Addo National Park (see Tuesday's blog) lies a different country.
If Addo enjoys a lush and verdant environment, Samara Game Reserve (close to Camdeboo National Park) is the opposite. Its semi-desert environment is more akin to Namibia.
Yet here we are in the middle of the Great Karoo near the historic farming town of Graaff Reinet.
Kwandwe Game Reserve Review
My husband and I were fortunate enough to visit the Kwandwe Private Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. It had been many years since I had been on safari in the Eastern Cape and I was eager to see how the experience had changed.
We flew from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth where we picked up our rental car and drove the 2 hours to Kwandwe Private Game Reserve. From the moment we arrived at the reception, we experienced the service that this Relais and Chateaux property is famous for.
We were met with a welcome drink, a cold towel and fresh homemade cookies accompanied by our check-in.
Death of a Cheetah
When you live in Africa, love the smell of nature and its strong call, and perhaps even more importantly, understand the natural cycles; you see the death of wildlife as part of the natural order.
The strong conquer the weak, and the old give space to the young.
When you look at a magnificent animal and predator die in an area which is desperately (and successfully) trying to rehabilitate natural corridors of flora and fauna over a previously devastated land, no one would think less of you for shedding a tear.