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Reviewed 4 days ago NEWvia mobile

We spent 3nights in Bukela lodge at the end of our honeymoon and it was truly the highlight of our trip. The lodge and safari drives were just brilliant and our ranger Vuyani was so knowledgeable and great fun. Despite the early starts we thoroughly enjoyed the 5 safari drives we went on &got to see the big 5! There...

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Breda, The Netherlands
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Bukela Game Lodge is a great option close to Port Elizabeth, particulalry when you are not in the position to visit one of the big game parks. Amakhala Game reserve is a small but aceeptable alternative while Bukela Lodge is a great place to stay

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100roaringlions, Owner at Bukela Game Lodge, responded to this review

Hi Paul, thanks for taking the time to write a lovely review. We're glad to hear you enjoyed your stay at Bukela. You're right, the Amakhala is a smaller reserve, which allows us to provide a more intimate safari experience for our guests. We are thrilled to hear you decided to visit us and hope you'll visit us again soon....

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Simply a fantastic safari experience that really does show you the animals in a 'wild' state without being under threat or caged in. The accommodation was fantastic with proper showers and a small swimming pool. There are no TVs in the rooms and the food is plentiful and wholesome albeit not elaborate. All said, you are here for the safari...

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100roaringlions, Owner at Bukela Game Lodge, responded to this review

Hi Gregory, thank you for taking the time to write a review. We're really happy to hear you had such a great safari experience. The Amakhala and its conservation is very close to our hearts and it's such a privilege to share this with our guests. We wish you all the best, the Bailey family and Bukela team

Dublin, Ireland
Reviewed 6 days ago NEWvia mobile

Amazing. If I could give them 6 stars I would. Everything and everyone are out of this world. Our room with a view of the watering hole some 60 meters away where elephants drink, out decking visited by curious monkeys and wild boar roaming the hotel grounds. Two showers (one inside / one outside) and a jacuzzi. Just amazing. But...

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100roaringlions, Owner at Bukela Game Lodge, responded to this review

What a wonderful review to read, thank you so much! We are so very happy you chose Bukela to be a part of your honeymoon celebration and it's so special to hear you had such an amazing time. We are certainly blessed with wonderful staff - we will be sure to pass on your compliments to them, they will greatly...

Winchester, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and it was the perfect decision to stay here! It does sound expensive initially but when you consider the beautiful quality of the rooms, the wonderful staff, the amazing food and drink and attention to detail it's all brilliant - and that's before I've even factored in the unbelievable game drives with...

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100roaringlions, Owner at Bukela Game Lodge, responded to this review

We can't tell you enough how lovely it is to hear such great comments of your trip to Bukela, thank you so much for taking the time to write this review! We're big on providing a top quality service and are very glad to hear that your stay was such a wonderful and relaxing one. We can't wait to welcome...

West Yorkshire
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

we stayed here as part of our holiday around South Africia, all the staff were excellent but a special shout out to Jono who made the trip for us. We have excellent animal encounters and would definitely recommend a stay here.

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100roaringlions, Owner at Bukela Game Lodge, responded to this review

Hi Freda, thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. We're extremely happy to hear that you would recommend us. It makes all the difference to us, not only in getting the message out there of our little lodge, but also as an achievement for our hard work we put into our services as a team....

Dublin
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was a bit reluctant of this place as it was a very expensive three days. Turns out I had no reason to be. If you want somewhere with TV's and internet connection, then don't go here. It's to be without these things that makes this place great. A previous reviewer seemed to have made this mistake. The food. As...

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100roaringlions, Owner at Bukela Game Lodge, responded to this review

Hi Garvan, what a wonderful treat to read your review! Thank you so much for sharing such a detailed account of your experience of Bukela Game Lodge. It makes such a difference to us as a team in hearing such motivating feedback, as well as truly valuing that you have shared a bit of what to expect with others who...

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had a lovely two night stay at Amakhala Bukela lodge. I had a lovely villa to stay in with all the facilities you could ask for and more! The game drives were awesome, we saw many animals and we had some great drives. Our ranger was very good, very nice and accommodating to everyone on the trip. I would certainly...

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100roaringlions, Owner at Bukela Game Lodge, responded to this review

Hi Maura, we are so chuffed to hear you enjoyed your stay at our small lodge and thank you so much for the time taken in writing a review for us. It really does mean the world to us a Bukela that you found our lodge worthy of recommending to a friend, it is the highest compliment a guest could...

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My fiancé and I stayed in Bukela for 3 nights in October. We were welcomed to the lodge by Tyrone and we were delighted with the lodge we were staying in which was beautiful and had a great view of the watering hole. The outdoor shower was also a great appeal. Tyrone was extremely welcoming and friendly as well as...

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100roaringlions, Owner at Bukela Game Lodge, responded to this review

Hi David, wow it really was such a treat reading your review, thank you so much for taking the time to write it! It sounds like you had the full Bukela experience while you were here, elephant herds and all. You are right, while we try our best to avoid and amend such hiccups as quickly as possibly, being in...

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Reviewed 4 December 2016

We chose this because of the excellent reviews but it was an expensive mistake. The lodge is focused solely on the game drives. The price includes two per day and food is served around these, so breakfast at 5.30am and 9.00am but then nothing until 'high tea' at 3.30pm which is a 'tapas' type assortment served just before the 4pm...

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100roaringlions, Owner at Bukela Game Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for writing to us to let us know more about your experience. You are right, we do focus a lot on the safari game drives and relaxing by the lodge in the quiet of the Amakhala Game Reserve. We're glad you enjoyed the lodge you stayed in and appreciate you letting us know about the things we didn't...

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  • Breakfast included
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Bukela Game Lodge Is A 5-Star Luxury Lodge In The 7 500 ha malaria-free Amakhala Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape South Africa. Accommodation at this tranquil game lodge is provided in four suites, each individually styled in African simplicity while never compromising on luxury. This secluded safari destination is tucked away into indigenous trees and bushes at the top of a hidden valley and has the perfect setting for the intimate and romantic guest experiences for which we are renowned. Connected by a wooden walkway, our thatched suites offer a remarkable private wildlife-viewing experience. Savour a crisp glass of wine in your sun-soaked spa bath, opening onto trees alive with birdsong. Indulge in sumptuous high teas, private candlelit dinners or exciting fireside boma dinners under African stars. And as you fall asleep, hear the silence broken by the unmistakeable sounds of elephant and buffalo making their stately progress through the unfenced camp. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Bukela Game Lodge

Address: R342 Karel Landman Rd | off N2, between Port Elizabeth and Grahamstown, Amakhala Game Reserve 6070, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Amakhala Game Reserve
Price Range: £379 - £783 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Bukela Game Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 4
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“Best Safari”
 of 5 bubbles gregorylives, 17 Jan 2017 | Read review
“All the rooms are fabulous, but they do have a couple of huge luxury tents that are in a more elevated position which might be nice too.”
 of 5 bubbles Geekywife, 12 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Honeymoon suite was lovely, tall four poster bed, furthest away from reception. Loved it.”
 of 5 bubbles garvangallagher, 5 Jan 2017 | Read review
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“Ask for one of the thatched suites.”
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