Choose Leeuwenbosch from a Saga flyer and booked straight away. Malaria free, private reserve - Amakhala - so no long lines of Land Rovers vying for position. There were 10 in our group and even though diverse people we all got on, totally helped by Lance (SAGA but local to the area) Helen and Luke our ranger. Bill and Rose the owners gave an ambience to the resort that could not be beaten. Nothing was too much trouble. The entertainment was great. If you want to see hundreds of animals then this is not the place but the quality we saw was excellent and the scenery was superb. Although not on the itinerary, walking with the cheetahs was a highlight and holding a one month old lion cub was amazing.
I must be honest here and if you are looking forward to a talk by the wildlife vet it was about Rhino poaching only and was very upsetting. The talk could be more diverse and Bill's stories about his son's exploits as the vet were much more entertaining. Indeed as all Bill's stories were !
You do not need to fit to go on the Saga holiday as there is not a lot of walking, but you need to be reasonably flexible to climb in and out of the Land Rover. Blankets were provided for those cool morning and evening drives. Along with tea, wine and snacks on occasion.
The rooms were great with heaters when needed, hot water etc etc The beds were soo comfy. Mattresses not firm but very supportive, pillows just right. Wish I could sleep as well at home as I did there. Although the main N2 is not far away the noise is not a problem, there are hardly any vehicles using it after all!
It was a wonderful experience and worth every penny. I think we all felt like one big family.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A 3-star safari experience in an historic country house on the 7,500 ha malaria-free Amakhala Game Reserve, Eastern Cape, South Africa. Leeuwenbosch Country House is a gracious country house located in the malaria free Amakhala Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. Our beautiful country home is set amidst beautiful indigenous gardens, offering luxurious safari accommodation and a family safari experience steeped in settler history. The Country House, built in 1908, offers four spacious en-suite bedrooms, and is layered with a collection of historical images, documents, and furniture dating back to the 1800s. Set back from the Country House in the luscious gardens is a tranquil swimming pool. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Leeuwenbosch Country House Hotel Amakhala Game Reserve