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Leeuwenbosch Country House
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Dorset, UK
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“Magical”
Reviewed 18 May 2012

Amakhala, and in particular, Leeuwenbosch is a very special place indeed. From the moment we arrived, we were spoilt with great food, hospitality and incredible game viewing. Our game ranger Luke was extremely knowledgeable about all aspects of the reserve - from birds, flora and fauna, and of course, the animals. He went to a huge amount of effort to show us all the game - and we weren't disappointed! A special highlight was watching the lions at sunset. Just being out in the wild was fantastic, and we loved every second of the drives, which also included a river boat cruise which was great.

We stayed in the Shearers Lodge, which was really comfortable and luxurious.

The hospitality itself is briliant, with snacks and drinks included on the game drives being a very welcome special touch! The food back at lodge is great too, with a delicious breakfast and three course dinner. Evenings with Bill and Rose were also brilliant. Bill has so many fantastic stories, and Rose is so welcoming and relaxed. We had two great nights in the pub after dinner, with lots of laughs and plenty of whisky! It is this personal touch that makes Leeuwenbosch so fabulous, and I would recommend it to everyone to visit, over and above the other game reserves in the area.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Royal Wootton Bassett, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 31 March 2012

Have visited S.A. several times before but Leeuwenbosch was the happiest, most relaxing and best of them all. As soon as we arrived we realised this was going to be a special holiday as we were made so welcome and it was just as if we were visiting very good friends. Shearers Lodge (as the name suggests was the barn where sheep were sheared some many years ago) has been very expertly converted and has all the amenities to make it a peaceful retreat after the game drives. You can sit outside on the terrace and listen to the many bird songs from early morning until late at night. The game drives were well arranged with expert rangers who told us so much about the animals and their habitat - they obviously love their jobs. We were able to enjoy 7 days without television or newspapers and to realise how wonderful nature is. Bill & Rosemary are exceptional hosts and often dined with us and were always in the "special" pub bar in the evening telling so many stories about life at the Amakhala Game reserve including some stories about rhino horn poaching which is very disturbing.

Having just watched "Vets on Safari" on ITV on Friday evenings has brought back so many memories of this special holiday and thank you to all those who made it so great - we hope to return one day.

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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Derby, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 March 2012

This holiday surpassed all expectations. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff, the accommodation in Shearers Lodge was great & the location peaceful. The food was delicious & well presented, & thanks to Luke our ranger all game drives were interesting & exciting but at the same time relaxed. Plenty of time was allowed to sit & watch the animals & we were priveliged with so many sightings. Luke's wealth of knowledge & his obvious passion for the job & his sense of humour made the experience even more memorable. Leuwenbosch exudes a family atmosphere which will make you want to stay longer & return again.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 18 March 2012

Booked with Saga for the trip to Leeuenbosch. The fact that it was " a small and friendly " group added to the appeal and in fact there turned out to be fourteen of us in all. Rose and Bill made us so very welcome and joined us for some of the meals and also in the " pub " during the evening. The staff were all lovely and couldn't do enough for you. Nothing was too much trouble. The game drives were amazing and so much fun. Thanks must go to Roger and Luke for making them so interesting with their excellent knowledge of both the area and the animals we had the priviledge to see. Meeting Will Foulds, the owners vet. son, and star of Safari Vet School on I.T.V. made for an interesting evenings discussion on his part in looking after the local wildlife and also on the horrors of Rhino poaching, which has become a huge problem. It was very upsetting to see and hear,but a neccessary subject for the world in general to be aware of. All other entertainment was excellent and included two displays of tribal singing and dancing, a cookery demonstration and a history talk on the Foulds family and their links to Amakala. The bedrooms were light and spacious and bathrooms huge. Food was delicious, plentiful and beautifully presented. Rose and Bill came to personally say goodbye to everyone, even though we all left at different times, and although I was sad to be leaving, I have promised myself a return visit in the not too distant future.

Room Tip: I would have been content with any of the rooms and loved the one I was given in the main house.
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 28 January 2012

We spent a week at Leeuwenbosch staying in the main house. It is a beautiful old building, furnished in a mix of traditional wood furniture and modern fittings. Our room and bathroom were huge and opened onto a small garden seating area. The comfy armchairs on the main veranda were great for relaxing out of the sun. The pool area is lovely if you do want some sun and these are definitely loungers with view! The food was fresh, delicious and beautifully presented and the little basement bar is a great place to discuss the day.

The game drives were the big draw for us and we weren’t disappointed by multiple sightings of giraffe, buffalo, zebra, elephant, rhino and cheetah as well as a diversity of birds and the more elusive lions. (But if you want to see huge herds of animals, this isn’t the place for you). A nice surprise was that we only saw other jeeps a couple of times during the week.

What made the stay special for me were the people. Bill and Rose are wonderfully warm hosts, very keen to ensure that we were enjoying our stay. I loved hearing all of the family’s stories about the area and family history and about their community and conservation activities. Luke, our ranger for the game drives, had an amazing depth of knowledge about the animals, birds and plant life. He managed to make the drives very informative, exciting and relaxing all at the same time. A special mention too for his knack of conjuring up a nice cuppa or a cold beer out in the bush! All of the friendly local staff delivered a great service, as well as memorable singing and dancing. All in all, I loved every minute of my stay here.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 20 September 2011

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.

Room Tip: The shearers is more modern and you can sometimes see game from the windows but the house is a work...
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 15 August 2011

We stayed here on a recent family vacation in three of the four rooms at Shearers Lodge. The rooms are luxurious and worth every rand. Helen and Lance and the staff took great care of our family. The meals were fantastic. The nightly pub session (including our kids) with the Fowlds (owners) was a great opportunity to learn about the history. Our game ranger Luke was friendly, persistent, and accommodating. We saw almost every animal on the reserve in our three days. I can't imagine a better game reserve experience in our first trip to South Africa. The two highlights were the outdoor meal with most of the staff and owners on the first night and Luke's persistence in finding the lions.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Property: Leeuwenbosch Country House
Address: R342 Karel Landman | Follow the N2 from Port Elizabeth to Grahamstown (+/- 60 km) - on right hand side, Amakhala Game Reserve 6070, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Amakhala Game Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Amakhala Game Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:3 star — Leeuwenbosch Country House 3*
Number of rooms: 4
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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