This is the most amazing experience we have ever had.
The hospitality, attention to detail and immense knowledge of the reserve was second to none. We were really blown away by the standard of accommodation and food, which by the way was plentiful! As 'honeymooners' we were given the most gorgeous four course meal prepared for us in the privacy of our room with champagne and a bath run for us while we were out on safari, a truely awesome night to enjoy after a busy day tracking lions!
We met some amazing people and were given some wonderful tours. What stood out more than anything was the huge respect and care all the guides have for the wonderful wild animals. Whilst we, as tourists were flooded with sights, sounds and information the animals were given their space and privacy. The shear trust these animals have in our guides and big 4x4's was really apparent when we came across a herd of elephants, not only did they not run or charge, but a mother came and paraded her precious baby in front of the vehicle for us all to see. We were really priviledged.
The work that this reserve is doing to protect and prolong the lives of these wonderful animals should never be forgotten and nor should the real fear that we could easily be on the way to losing our white rhinos if the battle againist the poachers is lost, despite the best efforts of the people dedicatecd to the Amakhala game reserve.
I cannot recommend this holiday destination enough and if you have the opportunity to take a once in a lifetime holiday then make this place top priority you will be supporting a truely worthy cause as well.
We travelled in October 2010, the slow posting of this review is no reflection on the reserve just two very disorganised people with a new home and new baby! I have posted october 2011 as it wouldnt let me put another date. We had friends who travelled there in 2011 and had the same wonderful experience.
Jo and James Hertfordshire
- 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 and two luxury safari tents, 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
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- Also Known As:
- Bukela Game Hotel Amakhala Game Reserve