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Bukela Game Lodge
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London, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“AMAZING!”
Reviewed 27 February 2014

This lodge is just amazing. I spent a few nights at the Bukela Game Lodge inside the Amakhala Game Reserve in early January 2014 with my family and I must say this place is out of this world. The service, facilities and reserve are just beautiful and I highly recommend anyone wanting to experience true South African hospitality to stay at Bukela! There are only 4 lodges so it is exclusive and hence the service is very personal (we even got a demonstration of african dances and music during our last night! :) The service and quality of food is outstanding and all the staff are so passionate about what they are doing so it made our stay one to remember!! THANK YOU!

I would not hesitate to return!

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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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100roaringlions, Owner at Bukela Game Lodge, responded to this review, 3 March 2014
THANK YOU! It really makes our hearts sing when guests like you appreciate everything that goes into this incredible experience. Thanks for taking the time to share what you thought with other travelers, we really appreciate it. We are so glad to got to spend a few nights too, you really start to feel like you never want to leave the longer you stay, it's such a beautiful place. We hope the memories will stay with you forever of the special time you spent at Bukela and hopefully you'll get to practice some of those dance moves you picked up from memory. If not, you'll have to visit us again soon for a refresh! We look forward to seeing you again. Best wishes from the Bailey family and the Bukela team
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Chester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 February 2014 via mobile

We had a fantastic 2 days at Bukela. Could not fault anything. From the initial welcome, 4 games drives and meals, everything was lovely. Our ranger, Jacques, was very knowledgable and we saw the most amazing wildlife. All the staff were friendly and courteous and the meals were tasty and varied. I would highly recommend this lodge to anyone and hope to return soon.

Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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100roaringlions, Owner at Bukela Game Lodge, responded to this review, 3 March 2014
Thank you for taking the time to write this awesome review! We are so glad you enjoyed your stay at Bukela Lodge. We hope you got to see the Big Five on your four game drives! Jacques always knows just the right spots to find what you're looking for, we agree. It's really great to hear that you had an all round fabulous stay and we guarantee the same for when you visit us again. We can't wait for your next visit! Best wishes from the Bailey Family and the Bukela team
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 January 2014

This was our first trip to South Africa. We really felt part of the family and the team made us feel so welcome. The lodge was beautiful and more than we expected. The staff where very knowledgable and provided fantastic memories.

We will definitely be returning soon.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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100roaringlions, Owner at Bukela Game Lodge, responded to this review, 29 January 2014
We are so glad that you got to stay with us on your first trip to South Africa! We imagine that London must be quite chilly at the moment, so we hope for your sake that you'll be returning soon. South Africa is such a beautiful country and the Eastern Cape has so much to offer. There are so many interesting facts to share about the wildlife and ecology; we're glad one of our rangers could introduce you to the region with their passion and enthusiasm for the area. It is fabulous to hear that we exceeded your expectations and that you had a memorable experience. We would love to welcome you back in the near future. Best wishes from the Bailey family and the Bukela team
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 January 2014

My first ever safari trip,wow absolutely memorable,from the moment we stepped into Bukela Lodge we were treated with such a warm welcome and great respect.Robyn,Asher,Ameli and team were most accommodating throughout our stay.Bukela Lodge itself is of very high standards,the individual thatched pods are most intriguing and an experience in themselves! Asher the ranger took us on two game drives a day, he made them most informative ,interesting and memorable. Well pleased to get to see The Big Six !! of course not forgetting my favourites "GIraffes" !!! On returning from afternoon game drive we were always welcomed with different South African cocktails and a most warm heartening wood burner fire set in the middle of Bukela Lodge. Food was second to none. All diets catered for .well fed and watered throughout our stay.Robyn it was great to meet you and your team ,since being home not a week has gone by, when I haven't praised and recommended Bukela Lodge. I still keep asking myself was this lifetime experience real! Wow wish they were'nt just distance memories. Would love to return one day. Thank You Robyn

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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100roaringlions, Owner at Bukela Game Lodge, responded to this review, 29 January 2014
Oh wow! What an incredible experience- getting to see 'the big six!'. The giraffes are also our favorite! We are so privileged and pleased that you got to share your first ever game drive with Asher on the Amakhala reserve. it is such a special experience. We hope that you will cherish those memories forever and that you were able to take lots of photographs home with you to remind you of the wonderful time you had. Thank you for your mention of all the effort our team went to; Robyn, Asher, Ameli and team will be delighted to hear your praise and appreciation of their service and delicious food. We hope you will return for another experience of a lifetime and we'd like to say a huge thank you for staying with us. We cannot say how much we appreciate it when guests share what a wonderful experience they have had with us. Best wishes, the Bailey family and the Bukela team.
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 30 December 2013

I stayed here with my husband back in 2008, whilst visiting family and friends we decided to stay 2 nights at the Bukela Game Park. Our lodge was beautifully-styled with African decor, bed was super comfortable and it was in the middle of the game reserve. From the outside, lodge looked like one of those traditional mud houses which added a lot of excitement to our stay. Our sunset game drives was just unforgettable as we taken to the middle of the reserve to look for wild animals- our tour guide had also set-up a little picnic table in the middle of the reserve to watch the sunset and have a glass of champaigne. We returned to the lodge with a warm face towel to freshen us up and warm drinks. I must say that we got really spoilt!

Obviously, I stayed here some 5 years ago but the wonderful memories stayed with me until now- that's how magical this place is. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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100roaringlions, Owner at Bukela Game Lodge, responded to this review, 29 January 2014
It is our greatest pleasure to have had you stay with us once again. Your enthusiasm and excitement about the look and feel of Bukela really warmed our hearts. Warmth is an experience we love to share- especially as the sun is setting on the open plains of the reserve, with a glass of bubbly. Thank you for recommending us, we hope that you will return for more magic in the making. Best wishes from the Bailey family and the Bukela team
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Zurich, Switzerland
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Reviewed 23 November 2013

We just returned from a fabulous two night stay at Bukela. The lodge is beautiful and their attention to detail is superb. The rooms are stunning and impeccably clean. The staff is so great and attentive - they really made for a wonderful stay. Our ranger, Chris, was fantastic and very knowledgeable. He guided us through the reserve and really made us have an unforgettable, once in a life time experience. We loved returning from our game drives to the warmth of the fire, and the warm towels and warm drinks or cherry wine they had waiting for us. Our meals were also delicious, and we loved singing and dancing with the staff during our dinners. This really will be a trip to remember. I highly recommend Bukela.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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100roaringlions, Owner at Bukela Game Lodge, responded to this review, 29 January 2014
Thank you for your kind words and for sharing your experience with us. We really appreciate the time you took to write this review. We will be sure to let Chris know that you really enjoyed the wonderful diversity and splendor of the Amakhala Reserve wildlife and his knowledge of the area. We will also share your compliments with the talented singers and dancers, who absolutely love to know that their passion and performances have given you as much joy as they felt when they delivered them. It makes us so glad to hear that you loved your experience with us and that you appreciated the small gestures that make Bukela such a special place. We hope that your memorable experience will encourage you to visit us again for more fun-filled adventures. Best wishes from the Bailey family and the Bukela team.
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Reviewed 5 October 2013

We stayed here for the last night of our honeymoon. The lodge is situated in the heart of Amakhala game reserve which only adds to the mystique and experience. Bukela was perfect. Our room was beautifully prepared. Mary Jane, Wella one and the kitchen staff all took great care of us and went beyond the call of duty to entertain us late into the evening. The evening walk to our personal lodge was particularly exciting for my wife - the animals are literally on your doorstep! The food was fantastic. The game drive was excellent - until yo have been there you can not imagine the excitement (fear?!) induced by being so close to pair of lions in the wild. Although this was the most expensive night of our trip to South Africa everything was included. Overall this was an unforgettable experience.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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100roaringlions, Owner at Bukela Game Lodge, responded to this review, 9 October 2013
Ah, what a privilege for us to be part of your honeymoon. Thanks for choosing us, and for letting us share this great beginning to your journey together: we loved having you at Bukela. Mary Jane and Wella and the kitchen team appreciate the compliments too: thanks for the mentions. Our wonderful kitchen team are the unsung heroes of many a great stay. Here's to many happy years together, and we hope to see you back for an anniversary some time. All our best wishes, from the Bailey family and the Bukela team.
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Property: Bukela Game Lodge
Address: R342 Landman Road | off N2, between Port Elizabeth and Grahamstown, Amakhala Game Reserve 6070, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Amakhala Game Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 7 Speciality Lodging in Amakhala Game Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:5 star — Bukela Game Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 6
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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