The reserve is situated a couple of kilometres outside Robertson on vast open land offering a tranquil atmosphere. It is ideal if you are looking for peace and quiet. Since we were a large group we had the lodge to ourselves – at a reduced rate (if you are 10)!
The rooms offer suffice privacy since they are free standing “cottages” adjacent to the main building. This way one is not disturbed by early-risers or night owls. The rooms are spacious with a lot of natural light. The beds were comfortable (doubles that can be changed to singles upon request) and the linen perfectly fine. Each room has a safe, a cupboard with a couple of hangers and a hairdryer. The en-suite bathrooms have a bath and shower with towels and complimentary soap. The water pressure in “room 5” at the far end was not ideal but perfectly fine for a shower. From the small patio in front of the room one can sit, or lie in the hammock (available in the room), and take in the view. The animals (zebras..) are rather tame and often browsed close by.
The service at the lodge was great. We did not have to worry about a thing: our rooms were cleaned and beds made daily. Dishes was never a worry. Charles and Griet took great care of us!
The facilities are well kept. We enjoyed lounging on the stretchers at the pool listening to music. A docking station is available that can be plugged in at the braai area close to the pool. Swimming towels are available in the lodge. We cycled daily on the bicycles that were available at the lodge (we requested a couple more which were delivered in no time). It was a pleasure to cook in the well equipped kitchen which even has an ice maker that came in very handy!
I would highly recommend the lodge at Amathunzi, especially if you are a large group and have it to yourselves. It offers great value for money if it is a peaceful, relaxing break that you are after.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This is the real luxury of Amathunzi: with a maximum of 24 guests sharing the 3000ha reserve, Amathunzi offers the kind of privacy and peace that is increasingly difficult to find – particularly within easy reach of a city. Choose from a choice of three privately situated accommodation options: the lakeside lodge (above), which sleeps 10; the elegant Manor House, sleeping 12, and the rustic one-bedroom cottage. Click on any one of these options for more detailed descriptions and photographs. An expansive 3000ha private game reserve, Amathunzi is a treasure trove for plant lovers, comprising fynbos, renosterveld and succulent Karoo biomes. Antelope and zebra graze in the untrammeled space, while above raptors wheel and glide. The Amathunzi reserve can only be explored on foot or by bike, or we can arrange an evening game drive in the open-topped LandCruiser, and toast the setting sun from one of the reserve’s viewpoints. As is typical of Western Cape fynbos biome, Amathunzi soil is fairly nutrient-depleted, with vegetation dominated by sclerophyllous – evergreen, hard-leaved, flowering shrubs, while the dry river beds are home to acacia and sand olive trees. What makes exploring Amathunzi on foot so satisfying is the presence of the succulent Karoo biome producing blossoms so saturated in colour they glow like gem carpets, discarded in the veld. Kudu, gemsbok, black wildebeest, eland, red hartebeest, bontebok, springbok and zebra roam the reserve, often seeking the sweeter grasses and water sources located near the manor house and lodge. Seek them out at sunset in our open-topped vehicle, or on foot via our hiking trails, or cycle the network of jeep tracks that wind through the reserve (a number of mountain bikes are available). Shyer species you may encounter are the klipspringer, duiker and aardvark. Given the abundance of water on the reserve, birdwatchers are rewarded with regular sightings. Species to look out for include the Black Eagle, Lesser Double Collared and Malachite Sunbirds, Black Harrier, Spoonbills, Hamerkop and the Pale Chanting Goshawk. ... more less