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Amathunzi Private Nature Reserve
Cape Town
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48 hotel reviews
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“Peace and quiet at great value!”
Reviewed 9 January 2013

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.

Room Tip: One of the rooms (think room 5) is ideal for families since it has a separate lounge with a sleeper...
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with friends
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 30 April 2012

A tranquil getaway for 3 couples in our family to celebrate 3 birthdays, ranging from 8 to 80. It's an easy drive from Cape Town, and the guest book shows that several octogenarians have come here to see in their ninth decades with family. One can see why. This is a wonderful stage setting to do absolutely nothing but be together, eat, drink and be merry, or soak up the silence and the stars. The architect-designed Manor House is beautifully proportioned and has an unforgettable verandah that runs the length of the house, furnished with an epic outdoor dining table and chaises longues for sunbathing. It frames the view of two mountains joining at a "V", where a reed-filled dam twitters with birds, and your own private pool in the foreground. The terrace has roof- and side-awnings for shade or windbreaks, providing perfect flexibility, and a great built-in braai/BBQ/hearth on one end. The 2 largest en-suite bedrooms, the living room, and dining room all open directly onto the terrace, providing excellent flow. In the heat, the whole house can open up for through-breezes. Two additional bedrooms each have 2 single beds for kids, with a bathroom in between. An adjoining wing of the house, two steps up, has a double en-suite with a second interleading room with queen-sized bed, so one one can sleep 10. Decorated in SA-Safari style/Karoo kool (ostrich-feather lampshades, etc.), Kenyan kikoys and khaki hats supplied. There are a few mountain bikes, which have seen better days, available for cycling around the reserve, or you can just amble. You are not allowed to self-drive, but can book a "Game Drive" for R150 per person or something like that. We are a bit blase about animals, but saw an eland and some zebra that the reserve has recently purchased to establish there—they came to mow our lawn. There is a TV and you can bring your cable card, but we enjoyed the library instead, and each other. The couple who manages the place now are newly appointed; they were friendly and eager to help should we have needed it, but we did not. You can either have service or not, as you prefer. Only complaint is that the mattress gave us backache.

Room Tip: the 2 double rooms opening onto the verandah are the best
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 19 August 2011

We recently celebrated my birthday at Amathunzi with 25 members in the party. We used all the accommodation available at Amathunzi and everyone was extremely comfortable. The only negative was at the Manor House where two bedrooms in a separate wing are described as being able to share a bathroom, but the bathroom is in fact on-suite, and therefore it is awkward for anyone in that second bedroom to have access to this bathroom. The kitchen facilities are fantastic and easily coped with meals for 25 people at both the lodge as well as the manor house. The staff are absolutely wonderful, and everything is done with a smile, which is a huge contributing factor to this venue.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Amathunzi Private Nature Reserve

Property: Amathunzi Private Nature Reserve
Address: Scherpenheuwel, Robertson 6705, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Robertson
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 20 Speciality Lodging in Robertson
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 12
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 

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