South African Lodges

Bush Lodge - Amakhala Game Reserve

Amakhala Game Reserve
Eastern Cape
South Africa
Lodge Type
Tented Camp, Big Five

The Amakhala lodge is 54 kilometres away from the Addo Elephant Park, 47 kilometres from Grahamstown and the Port Elizabeth Airport is an hour away. Guests enjoy excellent South African wines combined with local South African cuisine under a stunning canopy of stars around the lodge's outdoor fireplace.

The five-star bush lodge in Big-Five Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. Readily available from Port Elizabeth within a 46 minutes drive, this camp features Luxury Tents for guests to experience their safari as close to nature as possible.

Beautifully positioned in the heart of the African bushveld at the top end of a scenic, open valley, each of the en-suite tented suites at the Lodge overlooks a waterhole. The Lodge features a total of only five luxury tents which ensures tranquillity and privacy. The safari tents provide an open deck with plunge pool, air conditioning (heating and cooling), a fireplace, as well as a large oval bath and outdoor shower.

Luxury Tent features:

  • Open deck with plunge pool
  • Air conditioning (heating and cooling)
  • Fireplace
  • Large oval bath
  • Outdoor shower


The main lodge features a luxurious dining venue, welcoming lounge areas as well as an expansive viewing deck from where magnificent views of the plains with its wildlife can be admired. Guests spend the evenings around the crackling fireplace under the great African stars.

The guest reception at this Lodge in the Amakhala Game Reserve is at the colonial Reed Valley Inn, from where guests are transferred into the reserve to stay in the comfort and elegance of this tented accommodation. The buildings are covered with thatched roofs and feature canvas walls and wooden floors.


  • Swimming pool
  • Plunge pools at the Luxury Tents
  • Large, comfortable lounge
  • Dining area
  • Pub/bar
  • 96 square meter deck with outdoor and indoor fireplace
  • Open-air boma.

Safaris and Wildlife

The Amakhala Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape of South Africa is a unique conservation initiative which re-introduces animals back into the region where they once roamed freely. The challenge of this conservation effort is to re-establish the original flora and fauna to the area and to return the land to nature.

  • Safari Drives
  • Cheese and wine boat cruise
  • Sundowners canoe safari.

Visitors feel the rhythm and heartbeat of Africa when experiencing the Big-5 safari tours in the Amakhala Game Reserve. The early morning and evening safari drives are guided by experienced game rangers who educate about the diverse vegetation and beautiful scenery found here. Bird watching and spotting animals along the Bushman’s River during a cheese and wine boat cruise or a thrilling sundowners canoe safari make for an unforgettable experience.

Below detailed information about the Bush Lodge - Amakhala Game Reserve is available.
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Early morning tea & coffee and biscuit
  • Ensuite / Private bathroom
  • Hairdryer
  • Heater in Room
  • Housekeeping
  • Indoor Outdoor Showers
  • International electrical adapters
  • Mini bar
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Viewing Deck



Guests at the Bush Lodge in the Amakhala Game Reserve may enjoy cuisine which excites the palate. Delicious cuisine is served for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Local South African meals with exotic flavors are served in the outdoor boma under the star-studded skies which make for an extraordinary culinary experience, in the heart of the bushveld.

Spa Facilities

At the Amakhala Bush Lodge, Eastern Cape, relaxing spa treatments can be enjoyed in the privacy of one's suite.


Each of the tents at the Bush Lodge features a private plunge pool from which guests may enjoy the view of the surrounding countryside.

Game drives

Guests can enjoy daily game drives twice a day, in the early morning and late afternoon when the wildlife is most active.  Visitors may be lucky and encounter the 'Big 5' with plenty of other species to view along the way. The guide educates guests about the Amakhala Conservation ethos and other diverse aspects of the ecosystem.

Walking safari

Guests also have the opportunity to participate in leisurely walking safaris, during which the emphasis is more on the signs of animals that have passed as well as learning about the medicinal uses of various plants.  By walking through the bushveld with an armed ranger, one gets to know the smaller creatures as well.

Spa treatments

Guests staying at the Amakhala Bush Lodge may indulge in professional spa treatments in the privacy and comfort of their own suite by an in-house therapist.

Boat cruise and canoeing

Unforgettable sunset cruises and canoeing are also options which can bring travellers close to wildlife.  These are conducted on the slow moving Bushmans River.

Nearby activities / attractions
  • Boschberg MTB Trails
  • Groendal Wilderness Area hikes
  • Gung-ho Paintball
  • Mosslands Two River Trail
  • Albany Museum Complex
  • History Museum
  • International Library of African Music
  • Observatory Museum
  • The Eastern Star Gallery.

  • Barbeque & braai area
  • Boma
  • Curio Shop
  • Hotel Bar
  • Lounge
  • Parking
  • Sun deck
  • Swimming Pool
  • Viewing deck

Check in and Check Out Times
  • Check in: 14:00
  • Check out: 10:00
General Services
  • Basic first aid assistance
  • Housekeeping service
  • Individual climate controlled room
  • Laundry services
  • Massage treatments
  • Safari drives
  • Secure parking
  • Wake-up call
  • Walking safaris
Malaria Status and Animals
  • It is recommended to wear suitable clothing in the evenings and to use insect repellant, but Amakhala is based in a malaria-free region of South Africa. 

    Please also note that wild animals do live within the reserve and should not be approached or interfered with in any way.

Available Rooms


# Rooms:

At Amakhala's five Star Bush Lodge, only five luxury tents are available which ensures serenity and privacy.  The luxury tents offer an open deck with a plunge pool, air conditioning for heating and cooling, a cozy fireplace, as well as a large oval bath and outdoor shower.

Luxury Tent features:

  • open deck with plunge pool
  • air conditioning (heating and cooling)
  • fire place
  • large oval bath
  • outdoor shower.
Single Room R10720
Double Room R11910

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GPS Co-Ordinates

Latitude: -33.540901

Longitude: 26.037338


Directions from Port Elizabeth to the Lodge:

Take the N2 towards Grahamstown from Port Elizabeth
In around 50 km from Port Elizabeth, there will be an intersection, Stay left on the N2 heading to Grahamstown.
From here, drive for a further 13km towards the Game Reserve
(see road signs of various lodges along the way).

Star Rating

5 Star


The five star Amakhala Bush Lodge in the Eastern Cape of South Africa was named in the 2011 Tatler Travel Guide among the 101 Best Hotels in the World.  Bush Lodge was the only property in the Eastern Cape South Africa  to win a place on this prestigious list.

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