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Bush Lodge, Amakhala Game Reserve

Bush Lodge, Amakhala Game Reserve Reviews & Information

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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.

Activities, Sports & Leisure


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.


Check in and Check Out Times
  • Check in: 13:00
  • Check out: 11:00
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 R6760
Double Room R9010

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).


Free unreserved parking at Reed Valley Lodge from which you will be transferred to Bush Lodge.

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.