South African Lodges
Amazulu Private Game Reserve
Pongola 3170
South Africa
Lodge Type

AmaKhosi Safari Lodge, translated from Zulu means The Place of the Kings, offers attentive service and absolute luxury in the beautiful surroundings of Zululand that bear testimony with the renowned Mkuze River in KwaZulu-Natal. Boasting 12 010 hectares, the Amazulu Private Game Reserve is made up of a diverse ecosystem. The diversity found in this game-rich Game Reserve includes savannah, mountains and wetlands which make it the ideal home to Africa’s Big-Five as well as giraffe, warthog and hyena beside the over 15 different antelope species, hippopotamus, and crocodile. The wetland surroundings offer no less than 400 bird species; this Lodge in KwaZulu Natal is a place of paradise and comfort.

The staff at the AmaKhosi are as much part of the experience as the exquisite surroundings. At the heart of the Lodge is the most luxurious blend of river frontage. The riverbank houses the main lodge and, therefore, provides the magnificent regal River Suites with unique views of the flowing Mkuze River.

Each suite boasts a separate air-conditioned bedroom and lounge with fully stocked mini bar and tea/coffee facilities. Guests can slip into an African Dreamland with high thatched ceilings and glass walls celebrating the open African sky. The en-suite bathroom with a different bath made for two is decorated with an array of candles and bath salts allowing decadence to take on a whole new meaning and bringing serenity to your stay.


  • Swimming pool
  • Library
  • Curio shops corner
  • Dining room
  • Bar
  • Inside and outside lounge
  • Satellite TV
  • Conference facilities
  • Communication centre


  • Game drives
  • Bush Walks
  • Traditional Zulu kraal
  • Seasonal frogging
  • In season walking safaris
  • Massage therapy (at additional cost)

Game Viewing

A blend of savannah, wetlands, and mountains, being home to the "Big 5" game. Cheetah as well as 15 species of antelope, and over 420 species of birds can be seen along with an impressive variety of frogs. The animals are thriving at the Game Reserve despite the dryness there are still many beautiful dams. It is marvellous how lucky the cheetahs are.

The AmaKhosi elephant herds have joined for the time being and have provided guests with hours of fun and entertainment as they wade through the bush satisfying their hunger and thirst. There is no better way to enjoy an African sunset than watching a herd of elephants enjoying their evening bath at one of the dams. Early morning and late afternoon guided walks and game drives take guests staying here into the African bush to observe the animals and their unusual behaviour. 

The abundance of flora and fauna always reveal something impressive, both on the ground and in the air. Certified AmaKhosi game rangers introduce the unique role each animal plays on the large stage within the African Kingdom. For those guests who prefer to relax at the Lodge, there is a library, swimming pool, game viewing deck and an outdoor lounge overlooking the flowing Mkuze River.

Below detailed information about the Amakhosi Safari Lodge is available.
For any queries regarding this hotel, you are welcome to contact us.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Bar Fridges in Room
  • Bathrobe
  • Ensuite / Private bathroom
  • Hairdryer
  • Housekeeping
  • Safe



The Amakhosi Main Lodge is located on the banks the Mkuze River. The restaurant offers authentic artistic decor, African fusion cuisine, and prompt, attentive service.

Frogging Safari

With over 32 species of frogs inhabiting the AmaZulu Private Game Reserve, Amakhosi Safari Lodge is the perfect place to enjoy a unique frogging safari, along with Big Five experience!  Recent “froggers” include renowned Michelle Garforth, donned their wellies and flashlight in hand and enjoyed the night calls of all that goes “ribbit”.
A frogging safari introduces the Amakhosi guest to a very different bush experience. Guests are supplied with a frogging kit and head out into the reserve at dusk with a guide in search of as many frog species as possible. As frogs are identified, they are caught briefly for everyone to observe these fascinating creatures before being returned to their nightly rituals.   

Come and enjoy this increasingly popular safari option while experiencing the ultimate in luxury lodge setting!

Game Viewing

Experience a true African Safari at Amakhosi Safari Lodge in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. This Safari Lodge boasts all of the Big 5 as well as over 400 species of birds as well as giraffe, crocodiles, and hippos.

  • Conference venue
  • Hotel Bar
  • Open Air Boma
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Swimming Pool
  • Viewing deck

Check in and Check Out Times
  • Check in: 14:00
  • Check out: 10:00
General Services
  • Airport transfers
  • Concierge services
  • Game drive safaris
  • Housekeeping service
  • Massage treatments
  • Tours & Transfers on Request
  • Wake-up call
  • Walking safaris
Malaria Status and Animals
  • The Amakhosi Safari Lodge is in the Malaria free area on the Mkuze River in KwaZulu-Natal.

    The diversity found in this game rich Game Reserve includes savannah, mountains and wetlands which make it the ideal home to “Africa’s Big Five" as well as giraffe, warthog and hyena beside the over 15 different antelope species, hippopotamus, and crocodile.The wetland surroundings offer no less than 400 bird species

Available Rooms

River Suite

# Rooms:

There are six river suites at the Amakhosi Safari Lodge. These luxurious suites have ceiling-high windows and a private viewing deck which overlooks the river. Rooms are decorated in traditional Zulu colors and are built in the shape of a Zulu shield.  Each suite can accommodate two children and comes standard with convenient amenities.

Luxury River Suite features:

  • Separate sitting area
  • Bedroom
  • Bathroom
  • Air conditioning
  • Separate bath and shower
  • Safe
  • Robes
  • Fully stocked mini-bar
  • Tea/coffee making facilities.
Single Room R5250
Double Room R7000

Honeymoon Suite

# Rooms:

The Umtwana Suite is the Honeymoon Suite at Amakhosi Safari Lodge. This private suite has high thatched ceilings and glass walls.  The ultimate privacy is ensured when staying in the African suite. Umtwana means "a child of Royalty" in Zulu. The suite is laid out in a planned open fashion with a bedroom, sitting area, en-suite bathroom as well as a private jacuzzi and hammock which overlooks the river.

Amenities in the Umntwana suite include:

  • Separate sitting area
  • Bedroom
  • Bathroom
  • Air conditioning
  • Separate bath and shower made for two
  • Safe
  • Robes
  • Fully stocked mini-bar
  • Tea/coffee making facilities.
Single Room R5640
Double Room R7520

Private House

Single Room R16420
Double Room R16420

Amakhosi Safari Lodge Specials

The specials listed below will automatically be offered to you when proceeding through the booking process.

Amakhosi Safari Lodge is a five star big five safari lodge, situated in the heart of Zululand on the Mkuze river in a beautiful private game reserve, where royal treatment is part of every day.

Special discounted rate is R3,090.00 per person sharing per night (1 January - 30 March 2019)

Rate Includes:

- Accommodation in our luxurious River Suite
- Brunch, High Tea and Dinner
- 2 game drives per day with qualified guides

Included in the rate:

  • Accommodation in our luxurious River Suite
  • Brunch, High Tea and Dinner
  • 2 game drives per day with qualified guides

Excluded from the rate:

  • Beverages
  • Items of a personal nature

Terms and Conditions:

  • VALID to 1 January - 30 March 2019 , NEW bookings only, min two night stay subject to availability and select dates only
  • T&C apply



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We had a great stay at Amakhosi, loved relaxing at the pool, Enjpyed the Boma Dinner & felt very welcome.







Such a great lodge, myself and the family had a fun time, my wife loved the High Tea and the Kids enjoyed the Frogging Safari.



Beautiful lodge and wonderful staff. This was a once in a life time experience. Loved it.





GPS Co-Ordinates

Latitude: -27.582466

Longitude: 31.664674


Johannesburg OR Tambo International
Kempton Park, Johannesburg, South Africa

1. Head south 550 m
2. Slight left 220 m
3. Take the 1st left 17 m
4. Turn left 150 m
5. Take the ramp onto R21 4.5 km
6. Take exit 429A to merge onto N12 toward Witbank 113 km
7. Continue onto N4
Partial toll road 28.3 km
8. Take exit 133 for N11 toward Hendrina 500 m
9. Turn right at N11 (signs for Hendrina) 94.4 km
10. Turn left toward Voortrekker Ln/N2 120 m
11. Turn left at Voortrekker Ln/N2
Continue to follow N2 204 km
12. Turn right at R66 21.9 km
13. Turn right at R69 2.5 km
14. Turn left at D496 1.5 km
15. Turn left 450 m

Amakhosi Game Lodge
Amazulu Private Game Reserve, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

From Johannesburg (5 1/2 hours):
Exit from Johannesburg on the Witbank N4
Take the Middelburg exit to Hendrina
Continue towards Ermelo on the N11
Continue towards Piet Retief on the N2
Stay on the N2 North until you reach Pongola

From Durban (4 1/2 hours):
Exit from Durban to Stanger on the N2 North
Staying on the N2 North, continue past Empangeni to Pongola

From Pongola (half an hour):
Turn down the R66 to Nongoma
Continue for about 22 km
Turn right at the R69 towards Vryheid
Continue for 2 km and turn left down gravel road
Follow the AmaKhosi Lodge signs


On site parking facilities are provided for guests.

Star Rating

5 Star


The five-star Amakhosi Safari Lodge has achieved the following accreditations:

- Five-star rating by the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa

- 2011 Finalist in the Safari Awards

- 2012 Nominee in the Safari Awards


  • SATSA (Southern Africa Tourism Services Association)
  • Tourism Grading Council of South Africa
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