Amakhala Bush Lodge

Amakhala Bush Lodge - Pool

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Malaria free private game reserve lodge with luxury thatched tented suites, under an hour’s drive from Port Elizabeth airport.

Amakhala Bush Lodge is a luxurious, yet rustic, game lodge situated at the head of a wide-open valley within the Amakhala game reserve in South Africa’s Eastern Cape. It’s a stunning setting overlooking a wildlife watering point with big sky views, conveniently positioned less than an hour from Port Elizabeth. The Big Five can all be found here alongside hyenas, leopards, bat-eared foxes, and a cacophony of birds.

Twice daily game drives in open-sided vehicles will take you right into the heart of the Eastern Cape’s malaria-free zone. It’s an unforgettable experience and definitely deserves at least a two night stay to give you time to really soak up the safari experience.

In between game drives settle in on your own private viewing platform overlooking the local watering hole – don’t forget your binoculars. Alternatively, why not kick back and relax at the main lodge enjoying the valley views from the outside decking area.

The Amakhala Bush Lodge also does cosy very well with wood burning fireplaces and an outdoor boma fire pit providing the glow for romantic nights under the stars. From afternoon spa treatments to soaking in your private plunge pool – if you’re looking for a luxury tented safari retreat, close to the coast, this is the one for you.

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Under an hour’s drive from Port Elizabeth

Private game reserve valley setting

Thatched luxury tents with expansive private viewing decks and plunge pools

Open-sided lodge restaurant, lounging areas and deck

Bush Lodge Spa

Outdoor boma area for nights around the fire


  • 1 night

  • Africa . South Africa . Amakhala

  • International flights not included

  • All Inclusive

From £256 per person per night

Mon - Fri: 9am - 8pm

Saturday: 9am - 6pm

Sunday: 10am - 4pm

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Amakhala Bush Lodge - Room

Holiday details


Safari suites feature thatched roofs, tented sides, and wooden flooring. Spacious living areas have cosy fireplaces and large double beds draped with hanging mosquito nets. Bathroom areas are open plan with separate sink space and oval-shaped tubs. Outside you’ll find a large decking area with a private plunge pool and double outdoor shower.


  • Communal dining area
  • Safari lounge bar
  • Spa treatments
  • Swimming pool
  • Open-air boma
  • Wi-Fi in public areas

Holiday location

Map of Amakhala Bush Lodge, South Africa

Local Area

Eastern Cape is South Africa’s second largest province and the home of the Xhosa people. It’s also the birthplace of many of the country’s most important anti-apartheid activists. Nelson Mandela, Steven Biko, Oliver Tambo, and Robert Sobukwe were all born here.

Set against the backdrop of the Indian Ocean, this region has become synonymous with wild and windswept coastal beauty. The Garden Route stretches for 300 kms from Witsand in the west to Tsitsikamma National Park. It’s one of the world’s most scenic coastlines filled with flowering shrubs and heathlands, ridgeback mountains and subtropical forests.

Head inland for just a few kilometres and you’ll discover some of the country’s best loved, malaria-free wildlife reserves. Addo Elephant National Park is just under an hour’s drive north of Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth). It’s a super convenient setting and perfect if you’re staying in a safari lodge within the adjacent Amakhala private game reserve.

From the semi-arid desert crags of the Karoo to the fertile agricultural valleys and fruit orchards around Langkloof; the Eastern Cape is one of South Africa’s most biodiverse provinces and well worth exploring for at least a couple of weeks.


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