Amakhala Game Reserve

Location: Eastern Cape | South Africa

Price guide: £££££ £200-£350 per person per night

An 18,000 acre private reserve near Port Elizabeth, Amakhala Game Reserve is a malaria-free conservancy in the rolling hills of the Eastern Cape. The 11 luxury properties, made up of country houses, safari lodges and tented camps, are owner-managed by fifth generation Frontier Settler families who have lived in the reserve since 1820. With Big Five safaris, river cruises and first-class personal service, Amakhala Game Reserve is a far cry from the average wildlife experience.
Perfect forWith so many properties, Amakhala Game Reserve is perfect for everyone. The whole family is catered for in the colonial Leeuwenbosch Country House, honeymooners will love the seclusion of Bush Lodge, while avid safari-goers should consider HillsNek Safari Camp for an adventure with a difference.
In the knowCan’t decide on which lodge to stay at? Give our Experts a call and we can help you decide, but if you want to combine a spa retreat with a phenomenal safari experience, book Bush Lodge as with a cosseting spa, you can banish the post-safari stresses with their range of indulgent treatments.

Recommended for...

  • Family-friendly
  • Guiding
  • Setting & Views
  • Honeymoon

Hotel Overview


Located between Port Elizabeth and Grahamstown, near Addo Elephant National Park.

Rooms at Amakhala Game Reserve

Bush Lodge- Discreetly placed overlooking a waterhole with beautiful views, all of the five superlative en-suite, tented and thatched suites at the five-star Bush Lodge have secluded private viewing decks with intimate plunge pools.

HillsNek Safari Camp- Set on the banks of the Bushman’s River with breath-taking vistas of the rolling African plains, HillsNek Safari Camp has just four luxury tented chalets with romantic outside showers and en-suite bathrooms. Elevated on expansive wooden decks, this lodge sets the stage for an unforgettable African sunset, which is followed perfectly by a delicious bush-inspired dinner.

Food and facilities

Each lodge features a central area with luxurious dining, splendid lounges and viewing platforms for game-filled panoramas. Evenings are spent around the outdoor fireplace or boma, admiring the stunning star-scape, unwinding with a drink and then dining on divine game meats and organic produce.

Activities at Amakhala Game Reserve

Activities offered at Amakhala are morning and afternoon game drives in open 4x4 safari vehicles, as well as elephant back safaris at the Addo Elephant Park, golf, sunset river cruises, guided bush walks outside of the Big Five area, birding and stargazing.

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