Accommodation rating: Superior
Amakhala Tented Bush Lodge, in the Eastern Cape's Amakhala Private Game Reserve lies at the top of a verdant valley of indigenous bush. Amakhala is a private game reserve created through a merger of private farms and the 7000 hectare, malaria-free reserve is renowned for its rhino and cheetah management, and conservation ethos. Relaxed and rustic, the 8 canvas & thatch tents each have private viewing decks and plunge pools.
The traditional African safari decor carries throughout the lodge with its high ceilings, open spaces and extensive decks. You can take game drives in an open Land Rover in search of rhino, elephant, cheetah, buffalo, giraffe, black wildebeest, zebra, tortoise and over 16 antelope species. Alternatively, take a night drive to seek out elusive nocturnal animals such as lynx, porcupine and spring hare. A guided walk with one of the lodge's qualified rangers is also a fascinating experience, offering a chance to move slowly through the bush and to notice smaller species of flora and fauna. A slow cruise down the Bushman's River provides excellent bird watching with a good chance of seeing the majestic African fish eagle and three species of kingfisher. Amongst the wildlife drinking at the river's edge, the rare Cape clawless otter may be sighted. Canoeing on the river also provides a wonderful close-up view of the tranquil riverine ecosystem.
Features: Traditional thatched guestrooms, restaurant and boma dining, lounge and a small spa.
Room amenities: private plunge pool, air conditioning, tea and coffee facilities.
Please call 020 3813 2966 for more information or to make a booking.