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Nottingham, United Kingdom
Reviewed 6 February 2017

We found Amakhala to be a really delightful place,everything was done to make our stay perfect.We stayed in one of the Safari Tents,quite luxurious,with huge bath,outdoor shower,and massive bed,sofa and chairs,with patio to soak up a remarkable experience. Food,excellent,from early breakfast before the first game Drive,to brunch,high tea,and finally evening dinner. The game wardens are fantastic and very knowledgeable,ours was...

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100roaringlions, Owner at Bukela Game Lodge, responded to this review

Hi there, thank you very much for your review. Our tents were carefully designed to experience the immediacy of the African bush without compromising on comfort so we are thrilled to hear you enjoyed your stay in one of them! Your lovely feedback is such a joy to read, we'll be sure to pass this on to our team. We...

Reviewed 31 January 2017 via mobile

We visited Bukela lodge for our honeymoon. We found the accommodation very nice and the safari trips were excellent. However, we were disappointed in a couple of things. Firstly, we were promised champagne as we were on our honeymoon which never materialised. Secondly and more pertinently, the owner's wife joined us for dinner on one occasion and was very rude...

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100roaringlions, Public Relations Manager at Bukela Game Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. Your balanced feedback helped us to see that there are some areas we could make improvements on, although it is wonderful to hear you enjoyed the accommodation and game drives. We hope you have had a chance since you’ve been travelling to read the private message left for...

Cirencester, United Kingdom
Reviewed 28 January 2017

Fantastic lodge with brilliant staff and a perfect place for peace, tranquillity and game drives. Wella1 was incredibly helpful and Janco, our game drive guide, most obviously lives for his animals and was passionate, conscientious and knowledgeable about all of them - from the humble Leopard Tortoise to the magnificent elephants. Being surrounded by the herd one quiet evening is...

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100roaringlions, Owner at Bukela Game Lodge, responded to this review

Hi Mark, thank you so much for taking the time to write such a lovely review! You seem to have capture Bukela brilliantly: 'peace, tranquility and game drives.' It really is such an out of this world experience being surrounded by an entire herd of elephants, we are really glad that you had the chance to experience this. We will...

Paris, France
Reviewed 25 January 2017

We had immediately a very nice feeling once arriving at the lodge. Reality was better than pictures!! For us was a relaxing stop over during our road trip from Cape Town to Durban. Very welcoming and professional check in, very nice loge, we like the style, simple according to the site which is naturally gorgeous and does not need any...

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100roaringlions, Public Relations Manager at Bukela Game Lodge, responded to this review

Hi Marc, thank you so much for the wonderful review. We're really glad you chose Bukela as your stop between Durban and Cape Town and managed to experience the wonderful Amakhala Game Reserve. We'll be sure to pass on your compliments to the team, it really makes our efforts all the more worthwhile hearing such great feedback. Thanks for the...

Reviewed 20 January 2017 via mobile

We spent 3nights in Bukela lodge at the end of our honeymoon and it was truly the highlight of our trip. The lodge and safari drives were just brilliant and our ranger Vuyani was so knowledgeable and great fun. Despite the early starts we thoroughly enjoyed the 5 safari drives we went on &got to see the big 5! There...

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100roaringlions, Owner at Bukela Game Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the lovely review! We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed your stay. We really love hosting honeymoon couples, the lodge is designed to give you an intimate experience in the African bush and our staff pride themselves on ensuring everyone is always happy. We'll be sure to pass on your compliment to Vuyani and the...

Breda, The Netherlands
Reviewed 18 January 2017

Bukela Game Lodge is a great option close to Port Elizabeth, particulalry when you are not in the position to visit one of the big game parks. Amakhala Game reserve is a small but aceeptable alternative while Bukela Lodge is a great place to stay

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100roaringlions, Owner at Bukela Game Lodge, responded to this review

Hi Paul, thanks for taking the time to write a lovely review. We're glad to hear you enjoyed your stay at Bukela. You're right, the Amakhala is a smaller reserve, which allows us to provide a more intimate safari experience for our guests. We are thrilled to hear you decided to visit us and hope you'll visit us again soon....

London
Reviewed 17 January 2017

Simply a fantastic safari experience that really does show you the animals in a 'wild' state without being under threat or caged in. The accommodation was fantastic with proper showers and a small swimming pool. There are no TVs in the rooms and the food is plentiful and wholesome albeit not elaborate. All said, you are here for the safari...

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100roaringlions, Owner at Bukela Game Lodge, responded to this review

Hi Gregory, thank you for taking the time to write a review. We're really happy to hear you had such a great safari experience. The Amakhala and its conservation is very close to our hearts and it's such a privilege to share this with our guests. We wish you all the best, the Bailey family and Bukela team

Dublin, Ireland
Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

Amazing. If I could give them 6 stars I would. Everything and everyone are out of this world. Our room with a view of the watering hole some 60 meters away where elephants drink, out decking visited by curious monkeys and wild boar roaming the hotel grounds. Two showers (one inside / one outside) and a jacuzzi. Just amazing. But...

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100roaringlions, Owner at Bukela Game Lodge, responded to this review

What a wonderful review to read, thank you so much! We are so very happy you chose Bukela to be a part of your honeymoon celebration and it's so special to hear you had such an amazing time. We are certainly blessed with wonderful staff - we will be sure to pass on your compliments to them, they will greatly...

Winchester, United Kingdom
Reviewed 13 January 2017

We stayed for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and it was the perfect decision to stay here! It does sound expensive initially but when you consider the beautiful quality of the rooms, the wonderful staff, the amazing food and drink and attention to detail it's all brilliant - and that's before I've even factored in the unbelievable game drives with...

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100roaringlions, Owner at Bukela Game Lodge, responded to this review

We can't tell you enough how lovely it is to hear such great comments of your trip to Bukela, thank you so much for taking the time to write this review! We're big on providing a top quality service and are very glad to hear that your stay was such a wonderful and relaxing one. We can't wait to welcome...

West Yorkshire
Reviewed 8 January 2017

we stayed here as part of our holiday around South Africia, all the staff were excellent but a special shout out to Jono who made the trip for us. We have excellent animal encounters and would definitely recommend a stay here.

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Hi Freda, thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. We're extremely happy to hear that you would recommend us. It makes all the difference to us, not only in getting the message out there of our little lodge, but also as an achievement for our hard work we put into our services as a team....

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Bukela Game Lodge Is A 5-Star Luxury Lodge In The 7 500 ha malaria-free Amakhala Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape South Africa. Accommodation at this tranquil game lodge is provided in four suites, each individually styled in African simplicity while never compromising on luxury. This secluded safari destination is tucked away into indigenous trees and bushes at the top of a hidden valley and has the perfect setting for the intimate and romantic guest experiences for which we are renowned. Connected by a wooden walkway, our thatched suites offer a remarkable private wildlife-viewing experience. Savour a crisp glass of wine in your sun-soaked spa bath, opening onto trees alive with birdsong. Indulge in sumptuous high teas, private candlelit dinners or exciting fireside boma dinners under African stars. And as you fall asleep, hear the silence broken by the unmistakeable sounds of elephant and buffalo making their stately progress through the unfenced camp. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Bukela Game Lodge

Address: R342 Landman Road | off N2, between Port Elizabeth and Grahamstown, Amakhala Game Reserve 6070, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Amakhala Game Reserve
Price Range: $653 - $1,446 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Bukela Game Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 4
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Bukela Game Hotel Amakhala Game Reserve
Bukela Game Lodge South Africa/Amakhala Game Reserve
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“Newly built luxury tented rooms are amazing”
  • Excellently finished bathroom (shower is just round the corner)
  • View from our luxury tent
  • All you need and finished to an excellent standard
 of 5 bubbles 128samanthal, 11 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Safari tents are proper glamping.”
 of 5 bubbles Chazzer124, 5 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Best Safari”
 of 5 bubbles gregorylives, 17 Jan 2017 | Read review
“All the rooms are fabulous, but they do have a couple of huge luxury tents that are in a more elevated position which might be nice too.”
 of 5 bubbles Geekywife, 12 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Honeymoon suite was lovely, tall four poster bed, furthest away from reception. Loved it.”
 of 5 bubbles garvangallagher, 5 Jan 2017 | Read review
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