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BUKELA GAME LODGEAmakhala Game Reserve, Eastern Cape
The Five Star Bukela Game Lodge is located in the Malaria free Amakhala Game Reserve, Eastern Cape South Africa. An intimate Lodge with superior accommodation, service and amenities, just over an hours drive from Port Elizabeth off the N2
At a Glance
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Accommodation at this Five Star Game Lodge is provided in four suites - 3 luxury suites and 1 designated the honeymoon suite - each individually styled in simple African ethnic decor, never compromising luxury. This secluded safari destination is tucked away amongst the indigenous trees and schrubery in a hidden valley with expansive views out over the Amakhala Game Reserve.
The bedroom suites are connected to the Main Lodge by wooden walkways, with each of the thatched suites offering their own private wildlife-viewing experience. Indulge in sumptuous high teas, private candlelit dinners or exciting fireside boma dinners under our African stars. The camp is not fenced so as you fall asleep, you might hear the silence broken by the unmistakeable sounds of some animal making its way through the camp.
We offer morning, and afternoon /evening Game Drives in "open" safari vehicles under the guidance of qualified rangers.
The main lodge comprises of a dining and sitting area with a central fireplace which is always the center of attraction in winter. Also available are a media centre and library. A large wooden pool deck with gazebo overlooking a small water-hole frequented by passing animals
A "boma" adjoins the main lodge where bush braais are enjoyed under the stars.
Bukela Lodge may also be booked exclusively for small team-building incentives, conferences or weddings.
The Amakhala Game Reserve is renowned for its spectacular topography, having 5 of South Africa's 7 biomes. It is a particularly diverse and picturesque reserve, with the Bushman's River meandering through it. Amakhala boasts an abundant variety of wildlife including the Big 5,lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard. Leopard are however rarely seen due to their secretive nature, being nocturnal and probably a legacy of their persecution be the farmers in the past. With over 250 species of birdlife and the large diversity of animal species one experiences on game drives, night drives, walking safaris and boat cruises, the Amakhala Game Reserve offers guests an exceptional game viewing experience.
At the exclusive Annual Adventure Province (Eastern Cape) Tourism & Conservation Awards on 24th March 2011, Amakhala Game Reserve was the winner of the "Best Private Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape" category.
The Amakhala Game Reserve is also the only Private Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape to have Fair Trade Certified Lodges, a testament to the emphasis placed by the Amakhala Lodge owners on their social responsibility and support for the local communities.
The FTTSA certification label is an independent endorsement of fair and responsible tourism practice in South Africa. It is based on adherence to specific criteria such as fair wages and working conditions, fair distribution of benefits, ethical business practice, and respect for human rights, culture and the environment.