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Victoria, Canada
2 reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Amakhala game reserve is the perfect safari experience and the Bukela Game Lodge ensures you stay in friendly and first class accommodations. The food and drink is plentiful and of the highest quality, and the rooms are spacious, private and professionally decorated. We saw wild African animals close up and in their natural habitat and our highlights included watching... More 

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Northern Ireland
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had an amazing trip to the game reserve. The weather was windy and v cold but we were well wrapped up and the lodge had lovely fires and heated blankets on the beds. Food at the lodge was good and the staff were helpful. My rating is 4 stars because both mornings we had no hot water due to... More 

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

Hi Glynis, thank you very much for taking the time to write a review of our lodge. It sounds like you had a magical time besides the issue with the hot water. It is really lovely to hear that it did not affect your experience at our lodge and the Amakhala reserve too much. The reserve and its conservation is... More 

Argyle, Texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was our first safari and what an experience it was! The staff and accommodations were wonderful. Food was excellent. Our guide, Vuyani made sure we had a unique experience on each of our four game drives, including witnessing a hunt and kill by a group of Cheetahs from a very close vantage point. There were a total of only... More 

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

Hi Tony, wow it sounds like you had some really great game drives with Vuyani. The size of the lodge really helps to ensure our guests have a warm and intimate experience so it's great to hear you enjoyed the company of the other guests. We hope to see you again in the future and are thrilled to hear you... More 

Winchester, UK
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Despite the rave reviews, we felt Bukela had seen better days. Think they know this as 2 tents have been erected to house visitors whilst the lodges themselves are updated. But not before time. Whilst clean the lodges looked 'tired' - stains on sofa, cement cracked in bathroom floor, shabby rugs etc. It is quite a long walk back up... More 

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

Hi Cathy, thank you for taking the time to write a review of your experience at Bukela Game Lodge. We are thrilled to hear you appreciated the natural beauty of the reserve, it is very dear to our hearts and we are passionate about the conservation of the area. Thank you for highlighting the above, it makes a difference hearing... More 

Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is how hospitality should be done. With just 6 suites there will never be more than 12 guests at the lodge. You are completely private in your spacious suite with a genuine outside shower if you choose - the vervet monkeys may have a look but did not seem embarrassed ! Food and drink are outstanding quality and there... More 

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

Wow, what a fantastic review to read! Thank you for your wonderful compliments, we are immensely proud to hear them. It truly is such a wonderful thing being situated in a private game reserve, it enables us to provide game drives free of crowds, and make the moments that much more magical. It's great to hear Vuyani did such a... More 

Singapore, Singapore
1 review
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was our first safari. My wife and i stayed for three nights and enjoyed 6 ventures out to view the animals. I think three nights was just right. Each morning and evening was different and our guide Vuyani provided great insight into the animals, their needs, habits and habitats. He is quite funny as well. We escpecially enjoyed one... More 

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

Hi William, We are so very pleased and honoured to have been a part of your first safari experience. Being a private game park we definitely have the perks of non-crowded wildlife viewings. Vuyani is a very passionate ranger, it's wonderful to hear you learnt so much from him. Thank you very much for taking the time to write such... More 

Hampton
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17 reviews
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed three nights in one of the new tents and fitted in six games drives including one on the morning we left. Everything about our stay was wonderful, from the welcome, the setting, the quality of the accommodation & food, the game drives and the fun we had with the other guests both on the drives & over dinner.... More 

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

Hi Rebecca, What a wonderful review, thank you for taking the time to write it. Our new tents have been an exciting new project for us and it's really amazing to hear positive feedback after putting so much hard work into their creation. Vuyani's knowledge and enthusiasm for the Amakhala is such an asset to us, we will be certain... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 October 2016

We had an unforgettable stay at Amakhala Bukkela lodge - everything was perfect from start to finish . All the staff were friendly and attentive , great food and drink and the surprise music and dance performance was extra special for us. The game drives with Vuyani were wonderful and we felt he felt he went out of his way... More 

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

Hi there John, thank you very much for your wonderful review. It is a great thing to hear feedback from our guests and all the more so when it is so positive. It is such a privilege to create a unique safari experience for our guests and we are certainly very lucky to have someone as dedicated as Vuyani. We... More 

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15 reviews
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Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

Just stayed here as part two of our honeymoon. The Amakhala Bukela truly is an unforgettable experience for all the right reasons. We were welcomed by Tyrone upon arrival and were given a safety talk which was a little scary (it was our first Safari so didn't know what to expect) seeing as there had been a cheetah spotted nearby... More 

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

Hi there, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review of Bukela Game Lodge, we are thrilled to have been a part of your first safari experience and your honeymoon celebration. Being such a small lodge allows us to create a more intimate experience for our guests so we are thrilled to hear that your experience... More 

Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

This was the last stop on our honeymoon and we couldn't have asked for a better end to an incredible journey. This was the first safari my husband and I had taken and Bukela Game Lodge truly set the bar high. All the staff were extremely friendly, kind, attentive and helpful. The rooms were spacious, airy and romantic. The food... More 

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

Hi there, Wow, it sounds like you both had a wonderful time at Bukela! We are absolutely thrilled to have been your first safari experience and to have been the last stop on such a special trip for you and your husband! It is such a blessing to have Janco's expertise and enthusiasm, we will certainly pass on your kind... More 

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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 Karel Landman Rd | off N2, between Port Elizabeth and Grahamstown, Amakhala Game Reserve 6070, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Amakhala Game Reserve
Price Range: $582 - $1,290 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Bukela Game Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 4
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“Ask for one of the thatched suites.”
 of 5 bubbles Dunworkin2015, 1 Nov 2016 | Read review
“there are just a few individual lodges. We stayed in No 1 whcih had a view of the water hole as well as excellent facilities.”
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“all rooms the same”
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“No rooms only individual lodges”
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“lodge one is closest to waterhole!”
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