About The Bush Lodge
The Bush Lodge is a proud member of the Heritage Collection on Amakhala Game Reserve. Situated in the malaria free, Greater Addo and Frontier Country area in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, this breathtaking reserve offers sightings of the Big 5 and numerous other species.
The Bush Lodge is only a 45 minute drive east of Port Elizabeth. Discreetly built in the bush at the top end of an open valley in the reserve, each of the rooms overlooks a watering point with big sky views. All buildings have thatched roofs, tented walls and wooden floors.
The guest reception is at Reed Valley Inn where guests are welcomed by our friendly staff. From there, guests are transported in an open Land Rover to the Bush Lodge. Riveting once-in-a-life time game viewing experiences, including sunset river cruises make for an exceptional safari experience. Every guest is treated to a luxurious, friendly and exciting stay, synonymous with the Amakhala Heritage Collection standards.
Secluded and lavish; built in the bush, against a back drop of aloe’s and indigenous fauna and flora, make the Bush Lodge a perfect African retreat. Our luxurious, secluded tented rooms with private plunge pools, atmospheric fireplace, alfresco double showers and hot and cold air-conditioners, offer an unforgettable and exceptional romantic experience. Leisure time can be spent indulging in professional treatments in the privacy and comfort of your own suite by an exclusive in-house therapist.
Enjoy cuisine that excites the palate and leaves you needing to explore true African culture, hosted by local staff that are willing to attend to your every need.
A far cry from the average safari experience, the Bush Lodge provides undivided, personal attention ensuring your stay is pleasurable and unforgettable.
Amakhala Game Reserve is a unique conservation initiative that allows animals to be re-introduced to the area where they once roamed freely and so making a contribution to the conservation of our natural heritage. The land was used to ranch sheep and cattle up to the turn of the century. The challenge has been to re-establish the original flora and fauna species to the area and to return the land to nature.
Game & Wildlife Activities
Feel the heartbeat and rhythm of Africa as you become part of a Big 5 Safari Adventure on Amakhala Game Reserve. Morning and evening game drives by experienced rangers through Amakhala Game Reserve will leave you in awe of the diverse vegetation and spectacular scenery which abounds here.
For a change of pace, enjoy bird watching and game spotting along the lazy Bushman’s River during a cheese and wine boat cruise or a sundowners canoe safari. In the evening, the fireside beckons you to share tales of your day’s adventure and to enjoy award winning South African wines and local cuisine under a magnificent canopy of stars.
The Amakhala Conservation Centre
The Amakhala Conservation Centre is largely funded through bed levies from the commercial lodges and donations and has three main objectives:
• to promote environmental awareness and impart knowledge of the environmental, economic and cultural importance of wildlife, wild areas and the functioning of natural ecosystems.
• to identify and support research projects that provide ecological and social information relevant to the management of the reserve and to wildlife conservation in general.
• to encourage and advise on various conservation projects which will ensure the conservation of biodiversity and functioning of ecological systems.
Following on the successful re-introduction of 15 species onto Amakhala the conservation centre continues to investigate the reintroduction of other species like Cape vulture into the area.