Bukela Game Lodge

Our intimate 14 bedroom lodge offers an exclusive game viewing experience which, combined with our luxurious, secluded accommodation, and variety of dining options, creates a remarkable, private retreat in which to regenerate body and mind.Bukela's rates are inclusive of accommodation, all meals, selected beverages and two game drives per night.Conservation Levy is now deemed essential to assist in the significant costs associated with our multi-layered anti-poaching measures on Amakhala Game Reserve. The following levy will apply: All visitors - R125 per person per night. Children under 12 years - R75 per person per night. On 1 March 2020, the Conservation Levy will change slightly from R125 to R140 per adult and reduce from R75 to R70 per child. These changes will only apply to guests staying at Amakhala lodges with a check-in date from 1 October 2020 onwards.The Levy will be charged to the guests overall bill and paid at check-out. We thank you for your help in supporting this initiative.

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  • "Above our expectations"

    19 August 2022

    "Food, staff, luxury Safari tent, setting and then the safari were all excellent. We got to see all the animals in a relaxing lovely setting. We travelled as a family of 4 with our 18y and 15y old and..."

  • "Truly Amazing!"

    12 August 2022

    "I cannot recommend this lodge highly enough! Fantastic accommodation, service and food. Amazing game drives with a sundowner bar service or morning coffee stop. We saw 4 of the big 5, leopard was..."

  • "Unforgettable experience 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟"

    09 August 2022

    "Wow! What an amazing experience we had at Bukela. Everything from the staff, game drives, accommodation, food and just general atmosphere and decor was nothing short of amazing. The staff cannot do..."

  • "Trip of a Lifetime"

    28 July 2022

    "We had the most amazing time In Amakhala Bukela. We stayed in a Luxury Safari Tent and it was fabulous. The staff are so friendly and helpful. Michael is a gent. The food is delicious and you..."

  • "Outstanding venue, staff and experience"

    27 July 2022

    "Fabulous location, knowledgeable staff and fantastic experience. From the amazing twice daily game drives, the outstanding food and drinks on offer and the 5* accommodation, we couldn't have wished..."

  • "Bukela"

    25 July 2022

    "We had an incredible game drive with our ranger Wonga, who didnt hold back in finding the lioness pair for us, and we have been on a few, this was one of the best!! Our room was warm and cosy on a..."

  • "A little gem"

    21 July 2022

    "Wonderful stay here at Bukela and surpassed all our expectations. Our game driver Eddie was just fantastic so knowledgeable and passionate. Huge thank you to the chef who breakfast, dinner and tea..."

  • "Great Experiance"

    18 July 2022

    "The lodge is welcoming and comfortable, well placed on the side of a hill providing a great vista. Recommend the kudu fillet. Great game viewing. Edison our game ranger was extremely professional and..."

  • "Amakhala visit"

    13 July 2022

    "Not our first visit to the Eastern Cape game reserves but our first visit to Amakhala. Our 3-night stay was great. Plenty offered at breakfast but disappointed the evening menu did not change during..."

  • "Just wow!"

    10 July 2022

    "We had an amazing stay here and didn’t want to leave ! The staff are all lovely and a special shout out to Lucky our ranger and Michael one of the waiters. We were fortunate to see so much on our..."

  • "Fabulous Game reserve"

    29 June 2022

    "We had an amazing time here. We couldn't make up our minds as to whether to have a suite or a 'tent' but decided we would go with a tent to make it a little more safari like. Not that they are like..."

  • "Romantic Weekend Getaway"

    21 June 2022

    "Absolutely loved every second of our stay at wonderful Bukela Lodge. Staff were truly amazing and the game drives were extremely enjoyable! The Lodge is definitely living up to it’s 5-star rating..."

  • "Bukela Game Lodge Review"

    19 June 2022

    "Bukela is one of the best experiences myself and my partner have ever had! The beautifully designed lodge is nestled right in the heart of the reserve, where you have the opportunity to spot wild..."

  • "We got to see the Big 5 and plenty more. "

    05 June 2022

    "We got to see the BIG 5 and plenty more besides. Early morning, afternoon and night-time game drives, for which we only had to pay addionally for the night drives. We were too exhausted to use the..."

  • "Bukela Lodge"

    29 May 2022

    "The most beautiful lodge with super friendly and kind staff. The food was amazing and the game drives were unforgettable thanks to the great rangers. Thank you for the best stay! We will definitely..."

  • "Honeymoon Safari Adventure"

    28 May 2022

    "We spent 3 nights at Bukela and had the best possible experience! We were given a warm and friendly arrival from the manager, quickly checked in and then taken to our tent. The tent was very..."

  • "Weekend away - Bukela Game Lodge"

    09 May 2022

    "We had an amazing time at Bukela. The staff are friendly, hospitable and really go the extra mile for their guests. Our Ranger was knowledgeable and enthusiastic and really made our game drives..."

  • "Honeymoon safari"

    09 May 2022

    "Wow! What an amazing place! The staff are so friendly and accommodating. They really make you feel at home! The food is amazing! The scenery and accommodation is 5 star! Everyday we went on 2 game..."

  • "Incredible!"

    02 May 2022

    "Bukela was absolutely amazing! The staff were wonderful and helpful, the lodge and rooms were beautiful. The game drives were such an incredible experience, we were able to see so much of the..."

  • "Amazing experience"

    01 May 2022

    "What an amazing place! The staff are fantastic. Thank you to Cindy and Stella for making us feel so welcome! Edison our game driver thank you for a great game drive. Thank you to all the staff at..."

  • "Great experience"

    24 April 2022

    "We stayed for 3 nights in tented accommodation. Spacious accommodation with amazing views of the valley. Absolute fantastic hospitality and the staff are a true asset to this Game Reserve. Game..."

  • "Relaxation"

    21 April 2022

    "Lovely tent overlooking the watering hole. Good sighting of animals, loved the refreshments on route. Although the game reserves aren't as impressive or wild as the masai mara, South Africa is a..."

  • "Truly great safari."

    09 April 2022

    "Friendly professional staff. Our ranger Wonger was exception. Game drives outstanding. Very knowledgeable and shared so much information. We saw many animals including 4 of the big 5. Accommodation..."

  • "Honeymoon Paradise- highly recommend. Can’t wait to come back!"

    07 April 2022

    "We spent 4 nights at Bukela at the start of our South Africa honeymoon and “WOW”. We were blown away with the fantastic hospitality and warmth of the staff, the fantastic food and ambience though..."

  • "Best safari ever"

    02 April 2022

    "Stunning lodge, amazing facilities and elephants came right through and next to our room! Gorgeous reserve (probably 2 days/4 drives is about right as not the biggest)…but best of all was our guide..."


    29 March 2022

    "We stayed for 3 nights at Bukela and absolutely loved every minute of it. The staff (especially Michael), and the rangers are fantastic and so knowledgeable. I would go back in a heat beat. Our..."

  • "Excellent Break"

    22 March 2022

    "We stayed for 4 nights and had a great time here. Our ranger Edison was amazing as he was so knowledgable and asked each day what animals we wanted to see and tailored the drives to suit everyone. We..."

  • "Fantastic weekend at a wonderful lodge !"

    07 March 2022

    "Everything was perfect : the lodge and tents are wonderfully decorated, the staff go out out of their way to make you happy and the scenery is exceptional ! Food, service, location : everything was..."

  • "Super Safari"

    06 March 2022

    "Highly recommend this reserve. This was our first safari and it really did exceed expectations. The reserve is enormous and we saw more than we ever imagined we would in 3 days. The staff are..."

  • "Simply Superb"

    03 March 2022

    "We ended our two weeks in South Africa with a 3 night stay at the Bukela Game Lodge. This being our first African Safari we had no idea what to expect. We were not disappointed. A great welcome and..."

  • "Absolutely loved it!"

    02 March 2022

    "We had a 3 night stay at Bukela and loved every minute! The lodge far exceeded our expectations. The room was lovely with such a comfortable bed and was really well equipped. The food was..."

  • "Great safari experience"

    28 February 2022

    "We spent three nights at Bukeka Lodge and had a fantastic time. The rooms were great, the food excellent, the game drives were amazing and the staff went out of their way to make sure we had a good..."

  • "Mazing Lodge and game reserve"

    21 February 2022

    "Fantastic experience at Amakhala game reserve and Bukela Lodge we was looked like a royalty from a minute we arrived. Staff was so friendly and helpful, food mazing. I am already planing my next trip..."

  • "Amazing Lodge"

    18 February 2022

    "Bukela lodge was a fantastic. My 76-year old mom was a bit stressed out about the dirt road coming into the lodge. She isn't really a 'Game Farm' kind of person. Philani made her feel right at home..."

  • "Great lodge and service"

    07 February 2022

    "Lodge is located 7 km away from the N2 and easy accessible. We had a fantastic room with view on the water pool where frequently animals are coming to drink. Excellent service by the staff and great..."

  • "Bukela Game Lodge"

    28 January 2022

    "We had a phenomenal time, staff and game rangers went the extra mile to make every moment exceptional. All accommodation sites are private and well equipped. You’ll be surprised by an animal or two..."

  • "Lovely setting, but lacking in management and support to staff. Definitely not 5 star service delivery for what you pay."

    02 January 2022

    "Staff are lacking direction and structure. This was not a five star experience. Although we had no water, no attempts were made to at least put out buckets at toilets. Very little communication about..."

  • "Tented luxury"

    25 December 2021

    "We'd initially booked a luxury suite, but it turned out to be a bit of cramped space (with those awful open plan bathrooms and a sort of saloon door for the toilet). Luckily the manager Philani found..."

  • "Perfect stay, and more!"

    10 December 2021

    "We had the most amazing stay on this safari. The tents are done to a great standard, and we were given a room by the watering hole which was amazing to see animals (an elephant one day). The game..."

  • "5 Star disgrace"

    07 December 2021

    "We stayed at Bukela for three nights, the lunch menu same every day, fish or meat. Dinner menu was presented at lunchtime and choice had to be made then. Quality of the food for first two days..."

  • "Honeymoon- trip of a lifetime!"

    04 December 2021

    "Oustanding experience from the minute we got there until the moment we left. Our honeymoon was originally cancelled due to Covid and we re-booked and chose Bukela Game Lodge as our first stop in..."

  • "AMAZING!!!!"

    02 December 2021

    "What a wonderful experience. Everything was perfect from seeing the big 5 plus hippo's. Witnessing Elephants playing, rhino's confronting each other, Giraffes within arm reach, cheetah cubs and many..."

  • "Incredible – The Staff Made It!"

    01 December 2021

    "Lion Roars clearly upholds a high standard for Bukela Lodge. The amenities are first rate and our room nothing short of brilliant. But what made this truly a memorable experience was the..."


    29 November 2021

    "We had a wonderful night at Bukela. The staff were superb and very attentive, Lucky, our safari driver was amazing and made our trip unforgettable. Only suggestion I have would be to have lighting..."

  • "Our honeymoon stay"

    28 November 2021

    "We stayed at these Lodges for three night's, at the end of our honeymoon. All we can say is wow... Rooms amazing, staff always polite,helpful and friendly. The game reserves were brilliant, Mondae..."

  • "Thanks Lucky - What a driver"

    27 November 2021

    "Really enjoyed our stay, thanks to Lucky our safari driver who found all the animals and gave us an incredible experience. The staff at the lodge were fantastic, whilst the luxury tents were lovely..."

  • "Unforgettable experience"

    25 November 2021

    "What an unforgettable experience. This lodge is heaven on earth and a must for anyone taking the garden route. We had a swift checkin and all staff members are very friendly and welcoming. The lodge..."

  • "Wonderful Breakaway"

    25 November 2021

    "Great lodge for a short relaxing breakaway. The staff were all very friendly and attentive and the game drive guides went out of their way to ensure you had a memorable experience. Accomodation was..."

  • "Great Reserve but Lodge needs Improvement"

    19 November 2021

    "The Lodge is in need of better management. The road into the accommodation, especially the latter section is dangerous and almost impassable in a hire car that most people arrive in. The huge holes..."

  • "Amazing Experience"

    27 October 2021

    "Friendly and outgoing staff, knowledgeable and charismatic guides. Beautiful Lodge and Reserve… Definitely a place I would recommend for all to visit. Lots too see leaving one’s curiosity..."

  • "A wonderful time of rejuvenation"

    25 October 2021

    "Thank you to Lion Roars and the incredible staff at Bukela for looking after my mum and I on our stay. From the moment you arrive, you realise this is a special place. From the warm greeting, the..."

  • "Bukela Game Lodge"

    24 October 2021

    "What an amazing Lodge. Couldn’t fault anything. The rooms were stunning, food was delicious, staff were friendly and the service was brilliant. We would have liked to have seen more game but just..."

  • "Best bush escape"

    05 October 2021

    "Bukela was amazing from the time we arrived until after we got home. No request was too much for the well trained and attentive staff. We loved that we were assigned our own ranger (Wonga) for the 4..."

  • "Tranquility in the bush"

    05 October 2021

    "Wonderful breakaway! Close to Port Elizabeth. Quiet and peaceful. Abundant game on excellent game drives(Thanks Andrew, he has excellent knowledge on birds!). Accommodation in a large tent. All..."

  • "The ultimate location, yet terrible service"

    25 September 2021

    "The arrival and welcome were exceeding any previous stay. Unfortunatly, and I hope only due to covid-19, the entire stay was way below expectation and a disappointment. What should have been our top..."

  • "Bukela was outstanding. Andrew, our Ranger, was amazingly knowledgeable and each game drive exceeded all expectations."

    20 September 2021

    "Our stay was fantastic! Our luxury tent was beautiful and had everything we could ever want. Game drives with Andrew, our Ranger, exceeded all expectations. He was amazingly knowledgeable about..."

  • "Our Honeymoon"

    17 September 2021

    "We had the most spectacular time at Bukela for our Honeymoon. From the minute we checked in, we felt so spoilt. The Staff at Bukela were absolutely outstanding. They made us feel right at home..."

  • "Glamping at its best"

    14 September 2021

    "We stayed in a luxury tent which was divine. tastefully decorated with a beautiful bath and shower both over looking the bush. The tent did get a bit hot during the day as it was 35 degrees, but the..."

  • "Bush wedding!"

    04 September 2021

    "We attended a family wedding at Bukela and had a fabulous experience. The staff were amazing…too many names to mention! They were friendly and attentive and really helped make our stay unforgettable..."

  • "Bush bliss"

    21 August 2021

    "What did we love? The warm welcome, the spacious, luxurious safari tent, the beautiful main lodge, the views! The delicious meals, the attentive staff who took care of our every need, the diversity..."

  • "Great experience at Bukela"

    21 August 2021

    "Had an amazing time at Bukela Game Lodge. The staff are friendly, helpful and received excellent service. Great attention to details, game drives where fantastic. Will definitely visit again soon..."

  • "Luxurious stay at Bukela"

    18 August 2021

    "A gem in our beautiful country. The staff were friendly and attentive, the game ranger so knowledgeable ensuring that we saw almost all corners of the conservancy and all animals within. The young..."

  • "Bukela amazing stay"

    17 August 2021

    "What an amazing stay for 1 night. Kids, aged 7 & 9, ABSOLUTELY loved it and were so impressed with everything and the super friendly staff. Would love to go back soon. Take warm clothes if you go..."

  • "Wonderful experience and safari to remember"

    03 August 2021

    "What a great experience! The rangers were passionate and knowledgeable and the staff friendly and very attentive (nothing was too much trouble). The food and atmosphere was just great, well done and..."

  • "Defiantly recommend Bukela"

    02 August 2021

    "Having been to quite a few Game Parks i would recommend Bukela to anyone! Was a very nice trip/ experience for the whole family, i would recommend Bukela to anyone who is looking for a game park to..."

  • "Excellent lodge, staff and experience"

    29 July 2021

    "We went to Bukela for an anniversary and it was everything we had hoped for and more. Kaleigh and Siya went out of their way to ensure we had a wonderful experience. Wonga our game ranger was very..."

  • "10/10 Would Recommend"

    16 July 2021

    "WOW WOW WOW! Just such an amazing trip! Our ranger was incredibly knowledgeable and friendly, and the general staff was wonderful! Definitely enjoyed taking baths overlooking the watering hole. If..."

  • "A three star disguised as a five star."

    09 July 2021

    "Upon arriving at Bukela, we were greeted by being asked to offload and sort our own luggage from the car. This set the tone for the rest of our journey. The game ranger, Andrew was unbelievably..."

  • "disappointed"

    06 July 2021

    "Outstanding game ranger Andrew. Wonderful game drives. Accommodation tired and not clean.. bukela has great potential however. Just needs a scrub, needs to ensure hot water in the shower and make the..."

  • "Relaxation at its best!"

    30 June 2021

    "We had the most enjoyable stay in our luxury safari tent! Total relaxation! The game drives were wonderful - we were extremely fortunate seeing the big five on the reserve. Our game ranger, Lucky..."

  • "Exquisite"

    26 June 2021

    "What a special treat, this exquisitely designed five star lodge nestled in the bush, with friendly staff, awesome game drives, and fabulous food was the perfect place to escape for our wedding..."


    24 June 2021

    "Had to come back for another safari adventure! Our ranger, Eddison, was incredibly knowledgeable about the animals and plants and always keen to share, he was friendly and funny and his personality..."

  • "Such a treat"

    13 June 2021

    "My friends and I stayed here for one night and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The welcome was friendly, Edison our game driver was brilliant and informative and we even got to see the lion at the..."

  • "A personal experience like no other"

    05 June 2021

    "In the hospitality industry often the staff is overlooked even though ultimately without them an establishment cant reach its maximum potential regardless of their tourism star rating. ODWA, EDISON..."

  • "All inclusive weekend get away"

    03 May 2021

    "Where to begin. This 5* lodge just outside PE is the most amazing place you will visit. We stayed in a luxury tent over looking a watering hole. We had 2x 3hr game drives everyday with the most..."

  • "Honeymoon"

    19 April 2021

    "Absolutely incredible experience. We spent part of our honeymoon hidden from the world at Bukela. All of the staff are exceptionally friendly and our game ranger Edison was fantastic! The hotel..."

  • "We wanted a family safari but we got something less"

    07 April 2021

    "We reserved their sister lodge, Hlosi, which is designed for families. Instead, they “upgraded” us to their “5 star” lodge, Bukela. Unfortunately there is nothing for my 5 year old to do at this..."

  • "Fantastic game lodge with so much to see."

    06 April 2021

    "We spent a wonderful four days at Bukela and were so impressed by the staff, the lodge and the game drives. The lodge has had new management since the beginning of the pandemic and one of the first..."

  • "Fantastic game viewing"

    14 March 2021

    "Everything was excellent, the luxurious tents, the amazing service especially from Amanda, Kayleigh , Tania and Odwa. The food was outstanding ; beautifully presented and very tasty. Lucky, our Game..."

  • "2 nights of pleasure"

    11 March 2021

    "Had excellent food, great informative game drives. Night drive worth the extra effort. Staff attentive and good service. Saw all the normal game and elephants, Buffalo, rhino with young baby..."

  • "What a treat - great game drives! "

    14 February 2021

    "Husband & I spent 3 nights here. Staff are amazing and friendly! Our game ranger, Wonga, was extremely knowledgeable and went out of his way for us! Great set up with animals visiting watering hole..."

  • "Great weekend away highlighted by exceptional staff"

    02 February 2021

    "Wonderful stay at the lodge, staff were excellent and we were treated very well. Our ranger was very knowledgeable and always happy to answer our questions. The game farm does boarder the N2, so on..."

  • "Big 5 bush experience in full luxury"

    31 January 2021

    "We had a fantastic experience. Amakale is big enough to feel wild and small enough to still see tonnes of game. The Bukela lodge was fantastic. Very friendly and professional staff, brilliant food..."

  • "Lovely family holiday at Bukela"

    11 January 2021

    "Our family had a fantastic time at Bukela. Andrew, the game ranger, was knowledgeable and accommodating. He paid attention to all animals. The staff was attentive and nothing was too much trouble..."

  • "Best lion viewing ever"

    06 January 2021

    "Fab lodge, lovely location overlooking water hole and lovely accommodation. The staff are very friendly and food great but the best thing (and why I was there) was the game drives. Our ranger Andrew..."

  • "Spectacular"

    03 January 2021

    "This was a stay we will never forget. The staff were all so friendly and helpful. The accommodation was stunning. We saw so many animals on our game drive. Our highlight was the elephants at the..."

  • "Beautiful stay at Bukela game lodge!"

    02 January 2021

    "My husband and I had the priviledge of spending 3 nights at Bukela. From the confirmation and quick response from the Lion Roars reservation team, to our friendly welcome at reception we knew our..."

  • "Magical !"

    31 December 2020

    "We went to Bukela for our anniversary and could not have made a better choice to experience calm, quality of service, great location and observation of wildlife. The staff is dedicated to give you..."

  • "Two incredible days at Bukela"

    28 December 2020

    "Bukela is such a charming place with incredible staff and stunning views of the valley. Amakhala game reserve is totally worth a visit. We were lucky to see plenty of wild animals and the landscape..."

  • "Beautiful hidden gem! "

    19 December 2020

    "Loved every minute of our stay at Bukela. Covid-19 measures are in place and we felt safe and well looked after. Lodge is perfectly decorated and staff warm and welcoming. Food was great - highly..."

  • "Definitely not 5-star and dirty"

    14 December 2020

    "Food unappetising and desserts inedible Protea wine was the house wine, sparkling water expired and flat Linen and towels dirty - marks on everything, smelly Game drives - unhelpful driver, no..."

  • "Amazing Safari at Amakhala Game Reserve"

    14 December 2020

    "It was a great experience. We spent only one night at Bukela Game Lodge and it was not enough. I wish I could stay longer. The lodge is super. Our ranger Edson was simply "the best". Very..."

  • "Not 5 star"

    13 December 2020

    "Good game drive, nice room with views. Had no water for a lot of the time, food was variable, had some pest issues, lack for detail for a 5 star lodge . Good location but expected more for the price..."

  • "Fantastic service"

    10 December 2020

    "A very beautiful lodge. The game drives were fantastic. Evans our guide was extremely knowledgeable. All the staff were very attentive and went the extra mile to make our honeymoon memorable. We..."

  • "Not 5*"

    29 November 2020

    "Sadly, definitely not a 5* experience. The rooms were tired and in need of real maintenance. The shower was filthy and hot water intermittent. The fireplace lacked firefighters or starter tinder. The..."

  • "Business visit during Coved-19"

    26 November 2020

    "The welcome and service we received at Bukela was excellent. However, I was a little dissappointed with the overall 'feel' one expects at a 5 star resort. Accommodation and food was good but not..."

  • "Bukela weekend"

    20 November 2020

    "Will not rate it as a 5 star lodge . We enjoyed the game drives and our weekend away but expected more of a 5 star lodge .The rooms are definitely not 5 Star and lodge is very short staffed they..."

  • "Luxury bush break "

    30 September 2020

    "Wow! Bukela Game Lodge is superbly appointed and set in the heart of the Amakhala Game Reserve. The camp isn’t fenced so you are immersed in all of the animal activity. Everything you would expect..."

  • "Our first bush experience!"

    28 September 2020

    "What an amazing and memorable time we had at Bukela for our first safari getaway! The team are a wonderfully friendly bunch who are always available to make sure your stay is as comfortable as..."

  • "Failure to refund deposit"

    05 August 2020

    "It is with regret that we have to write this review. After looking forward to visiting the Lion Roars property this August, we unfortunately had to cancel due to the Covid-19 pandemic. After..."

  • "Excellent experience and game drives"

    05 August 2020

    "My wife and I came to PE for a business trip and decided to extend our trip and stay over at Bukela Game Lodge. The overall experience from Sam, Thomas and Sune was amazing. They made us feel really..."

  • "An absolute treat!"

    03 August 2020

    "My partner and I spent an incredible two days at Bukela Lodge, celebrating my birthday. It was the first time in months that we were able to have a holiday and even though everything was in place to..."

  • "The full experience!"

    02 August 2020

    "We had the most memorable experience at this fantastic Nature Reserve & Lodge. From the moment we got there the staff were so friendly and welcoming and the service exceptional. We really enjoyed the..."

  • "What a treat!"

    06 July 2020

    "Thank you, Bukela, for making our wedding anniversary so special! Everything was fantastic, the accommodation, food, game drives and wonderful staff. Thank you Andrew, Sam, Thomas and Sunet for..."

  • "Wonderful first safari experience"

    01 April 2020

    "My husband and I had a terrific experience. From the friendly staff, fabulous food, to the educational game drives (Andrew was the best!!!), we had a terrific time. We visited at a time when the..."

  • "Simply Amazing"

    28 March 2020

    "From start to finish this place was just simply amazing. Location & Accomodation: Just an hour from Port Elizabeth and hidden within the hillside of the 20,000 acre Amakhala Game Reserve, the Bukela..."

  • "Fun getaway"

    22 March 2020

    "Had a good time getting out of the city life just for a night and resetting. The game drives were awesome and enjoyed the peace and quiet. Internet was down during our stay and a better bar..."

  • "Excellent experience"

    20 March 2020

    "This section of our tour of SA was the one I was most apprehensive about, but was probably the one I'll remember most. The accommodation, the staff, the food and the total commitment of the rangers..."

  • "What a place for our first Safari"

    15 March 2020

    "Our First visit to SA and our first Safari. A great experience, a bit bumpy sometimes in the vehicle but well worth it to see the wild animals in the best habitat possible. Very knowledgeable ranger..."

  • "Fabulous 3 days at Bukela Game Lodge"

    12 March 2020

    "Just returned from SA having spent final 3 days at the Bukela Game Lodge. The experience of seeing the wild alone was fabulous. It can be hit and miss as to what you see but this can't be helped. The..."

  • "Unforgettable first visit to Bukela Lodge"

    11 March 2020

    "This was our first trip to South Africa and even though it was only for just over a week, we were determined to squeeze in a safari. We went with the recommendation of our Trailfinders agent who had..."

  • "Great days in Paradise!"

    07 March 2020

    "Place in beautiful surroundings! Luxury tent way great- large room with nice terrace and view.Very Friendly staff! Game Drives very amazing and fascinating - thanks to our guide Lucky, the..."

  • "A fantastic experience"

    05 March 2020

    "Loved our time on the Game Reserve. our Ranger was so experienced and was focused on ensuring all our group got to see what they wanted to see. and the accommodation was spacious and well equipped..."

  • "3 Days never to be forgotten"

    05 March 2020

    "A wonderful place to visit, the game viewing was excellent, the accommodation was first class and the staff were always available and attentive.We stayed in one of the luxury tents overlooking the..."

  • "Amazing Luxury Safari Experience"

    04 March 2020

    "We have just finished a three day stay and had the best time ever. The stay was made extra special thanks to the wonderful staff who really cannot do enough to make your stay a real treat. A special..."

  • "Wow"

    18 February 2020

    "Reading the reviews, it has all been said before. The whole experience is wonderful and I don’t want to name one person because the reason it all works so well is that everyone who works there works..."

  • "Excellent in every way"

    16 February 2020

    "Three nights in this lovely place surrounded by delightful staff, including Nasiphi and Sam. Each truck for daily safaris has the same ‘team’ so a lovely bonding took place amongst the 8 of us and..."

  • "a superior experience throughout"

    15 February 2020

    "excellent location, close to Cape Town and Port Elizabeth outside Malaria zone. Very comfortable bungalows and excellent cuisine. Our friendly and very knowledgable ranger Lucky tought us lots od..."

  • "Amazing safari experience"

    15 February 2020

    "On arrival, we were greeted with a welcome drink, the plan of safaris and meals discussed with us too. Then we were shown to our rooms. Ours was huge with inside and outside showers, deck overlooking..."

  • "Bukela Game Lodge - an amazing place"

    14 February 2020

    "A haven of peace and tranquillity. From the minute you arrive at the lodge until the minute you depart, the staff there look after your every need. The meals were amazing, the staff very kind..."

  • "Lovely stay, great hospitality"

    13 February 2020

    "Visited Bukela Lodge for two nights early February 2020 with a friend. We had a lovely time. The drives were fantastic and a great way to cool down from the heat. Our guide, Melumsi, was extremely..."


    09 February 2020

    "So - i had been on 4 previous safaris and this was the smallest by far HOWEVER the service and the experience was far from small it was HUGE. Firstly the property was lovely - its tented but to call..."

  • "4 days of wildlife adventure"

    06 February 2020

    "This is the only safari I have ever been on so when I arrived at Bukela and greeted very warmly and shown round the base facilities both of us were delighted. Game drives are twice a day, 3 hours..."

  • "Amazing!!"

    04 February 2020

    "Our stay at Bukela was incredible!! The lodge is very comfortable and all the staff makes you feel very special! The room was beyond great! We managed to find incredible animals during the game..."

  • "Andrew is the MAN!"

    03 February 2020

    "One of the best experiences of our lives thanks to Andrew the ranger. He really did make special, his drive and enthusiasm to ensure we had the best experience shone through. He got so excited about..."

  • "My stay"

    01 February 2020

    "What an amazing experience it was. Everything was perfect. I saw so many animals daily. Met my favorite bartender Nasiphi who was so sweet. MY driver Edison was the bomb. He was very knowledgeable..."

  • "Simply Amazing"

    31 January 2020

    "We came here on a recommendation and we were not let down. Never been on a safari before and didn’t know what to expect. We were met by Sam who clearly explained everything to us and showed us to..."

  • "Wonderful, even in the rain"

    30 January 2020

    "What a fabulous place for a holiday. The luxury tent was truly luxurious and with such attention to detail. The lodge is great and so is the food, but what really makes this place special, is the..."

  • "Fantastic couple of days"

    28 January 2020

    "Just had a fantastic 2 nights at the Bukela Lodge and cannot recommend it enough. The staff were super friendly and nothing was too much trouble - thank you Sam for introducing me to 'Curry Bunnies..."

  • "Top class"

    26 January 2020

    "Thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Bukela Game Lodge. Everything (rooms,food,drinks and game drives) all exceeded our expectations. All the staff were friendly and helpful and Andrew, our ranger, was..."

  • "Fantastic Experience"

    25 January 2020

    "We had a wonderful time, Staff were very friendly, the accommodation was first class, the food was excellent. Game drives brilliant, Rangers were fun and had excellent knowledge. Highly recommend..."

  • "A great weekend stay!"

    22 January 2020

    "We really enjoyed our stay at Bukela! The staff and the setting are fabulous. The main lodge area is beautiful, and I would have given five stars but for a few issues with our room which can be..."

  • "Amakhala Game Reserve = wonderful"

    21 January 2020

    "This was a fabulous lodge with great, super-friendly staff, and the game drives with Andrew were superb. His knowledge and respect for the animals was obvious, as well the flora, bird and geography..."

  • "The Highlight of our Garden Route adventure"

    14 January 2020

    "What a great Game Reserve this is. The staff were amazing and the Rangers we even better, especially Johnno! This was our first time at a Game Reserve and everything was great. The food, the staff..."

  • "Very good safari in a very good game lodge"

    14 January 2020

    "Great location, saw lots of wild animals incl cheetah, lions, buffalo, giraffe, zebra, rhino etc Great driver - great food and drink Staff really helpful Need a little bit of attention to making sure..."

  • "The most AMAZING place"

    12 January 2020

    "My partner and I have just finished our two nights at Bukela Game Lodge and we wish we could have stayed there longer. Everything about our stay was perfect and we genuinely loved every minute..."

  • "Honeymoon at Bukela"

    10 January 2020

    "Despite the cold and rainy weather, our first safari experience could not have been better and we are already planning another. We stayed in tent 11 which had a great view of the watering hole where..."

  • "Great Safari experience"

    10 January 2020

    "We stayed at the Bukela Lodge for 4 nights over the New Years period. All staff were extremely friendly and kind. The decor of the communal lodge areas was very nice. Breakfast was really nice, it..."

  • "Pure nature"

    07 January 2020

    "We stayed 3 nights at the Bukela Game Lodge and we had an amazing time. The rooms are very spacious, have all you need and perfectly integrated in the nature. The food is very good and the team takes..."

  • "Just the most unforgettable, exciting, amazing stay in South Africa"

    21 December 2019

    "We stayed at Bukela for 3 nights and it was enough to fell in love with this place and never want to leave. Everything from the personnel, luxus tend room, cleanness, restaurant, pool and game drives..."

  • "Unforgetable Safari Experience"

    20 December 2019

    "This was our first time on a safari/ game reserve and what a brilliant experience. Luxurious tent right by the waterhole and stood on our decking watching a herd of elephants drinking and bathing..."

  • "Wonderful December 2019"

    16 December 2019

    "Brilliant Natural Setting, with regular waterhole visits so close to the rooms. Cosy, friendly lounge & restaurant with nothing seemingly too much trouble for the very helpful & friendly staff. Great..."

  • "Fabulous"

    02 December 2019

    "We recently made a “spur of the moment “ booking whilst we were travelling and before our flight back home to U.K. We woke up in Port Alfred and by midday we were checked in at the lodge. Every..."

  • "Wonderful safari experience"

    02 December 2019

    "Great organized safari trips. We saw all possible 4 of the 5 big ones. The ranger was a good leader and knew the location and animals very well. Amazing experience. Friendly staff. Good located and..."

  • "Brilliant Safari Experience"

    02 December 2019

    "We had two nights at this lodge and four game drives, It was a unique and memorable experience. All the staff were friendly and attentive, nothing was too much trouble. Thoroughly recommended and a..."

  • "Perfect 10"

    27 November 2019

    "Perfect located, luxurious tents, very peaceful atmosphere, lovely stuff, beautiful game drives twice a day and a brilliant ranger who loves his job ( Thank you Andrew) and found all those animals we..."

  • "Great stay"

    25 November 2019

    "We had a beautiful stay at Bukela Game reserve. The staff was overall very friendly and helpful. Our safari guide Brad has a great knowledge and thought us many interesting things about all the..."

  • "A top notch Game Drive Lodge at its best!"

    23 November 2019

    "We were at the Game Lodge for 4 nights and enjoyed every minute. We booked a tent and it was very nice furnished and with a very nice bathroom and a fireplace. Soft drinks and their housewines were..."

  • "Perfect 10"

    21 November 2019

    "Paradise on earth ! Lovely hosts and stuff, beautiful situated in the hills, beware there are no fences so you might be surprised by animals night & day. The elephants came twice to the pool due to..."

  • "mick conneely"

    18 November 2019

    "the accommodation was excellent the staff very helpful finding an electric adaptor for us all very friendly The ranger was absolutely brilliant so enthusiastic and so very knowledgeable definitely..."

  • "Awesome experience "

    18 November 2019

    "We spent 3 nights at the game reserve at the end of our South Africa holiday and it was truly a very special experience. The safari tent was very well set up exceeding our expectations and overlooked..."

  • "An Experience to Remember"

    17 November 2019

    "It was an unexpected experience for us who have been town dwellers all along. The lodgings were very well equipped, with very good facilities. The staff were friendly and helpful. The cuisine was of..."

  • "Grandios"

    16 November 2019

    "The stay there sparked our love for Africa !!! We were overwhelmed by the lodge, our accommodation in the luxurious thatched tent and the very friendly staff. The food exceeded our expectations with..."

  • "Fantastic Stay"

    16 November 2019

    "We spent three days in the Bukela Game Reserve (Luxury Tent No.11). After the warm welcome and the welcome drink our stay was explained to us in detail. Our tent was very nice and lovingly..."

  • "Nice Surroundings but Limited Game"

    14 November 2019

    "The lodge is nicely set out, the rooms are lovely and the dining room is welcoming and food good. The staff are very helpful. The only problem I found that the sparsity of game you can ride around in..."

  • "Best Game Lodge"

    14 November 2019

    "Warmly Welcome, first impressions. phantastic not only landscape, bot the lodge in general, loveliest tent we ever slept. The team around always gives a feeling of "hey I am one of them, and well..."

  • "remarkable bush experience"

    13 November 2019

    "We enjoyed 2 nights at this lovely place and enjoyed some fascinating game drives. All staff members and in special our guide Wonga made our stay with their passion to an memorable experience..."

  • "Bukela "

    08 November 2019

    "Excelent in every aspect. Rooms are well equiped (the space to place the garderobe was a little small) great food, our guide Lungelo was the highlight showing al the species or animals in different..."

  • "Amazing stay in luxury Lodge"

    07 November 2019

    "First of all thank you to the manager Vuyani who gave us a warm welcome and took care of us during our whole stay (even for our car). We had a wonderful time at a luxury tent lodge at the beautiful..."

  • "Lovely and nicely decorated safari lodge"

    07 November 2019

    "This lodge looks like new with the freshly decorated lounge and restaurant area. The food was amazing and the staff were absolutely lovey. We enjoyed a couple of very nice game drives and enjoyed our..."

  • "Very good location "

    04 November 2019

    "5 star luxury in the middle of a wilderness , staff excellent and the overall standard of the premises and food very good . Only slight negative is this is not seeing wild animals in the true wild..."

  • "Our worst stay in South Africa"

    30 October 2019

    "Poor reception on arrival. When we arrived there was only one person to greet us who had 3 other couples to see and we were kept waiting for over an hour to be shown to our room. It became apparent..."

  • "Magical stay"

    29 October 2019

    "We had the most wonderful 3 nights at Bukela and couldn’t have wished for more. The staff at the lodge go above and beyond to ensure your stay is as comfortable as possible and nothing was too much..."

  • "Great Experience"

    29 October 2019

    "Thoroughly enjoyed our visit and time spent at Bukela Lodge. The safari is a great experience and the rangers were Professional, knowledgable and fun. The animals are the stars and you get to see..."

  • "The Bukela lodge provided a fabulous safari experience!!!"

    23 October 2019

    "The Bukela lodge provided a fabulous safari experience along with first class hospitality and service. We had a group of 14 people and we were all impressed with the game drives, the facility and..."

  • "Safari with best friends"

    21 October 2019

    "The Bukela Game reserve was a once in a lifetime treat. We enjoyed beautiful accommodations and excellent food. The staff was lovely and always willing to help. The game drivers, Edison and..."

  • "Once in a lifetime experience"

    21 October 2019

    "We were a group of five people from Germany, visiting the lodge and the game reserve for at least 3 nights for the first time. We had an unforgettable stay at bukela lodge! Not only the tents (we..."

  • "Amazing spot"

    21 October 2019

    "We spent three nights at Bukela during our honeymoon. From the moment we arrived until the moment we left, the staff were friendly, thoughtful, and kind. The rooms and common areas are beautiful and..."

  • "Wonderful Safari, Setting & Fantastic Guide"

    16 October 2019

    "Thank you so much for a wonderful trip. We came on our honeymoon and the setting was perfect. The food great. Staff amazing. It was the perfect introduction to a safari trip. Our guide Lungelo was..."

  • "Safari "

    15 October 2019

    "Only one word can describe our stay at this stunning lodge . Perfection. My wife and I arrived late on a Friday night after 40 hours of travelling from the UK , even tho it was 10 pm at night the..."

  • "Perfect safari"

    15 October 2019

    "We were at Bukela lodge for two days and everything was perfect. Bukela lodge is an amazing location to see some animals and to relax. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The food and the..."

  • "Items need addressing"

    12 October 2019

    "This lodge has such a lot of features that are very good indeed. The staff are delightful. They are helpful, pleasant and efficient. Our ranger, Michaela, was very knowledgeable and professional, as..."

  • "Heaven on Earth "

    09 October 2019

    "Bukela is the lodge you want to ask for and dream of, starting from the room, staff, food and the games. All the staff is AMAZING, Vusi, Vuyani, Siphosethu, Andiswa and our amazinggggggg tour guide..."

  • "Love this place!"

    06 October 2019

    "This place is amazing - fantastic food, great luxury accommodation with open air showers and wood burners in bedrooms, plus fantastic game drives. The camp isn’t fenced, which means we were greeted..."

  • "One off the bucket list!"

    06 October 2019

    "Bukela lodge and, more importantly, the opportunity it gives Europeans like us to see amazing animals living life without fences was a wonderful way to end our South African adventure We were..."

  • "Heaven on esrth"

    05 October 2019

    "Bukela is the lodge you can ever ask for, starting from the room, staff, food and the games. All the staff is AMAZING, Vusi, Vuyani, Siphosethu, Andiswa and our amazinggggggg tour guide for the..."

  • "Game Viewing"

    04 October 2019

    "An excellent location with great service, accommodation and game drives. The luxury tent met most of our requirements. The game drives were the highlight and were varied and led by a very..."

  • "Best safari ever"

    01 October 2019

    "Our first trip to SA. Totally exceed expectations. Wonderful staff, accomadation, food .. I will remember seeing the animals in their natural habitat for ever and learned soooo much. Brett our ranger..."

  • "Special stay on an excellent Game Reserve"

    29 September 2019

    "Can’t speak highly enough of Bukala Lodge on Amakhala Game Reserve. Beautiful lodges arranged around a great lounge/ outdoor area is great setting. Highlight however was the twice daily game drives..."

  • "An amazing experience"

    28 September 2019

    "We stayed at the Bukela Game Lodge for 4 nights at the end of a 2 week holiday in SA and it was the highlight of our holiday! Firsty, entry to the lodge starts down a gravel road through the game..."

  • "Very good trip"

    21 September 2019

    "You can not go wrong staying at Bukela Game Lodge from the moment we arrived we felt very special all the staff were very helpful our bags taken to our lodge, car parked , snack and drinks..."

  • "Unforgettable start to our holiday "

    18 September 2019

    "Would highly recommended the bukela game lodge from start to finish our 2 night stay was superb. The service and care from all the staff was first class, Our ranger Andrew was brilliant he was very..."

  • "What an experience! "

    17 September 2019

    "This lodge is simply amazing. It is surrounded by a beautiful nature where we felt very safe. The facilities are up to date and the staff was very kind and caring. We enjoyed everywhere on this lodge..."

  • "Perfect end to our holiday"

    14 September 2019

    "I stayed at the Bukela lodge with my husband for 2 nights. I wish that we had been able to stay for longer. I would recommend staying 100%. From the minute we arrived, the service was excellent and..."

  • "Superb experience"

    12 September 2019

    "A lovely place to stay, we stayed in one of the luxury tents ( no. 11) over looking the watering hole, ideal to view it and also view one of the main routes for the animals to make there way there..."

  • "A magical stay with amazing service!!"

    11 September 2019

    "A one night stay that my partner and I would have loved to have turned into a week. The level of service and friendliness was out of this world. We are looking very forward to visiting them again. I..."

  • "A little bit of heaven....."

    06 September 2019

    "We stayed at Bukela Game Lodge in August as part of our honeymoon, and had 3 of the most magical days there. From the minute we arrived we were blown away by the warm welcome we received from the..."

  • "Bukela Lodge - Amakhala"

    31 August 2019

    "Unforgettable experience for both me and my partner. Lucky was incredible and had expert knowledge on where to find the lions, rhinos, elephants and all other animals on the drive. 5 star..."

  • "I have already submitted a review on trip advisor."

    30 August 2019

    "Excellent place to stay. Great staff and happy people. Beautiful animals to see and generally very accommodative of guest's individual needs. Happy to stay there again sometime in the future. Good..."

  • "Real five star stay and treatment"

    27 August 2019

    "We had a super time at the lodge and the reserve is beautifully maintained and run. The staff was extra friendly and ready to serve, the food and accommodation was delicious and stunning. The kitchen..."

  • "More than 5 stars! The team, the lodge, the reserve... all amazing!"

    25 August 2019

    "Bukela lodge is staffed by an amazing team that took great care of us. Location - the lodge is about 90 minutes drive from Port Elizabeth airport. Bukela offered me an airport pickup (with charge..."

  • "Wonderful honeymoon"

    21 August 2019

    "We had a great time at Bukela. The staff were friendly and food and accommodation were amazing. Lucky our ranger was incredible and worked really hard to ensure we saw animals up close. Saw giraffes..."

  • "Amakhala Bukela Game Lodge - family holiday"

    15 August 2019

    "Amakhala Bukela Game Lodge - family holiday - beautiful setting - greeted by warthogs wandering between the luxury tents! Very welcoming, great service, lovely food and wine. Game drives were amazing..."

  • "Authentic Africa ..."

    12 August 2019

    "... well not quite as you’re in a luxury “tent” being served high-tea at 2:30pm whilst you select your evening dinner options, but I think the team at Bukela get it spot-on. The drives are amazing..."

  • "A weekend to remember !"

    01 August 2019

    "From the start we were received as a king and queen on visit.! Indeed Sanet and team made effort to make us feel special...thank you.!!! The rooms kept clean and well stocked with the extra touches..."

  • "You get to see Lions getting laid!"

    27 July 2019

    "Wonga, our ranger, is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!! 4 out of 5 big fives in one morning, not bad eh Rest of the staff are extremely friendly and offered the best services one can hope for. Especially Mr..."

  • "Best Game Reserve experience ever! "

    22 July 2019

    "I came on vacation to Cape Town to visit my boyfriend last month. Little did I know he had arranged the most amazing surprise proposal at the most surreal spot. None of it would have been possible..."

  • "Glorious, luxurious, fun"

    20 July 2019

    "A safari with the family ( grown up kids) was a bucket list item for me. After a bit of research we booked Bukela Lodge for three nights. The accommodation was lovely- based around a watering hole..."

  • "Amazing"

    18 July 2019

    "Our stay at the Bukela lodge was perfect from the very attentive staff, comfortable facilities and the food was very nice! every meal offered something for everybody! Any issue we had was fixed very..."

  • "Honeymoon"

    16 July 2019

    "Bukela is an amazing place. From the minute we arrived till we left everything was perfect. Everyone was so friendly. Would highly recommend. Got to see the big 5 on the game drives. Food is..."

  • "A fabulous and intimate safari experience!"

    09 July 2019

    "My husband and I traveled to South Africa from June 23-July 5. We used Audley Travel, and they made great selections for us during our trip. Bukela was our first safari experience, and I think it..."

  • "3 days to remember"

    08 July 2019

    "We very much enjoyed our stay at the lodge. The personnel on duty was exceptional and very Open hearted. Great food and special care to honeymooners such as us. Andrew the ranger was the best choice..."

  • "Wonderful Amakhala"

    08 July 2019

    "Mu husband and I stayed at Amakhala Bukela as part of our holiday driving the Garden Route. What a truly amazing and wonderful place this is. Right from the moment you arrive, the staff make sure..."

  • "Amazing location for a Safari"

    03 July 2019

    "The Amakhala Bukela lodge was just stunning. We stayed three nights in June, the location, the food, the accommodation the safaris were all excellent and speaking to some other well traveled..."

  • "Great game, nice accommodations, don't come for the food/bev"

    02 July 2019

    "A nice resort and lodging. Say lots of great game. The food, common area, drinks leave much to be desired. I would recommend max of two nights - you will see all that needs to be seen. Bring..."

  • "Bukela Game Lodge - a little peace of heaven"

    26 June 2019

    "For a first time visit to any place you are always apprehensive if the website and reviews give a true flavour, but I can honestly say Bukela was so much better than the pictures and..."

  • "Trip of a LIFETIME!"

    11 June 2019

    "I visited Bukela in May as part of a trip to South Africa with a friend. I really don't know where to begin. It was the absolute highlight of our trip and for someone who has travelled a lot, one of..."

  • "Best Game Drive"

    11 June 2019

    "We arrived at Amakhala in the afternoon and was taken to the Lodge by our very knowledgeable game ranger Jono. Upon arrival we were greeted by Vuyani who assisted us with all aspects of our stay..."

  • "A wonderful stay and experience"

    10 June 2019

    "We stayed 3 nights at Amakhala and completed 5 game drives in this time. All of the staff at the lodge were so friendly, helpful and chatty and made us feel so welcome. The accommodation..."

  • "Great stay, fantastic Game Drives"

    10 June 2019

    "We had an awesome stay and fantastic Game Drives. Service was always very attentive and friendly (just to name a few members of the team and a special thank you to Sino, Andisme, Sino, Wella), rooms..."

  • "A new favorite in the Eastern cape"

    04 June 2019

    "A lovely find in the eastern cape. Lodge is absolutely amazing, set in the middle of the bush, no fences which makes it a little more exciting. Was in a luxury tent, which was fully kitted out with..."

  • "Excellent Bush Experience"

    28 May 2019

    "My wife and I spent an awesome weekend at the Bukela Game Lodge this past weekend. From start to finish we experienced superior service, friendly and knowledgeable staff, top star accommodation and..."

  • "A magical and unforgettable stay"

    28 May 2019

    "Our two night stay at Bukela wasn’t long enough. It was, without doubt, the best part of our trip. We spent the first 24 hours pinching ourselves as we couldn’t believe we were really in such a..."

  • "The highlight of our honeymoon!"

    20 May 2019

    "Bukela lodge was an amazing experience form start to finish! The setting is beautiful, the staff were exemplary, our suite was wonderful and we felt the extra mile everyone went to. The game drives..."

  • "Exactly how it looks..fantastic"

    19 May 2019

    "I visited Bukela with my partner and parents and it was the most special trip. The pictures of Bukela are exactly like they are in real life. The staff are so friendly and a special shout out has to..."

  • "Fantastic"

    18 May 2019

    "Had an amazing stay. Was invited by The company as I'm a travelagent, and I have previously visited Bukela for an inspektion 4 years ago. Staff was really great and very helpful. The gamedrive was..."

  • "Unforgettable safari break"

    11 May 2019

    "Our stay in Bukela was the highlight of our honeymoon! The game drives with our amazing ranger Wonga were so special. As well as all the amazing animals we saw, the trips out themselves were fun..."

  • "Awsome!"

    29 April 2019

    "I took my 15 year old daughter for two nights - 4 games, and it was perfect! The only thing we missed were 2 more nights... We got to see all the animals on the four rides, but would have stayed..."

  • "Lovely staff, accommodation and food"

    28 April 2019

    "We spent three Autumn nights in Bukela and loved it. The game drives were really interesting and informative and the ranger created a great atmosphere for all his guests. It was great to come back to..."

  • "Spectacular stay"

    25 April 2019

    "We were so looking forward to the safari element of our trip to South Africa - and we were not disappointed. We were blown away when we were shown to our private lodge. Everything here was top..."

  • "South African best Game Lodge"

    24 April 2019

    "Heartbreaking Luxury Game and Observation Lodge in the Amakhala Reserve. All big Five seen as close as possible for wild living animals. Great Rangers and Lodge Staff. Lovely luxury Tents with the..."

  • "WOW!"

    16 April 2019

    "This place was one of our highlights: luxury tents, amazing views, good and plenty of food, very friendly staff taking care of us and truly amazing safari game drives. We loved the outdoor shower as..."

  • "civilised wilderness"

    13 April 2019

    "we stayed at the BUKELA LODGE game reserve ,we booked the luxurious accommodation but decided to stay in the luxury tent as the view was better from out patio over looking the water hole where wiled..."

  • "Amakhala Woodbury Tented Camp"

    11 April 2019

    "My husband and I visited with friends in March 2019. It was the high light of our South African holiday. Fantastic experience. Extremely well organised. Game drives were amazing, food and..."

  • "Lorraine Butler"

    11 April 2019

    "Stunning location with luxurious tented accommodation, all furnished to a high standard. We had tent 9 which sits directly in front of a watering hole so enjoyed the daily visits from the animals and..."

  • "Awesame accomodattion but NO big five!!!"

    06 April 2019

    "We had a wonderful stay in a luxury tend that was amazing!!!!! Staff was very friendly, specially our ranger CV who answerd all of our questions with patience and humor! The safari was great, but we..."

  • "Memorable experience"

    02 April 2019

    "Superb time and experience . All the staff were excellent and very friendly. Accommodation was very good with super views . Food also lovely with good choice. Seen all the animals including Big Kholi..."

  • "Unforgettable"

    24 March 2019

    "Without exaggeration the three days we spent at Bukela lodge on the Amakhala were the most unforgettable holiday I have ever had in my sixty years. This was the final leg of a ten day break in South..."

  • "Good game Lodge "

    19 March 2019

    "Staff and Rangers are knowledgeable and helpful. The accommodation is excellent and the views breathtaking. The game drives in the morning and afternoon are great and the rangers really helpful..."

  • "Fabulous safari lodge"

    19 March 2019

    "Stayed here for two nights, had a wonderful time. A luxurious resort in the middle of a well maintained and conservation focused nature reserve. Our ranger Andrew was so knowledgable and a truly..."

  • "We miss Wonga!"

    18 March 2019

    "My partner and I stayed here as part of our honeymoon. All staff are very welcoming and helpful throughout the stay. You will never be hungry at Bukela, fantastic food with very friendly and..."

  • "The perfect place to unwind and relax"

    15 March 2019

    "Our stay at Bukela was luxurious. The staff were very attentive and friendly. The rooms are clean and cosy with lots of cute amenities. The atmosphere around the lodge is great, no matter what time..."


    15 March 2019

    "First contact with Bukela resort was a bad start due to the inefficiency of their organization: no answer to a number of emails we have sent to them, in order to prepare our stay. We finally found..."

  • "Elephants At Our Door"

    04 March 2019

    "This place is phenomenal. We had a "tent" 50 yards from the waterhole and we had all sorts of animals and birds visiting, day and night. The highlight was the time an elephant came right up to our..."

  • "animals comd to visit too!"

    01 March 2019

    "stayed here aspart of our tour, great place nice staff tasty food. Ty our game drive driver was very enthusiastic about the animals and the park, knew all the birds,trees, plants by name. great t o..."

  • "A Wonderful Experience"

    27 February 2019

    "The staff were all helpful, friendly, attentive and the facilities inside and out were excellent. Food and service was very good. The game drives were well organised and as well the iconic game we..."

  • "Breath takingly beautiful!"

    26 February 2019

    "5 Star luxury lodges, surroundings and staff. Made to feel welcome by all. Extremely knowledgeable rangers , all dedicated to the cause. An experience I will never forget, my only regret is not..."

  • "Bukela Game Lodge"

    24 February 2019

    "Our 2 night stay at Bukela was the highlight of our holiday in South Africa. The 4 game drives were amazing and our ranger was excellent. All the staff were very friendly and helpful. It was a really..."

  • "Great experience!"

    17 February 2019

    "Excellent accommodation in individual lodges in the middle of the 8'000 ha reserve, full of wild animals. Respectful behavior towards these wild animals, which are walking around the..."

  • "An excellent lodge catering well for a dairy allergy"

    13 February 2019

    "We were booked to stay in this lodge at the end of our first South Africa road trip. The reviews were good except for some negative comments about catering for allergies and as I have a dairy allergy..."

  • "Wonderful safari, luxury accommodation"

    05 February 2019

    "Safari was amazing, we had 4 drives over our 2 night stay. Our guide Jonno was fantastic! Accommodation gorgeous and luxurious. We stayed in a luxury tent. Food is solid, some of it great, some..."

  • "An excellent choice!"

    24 January 2019

    "Our two nights at Bukela afforded us a wonderful and memorable experience from the luxurious tent, glorious views, exciting game drives with our excellent and very informative guide Andrew where we..."

  • "Perfect end to honeymoon"

    20 January 2019

    "Bukela Game Lodge was the perfect end to our honeymoon. The lodges were comfortable, had spectacular views and provided the perfect retreat to relax when not on a game drive. All staff were..."

  • "Out of this world"

    14 January 2019

    "This is the most incredible place , the lodge is pure luxury, great staff , food excellent, the tent was just like a five star hotel room & the views were breathtaking, elephants, warthogs, monkeys..."

  • "Heaven on earth"

    12 January 2019

    "I can't speak highly enough of this lodge. We arrived quite late in the afternoon and were worried that we might miss the evening game drive. We called ahead and the staff were very efficient when we..."

  • "Little piece of heaven but remember this is a Game Reserve so you will not get a "real" safari experience"

    02 January 2019

    "My husband and I stayed here for three nights during our three week trip to SA in September, 2018 and found it to be a little piece of heaven. Unbeknown to me when we booked two people I know had..."

  • "Not all five stars are the same...!!"

    28 December 2018

    "We stayed here for three nights which was the final part of our South African adventure. The staff are welcoming and the accommodation tents are comfortable. Having never been on safari before we..."

  • "Good place "

    27 December 2018

    "We stayed for 3 nights here. Warm welcome by staff, except they forgot to mention that we may not have water as the elephants had dug the pipe up! That afternoon and eve there was no water in the..."

  • "Awesome trip!"

    05 December 2018

    "We stayed for 3 nights at Bukela and had a great time! The game drives were the highlight- we saw all sorts of animals and Ty's enthusiasm and information he shared with us was much appreciated. We..."

  • "Wonderful game lodge"

    01 December 2018

    "Spent 3 nights here, marvellous guide/warden Ty very knowledgable and great sense of humour, abundance of wildlife to see. Drives at 6am and 4 pm with optional night drive available. Mixture of tents..."

  • "Amazing...a must do!"

    25 November 2018

    "We stayed for 2 nights, leaving 25th Nov. The reserve is about an hour from Port Elizabeth and sign posted very well. After you sign in at the security gate it’s a 7km drive on a dirt track through..."

  • "perfect stay"

    24 November 2018

    "good value for money. The only little weak point of not been exellent rated is the Dinner. There is potential to raise quality. but this is not a complaint, its only a challenging point for rhe..."

  • "Wonderful Hospitality with Incredible Safari"

    21 November 2018

    "Our stay at the Bukela Game Lodge within the Amakhala Reserve was the highlight of our South Africa road trip and one of our best holiday experiences ever. From the moment we arrived the warm welcome..."

  • "Very nice place, but pricey"

    17 November 2018

    "Spent one night with my wife. Getting there can be tricky if there is rain, because you can only reach the resort by dirt/gravel roads, which are a bit bumpy, but quite managable unless you are..."

  • "Amazing end to our holiday "

    31 October 2018

    "We stayed here for 3 nights and what an experience it was. We were made to feel extremely welcome from the moment we arrived. Unfortunately I wasn’t well upon arrival and staff were very helpful in..."

  • "What a lovely experience"

    28 October 2018

    "The staff and the game drives are what this place is about. We weren't totally enamoured with our room but the lounge and dining are beautiful and comfortable and the food was ok. The game drives..."

  • "***Magical Special Place***"

    23 October 2018

    "We stayed for 3 nights at the end of our recent South African trip. Just wished at the time of booking this stay with Trailfinders they had encouraged us to stay longer. We just loved the whole..."

  • "Wonderful 3 night stay at Bukela"

    21 October 2018

    "We loved our stay at Bukela. Our luxury tent was fantastic with woodburner, lovely bathroom and very spacious, comfortable bedroom and sitting area. We loved the breakfasts and excellent dinners in..."

  • "Big Changes"

    18 October 2018

    "Oh dear what have they done to Bukela Lodge. We stayed here 2 year ago and there were just 4 chalet and 8 people it was so relaxing and we were able to unwind, meals were taken together the..."

  • "Not 5 Star!"

    06 October 2018

    "This is advertised as a 5 star hotel however the quality of service is definitely not 5 stars. Before arrival we were asked to notify the hotel of any dietary requirements and whether we were..."

  • "Above and beyond service, incredible facilities, great wildlife"

    27 September 2018

    "My fiance and I visited to celebrate our engagement in September 2018 and stayed for 3 nights, the perfect amount of time and we were able to attend 6 game drives. Bukela Game Lodge is a convenient..."

  • "Safari - Lifetime Bucket List"

    23 September 2018

    "Finally got to go on Safari, something that I've wanted to do for years! Bukela lodge is right beside the entrance to the wildlife reserve, so was handy to get to. They are really well organised and..."

  • "Perfect...although the drive in is a bit hairy!"

    17 September 2018

    "We stayed for 2 nights in one of the luxury tents. This was incredible, very large with a sitting area around a wood fire and a nice little bottle of port waiting on arrival. Very comfortable king..."

  • "I'd give 10 stars if I could!"

    15 September 2018

    "I visited in September 2018 as a solo female traveler to live out a childhood dream of being on a safari in Africa and seeing a wild lion. To say that it was the trip of a lifetime is an..."

  • "A Heavenly Retreat"

    12 September 2018

    "Couldn't fault anything. The luxury tented accommodation was very spacious and comfortable. The staff were all very friendly while still being courteous and helpful. Jono our ranger was extremely..."

  • "Magical!"

    20 August 2018

    "Organizing my photos and videos taken 10 days ago at Bukela Lodge prompted me to write this. The resort is phenomenal. Accommodations, food, service, and beauty are beyond expectation. Our ranger..."

  • "Heaven on Earth"

    18 August 2018

    "My mouth actually fell open in surprise and pleasure when I saw our accommodation. Everything about Bukela is beautiful! All of the staff were as solicitous and helpful as they could possibly be. The..."

  • "Unique, wonderful, luxury safari experience"

    16 August 2018

    "We had only 2 days at this special place and would have stayed for at least a week. The resort is stunningly beautiful - and the customer service outstanding. From the moment we arrived - we were..."

  • "Conservation, wildlife and luxury"

    10 June 2018

    "We spent 5 nights at Bukela lodge in late May. The staff were so helpful and friendly - and highly effecient at repairing the waterpipes which two naughty young bull elephants kept ripping up.. yes..."

  • "The ultimate luxury safari experience. Wish we didn’t have to leave!"

    03 June 2018

    "Bukela is an incredible property - we felt at home as soon as we arrived, and wish we could have stayed for more than 3 nights. The dining room and viewing platform were beautiful and cozy, and we..."

  • "Amazing place & experience"

    31 May 2018

    "Just home from 3 nights at Bukela Lodge. This place is amazing. The experience started whilst driving to the lodge when 2 giraffes walked past our car. On arrival we were greeted by friendly..."

  • "Gorgeous Game Lodge with Incredible Wildlife and the Best Staff"

    28 May 2018

    "My husband and I stayed in a Luxury Tent at Bukela Game Lodge in early May. We couldn't have asked for a better experience!! The staff were extremely welcoming and couldn't do enough for us. Roan..."

  • "Birthday Treat"

    25 May 2018

    "We had a really wonderful time every one was happy and helpful, we enjoyed seeing all the animals our room looked out over a water hole. Just wanted to say roads are very bad so if you're in a hire..."

  • "An amazing experience"

    24 May 2018

    "We had three nights here at the end of our holiday. We stayed in one of the tents which was perfect. It had a great view, a comfy bed and felt very cosy during one wet and windy night. The outdoor..."

  • "never to be forgoton"

    12 May 2018

    "an hours drive from port Elizabeth just off the N2 you drive through electronic gates and then 8km down the very bumpy road to the lodge which is situated in the middle of the reserve. on arrival we..."

  • "Disappointing"

    07 May 2018

    "This is an outstanding property with fabulous accommodation and an abundance of wildlife. Unfortunately the service and food quality make this a very disappointing experience. This lodge is not..."

  • "Memorable Stay - perfect for couples"

    07 May 2018

    "A fabulous experience - we stayed in a lodge which was very spacious and well equipped with plenty of toiletries provided. The staff were so helpful - nothing was too much trouble and the food very..."

  • "Outstanding Experience"

    02 May 2018

    "How do we begin.This was THE most amazing experience, last on my bucket list and the best. Flawless. Lodge incredible, Game drives with the amazing guide Jonno - his enthusiasm infecting us all. His..."

  • "It should have been magical..."

    19 April 2018

    "It is very hard to write this review because firstly I never usually focus on negative experiences, and secondly I desperately wanted this to be the most magical trip of a lifetime, however, we have..."

  • "The dream stay"

    16 April 2018

    "Bukela Game Lodge is out of this world. My wife and I have recently returned from SA - with BL as out last stop - and couldn't have wished for a more perfect end to our Honeymoon. The lodge and staff..."

  • "Luxury lodge"

    07 April 2018

    "We arrived at the lodge after driving down a long bumpy road. On arrival at reception, we were asked to hand over our car keys and the staff parked the car for us. We were not allowed an6 access to..."

  • "All the the fantastic Reviews are exactly correct!"

    30 March 2018

    "Definitely the highlight of Our S.A trip this year. We stayed here for 5 nights so plenty of time for extensive and relaxed game viewing with the most personable,enthusiast and knowledgeable Jono..."

  • "Amazing Amazing experience"

    28 March 2018

    "This experience will stay with me for the rest of my life. Saw 4 out of the big 5 - no leopard unfortunately. But this is amazing place with so much game. Have got some amazing photographs which..."

  • "Amazing visit"

    28 March 2018

    "this was the highlights of our recent south Africa trip doing the garden route. We stayed in a safari tent which despite our original concerns was excellent for three nights. We had a fantastic time..."

  • "I've Run out of Superlatives!"

    27 March 2018

    "This was our last stay in a Trailfinders "Unique and Boutique" fly-drive collection. What a fitting way to finish! Many other reviews give details of the setting (glad it was a rental car for the..."

  • "Mixture of early morning rise and lounging by the pool"

    24 March 2018

    "After turning off the main road (N2) and through the security gate, even though we were on a public road, we realised we were actually inside the Game Reserve, as a group of giraffes greeted us a few..."

  • "Time of our lives "

    24 March 2018

    "We stayed for 2 nights and had the BEST time! The tent was incredible and the game drives were a highlight of our whole trip. Thanks to Jonno our guide who was so knowledgeable and friendly. Ty for..."

  • "Amazing time at Bukela Lodge"

    23 March 2018

    "My husband and I spent 3 glorious days at Butel’s Game Lodge in March 2018 and would highly recommend it. We stayed in a luxury tent, which was very private, extremely comfortable and met all our..."

  • "The best part of a wonderful trip ????????"

    22 March 2018

    "Wow! What a place! We loved every minute. This was our first visit to to a game reserve and we weren’t disappointed. From the word go the staff were welcoming and extremely friendly , the..."

  • "Wonderful experience"

    11 March 2018

    "Ended our Garden Route trip with 2 days here. Bukela Lodge is a 7.5km ride down a rough road and the final part of the track is very uneven and rutted. Be aware if you have low clearance on your..."

  • "Safari "

    07 March 2018

    "Lovely small game lodge. We stayed in what they call a ‘tent’. This tent had solid polished hardwood floors a sitting room a bathroom en suite with large stand alone bath and indoor shower you could..."

  • "Amazing experience"

    28 February 2018

    "Our stay at the Bukela Game Lodge was the highlight of our trip to South Africa. When you consider the quality of the accommodation, the food and above all the game drives, nothing could be..."

  • "Fantastic!"

    28 February 2018

    "we spent 3 nights at Bukela Game Lodge in a luxury safari tent, it was beautiful. Loved the outdoor shower and deck overlooking the valley.Everything was perfect, the staff are friendly and look..."

  • "Wonderful Experience!"

    21 February 2018

    "The adventure really does begin as soon as you arrive to the main gate of the reserve. On the drive in through the reserve it is a couple of km's to the lodge and you can spot animal - we saw a..."

  • "Safari as it always should be!"

    04 February 2018

    "The adventure starts by getting to the lodge!! If you think, your small car won't make it, do not worry! It will. Just like our rented little Renault did... You may already spot a few animals on the..."

  • "Perfection"

    29 January 2018

    "Spent 3 nights here and loved every single moment, the welcome was wonderful the lodge is so beautiful with a wonderful infinity pool, our cottage was perfect beautifully set up. There is nothing I..."

  • "Great Place in the middle of the reserve"

    26 January 2018

    "The first thing I would say when visiting any game lodge reserve park is make sure you hire a four wheel drive vehicle because getting there from the main road can be several kms on unmade roads. We..."

  • "Stunning and a must!!!"

    19 January 2018

    "This safari was just out of this world. If you are going on safari this is the place to go. There was just the two of us and we saw all the animals. Our ranger was John Luke and he was very very..."

  • "Amazing Experience"

    16 January 2018

    "Such an amazing experience from beginning to end. The lodges were perfect and bed was very comfortable. Our ranger Jono was brilliant and definitely made the whole experience better, his knowledge..."

  • "Intimate Game Reserve with average food. "

    14 January 2018

    "We thoroughly enjoyed our first Safari at this game reserve. The Ranger was extremely knowledgable and we were able to see all the animals available. The property is small, accommodating 18 guests at..."

  • "Amazing Experience"

    12 January 2018

    "Visisted in November and we had and amazing visit. On check in we were made very welcome and our host advised us that animals including elephants came to visit the lodge. We she was true to her word..."

  • "Africa in the wild"

    05 January 2018

    "Fabulous place. Great comfortable accommodation in private chalet with private facilities lounge outdoor deck. Comfortable beds indoor and outdoor shower Guides/rangers very good knowledgeable Jean..."

  • "Breathtakeing"

    01 December 2017

    "I can highly recommend the Bukela Game Lodge. It is perfectly in the middle of nowhere and all you can hear at night are the animals. We had a luxury tent which was a great experience. The bathroom..."

  • "Magical! - Beautiful lodge and excellent safari"

    30 November 2017

    "Stayed for 2 nights. Our first safari. Beautiful luxury tent and lodge. Amazing views and lovely pool. Great food and service. Our guide was very knowledgeable. Saw lots of animals and 4 of the Big 5..."

  • "First ever safari visit"

    25 November 2017

    "The whole experience far exceeded our expectations of a safari visit. We stayed in a "tent"- forget all your previous camping experience- this is completely different with underfloor heating and..."

  • "Wonderful Safari and luxury tent!"

    21 November 2017

    "We stayed for three nights and thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. After a long day driving in the rain to get there, the welcome was warm and friendly. The food was great and our tent was..."

  • "More game sightings please!!"

    04 November 2017

    "The Lodge was nice. The only real issue we had was that we would have liked to have seen more animals ( after all that's the main reason we were there ) The other ranger/vehicle that was there as..."

  • "Wonderfull first time Safari"

    01 November 2017

    "We stayed for three nights total. A completed the full 6 game drives. The welcome was warm and friendly. The staff courteous and helpful to a fault. The food is brilliant and the lodges are warm and..."

  • "What a wonderful setting."

    24 October 2017

    "We occupied a more formal lodge rather than the canvas offering. It is beautifully appointed and set in the bush with wild life all around. We experienced four safari trips both early morning and..."

  • "Simply a wonderful place to stay"

    22 October 2017

    "I must confess at the outset to a bias on this review! That said, it won’t really change what I write. It’ll just mean there are even more complementary comments. The bias is due to the fact that..."

  • "Lost for words "

    06 October 2017

    "We stayed 4 nights at Bukela for our wedding anniversary and loved every minute of it. We had never experienced a safari so had no idea what to expect. All the staff were so welcoming and could not..."

  • "Honeymoon Stay "

    14 September 2017

    "3 nights. Overall superb. Set in a remote, huge, tract of land, it's well worth the visit. 4 huts and 2 tents on site so max guests will be 10-12. Game drives are super in early morn for sunrise and..."

  • "Amazing safari experience"

    30 August 2017

    "My wife and I stayed at Bukela Lodge for 3 nights while on honeymoon and had a brilliant first-time safari experience. We stayed in a very comfortable luxury lodge with a Jacuzzi bath and good..."

  • "Safari and social "

    21 August 2017

    "We visited Bukela at Amakhala as part of our Cape Town/ Garden Route/Safari honeymoon. The welcome was very warm and this was made greater by the small intimate size of the hotel and encouragement..."

  • "Amazing!"

    20 August 2017

    "We stayed here at the end of our honeymoon. We really enjoyed the experience. The lodge was lovely with gorgeous rooms and a nice communal space. Janco was our ranger and he was brilliant. He was..."

  • "Fabulous!"

    17 August 2017

    "We stayed for three night and had six game drives - our excellent ranger, Wonga, even managed to find lion footprints on the track in a misty morning so that we were able to observe four lions..."

  • "Thoroughly recommend!"

    29 July 2017

    "Fantastic few days with my family. The game drives were fabulous. We couldn't believe that we saw so much wild life so close up. The rooms are amazing. The staff are so helpful and friendly and the..."

  • "Highly recommended!!!"

    13 July 2017

    "Wow - the service, rooms, staff and safari - the whole experience was brilliant. Our guide (Janco) on our game drives found us all except the leopard and got us close to the animals wherever..."

  • "Amazing Honeymoon"

    07 July 2017

    "My husband and I spent 3 nights here. 14th June 17 - 17th June 17. This was the first stop of our honeymoon and it was AMAZING!!! We arrived at dinner time on the Wednesday and had a lovely meal at..."

  • "Brilliant time"

    06 July 2017

    "We spent 3 days here at the beginning of July. Our guide each day was Jonathan. He was absolutely brilliant. Each drive was different and he was so knowledgable about animals, birds and all the..."

  • "Fantastic safari experience with beautiful accommodation"

    21 June 2017

    "We spent 3 days in April/May staying here. We had the same guide each day (Lucky) - who was full of knowledge about all aspects of the reserve and not just the animals. 2x3 hour safaris each day with..."

  • "Amazing time!"

    13 June 2017

    "We stayed in one of the safari tents for four days on our honeymoon. We had the most amazing time. I think this is one of the few places on safari where you aren't fenced in which means your safari..."

  • "Honeymoon "

    09 June 2017

    "An absolute gem of a find. Lodge was breathtaking, food out of this world, and our game drives were unbelievable. Our ranger Janco pulled out all the stops to give us a memorable experience. The..."

  • "Oh my day's, what a place!"

    07 June 2017

    "We arrived after around an hour and bit drive from Port Elizabeth airport, shown to the most amazing lodge ( lodge number 1 ) which is very close to the watering hole and we were lucky to see lots of..."

  • "Fantastic few days"

    07 June 2017

    "Stayed for three nights. Easy transfer time of less than an hour from Port Elizabeth, we had a private transfer by Ilios who were excellent throughout the trip. This was our first visit to a game..."

  • "Wish we could have stayed longer"

    03 June 2017

    "Had a great time, would definitely recommend. One of us is vegetarian and the other is vegan. The staff went above and beyond to accommodate our every need, dietary wise or other. The game drives..."

  • "Wonderful"

    21 May 2017

    "We came here as part of our honeymoon for 3 nights in Bukela lodge and we were blown away from the minute we arrived. The staff are incredible- every single one of them. We were treated so well here..."

  • "Incredible 3 day safari experience!"

    15 May 2017

    "The Bukela Game Lodge and the safari experience at Amakhala were absolutely incredible and could not be faulted. We stayed 3 nights on our honeymoon which included 6 game drives and were treated to..."

  • "First stop in ZA"

    15 May 2017

    "really easy drive from P.E. Warm welcome from friendly faces. Brilliant food and drink, communal dining but not a problem at all as everyone is talking about the game drives. We highly recommend..."

  • "Paradise on safari"

    15 May 2017

    "Boutique game lodge in a smaller game reserve where the Rangers really care about the animals. The Rangers were informative and friendly but did not crowd the animals. The lodge is beautiful with..."

  • "Amazing Safari"

    02 May 2017

    "This had to be the icing on the cake at the end of a fantastic trip to South Africa. Everything was perfect from the moment we arrived for our 3 day Safari. Personal attention given due to the fact..."

  • "Fantastic - they even changed a flat tyre on my car!"

    13 April 2017

    "Stayed 2 nights at the end of 2 week garden route drive in a double suite. Suite was spacious and comfortable. Game drives were good - although believe what they say about the weather - we arrived..."

  • "Amazing Safari Lodge"

    03 April 2017

    "We had the most wonderful 3nights at this Lodge. Exceeded our expectations in every way. Game drives were superb and the ranger Jono certainly knew his stuff. Great staff and always friendly and..."

  • "Lovely Bukela"

    24 March 2017

    "We stayed in a safari tent which was very well equipped, especially enjoyed the outside shower! Temperature in the tent fluctuates and the air-con unit was not really big enough to cope but that was..."

  • "Bukela"

    21 March 2017

    "The staff were very welcoming and everything was ready on arrival, having our first game safari that afternoon. Evening meals with the other guests ( there were only 12 of us) enhanced the visit. We..."

  • "Amazing experience"

    19 March 2017

    "Had a three night stay here after driving the garden route from Cape Town. Warm friendly welcome and stayed in a tented lodge. This was unlike any tent I've ever seen! Beautifully furnished and so..."

  • "Wonderful start to our tour of South Africa"

    14 March 2017

    "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Bukela. From the moment we arrived, Sanet and her team made us feel very welcome. We stayed in one of the luxury tents, with everything available for our comfort..."

  • "Fantastic"

    10 March 2017

    "Stayed in one of the lodges which was luxurious and had just about everything we could possibly need. The staff were very helpful and attentive. Brunch was excellent, though we felt dinner was..."

  • "Special experience "

    08 March 2017

    "Small and wonderfully luxurious way to see animals in the wild. Individual lodges with every comfort provided. Dining was as a group (there were 12 when we were there) which was most enjoyable. Very..."

  • "A Wonderful Experience"

    02 March 2017

    "The accommodation at Bukela Game Lodge was first class. We stayed in one of the luxury tents for three nights. The site facilities and staff were also excellent. Our ranger did his upmost to ensure..."

  • "Wonderful Experience"

    19 February 2017

    "The accomodation at Bukela Lodge was first class. We stayed in one of the luxury tents. The facilities and staff were excellent. Our ranger did hid upmost to ensure we saw as much wildlife as..."

  • "Game for this."

    18 February 2017

    "Wonderful 3 nights here at the luxurious bukela lodge. Warm welcome from staff who welcomed us with a fab braii and african cultural evening of music and tribal dance. All staff wonderful and..."

  • "Honeymoon - everything we wanted and more!"

    11 February 2017

    "After a full day of travelling we arrived at the fantastic Bukela lodge and were promptly greeted with a brief but informative tour of the grounds and refreshing drink. The site itself compromised..."

  • "Third stop on our South African adventure"

    08 February 2017

    "Stayed here for 3 nights. Huge room with a view of a watering hole where we saw wart hogs and kudu coming for a drink. There is a small pool, which is rather refreshing to say the least. Comfy..."

  • "Part of road trip"

    06 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..."

  • "Honeymoon "

    30 January 2017

    "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..."

  • "Awesome Elephants!"

    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..."

  • "Wonderful stay at Bukela Lodge"

    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..."

  • "Honeymoon "

    19 January 2017

    "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..."

  • "oasis close to Port Elizabeth"

    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..."

  • "Fantastic Safari experience"

    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..."

  • "Honeymoon Safari"

    17 January 2017

    "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..."

  • "Wonderful, relaxing and enthralling!"

    12 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..."

  • "Excellent stay and the trip was made by our guide Jono"

    08 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..."

  • "So relaxing"

    05 January 2017

    "I was a bit reluctant of this place as it was a very expensive three days. Turns out I had no reason to be. If you want somewhere with TV's and internet connection, then don't go here. It's to be..."

  • "Lovely lodge and great game drives"

    04 January 2017

    "Had a lovely two night stay at Amakhala Bukela lodge. I had a lovely villa to stay in with all the facilities you could ask for and more! The game drives were awesome, we saw many animals and we had..."

  • "3 night stay in late October"

    02 January 2017

    "My fiancé and I stayed in Bukela for 3 nights in October. We were welcomed to the lodge by Tyrone and we were delighted with the lodge we were staying in which was beautiful and had a great view of..."

  • "Not for everyone! 3 nights too many for us. Overpriced"

    04 December 2016

    "We chose this because of the excellent reviews but it was an expensive mistake. The lodge is focused solely on the game drives. The price includes two per day and food is served around these, so..."

  • "Not too big, not too small, just RIGHT!"

    01 December 2016

    "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..."

  • "Awesome Elephant Encounter"

    20 November 2016

    "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..."

  • "What an Experience!"

    07 November 2016

    "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..."

  • "Good but no longer great Safari lodge"

    02 November 2016

    "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..."

  • "Amakhala Bukela is a fantastic experience"

    01 November 2016

    "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..."

  • "Good People Beautiful Animals"

    31 October 2016

    "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..."

  • "Fantastic place!"

    29 October 2016

    "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..."

  • "Unforgettable"

    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..."

  • "Excellent Honeymoon Safari"

    20 October 2016

    "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..."

  • "Mind Blowing Experience"

    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..."

  • "Real safari experience"

    18 October 2016

    "Unless you are used to the ultimate luxury in the world, you will be genuinly impressed and excited by your stay at Bukela. The location is fabulous, the safari feel is present, the staff is..."

  • "What an Amazing Experience!"

    12 October 2016

    "From the moment we arrived we felt like we were visiting friends. We were greeted by Tyrone who gave us the layout and run down of what to expect during our stay at Bukela. We were given welcome..."

  • "Amazing Adventure"

    11 October 2016

    "Bukela was wonderful from start to finish, the staff were friendly and attentive. The food was incredible and we saw some incredible animals on the game drives. The set up of the day's itinerary was..."

  • "Wonderful Stay"

    05 October 2016

    "This was the last leg of our South African holiday and what a wonderful place to finish. Our ranger Jancke was brilliant and the lodge live up to its adverts. It is an experience both of us will..."

  • "Not 5 stars as claimed, but worth it."

    04 October 2016

    "By the National Tourist Board, Bukela would receive no more than 4 stars and that would be good enough to make a visit. The acommodations are quite spacious and nicely a pointed but the lighting..."

  • "Literally in the middle of the reserve"

    17 September 2016

    "The lodge is literally in the middle of the animal reserve. Easy to find but the final road is not tarred and bumpy with needle bushes on side (scratched the car). We crossed a giraffe even before..."

  • "First Class resort"

    17 September 2016

    "This is an excellent safari lodge. Great lodge with thatched roof and wonderful log fire and underfloor heating also the outdoor shower. Great game drives with Jano who could have a laugh with you..."

  • "Dream come true"

    13 September 2016

    "We visited Bukela for three nights with friends and it was out of this world. It's such a special place. From the moment we arrived we were so well looked after by all the staff. Our lodge was..."

  • "More than expected"

    11 September 2016

    "We had a perfect stay in this wonderful lodge : Everyone was from our arrival until our departure extremely friendly and helpful, the atmosphere was lkike beeing at home. Great food and drinks,big..."

  • "Relaxing hideway"

    22 July 2016

    "This a very relaxing small lodge with only four luxury lodges surrounded by beautiful countryside. The staff are really helpful and friendly. Our Ranger Marrisa was very friendly and knowledgeable..."

  • "Game Reserve has GAME"

    09 July 2016

    "Yes, loved this place. The lodge was camouflaged nicely into the reserve. Each individual lodge was superb. With underfloor heating (we were here in 'winter' and the heating was welcomed), stove..."

  • "Attention to detail"

    30 June 2016

    "Small lodge with only 4 luxurious rooms so you get to know the other guests. Staff are very friendly and very accommodating. Game drives were great and we got to see everything. The food was..."

  • "Fantastic few days!!"

    15 June 2016

    "The service here is absolutely brilliant. We had great game drives with an excellent guide. The rooms are very comfortable and we stayed right next to a watering hole. We also had dinner in our..."

  • "fantastic"

    13 June 2016

    "we stayed here for three nights on the 4th june, we were warmly welcomed with drinks and shown to our lodge, lodges are beautiful and quite, we'd our own private deck to sit and watch warthogs and..."

  • "Simple amazing "

    09 June 2016

    "We spent 3 nights here at the start of our garden route honeymoon. We loved everything about the place. The staff were so friendly, food amazing and the safari itself was great. We saw all of the big..."

  • "True wildernesses!"

    04 June 2016

    "We stayed here for 3 nights at the end of our garden route honeymoon trip. The staff were all very nice and our driver Vuyani was brilliant. The room we had (lodge 1) was beautiful with a lovely bed..."

  • "Honeymoon Dream"

    15 May 2016

    "We arrived in Bukela for three nights as the second part of our honeymoon. I cannot rate this place enough. Neither myself nor my husband have ever been on safari so had no idea what to expect. We..."

  • "Beautiful place"

    15 April 2016

    "It was a lovely place, staff were very welcoming and the actual room was stunning. Honestly a very special place. My only complaint would be that it was offered to us that we could eat alone or in..."

  • "Authentic but facilities are not 5 star"

    05 March 2016

    "Bukela Lodge is reached by travelling 7km along a very bumpy road.with a hire car that was unsuitable for off-rode pursuits. Be warned! We were delighted by our first sight of a family of warthogs..."

  • "What a wonderful three days to end our holiday"

    03 March 2016

    "We ended our holiday at the game lodge and looked foreword to it all holiday. It was better than we'd hoped for. The lodge we stayed in, the staff and the game drives with Jacques were wonderful..."

  • "stay in Bukela"

    04 February 2016

    "We had a good stay but I think the price quality was moderate. We stayed in other game resorts which were much better. The accomodation was moderate in comparison to othe resorts of the same..."

  • "Amazing end to our holiday"

    30 January 2016

    "We stayed for 3 nights at the end of a two week trip and we certainly saved the best till last. The lodge is the perfect place to chill out between the amazing drives and Jacques our ranger could not..."

  • "Great location, great safari and great staff. "

    24 January 2016

    "We enjoyed a fabulous stay here in January and can't recommend it highly enough. Having just four rooms, you really do enjoy a personal service where nothing is too much trouble for Sam and her..."

  • "Three days of heaven"

    22 December 2015

    "We're still on cloud nine after a wonderful stay at Bukela. I'd echo all the comments below about the first class team...and especially Jean, Kirsty, Nomi and Tamara. Special mention to Kirsty for..."

  • "Highlight of Our S African Holiday- Magical, Romantic and Just Amazing!Truly Memorable!"

    16 December 2015

    "From the time of our arrival, when we were met by Kirsty with the warmest of welcomes , hot towels and a drink(a regular feature after game drives) , to the moment of our departure, my wife and I had..."

  • "Wow factor"

    19 November 2015

    "This was our last stop in SA and was simply amazing. Just four beautiful lodges set in the bush, friendly staff, beautiful food (and alot of it!), and fantastic game drives. Of course, our experience..."

  • "Phenomenal. Jéan is a great asset"

    16 November 2015

    "We spent our honeymoon in South Africa and we ended it in Bukela, saving the best for last! The food was absolutely beautiful and the room we had both inside and out was like something from a..."

  • "Awesome 3 days"

    21 October 2015

    "We had an absolutely wonderful 3 days at Bukela. The service was excellent, the staff so friendly, delicious food and our game driver Vuyini was the best!! We saw 4 of the big five (only the leopard..."

  • "relax in the wilds"

    14 October 2015

    "we recently spent 3 nights here ,our first safari and what a great introduction the accomodation of just 4 individual beautiful lodges means that the maximum occupancy of just 8 people this inturn..."

  • "Out of this world "

    11 September 2015

    "It is difficult to find words to describe how amazing it was. You have to start with JP, so welcoming, helpful and made us feel instantly at home. His team couldn't do enough and supplied endless..."

  • "Great,"

    16 March 2008

    "Great and attentive staff, very friendly. Lovely lodge. Great food from Raymond (a jamie oliver fan !). Sandra was a fantastic ranger/safari guide. really good time. will hopefully be back in the future."

  • "Making the South African dream a real experience"

    02 July 2007

    "We have really enjoyed our (short) stay at Bukela Lodge --a wonderful place where Elza Truter and her staff make all efforts to make you feel comfortable and welcome. The rather small structure, run on a family basis, is ideal and quickly puts its guests in a real proximity with the staff and the remarkable environment. The place is indeed absolutely stunning and splendid. Both rangers and cooks did all they could to allow us to appreciate the game park and the food. For us, these two days were as close as possible to what may be imagined in terms of perfection, professionalism and human generosity. So, please extend our warm congratulations to all for making this South African dream a real experience!"

  • "Fantastic"

    09 April 2007

    "Bukela Game Lodge is a very nice place to stay and see some game. The valley of Amakhale is very beautiful and the hospitality of Elsa and Deon is very enthusiastic. We recommend the food, lodge and staff. A place to return to."

  • "Lovely stay at Bukela"

    20 November 2006

    "We had 3 wonderful days and nights at the Bukela Game Lodge. The lodges, the environment and the great attention of all the staff was fantastic. Alfred cooked fantastic meals and our ranger David showed us all the animals. Elsa and Dion thank you for these wonderful days."

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