Amakhala Woodbury Lodge, Shearer's Lodge, Leeuwenbosch
Amakhala Game Reserve Woodbury Lodge  
Amakhala Game Reserve Woodbury Lodge  
Amakhala Game Reserve Woodbury Lodge  
Amakhala Game Reserve Shearer's Lodge  
Amakhala Game Reserve Shearer's Lodge  
Amakhala Game Reserve Shearer's Lodge  
Amakhala Game Reserve Leeuwenbosch  
Amakhala Game Reserve Leeuwenbosch  
Amakhala Game Reserve Leeuwenbosch  
Amakhala Game Reserve Leeuwenbosch  
I'm enquiring about: Amakhala Woodbury Lodge, Shearer's Lodge, Leeuwenbosch
I'm enquiring about: Amakhala Woodbury Lodge, Shearer's Lodge, Leeuwenbosch

Amakhala Woodbury Lodge, Shearer's Lodge, Leeuwenbosch

Eastern Cape Safari, South Africa

Amakhala Game Reserve is a 7000-hectare private game reserve of great natural beauty. It is about an hour's drive east of Port Elizabeth, on the southern boundary of Shamwari Reserve. The reserve was founded by five families, who each run their own lodge. Consequently, hospitality is a special feature of these lodges.

Game is plentiful and includes lion, rhino, elephant, cheetah, buffalo, giraffe, black wildebeest, zebra, tortoise and over 16 antelope species, including large herds of hartebeest, eland and blesbuck. Although you are unlikely to see leopard here, the cheetah sightings are very good and the reserve can do guided walks into cheetah sightings.

The Bushman’s River runs through the reserve, so boat trips and canoeing are on offer, in addition to game drives and bush walks.

Accommodation at Amakala

Our clients especially like Woodbury Lodge, five stone and thatch chalets set inside the reserve, and Shearers Lodge, a stylish conversion of a shearing shed, set in rolling lawns. Leeuwenbosch is a former colonial manor house that is especially suited to families and Safari Lodge is an intimate thatched lodge tucked away in a valley on the northern boundary of the Amakala Reserve.

Woodbury Lodge

Set in a wooded ravine deep inside the reserve, Woodbury has the atmosphere of a traditional game lodge. The five thatched chalets are secluded enough for privacy and the setting, high on a cliff above the Bushman’s River valley, offers magnificent views across the reserve. The chalets have air-conditioning.

By placing less emphasis on luxury than many other lodges, Woodbury manages to offer exceptional value. Nevertheless, the lodge has recently been awarded four-star grading. Facilities include a cosy lounge / bar, a swimming pool, and a boma with campfire where everyone eats on warm evenings. Woodbury was built and is run by the Gush family, and Richard Gush is usually there to greet you.

This is not the place for very young children – we suggest 8 or over. Both Shearer's and Leeuwenbosch are happy to accommodate young children.

Leeuwenbosch

The Fowlds family settled  in this area in the 1850s. William Fowlds was a wagon-builder from Yorkshire. Leeuwenbosch was bought as a farm in 1873. The family prospered and the colonial manor house was built in Edwardian times.  Now converted to provide four comfortable and spacious bedrooms with en suite facilities, the house retains its period charm and exudes history. Nearby, there is a charming bar, in a converted chapel, and a dining room where fine evening meals are served, often hosted by Heidi and William Fowlds, or their father, Bill Fowlds, all of whom are very active in managing both Leeuwenbosch and the greater reserve.

Leeuwenbosch is an ideal base for families. There are two family suites, and there is a special programme of activities for children aged 8 or under, including dedicated game drives, since children aged 6 and under are not permitted on the normal game drives. Arrangements can be made for young children to accompany their parents on private game drives, subject to the availability of guides and vehicles. Children dine earlier than their parents and, after dinner, they can be entertained in the family room.

Shearer’s Lodge

Originally built in 1930 as the shearing shed for the farm’s merino sheep, this long, low shed has been beautifully converted into four luxury en suite rooms, three twins and one suite. From the verandah, which runs the length of the building, there are excellent views across the valley to neighbouring Shamwari Game Reserve.

Leeuwenbosch and Shearer’s are close together, set in lovely gardens with rolling lawns and a good-size swimming pool.

The Safari Lodge

This tranquil and luxurious bush lodge is built in traditional African tribal style. The lodge sleeps twelve people in six air-conditioned safari huts, two of which are suites with private plunge pools and separate lounge areas. The huts overlook a waterhole and one can often see antelope and zebra coming to drink.

Large beds, double baths and outside showers make this lodge a favourite with honeymooners. The food is exceptional and the Weeks family runs the lodge with a warm and personal touch.

Special three night package

Amakhala also offers three-night packages combining a stay at one of the lodges and activities on the reserve with a game drive in nearby Addo Elephant Park and a day safari at Shamwari. The day safari includes a game drive on Shamwari Private Game Reserve and a visit to the Born Free Foundation, where you can view lion and leopard that have been rescued from captivity and are being rehabilitated

Accommodation Reviews

Our safari driver was excellent and really looked after us. All the staff at Woodbury Lodge were very kind and helpful.

I & K Appleton
March 29, 2013

Amakhala Game Reserve is a very special place to stay. Mnoni (our guide) was outstanding, very knowledgeable, great company & above all and excellent tracker to ensure we saw all the animals.

Author: J Woods & R Mackenzie
May 30, 2011

Great value, excellent hospitality and the wildlife cooperated.

C Williams
October 30, 2010

Lovely lodge, very personal and friendly, we would go back.

Author: R Wild
October 30, 2010

We stayed at Leeuwenbosch (Amakhala Game Reserve) and although they were quite the opposite (fully-booked), we really felt welcome and cared for. We couldn't have stayed any more than the 3 days as we would have exploded due to all the food and drink, and the owner (Bill) is an absolute character. The game drives were excellent and, in retrospect, the only thing we would have done differently would be to not opt for the Tusker package as it was a long slog to see some elephants (and lots of warthogs), and we saw lots of lovely elephants at Amakhala anyway...

Author: M, M & H Clark
August 3, 2009

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