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Winchester, United Kingdom
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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 staff, the amazing food and drink and attention to detail it's all brilliant - and that's before I've even factored in the unbelievable game drives with...

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West Yorkshire
Reviewed 1 week ago

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 definitely recommend a stay here.

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

Hi Freda, thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. We're extremely happy to hear that you would recommend us. It makes all the difference to us, not only in getting the message out there of our little lodge, but also as an achievement for our hard work we put into our services as a team....

Dublin
Reviewed 1 week ago

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 without these things that makes this place great. A previous reviewer seemed to have made this mistake. The food. As...

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

Hi Garvan, what a wonderful treat to read your review! Thank you so much for sharing such a detailed account of your experience of Bukela Game Lodge. It makes such a difference to us as a team in hearing such motivating feedback, as well as truly valuing that you have shared a bit of what to expect with others who...

Reviewed 1 week ago

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 some great drives. Our ranger was very good, very nice and accommodating to everyone on the trip. I would certainly...

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

Hi Maura, we are so chuffed to hear you enjoyed your stay at our small lodge and thank you so much for the time taken in writing a review for us. It really does mean the world to us a Bukela that you found our lodge worthy of recommending to a friend, it is the highest compliment a guest could...

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

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 the watering hole. The outdoor shower was also a great appeal. Tyrone was extremely welcoming and friendly as well as...

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

Hi David, wow it really was such a treat reading your review, thank you so much for taking the time to write it! It sounds like you had the full Bukela experience while you were here, elephant herds and all. You are right, while we try our best to avoid and amend such hiccups as quickly as possibly, being in...

UK
Reviewed 4 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 breakfast at 5.30am and 9.00am but then nothing until 'high tea' at 3.30pm which is a 'tapas' type assortment served just before the 4pm...

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

Thank you for writing to us to let us know more about your experience. You are right, we do focus a lot on the safari game drives and relaxing by the lodge in the quiet of the Amakhala Game Reserve. We're glad you enjoyed the lodge you stayed in and appreciate you letting us know about the things we didn't...

Victoria, Canada
Reviewed 1 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 quality, and the rooms are spacious, private and professionally decorated. We saw wild African animals close up and in their natural habitat and our highlights included watching...

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

Hi Chris, wow thank you so much for the glowing review! We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed your stay at Bukela Lodge and to hear our team was able to provide the perfect safari experience for you. The entire team will be thrilled to know their hard work and dedication pays off. It sounds like you had some really...

Northern Ireland
Reviewed 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 and the staff were helpful. My rating is 4 stars because both mornings we had no hot water due to...

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

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

Argyle, Texas
Reviewed 8 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 game drives, including witnessing a hunt and kill by a group of Cheetahs from a very close vantage point. There were a total of only...

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

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

Winchester, UK
Reviewed 2 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. Whilst clean the lodges looked 'tired' - stains on sofa, cement cracked in bathroom floor, shabby rugs etc. It is quite a long walk back up...

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

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

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  • Breakfast included
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Bukela Game Lodge Is A 5-Star Luxury Lodge In The 7 500 ha malaria-free Amakhala Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape South Africa. Accommodation at this tranquil game lodge is provided in four suites, each individually styled in African simplicity while never compromising on luxury. This secluded safari destination is tucked away into indigenous trees and bushes at the top of a hidden valley and has the perfect setting for the intimate and romantic guest experiences for which we are renowned. Connected by a wooden walkway, our thatched suites offer a remarkable private wildlife-viewing experience. Savour a crisp glass of wine in your sun-soaked spa bath, opening onto trees alive with birdsong. Indulge in sumptuous high teas, private candlelit dinners or exciting fireside boma dinners under African stars. And as you fall asleep, hear the silence broken by the unmistakeable sounds of elephant and buffalo making their stately progress through the unfenced camp. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Bukela Game Lodge

Address: R342 Karel Landman Rd | off N2, between Port Elizabeth and Grahamstown, Amakhala Game Reserve 6070, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Amakhala Game Reserve
Price Range: RM2,076 - RM4,268 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Bukela Game Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 4
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“All the rooms are fabulous, but they do have a couple of huge luxury tents that are in a more elevated position which might be nice too.”
 of 5 bubbles Geekywife, 12 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Honeymoon suite was lovely, tall four poster bed, furthest away from reception. Loved it.”
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“There's a choice of lodges and luxury tents”
 of 5 bubbles misstellithowitis, 4 Dec 2016 | Read review
“Ask for one of the thatched suites.”
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“there are just a few individual lodges. We stayed in No 1 whcih had a view of the water hole as well as excellent facilities.”
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