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Colchester, United Kingdom
Reviewed 26 March 2014

Just returned home from a fantastic trip ending with 3 days at Bukela Game Lodge. My goodness it was heaven, beautifully decorated, spotlessly clean, really friendly staff, food excellent. Everything you could possibly want was anticipated & they were one step ahead which made for a relaxing stay. Our ranger Chris was brilliant & made each & every drive exciting...

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

Hi Frances Thank you so much for your kind words and fabulous review of our lodge. Each member of the team here at Bukela aims to create an unforgettable experience for each of our guests, and to hear this feedback is encouraging (to say the very least!). We're very lucky to have a team of highly experienced rangers, and we're...

Dublin, Ireland
Reviewed 26 March 2014

Excellent safari lodge - ambiance and food absolutely superb and served by friendly and attentive staff. Our ranger Chris spared no effort in making our animal viewing memorable. He showed great knowledge of the park and it's animals and we felt very comfortable in his care. No hesitation in recommending BUKELA.

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

Thanks Michael and Geraldine for taking the time to post this wonderful review! We always appreciate the feedback and we're thrilled you enjoyed your stay. Game drives are both exciting and unique, and we're so pleased to hear that your trips were memorable ones. We hope you took all that knowledge home with you too, prepare for a test if...

Stonehaven, United Kingdom
Reviewed 25 March 2014

Only 4 lodges of the highest quality. Excellent food prepared by local villagers. A special mention to Chris who was an expert Guide/Ranger - very skilled in locating things for us to see on the Drives and a varied and always interesting commentary. We've been to Leeuwenbosch on the same Amakhala reserve which was fabulous too - Bukela was just...

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

Thanks for the great feedback! A silver anniversary sure is a special one, and we're so pleased you got to spend it in our piece of paradise here at the lodge. Being a small lodge does have its advantages, and we aim to create an intimate experience for each and every guest. Dinners at Bukela are always a special occasion,...

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 27 February 2014

This lodge is just amazing. I spent a few nights at the Bukela Game Lodge inside the Amakhala Game Reserve in early January 2014 with my family and I must say this place is out of this world. The service, facilities and reserve are just beautiful and I highly recommend anyone wanting to experience true South African hospitality to stay...

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

THANK YOU! It really makes our hearts sing when guests like you appreciate everything that goes into this incredible experience. Thanks for taking the time to share what you thought with other travelers, we really appreciate it. We are so glad to got to spend a few nights too, you really start to feel like you never want to leave...

Chester, United Kingdom
Reviewed 12 February 2014

We had a fantastic 2 days at Bukela. Could not fault anything. From the initial welcome, 4 games drives and meals, everything was lovely. Our ranger, Jacques, was very knowledgable and we saw the most amazing wildlife. All the staff were friendly and courteous and the meals were tasty and varied. I would highly recommend this lodge to anyone and...

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

Thank you for taking the time to write this awesome review! We are so glad you enjoyed your stay at Bukela Lodge. We hope you got to see the Big Five on your four game drives! Jacques always knows just the right spots to find what you're looking for, we agree. It's really great to hear that you had an...

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 5 January 2014

This was our first trip to South Africa. We really felt part of the family and the team made us feel so welcome. The lodge was beautiful and more than we expected. The staff where very knowledgable and provided fantastic memories. We will definitely be returning soon.

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

We are so glad that you got to stay with us on your first trip to South Africa! We imagine that London must be quite chilly at the moment, so we hope for your sake that you'll be returning soon. South Africa is such a beautiful country and the Eastern Cape has so much to offer. There are so many...

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 4 January 2014

My first ever safari trip,wow absolutely memorable,from the moment we stepped into Bukela Lodge we were treated with such a warm welcome and great respect.Robyn,Asher,Ameli and team were most accommodating throughout our stay.Bukela Lodge itself is of very high standards,the individual thatched pods are most intriguing and an experience in themselves! Asher the ranger took us on two game drives...

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

Oh wow! What an incredible experience- getting to see 'the big six!'. The giraffes are also our favorite! We are so privileged and pleased that you got to share your first ever game drive with Asher on the Amakhala reserve. it is such a special experience. We hope that you will cherish those memories forever and that you were able...

Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 31 December 2013

I stayed here with my husband back in 2008, whilst visiting family and friends we decided to stay 2 nights at the Bukela Game Park. Our lodge was beautifully-styled with African decor, bed was super comfortable and it was in the middle of the game reserve. From the outside, lodge looked like one of those traditional mud houses which added...

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

It is our greatest pleasure to have had you stay with us once again. Your enthusiasm and excitement about the look and feel of Bukela really warmed our hearts. Warmth is an experience we love to share- especially as the sun is setting on the open plains of the reserve, with a glass of bubbly. Thank you for recommending us,...

Zurich, Switzerland
Reviewed 23 November 2013

We just returned from a fabulous two night stay at Bukela. The lodge is beautiful and their attention to detail is superb. The rooms are stunning and impeccably clean. The staff is so great and attentive - they really made for a wonderful stay. Our ranger, Chris, was fantastic and very knowledgeable. He guided us through the reserve and really...

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

Thank you for your kind words and for sharing your experience with us. We really appreciate the time you took to write this review. We will be sure to let Chris know that you really enjoyed the wonderful diversity and splendor of the Amakhala Reserve wildlife and his knowledge of the area. We will also share your compliments with the...

Reviewed 5 October 2013

We stayed here for the last night of our honeymoon. The lodge is situated in the heart of Amakhala game reserve which only adds to the mystique and experience. Bukela was perfect. Our room was beautifully prepared. Mary Jane, Wella one and the kitchen staff all took great care of us and went beyond the call of duty to entertain...

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Ah, what a privilege for us to be part of your honeymoon. Thanks for choosing us, and for letting us share this great beginning to your journey together: we loved having you at Bukela. Mary Jane and Wella and the kitchen team appreciate the compliments too: thanks for the mentions. Our wonderful kitchen team are the unsung heroes of many...

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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 Landman Road | off N2, between Port Elizabeth and Grahamstown, Amakhala Game Reserve 6070, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Amakhala Game Reserve
Price Range: RM2,135 - RM4,562 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Bukela Game Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 4
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