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Reviewed 28 November 2017 via mobile

We we’re so excited to go on Safari and couldn’t wait to see what the camp was like. Straight away we we’re greeted warmly and shown around and to our tent.

The tents are well equipped and very spacious. The beds are very comfortable and you are given an electric blanket for those chilly nights. The wardrobe was small so we only unpacked what we needed for our stay. The bathroom was more than adequate (the shower was great), just a shame that the toilet was outside. You had tea and coffee making facilities and we we’re even given a free reusable water bottle to keep which I thought was a great idea. We we’re lucky enough to have tent number 5 which overlooked the reserve. I was a little nervous at the height of the electric fence but was assured this would keep the animals at bay.

We arrived about 1 and we’re told that our first safari was at 4 and that Lunch was being served straight away. We stocked up and admired the communal living areas. There was a bright and spacious indoor dining area and an outside dining area on the veranda which had the most amazing views over the reserve. There was a small lounge type seating area next to a lovely fireplace and a fridge/bar.

Unfortunately we arrived on a chilly day so we proceeded to wrap up warm and prepare for our safari. Our guide Ryan was extremely knowledgeable and he clearly had a passion for conservation. We we’re pleased to know that he would be our guide for the duration of our stay. We got to see a lot of animals on our first safari including Lions, Zebra and Giraffe. Ryan took the time to find out what animals everyone wanted to see so that he could try and ensure everyone got to see what they wanted during their stay.

I would definitely recommend wearing multiple layers because it was extremely cold. They do provide blankets which help. During the safari you stop for a sun downer where you can get out of the vehicle and have a walk around. Before we left we we’re asked what drinks we would like so we got to enjoy a nice glass of wine whilst watching the sunset. The safaris are very bumpy because of the roads. The vehicles obviously soften some of the impact but be prepared to be thrown about a bit.

One our way back to the camp our route was blocked by the Lions. They didn’t want to disturb them so everyone had to use the emergency exit which was all rather amusing because they struggled to kind the key in the dark but it was actually on the vehicles key ring.

When we arrived back at the camp we we’re so cold so it was lovely to see a nice fire lit with seating all around it. We we’re offered drinks including Amarula and hot chocolate which I would definitely recommend. The fire inside by the lounge area was also lit so we all huddled round to thaw out.

Dinner was served and wow what a dinner it was delicious. We had a stuffed mushroom for starter, a chicken dish for main (which I think was like chicken parmigiana) which was served with yummy vegetables and a lemon tart with a berry coulis for pudding. All washed down with whatever we wanted to drink.

When we got back to our room we had a lovely surprise waiting for us, a bottle of JC Leroux and two glasses. Normally I would have drank with gusto but I was conscious that I didn’t want to go outside in the night (if you know what I mean) so we had a couple of glasses and saved the rest for the next day.

Day 2 and it was an early start. I woke up at 5am for a shower and it was freezing. Not for the faint hearted. We congregated in the communal area whilst we waited for everyone to arrive. Drinks orders we’re taken for the safari whist we enjoyed what can only be described as flapjacks and tea/coffee. A perfect start to the day.

Again we got to see a lot of animals including our first elephant and an ostrich family with 5 babies. Very cute. There we’re lots of different types of buck to see. It was a very cold start but the day soon warmed up.

When we got back to the camp we sat outside on the veranda and enjoyed a lovely breakfast. There was fruit and yoghurt, warm homemade bread followed by a nice hot breakfast. Back at our tent we decided to finish off the JC Leroux and then go back to sleep until lunch time. Whilst we were sitting on our stoop sipping away we had the pleasure of seeing some warthogs up close which was very cool. Today would have been a good opportunity to relax by the pool but sleep prevailed.

Our afternoon Safari commenced promptly at 4 and this time there were a lot of insects in the air. Small monkey’s we’re running and jumping to catch them. Straight away we saw our lone elephant again and then not long afterwards we had a first glimpse of xxxxx which we’re incredible. We had two males squaring off and a mother and baby nearby. It is amazing to hear what they are trying to do to protect them and how much it all costs. They are difficult to see because the rangers can’t communicate with the others when they see them in case poachers are on the same frequency. We also saw lots of Zebra playing together in the water and we stopped for our sundowner near a large group of giraffe which were heading off into the distance. The pièce de résistance and the icing on the cake were 5 cheetah (a mother and her four 1yr old cubs). They were amazing and came so close to the vehicle. We we’re even lucky enough to witness them attempting a hunt (which was unsuccessful).

Back to the camp fire to warm off and ready for another cracking meal. We started with Asparagus and Hollandaise sauce followed by a traditional braai and Malva pudding for dessert. Time for an early night in preparation for our final morning.

Up at 5 again and off we went. That morning we we’re very lucky to see all of the 4 lions on the reserve. The large male was pursuing the lioness which made for interesting viewing as she kept trying to run away. We also got to have an up close encounter with an elephant for about 20 minutes which was brilliant. Such a shame our stay here had to come to an end. We we’re disappointed not to see a buffalo. They only have one wild buffalo in the reserve so the chance of seeing him is pretty slim (Ryan did try to find him). They are in process of trying to breed some more so fingers crossed this will change. It would also have been nice to see a Leopard but we appreciate how hard it can be to find these guys, especially given that they can jump over the fence/in and out of the reserve at any time.

The staff here clearly love what they’re doing and how this all feeds in to the conservation of animals. All things considered this place is incredible value for money when you think about all the food and drink you get never mind the safari’s themselves.

I hadn’t camped before (and yes very posh tent so not camping as most of you know it) so was worried about all of the creepy crawlies. They we’re there so the fact that you’re in a rather posh tent doesn’t change that. Top tip for the ladies is a sports bra. You will definitely need it.

One thing that worried me before I went was the possibility of seeing a snake. I was informed that they are there but we didn’t see any. They only tend to come out in the heat. It was a bit too cool for them when we went (thank the lord).

Stayed: October 2017
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Woodbury Tented C, Public Relations Manager at Woodbury Tented Camp, Amakhala Game Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 9 December 2017

Thank you very much for taking the time to write this very thorough review.
We are extremely glad you enjoyed your stay with us at the Camp and yes its not camping as everyone may know it.
It sounds like you had some fabulous game drives, particularly with the cheetah hunting which is very rare to see.
We hope to see you back in the near future to make more memories
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The Woodbury Team

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Reviewed 20 November 2017

Staying here for 2 nights and having 4 game drives was a great experience. There are 2 game drives each day, one at 6am and one at 4pm each one lasts 3 to 3 and a half hours. It covers a very large area and the animals are all free to roam so it's down to luck what you get to see.The tents are fine with nice comfy beds. Food was good, breakfast, lunch and dinner provided together with drinks. Staff were lovely, all very pleasant and eager to please. Would stay again.

  • Stayed: November 2017, travelled as a couple
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Woodbury Tented C, Public Relations Manager at Woodbury Tented Camp, Amakhala Game Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 9 December 2017

Thank you for taking the time to write this lovely review, we are extremely glad you enjoyed your stay at Woodbury Tented Camp and we hope to see you back in the near future
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Reviewed 15 November 2017

Our three night stay at the Woodbury tented camp was brilliant. Our guide was great and we got to see lots. We did have a bit of a medical issue while we were there (nothing to do with the camp) and the staff were amazing. Nikki, Corlia, Dylan and Giles were incredible and really helped us out. Really recommend it

Stayed: November 2017, travelled as a couple
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Woodbury Tented C, Public Relations Manager at Woodbury Tented Camp, Amakhala Game Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 9 December 2017

Thank you Rob for writing this review. We are extremely glad you enjoyed your stay and all is well your end.
We do hope to see you in the near future so you can stay longer this time :)
Wish you all the best

Nikki and The Woodbury Team

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Reviewed 4 November 2017 via mobile

This was an all inclusive stay which had a well planned itinerary. As described on the website, arrival includes a drink. After lunch we had our first drive. Lasted about three hours. Dinner was communal at one long table. The tent is definitely not the standard one found in the bush. Secure, spacious and not too warm or cold. There is an early sunrise drive, where blankets are provided. Ryan was our guide and answered questions well. The guides communicate with other guides and this makes it possible to see animals rather than looking for them most of the time. Wide variety of animals in a natural environment. Well worth the time and money.

Stayed: October 2017, travelled with friends
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Woodbury Tented C, Public Relations Manager at Woodbury Tented Camp, Amakhala Game Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 9 December 2017

Thank you for taking the time to write this lovely review, we are extremely glad you enjoyed your stay at Woodbury Tented Camp and we hope to see you back in the near future
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Reviewed 2 November 2017 via mobile

We stayed at Woodbury for 3 nights at the start of our honeymoon. We would definitely recommend doing a safari at the beginning of your trip as the early starts can be tiring. Three nights is the perfect amount of time at the camp with plenty of opportunity to see everything you want to. We saw cheetah, lion, elephant, zebra, impala, water buffalo, rhino, giraffe and much more. All within a very close distance. The guides are very good at ensuring the animals are well cared for while maintaining an authentic environment for them and ensuring that there are not too many vehicles trying to see the animals at once. On many drives we didn’t even come near another vehicle.

Seamus was our guide and he was fantastic. Friendly with a great sense of humour and very knowledgable. All the staff at the camp are great and we greatly enjoyed the excellent food. The tents are a very good size, we were lucky to have a deck over looking the reserve and the electric blankets were definitely needed! Make sure you take lots of layers! The other facilities within the tent are basic but perfectly adequate and in keeping with the camps website. If you are looking for a more affordable safari with excellent game available then this is the place for you.

Stayed: September 2017
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Woodbury Tented C, Public Relations Manager at Woodbury Tented Camp, Amakhala Game Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 11 November 2017

Thank you Sophie for taking the time to write this review. We are extremely glad you enjoyed your stay with us and hope it made your honeymoon even more memorable.
Your comments will be passed onto Seamus and the team.
We hope to see you back very soon for a wedding anniversary!
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