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Bukela means 'Place of Great Admiration' and this intimate safari lodge certainly lives up to its name. Set in the 18 000 acre, malaria-free Amakhala Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape, Bukela has been inspired by Africa with natural elements and interesting African artifacts blending to create a unique atmosphere.

It's a place where both a Big 5 safari and the deserted beaches of the Eastern Cape can be enjoyed. Set off on morning, afternoon and early evening game drives in search of the Big 5, all resident in this diverse private reserve, or head out to the coast for to wander along unspoilt beaches. Also to be discovered in the area are 1820 English and Dutch settlements, stone-age workshops and dinosaur fossils.

highlights

  • Set in beautiful Amakhala Private Game Reserve
  • Perched a top of a valley with magnificent views
  • Intimate & private safari lodge
  • Luxurious & romantic suites
  • Pool deck overlooks a waterhole where animals come to drink

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Facilities

The main part of Bukela Lodge comprises a reception, dining and sitting area with a central fireplace - always welcome in the cool winter months. There is also a useful media and library area with internet access, a television and DVD player, board games and books plus a swimming pool, surrounded by a large wooden deck and overlooking a small dam, often visited by herds of buffalo. Morning, afternoon and early evening game drives are provided and led by professional, knowledgeable rangers who will take you in search of the famous Big 5 and a host of other classic African animals.

General Facilities

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    Computer facilities
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    Laundry service
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    Swimming Pool

Dining

The African influence at Bukela extends to the lodge's cuisine, and dinner is usually an informal barbeque around the fire or a selection of traditional African dishes, enjoyed to the sound of African drums. Breakfasts, picnics and dinners at Bukela may be served out in the reserve itself, depending on the weather and your requests.

Luxury Suite

There are four Luxury Suites at Bukela Lodge, one of which is a Honeymoon Suite, though it may be used for any special occasion. Each Suite is styled with African simplicity, sleeps two guests, and is privately located and separate from the main lodge. Suites features a twin or double-bed while the Honeymoon Suite offers a mahogany four-poster bed.

Suites at Bukela boast air conditioning, large en suite bathrooms with a spa bath overlooking the reserve and both an indoor and outdoor shower. A central fireplace and private wooden viewing deck complete the safari feeling. Cots and extra beds may be organised for children sharing with their parents.

Luxury Suite AMENITIES

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    Air conditioning
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    Fireplace
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    Mini bar
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    Outdoor shower
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    Outdoor area
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    Underfloor heating
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    En-suite bath and shower
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    Telephone
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    Twin bed available

Activities

  • Bush dining
  • Cultural tours
  • Day tours
  • Game drives
  • Historical tours
  • Live music & entertainment
  • Night drives
  • Picnics
  • River cruises
  • Specialist guides
 
  • dates rates from board basis
  • 01 May 2016 - 30 Sep 2016 $310 Full Board Plus
  • 01 Oct 2016 - 14 Dec 2016 $420 Full Board Plus
  • 16 Jan 2017 - 30 Apr 2017 $420 Full Board Plus
  • 01 May 2017 - 30 Sep 2017 $345 Full Board Plus
  • 01 Oct 2017 - 14 Dec 2017 $465 Full Board Plus
  • 16 Jan 2018 - 30 Apr 2018 $465 Full Board Plus

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply
  • Rates may be different for different room types
  • The most competitive rates for accommodation are available in our tailored packages

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

Traveller Reviews

  • The people were very friendly. Great accommodations. Beautiful scenery. The food at the lodge was out of this world. We gained 5 pounds in 5 days. Unfortunately the weather was not the best the last few days. However we managed to encounter several exotic animals. The staff at were super. Geoff, the ranger, was very knowledgeable and informative. We took close to 1000 pics. I would highly recommend a visit to South Africa and also a vacation through you.

    Mats Carenback, October 2014
  • Bukela Game Lodge - very quaint lodge. Extremely friendly and helpful staff from the manager to the wait staff to the housekeepers. The other guests staying there and accompanying us on the drives were also very nice, making for a fun time. It was great to experience something different. The food was wonderful and although we didn't get to choose our meals, not a single one of them left us hungry. We were lucky when we arrived because the water supply had just been fixed after elephants had ripped it apart the night before.

    Joanne Greenberg, June 2014
  • A fantastic place and staff. We saw all the animals we wanted (and more)

    Myles Mackenzie, June 2008
  • The Bukela Game Lodge was the highlight of the trip. The main lodge and the individual suite lodges are really well done and a credit to the owners. We had a great and relaxing three days there. I would strongly recommend it to anyone. It has the added bonus of all the game you could want to see with no mosquitos.

    Bill Legge, February 2008
  • It was definately the high point of the trip and the host, guides, cooks and accommodations were top notch. Saw lots of animals and enjoyed it thoroughly. Would return in a heartbeat.

    Joel Pelavin, February 2008
  • We arrived very early from Addo and that wasn't a problem we were offered brunch and were able to sit round the pool until we needed to move for our sunset drive. The lodge was beautiful, as were the guest lodges/rooms, the scenery was awe inspiring, and the hospitality of Deon and Elza was overwhelming. We both want to go back to Bukela for a longer stay - just need to save up for that one! The safari drives were excellent too, we were out for about 4 hours on both the sunset and sunrise drives and saw loads, very close up!

    Katherine Webb, February 2008

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Shelley Hess

Shelley Hess

Africa Safari Expert

"The lodges friendly atmosphere, cozy fireplaces and the overall great ambience that you experience at this lodge will leave you with only fond memories of your safari amongst the African bush"

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The Bukela Game Lodge was the highlight of the trip. The main lodge and the individual suite lodges are really well done and a credit to the owners. We had a great and relaxing three days there. I would strongly recommend it to anyone. It has the added bonus of all the game you could want to see with no mosquitos.

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