Highlights AmaKhosi Safari Lodge
- AmaKhosi Safari Lodge offers spacious & luxurious accommodation
- Big Five game-viewing within the AmaZulu Game Reserve
- Well-trained and attentive management couple and staff
- AmaKhosi Lodge is famous for its unusual nocturnal frogging safaris
- Each suite have a separate sitting room with sleeper couch and separate bathroom and toilet
- Over 400 recorded bird species in AmaZulu Game Reserve
AmaKhosi Safari Lodge is set in the AmaZulu Private Game Reserve in northern KZN, and offers Big 5 game viewing, bush walks with experienced game rangers, excellent birding and even frogging safaris. AmaKhosi’s direct translation from Zulu is “the Place of Kings” and this is an apt description for this intimate and exclusive private safari lodge. The attentive and experienced management couple with their well-trained staff really do make you feel special. A big feature of AmaKhosi Safari Lodge is the extensive river frontage overlooking the Mkuze river.
The thatched accommodation is particularly spacious: the six air-conditioned River Suites are well spaced and offer great seclusion and comfort with ceiling-high windows and an expansive river deck. There’s a bedroom, separate sitting room, bathroom, separate shower room and loo. The suites are decorated in colourful African fabrics but it is the glass walls onto the bush, and the decadent bathrooms, with a bath for two surrounded by candles which attracted me. The sitting room can be converted into a children’s bedroom. The two Umntwana suites are perfect for honeymooners with an open plan design, glass walls, spacious deck with private Jacuzzi, bedroom and sitting room.
The IsiGodlo Private Villa is perfect for families or friends. Two en suite bedrooms, spacious lounge with large leather sofas and fireplace all open onto the deck with sweeping views of the valley and wildlife below. The plunge pool is perfect for the warm KwaZulu days.
Activities at AmaKhosi Safari Lodge
The main lodge is equally expansive, with two sitting areas, bar, indoor dining area, covered terrace for evening dining and an expansive deck for breakfast and lunch with open views over the Mkuze River.
Early morning and afternoon game drives and bush walks introduce you to the fascinating world of animal inter-dependence and hierarchy. The several different co-systems of the reserve – mountain grasslands, wetlands and valley bushveld – leads to a diversity of animals including giraffe, warthog, hyena, hippo and 15 different antelope species.
AmaKhosi Safari Lodge has also become famous for its unique frogging safaris which take place after dark from November to March. The wetlands area in particular, offers spectacular birding with over 400 recorded species including some exciting breeding pairs of both the Crowned eagle and the Stephanoaetus coronatus.
The newest addition is the elegant Amakhosi River Spa. Here you can indulge your senses, by soaking up panoramic views of the Mkuze river whilst enjoying the skilled hands of our trained massage therapists. Finish off with a refreshing swim in our new infinity pool.
Older children are welcome either in the Isigodlo Villa or in the spacious River suites where one child under 13 can sleep in the separate sitting room. But Amakhosi doesn’t recommend the adult game drive for children under 8 years, unless they book a private game vehicle. They offer baby sitting and on request, they will do a shorter ‘kiddies drive’ outside of scheduled game drive times, especifically designed for younger kids to enjoy.
There is no kids programme of activities so this lodge suits families who want to spend as much time together as possible. KwaZulu Natal is considered a low risk malarial area where anti-malaria prophylaxis is not required. However it is up to each family to decide.