An extraordinary destination where royal treatment is a part of each day AmaKhosi Safari Lodge is nestled on the banks of the Mkuze river in the Amakhosi Private Game Reserve in the northern part of KwaZulu-Natal, 40km west of Pongola.
The natural blend of river wetlands and valley bushland, with the umbrella thorn trees in the north, open grassland in the south, the thick bush grassland blanketing the mountains in the west and wild game roaming free, makes this a concealed unscathed paradise worthwhile to explore. AmaKhosi teems with ‘Big Five’, giraffe, warthog, hyena, antelope, hippos and crocodile with the wetlands area resonating with over 400 bird species and home to fish eagle, giant kingfisher, narina trogon and the spectacular purple-crested lourie, only to mention a few.
From the moment you arrive, you are scooped up in arms of royalty and elegance. The warm friendly atmosphere, the seductive turquoise swimming pool, carefully designed dining room, lounge, satellite television, library, curio shop, conference facilities, and central communication centre all say: “This is five-star opulence in a place where grace is an everyday reality.”
AmaKhosi has recently completed renovation. The main lodge, the six luxurious river suites and two honeymoon suites have open views of the flowing Mkuze river and merge beautifully with the vast colours and textures of the surrounding wilderness. With comfortable air-conditioned lounge, bedroom, bathroom with a bath for two, separate shower and toilet, safe, bath robes, fully stocked mini-bar and a tea and coffee tray, artistic décor, African fusion cuisine and prompt attentive service, AmaKhosi is a lodge difficult to match.
There is no substitute for getting married under open skies amidst lush bush and here at AmaKhosi in one of the most beautiful areas of the reserve you can say “I do” in front of all nature’s creatures the way it was meant to be. The two Umntwana (meaning ‘a child of royalty’) honeymoon suites offer a true seduction of pleasure, romance and passion for newlyweds. A private bubble pool and a hammock overlooking the river surrounded by lots of flickering candles and aromatic bath salts – transports lovers into a fantasy world of their own. Amakhosi has also offers private home experience with the beautiful villa they call “IsiGodlo” (meaning “chiefs residence) IsiGodlo, is private and located a leopard’s leap away from the main lodge, this hidden gem accommodates four deserving guests and offers them a touch of paradise.
AmaKhosi’s cuisine is a combination of African fusion style and European flair with personalised attention to dietary requirements and fresh produce sourced locally, ensuring that mealtimes are a highlight of the stay. Meals are scheduled to accommodate game drives, starting early in the mornings with hot coffee, tea, biscuits and fruit served on the terrace and in the bush during the game drive. Brunch is a buffet of cold and hot variety and high tea (late lunch) is traditionally taken on the veranda while platter after platter is served with vegetable wraps, chicken kebabs, mini pancakes with salmon and caviar, pâtés, quiches, chocolate- and mini cheese cakes. Dinner is usually an elegant, candlelit multi-course affair or around the boma fire in the open air with choices of pot stewed veggies, and barbequed meats.
AmaKhosi offers five safari options: traditional game viewing safari in open vehicle, walking safari, seasonal frog safari, cultural- and fishing safaris. A game viewing safaris is where the ‘Big Five’ becomes the ‘big AmaKhosi six’ (including cheetah). Early morning and late afternoon game drives lead you into the African bush with qualified, experienced and committed game rangers, introducing the unique role each animal, insect or plant play in the ecology system.
From December to March is ‘show time’ and at night time, General Manager Alwyn Wentzel will take you deep into the bush, following the “ribbit… ribbit”, introducing the spectrum of colours and the loud calling of hundreds of mating frogs between the reeds in the banks of the river, in search of the 32 species. Amakhosi River SPA is the latest addition to Amakhosi Safari Lodge. This elegant Spa will take safari spa treatments to new heights. Here you can indulge each of your senses, soak up panoramic views of the Mkuze river, the sounds of the surrounding bush, enjoy the skilled hands of our Africology trained massage therapists, taste our selection of relaxing beverages and healthy snacks and finished off with a refreshing swim in our infinity pool. AmaKhosi Safari Lodge offers a high level of service and luxury living amidst striking surroundings in the heart of Zululand in a place where time belongs to the rhythm and beat of ancient Africa. An extraordinary destination where royal treatment is a part of each day, where the staff’s passion for the wildlife and bush filters through every moment, every encounter, every touch evident in the upscale accommodation, the outstanding cuisine, the up-close game viewing and the splendid charm in their manners which say, “Welcome in my private kingdom”.
- AmaKhosi is child friendly
- Safari Options include
- Frogging Safaris
- Cultural safaris
- Walking Safaris
- Game Viewing Safaris