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Manchester, United Kingdom
Reviewed 9 February 2013

this place is one of my favorite place on our Garden route in South Africa. Three nights and days spent there would never been forgotten...dear readers it's five star GAME lodge (not proper 5 star hotel in some megapolice like london with 5 star bed and bathroom, you should understand the difference)...and this place is gorgeous..i love the lodge we...

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

The vervet monkey still asks after you :D. Thanks for such a great, happy review, Jane: it's great to hear from you about your stay. Andrew the chef was very grateful for your compliments too: thank you. Your photos sound wonderful: we'd love to see some if you don't mind sharing with us. Look forward to seeing you back at...

Reviewed 22 December 2012

Bukela is very close to me and my family's harts. We are frequent visitors to this unique lodge. Bukela is under new management and this always causes a confusion with the staff and what is requered. We had a beautuful time at Bukela as usual and sat on our decks watching the Elephant playing in front of our decks. Thank...

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

Elsa, thanks for always returning with such a big heart. It's always lovely to see you, and we're so chuffed that the elephants put on a great display for you guys. Here's to your next visit, and to all the good times to come at this amazing place. Warm wishes from the Baileys and the Bukela family :)

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Reviewed 3 December 2012

Stayed her for 3 nights, felt let down after reading the reviews.We thought the place looked worn, the swimming pool was green and murky and generally the place needed smartening up.Had a nice room Nos 4 but again no view, no deck furniture, creaky bed.After spending a huge amount of money to stay here felt dissapointed .

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

Thanks for your review - we're sad to hear we didn't hit the mark for you. You're right, the Bukela rooms are set into the bush, so they are more suited to reading and bird-watching (and every now and then monkey-watching). The viewing hide over the water hole has good views from big deep comfy couches, and we love to...

Hanoi, Vietnam
Reviewed 15 October 2012

Stunning series of cabins located right in side the Game reserve. Rooms are lovely with all mod cons in traditional settings. Particularity liked the out door shower and in room log fire (not for kids!) It was our honeymoon and they put on a very romantic meal in the room - lovely touch. Food was top draw, best steak we...

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

Congratulations on tying the knot, and thank you for choosing Bukela as part of your honeymoon - we feel very honoured to have been part of this great moment in your life. We're very chuffed to get such a lovely review - thanks for taking the time to post it. All the best to you both for this amazing first...

Cardiff, United Kingdom
Reviewed 4 October 2012

We stayed here for 3 nights and found the staff to be very enthusiastic and proud of what they do. We have been on safari before but have never been offered so much food. Cereals, yoghurt, juices, tea or coffee before game drive, tea, coffee or hot chocolate with muffins during drive, fruit, cooked breakfast, toast, juices, tea or coffee...

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

Your review made us smile: maybe we should think about adding a Bukela Recovery diet programme attachment to our goodbye emails? (I always need a day or two of bread and water to recover from my times at Bukela.) Thanks for taking the time to give us some feedback: we're always trying to get better at what we do, and...

Lisse, The Netherlands
Reviewed 6 August 2012

Recently we (July) visited Amakhala Game Reserve with our family and we experienced something very special. We already did Safari in the past in Kenia but at Amakhala Game Reserve we had a great time. The lociation is very nice. Just like "Out of Africa"! On our terrace we had a great view and in total we had 4 Game...

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

What a great review - thanks for taking the trouble to give us your feedback! It's really inspiring for us to know when we get it right, so thank you for giving us all a good moment with your review. Glad you enjoyed the boat trip: the new boat for the river is proving very popular, and we love being...

Goleta, California
Reviewed 11 July 2012

We stayed 3 nights at Bukela with our two teenagers. We had two beautiful African style bungalows (there are only a total of four on the property). We were spoiled by the staff with excellent meals (including high tea and five course dinners), private game drives where our driver Andre worked tirelessly to spot nearly every animal possible (including two...

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

Thanks for your inspiring review and great feedback. You made our day! We're so glad you experienced all the wonder of a winter safari: it's our favourite time of year to be at the Amakhala and it's great to know you enjoyed it too. Thanks for choosing us, and for reminding us all over again what a privilege it is...

Houston, TX
Reviewed 7 July 2012

We stayed here June 23 and 24. The game drives were phenomenal and Andre is a fantastic guide. First game drive just us two, then three, then four and finally six on our last drive. Still not over crowded at all. After our TA booked the lodge, we received a call stating that they wanted us to move to a...

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We're very sad to hear about your experiences at Bukela. However, we would much rather hear about it than not, when things go wrong, so thank you for giving us your feedback. I'll be investigating this over the next couple of days and will get back to you either as a follow up post here, or directly to your Tripadvisor...

London, England, United Kingdom
Reviewed 29 June 2012

I stayed here with my partner for 5 fantastic days and nights. There are no words to describe our holiday here. We are both exceptionally well travelled but this place is no.1, by far and away the best. If you are thinking of going here- just go. It's that simple. Staff- amazing!! Ranger- tops!! Rooms-spectacular and so peaceful!! Food- incredible!!

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We love your review - thank you! So chuffed to hear about your great experiences, and hope we can welcome you again sometime. Thank you, too, for your recommendation of Bukela: this is what makes our world go round. We really appreciate it. Warm wishes from the Bailey Family and the Bukela Team.

Exeter, United Kingdom
Reviewed 12 June 2012

We travelled to South Africa in March 2012 to celebrate my wife and my friends birthdays, We had , an amazing time as we travelled around fore three weeks. We spent three fantastic nights at Bukela Game lodge,the weather was not good but we still had a wonderful time,the staff where so kind and nothing was to much trouble.The cheff...

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Happy birthday to all the birthday people in your group! We love the fact that you had a three-week birthday party - very inspiring... - and that we got to be part of it. Thanks for staying with us, and for the lovely review. Hope the rest of the year is full of memory-making too. Best wishes from the Bailey...

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  • Breakfast included
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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 Karel Landman Rd | off N2, between Port Elizabeth and Grahamstown, Amakhala Game Reserve 6070, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Amakhala Game Reserve
Price Range: €437 - €902 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Bukela Game Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 4
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“Honeymoon suite was lovely, tall four poster bed, furthest away from reception. Loved it.”
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