Bush Lodge offers an wonderful “Out of Africa” experience, with tent-and-thatch suites housing beds adorned with mosquito nets and huge stone baths; on your private deck you’ll also find a plunge pool for cooling off in the summer. Furniture is simple and classic, with colonial touches, and the views from the suites and the thatched main building are superb, down a valley crossed with game (elephants are a common sighting, often approaching within metres of the lodge). After a sumptuous evening meal, settle in around the fire pit to swap stories of the days’ game viewing before heading back for a comfortable nights sleep.
Amakhala Private Game Reserve is around 7,500 hectares and until the turn of the millennium was farmland owned by a number of families, some of whom were 5th generation settler farmers. They joined their land together and made a game reserve, which now offers excellent game viewing (with four of the Big Five being routinely sighted: elephant, rhino, lion, and buffalo. Leopards live up to their elusive reputation!) as well as wonderful scenery with the Bushman’s River cutting a swathe through the reserve.