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Amakhosi Safari Lodge

Amakhosi Safari Lodge

In the Zulu language, Amakhosi means “Place of the Kings.” The lodge is in the heart of northern Zululand, the place of kings for the Zulu nation. Situated on the banks of the Mkuze River, with lush vegetation and riverine forests in every direction, Amakhosi is home to Africa’s “big 5,” fifteen antelope species, and more than 400 bird species. Just 3 1/2 hours from Durban, the region is a blend of savanna, wetlands, and mountains.

Guest accommodation is in six air-conditioned River Suites, the Umntwana Honeymoon Suite, and the exclusive IsiGodlo Private Villa. The River Suites accommodate two adults each with a sitting area, bedroom, and bathroom with bath and separate shower.

The Umntwana Honeymoon Suite has an open plan design with a spacious deck, bubble pool, and hammock overlooking the Mkuze River. The bedroom and sitting area are air-conditioned. “IsiGodlo” means “Chief’s Residence,” and the IsiGodlo Private Villa is nearly that. Accommodating four guests in two bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, the villa’s rooms all open onto an expansive deck offering wonderful views over the valleys. A splash pool is great for the hot days or after returning from the day’s activities.

Since it is wildlife most visitors are after, game drives into the bush are certainly on the menu. The cheetahs are great and only toped by cheetah cubs! With the winter rains (November to March), Amakhosi makes a unique offering. Guided night excursions introduce you to the world of amphibians, taking guests to encounter the huge frog population.

Weddings at Amakhosi are particularly popular. Imagine the wonderful photos of the couple and their family and friends with the bush spreading out behind. The wedding celebration will be catered and organized by Amakhosi’s very talented staff, leaving the couple to enjoy the venue and the occasion.

Walking safaris have become very popular as more and more guests want closer encounters with the bush, to be participants rather than just observers. The birding here is also rather special. Amazulu Private Game Reserve has three breeding pairs of the Crowned Eagle (Stephanoaetus coronatus). The birds hunt mainly monkeys and small forest antelope, killing by severing the vertebrae or piercing the skull of its prey.

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