Amakhosi Safari Lodge

It boasts six luxurious river and two honeymoon suites, in complete harmony with their surroundings. Amakhosi also offers a private home experience. This hidden gem is a touch of paradise that accommodates for guests.



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“Amakhosi is in a blend of savannah, wetlands and mountains. The Safari Lodge is situated on the banks of Zululand’s Mkuze River in Amakhosi private game reserve.

Artistic décor, African fusion cuisine and prompt attentive service makes Amakhosi a bush lodge difficult to match elsewhere in Southern Africa. St. Lucia Wetlands and Sodwana Bay are a mere 2.5 hours away.

Settled in the heart of northern Zululand in a concealed, unscathed paradise.

• Amakhosi Private Game Reserve.
• Near the Swaziland border, 40km west of Pongola.

We suggest a warm jersey or windbreaker for early morning game drives, suntan lotion, a cap or hat, binoculars and camera.
Amakhosi is situated in a low risk Malaria area; however, please consult your doctor for advice. Basic first aid can be administered by a staff member at the lodge. Private House:

This is our Chief residence also meaning “”IsiGodlo””. Our private house overlooks the meandering Mkuze River and is perfectly positioned to capture every African sunset which adorns the rolling hills in this pristine Zululand wilderness. Exclusive, private and located a leopard’s leap away from the main lodge, this hidden gem accommodating four deserving guests offers a share of paradise. The spacious lounge entices with large sofa’s, a centred fireplace and bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms all opening onto a large wooden viewing deck, giving sweeping views of the valleys and wildlife below. The splash pool provides cool relief on warm days.

• 2 Bedroom Private Villa
• High thatched ceilings
• Open-plan design with spacious deck
• Private swimming pool
• Air-conditioned lounge and bedrooms
Rates (Sharing):
1 Jan – 30 AprR19000
1 May – 30 SepR15756
1 Oct – 31 DecR19000
• 2 bedroom and bathroom
• Separate shower, toilet, and bathrobes
• Spacious lounge area
• Mini bar and tea/coffee making facilities

Honeymoon Suites:

Umntwana, means “”a child of Royalty”” in Zulu. Slip into a nirvana in this ‘private kingdom’ with high thatched ceilings and glass walls. An open-plan design with spacious deck, a private bubble pool and hammock overlooking the river, truly spell ‘royal dwellings’, whilst an air-conditioned bedroom and lounge, fully stocked mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and en-suite bathroom.

• Two honeymoon suites
• High thatched ceilings
• Glass walls
• Open-plan design with spacious deck
Rates (Sharing Single):
1 Jan – 30 AprR4250R6375
1 May – 30 SepR3131R4696
1 Oct – 31 DecR4250R6375
• Private bubble pool and hammock
• Air-conditioned lounge
• Bedroom and bathroom
• Separate shower, toilet, and bathrobes

River Suites:

Six luxurious river suites capture nature through ceiling-high windows and private viewing decks across the river. Each suite accommodates two adults with an air-conditioned lounge, bedroom, bathroom with a separate shower and toilet, safe, bath robes, fully stocked mini-bar and a tea and coffee tray. Built in a shape of a Zulu shield and decorated in a typical Zulu style with a colourful modern touch, all suites are easily accessible from the main lodge.

• Six luxury suites, of which 2 have lounges that Transform into a second bedroom to accommodate children two children under age of 12
• Ceiling-high windows
• Private viewing deck with open views across the Mkuze River
• Air-conditioned lounge
Rates (Sharing Single):
1 Jan – 30 AprR4050R6075
1 May – 30 SepR2914R4371
1 Oct – 31 DecR4050R6075
• Bedroom and bathroom bath, shower, toilet, and bathrobes
• A safe, fully stocked mini-bar and tea/coffee making facilities
• Outside shower
• Interchangeable lounge
• Transform into a second bedroom to accommodate children

Game Drives:

Imagine close encounters with new born cheetah cubs or being the prime witness to a daring lion fight. Amakhosi guides are well qualified and extremely committed to the environment and look forward to taking you on a journey of discovery where you are at one with your surroundings.

Bush Walks:

Bush walks brings you closer to the heartbeat of the bush, submitting yourself to the mercy of nature. Knowledgeable guides know exactly where to take their guests for exciting, yet safe encounters with pristine fauna and flora.

Frogging Safaris:

?Game walks of a different kind. From November to March each year, when the rains come, Amakhosi invites guests to discover the fascinating world of amphibians. Night safaris with qualified guides take you deep into the bush to marvel the spectrum of colours and the loud calling of mating frogs.


A very powerful eagle, the Stephanoaetus coronatus, hunts mainly monkeys and small forest antelope. It kills by severing the vertebrae of its prey or will drive its very long dewclaw through the back of the monkey’s skull. This Crowned Eagle prefers forest areas, but in the Amakhosi Private Game Reserve it is also found in riverine forest. The reserve has three breeding pairs.

Amakhosi River Spa:

This elegant spa will take safari spa treatments to new heights. Here you can indulge each of your senses, by soaking up panoramic views of the Mkuze river, relaxing with the sounds of the surrounding bush, enjoy the skilled hands of our trained massage therapists, taste our selection of delicious beverages and healthy snacks and finish off with a refreshing swim in our new infinity pool.

At Amakhosi River Spa we use Africology, which is the leading natural, eco-friendly and holistic spa and skincare company in South Africa, Africology only uses natural ingredients with formulations and spa offerings, which are inspired by the wisdom of Africa’s traditional healers and celebrate Africa’s vibrant heritage, communities and plant life.
Guests can enjoy holistic body, skin and beauty rituals; rejuvenating massages and soothing treatments

– these are designed to relax the body and bring harmony to the spirit while preserving youthfulness and enhancing health and vitality. Some of our signature treatments are:

AMAKHOSI SIGNITURE TREATMENT – balances your mind, body and soul with this energy healing massage. Feel the stresses of everyday life slowly melt away as we take you on a journey to the gentle sounds of the Mkuze River. Africology’s calming chamoline butter is used to perform your journey leaving you one with yourself and your world around you.

AFRICOLOGY BESPOKE FACIALS – our bespoke facials are designed specifically with each client’s needs in mind. We offer a variety of serums that will address skin issues. Each facial is specially made for each client. Like the phases of the moon, we would like to keep the hormonal phases of the body in natural rhythm.

SOUL OF AFRICA – Africology admires and emulates this ceremonial process, using Africa’s miracle morula oil blended with neroli to soften the signs of aging through its anti-stress action. This treatment starts with the application of warm mud to release stored up negativity in the muscles. Then morula oil is applied in preparation of your intuitive oil massage.
Amakhosi is a place of kings and now with our new spa there is no better place to relax, revitalize and rejuvenate your body, mind and soul in this unique African surrounding.


There is no substitute for getting married in the bush. From the moment the bride and groom arrive, until long after the ceremony held in one of the most beautiful areas of the reserve, they are transported into a dream world fit for a king and his queen. At Amakhosi, competent staff take care of everything, all you must do is arrive and say, “”I do””.”

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