Amakhosi Safari Lodge


Amakhosi is located 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.

A UNIQUE LOCATION: Settled in the heart of northern Zululand in a concealed, unscathed paradise.
Amakhosi Private Game Reserve.
Near the Swaziland border, 40km west of Pongola.

An extraordinary destination where royal treatment is normal to each day, and no two days are the same, making this concealed, unscathed African paradise worthwhile exploring.

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.

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.

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.

Imagine close encounters with newborn 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 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.

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. Please note this activity is seasonal, subject to availability and needs to be prearranged.

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.

This elegant river 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. Africologys 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 particular 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 marula 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 marula 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.

Location: KZN

R3,915 per person per night

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