Amakhosi Safari Lodge
Lion Family on river bed Honey Moon Suite
Lion Family on river bed
Honey Moon Suite

Amakhosi Safari Lodge

Rediscover yourself and the richness of life in ‘The Place of Kings’. Situated past Pongola on the road to Nongoma, where King Goodwill Zwelethini has his palaces, Amakhosi Safari Lodge gives majestic new meaning to a royal bush experience and welcome.

Personal attention rules, from the warm hand-towels, sherry and smiles that greet guests, to the plush comfort of the six palatial thatched chalets and two Umntwana Honeymoon Suites strung along the Mkuze River. Each is angled for the ultimate privacy and has a separate lounge, a seductive step-up double bath with candles, and a bedroom opening onto a viewing deck overlooking the river, some set with a personal plunge pool. “IsiGodlo” (meaning “chiefs residence) This private house is Exclusive, private and located a leopard’s leap away from the main lodge, this hidden gem accommodates four deserving guests and offers you a share of paradise.

Relax here or in a rock-fringed lodge swimming pool and watch the flash of the Lilac-breasted Roller or Malachite Kingfisher, but when darkness falls, listen for the roar of the lions . . .

This is Big 5 territory and what you don’t view from your deck, expert guides invariably will deliver on dawn and dusk game drives.

Conversation around the fire in the boma each night is of close encounters with lionesses and playful cubs, sand-bathing elephants and streaking cheetah. But equally engrossing are the adventurous guide’s encounters with smaller creatures, from delicate bark spiders to glossy dung beetles; and anecdotes about the trees and medicinal plants of the reserve. Depending on the season, you can choose from fishing, walking, cultural and frogging safaris.

Most evenings centre on the 5* plated bush dinners produced in the Amakhosi kitchen. Guests linger contentedly on the expansive lodge deck and reconnect themselves with nature through the sounds of the bush, then retire to the friendliness of the bar, or doze around a fire pit, where traditional Zulus and later, fireflies dance.


South Africa



Settled in the heart of northern Zululand in a concealed, unscathed paradise.
- Amakhosi Private Game Reserve.
- Near the Swaziland border, 40km west of Pongola.
- Five hours by road from Johannesburg and four hours by road from Durban.

Need to Know

From the moment you arrive, feel the caring touch of Amakhosi splendor.

SEASON: Summer - October to April; Winter - May to September.
HEALTH: Amakhosi is situated in a low risk malaria area; however, please consult your doctor for further advice.
WHAT TO BRING: Warm jersey/windbreaker for early morning game drives; suntan lotion; cap/hat; binoculars/camera.
ACCESSIBILITY: We look forward to welcoming you to our piece of paradise in a Zulu Kingdom.
BY ROAD: 5½ hrs from Johannesburg & 4 hrs from Durban.
BY AIR: Johannesburg-Amakhosi approx. 1½ hrs; Durban-Amakhosi approx. 1 hr.
AIRSTRIP: 27 degrees – 34,272 South and 031 degrees / 36,756 East.
CONTACT DETAILS: Reservations – / t. +27 34 4141157 / f. +27 34 4141172 /


Gamedrive Safaris An extraordinary destination where royal treatment is a part of each day, where the staff’s passion for wildlife and the bush filters through every moment and every encounter.

Times in the daily programme are approximate, and may differ on occasions. Your guide and management will keep you informed, should these change:

Day one:

14h00 - Arrive at Amakhosi Safari Lodge.
15h00 (winter)/15h30 (summer) - Introduction to your assigned ranger. Enjoy High Tea on the verandah.
15h30 (winter)/16h00 (summer) - Depart on afternoon game viewing safari with sundowners during the drive.
19h00 (winter)/19h30 (summer) - Return and freshen up before dinner.
19h30 (winter)/20h00 (summer) - Return for pre-dinner drinks followed by dinner either in the dining room or boma.

Day two:
05h00 (winter)/04h30 (summer) - Wake up call by your ranger.
05h30 (winter)/05h00 (summer) - Early morning coffee on the verandah, before heading out on game viewing safari.
05h45 (winter)/05h15 (summer) - Depart on morning game viewing safari with a stopover in for coffee/tea.
09h30 (winter)/09h00 (summer) - Return to the Lodge for brunch. Thereafter, at leisure (enjoy a massage, relax at the pool or embark upon a bush walk with your ranger.
15h00 (winter)/15h30 (summer) - High Tea on the verandah.
15h30 (winter)/16h00 (summer) - Depart on afternoon game viewing safari with sundowners. Should you be keen to experience a frogging safari in the summer months, this can be incorporated with prior arrangement.
19h00 (winter)/19h30 (summer) - Return and freshen up before dinner.
19h30 (winter)/20h00 (summer) - Return to the lodge for dinner in the dining room or boma.

Day three:
05h00 (winter)/04h30 (summer) - Wake up call.
05h30 (winter)/05h00 (summer) - Early morning coffee followed by game viewing safari.
05h45 (winter)/05h15 (summer) - Depart on game viewing safari and stopover in the bush for coffee/tea. If you are keen to participate in a Cultural Safari, this can be arranged with your ranger and incorporated into one of your morning safaris.
09h30 (winter)/09h00 (summer) - Return to the Lodge for brunch.
11h00 - Check-out time. Porters will collect your luggage from your suite. We include a packed lunch for your next journey.

Wildlife HighlightsWildlife Highlights

Amakhosi teems with ‘Big Five’ whilst the wetlands showcase over 400 bird species. Five safari options including game viewing safaris, overnight walking safaris, seasonal frogging safaris, fishing safaris and cultural safaris.

Local ActivitiesLocal Activities

Cultural Safaris - visit the Maqonqo village and be introduced to traditions of tribal living with a personal guide. Enjoy an interactive experience, including watching African women weave sleeping mats, brew traditional beer and sing tribal songs.



Feel the caring touch of AmaKhosi splendor.
- Dining room.
- Inside lounge.
- Bar.
- Swimming pool with comfortable deckchairs.
- Library.
- Curio shop corner.
- Satellite television.
- Conference facilities for 16 pax.
- Central e-mail facilities (additional cost).
- Phone and fax facilities (additional cost).

Amakhosi River SPA using Africology product Gym



Welcome to our private kingdom that offers a high level of service and luxury living amidst striking surroundings.
River suites
- Six luxury suites.
- Ceiling-high windows, private viewing deck with open views across the Mkuze River.
- Air-conditioned lounge, bedroom and bathroom (with a bath for two) separate shower, toilet, and bathrobes.
- A safe, fully stocked mini-bar and tea/coffee making facilities.
- Interchangeable lounge which can be transformed into a second bedroom to accommodate children.

Umntwana suites • Two honeymoon suites. • High thatched ceilings, glass walls, and open-plan design with spacious deck, private bubble pool and hammock. • Air-conditioned lounge, bedroom and bathroom (with a bath for two) separate shower, toilet, and bathrobes. isiGodlo • 2 Bedroom Private Home • High thatched ceilings and open-plan design with spacious deck, private swimming pool • Air-conditioned lounge, 2 bedroom and bathroom (with a bath for two) separate shower, toilet, and bathrobes • Private Kitchen • Barbeque area • Private game ranger


Voted No 1 speciality lodge in the area by TripAdvisor
TGCSA 5-Star Lodge 

Winner of World Luxury award Country award in 2014, Winner of World Luxury Award Continent Award for 2015.
Portfolio Chefs Hat. Lilizella Regional Award winner 2014 /2015


Luxury River Suites

High Season 1 Jan - 30 Apr & 1 Oct - 31 Dec
4050 ppspn River Suite

4250ppspn Honey Moon Suite 
Low Season 1 May - 30 Sep
R2650 ppspn River Suite

R2850 ppspn Honey Moon Suite 


Rate are per night and sleeps 4 
1 Jan - 30 Apr R19000
1 May - 7 Jun R14750
8 Jun - 13 Jul R19000
14 Jul - 30 Sep R14750
1 Oct - 31 Dec R19000


Average StayAverage Stay

3 Nights

Average PriceAverage Room Prices

(per person per night unless otherwise stated)

R2650 Per Person Sharing Per Night

Children PolicyChild Policy

Children of all ages welcome. 0-7 free of charge if sharing with 2 adults

8-12 years of age 50% of sharing adults rate, if sharing with adults

13 and above full adult rate and accommodated in seperate suite

Children of 8 years are not allowed on game drives unless a private vehicle is booked at additional cost, quoted on request 

Babysitting facilties are availalbe should you wish to make use of these at addtional cost of R30 per hour

Contact and Social Media

To find out more, visit Amakhosi Safari Lodge's website.

To find out more call us on +44 (0)1865 982290 or email us at enquiries at

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