Woodbury Lodge is located in heart of the Amakhala Game Reserve, a 8,500 hectare Big 5 malaria-free game reserve in the Eastern Cape and less than an hours drive from Port Elizabeth. Nestled discreetly against a cliff in lush riverine bush, the lodge offers spectacular views of the Bushman's River valley.
Enjoy morning and evening game drives in an open Land Rover, conducted by an experienced ranger in search of wildlife including lion, rhino, elephant, cheetah, buffalo, giraffe, black wildebeest, zebra, and over 16 antelope species. After dark, the elusive nocturnal animals are searched out with the help of a spotlight as you drive through the reserve.
As part of one game drive during your stay, you can also enjoy a relaxing river cruise down the Bushmans River (subject to river levels). Guided bush walks, night drives and horse trails are additional activities that can also be arranged during your stay here.
The dining area and lounge are perfectly positioned with expansive decks overlooking the plains, taking centre stage for unforgettable sunrises or evening drinks around the fire under the African stars.
In-between game drives relax at the lounge bar or around the swimming pool.
Designed with great care to blend in with the natural surroundings, the 5 stone-and-thatch chalets are comfortably appointed, with en-suite bathrooms, and each boasts a unique and breathtaking view from their wooden decks. The seclusion of each chalet, along with the design of the bathrooms and individual outdoor relaxation areas, enable guests to enjoy the unique setting and breath-taking views at leisure.
In addition, the 2 spacious family chalets sleep up to 4 guests allowing families to enjoy the African bush together. The rooms are separated by a wall partition to provide privacy
Spa treatments can be enjoyed at the nearby Bush Lodge, and guests can be transferred here on request.
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Directions For Drivers
Note that Port Elizabeth has been renamed Gqeberha, and Grahamstown has been renamed Makhanda - both names for each place can appear on roadsigns and maps and can be used interchangeably.
From Port Elizabeth (Gqeberha)/Knysna: Follow the N2 towards Port Elizabeth (Gqeberha). About 75 km after Port Elizabeth on the N2 towards Grahamstown (Makhanda) you will cross the Bushman’s River. Just after the bridge you will see the road sign for Woodbury Lodge. On your right hand side is a terracotta coloured wall with a thatched roof. Enter through the gate and follow the signs to Woodbury Lodge.
From Grahamstown (Makhanda): Follow the N2 from Grahamstown (Makhanda) towards Port Elizabeth (Gqeberha) for 51km. The entrance to Woodbury Lodge will be on the left-hand side. Enter through the gate and follow the signs to Woodbury Lodge.
General Information For Guests
All rooms have air conditioning and heating, mosquito nets, en-suite bathroom (bath and shower), mini bar fridge, tea/coffee making facilities, hair dyer, in-room safe, underfloor bathroom heating and a private deck.
The lodge has a communal swimming pool, a curio shop, in and outdoor dining facilities and a central fireplace. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available in the lounge/bar area.
A laundry service (laundry bags are provided in the bathroom) is available at an additional cost.
American Express, MasterCard, Visa and Diners credit cards are accepted.
Fresh bottled water is provided in the lounge area with water bottles on your bed upon arrival. Tap water is derived from a bore hole and is not recommended for drinking.
Included in your stay are morning and evening game drives leaving from the lodge. You will be guided by informative, professional rangers through Amakhala Game Reserve in open Land Rovers.
Rooms are cleaned twice a day while guests are out on game drives, to avoid any disruption during your stay. The housekeeping staff are always available to assist guests wherever necessary.
A nice alternative safari activity during longer stays is a river cruise (subject to river levels). The boat meanders down the Bushman’s river, beaming with incredible bird and plant life. The cruise is between 30 to 40 minutes to be enjoyed at your leisure with mouth-watering snacks and ice cold beverages. All river cruises are made by prior arrangement with the lodge on arrival.
Guided bush walks can also be arranged. The walks take place in the non 'Big 5" side of Amakhala Game Reserve and are led by a qualified game ranger (additional cost).
For the more daring, Big 5 bush walks for 2-3 hours (maximum 4 people per walk) can also be arranged for guests 16 years and older at an additional cost and are bookable directly. No medical certificates are required to participate.
Guests can also explore the non Big 5 side of the reserve while on horseback. Duration is between 2-3 hours, departing at 10:30. Intermediate to experienced riders welcome. Minimum number of people is 2; maximum 6. Please make arrangements prior to travel or upon arrival. 24 hours notice must be given. This activity is an additional cost. A riding helmet will be provided.
Night game drives can also be arranged (additional cost).
Your rate includes a Conservation/Community Levy which will primarily fund the anti-poaching units and a dedicated rhino monitoring programme to preserve and protect the rhinos of Amakhala Game Reserve. In addition, a percentage of the Levy will also go to support their award-winning Conservation Education Programme, which enables local school children to visit the Amakhala Conservation Centre to learn about wildlife conservation and sustainability for future generations.