Game drives are sure to be one of the highlights of your stay with us. The drives are conducted in open 4x4 vehicles by our friendly and professional guides who are passionate about the African bush. Morning drives depart in time for the African sunrise (after a quick cup of coffee at the lodge, of course). This is the best time to look for some exciting species that are active at this time, such as lions and leopards. Mid-way through the drive your guide will find a good spot for a break and you will be welcome to disembark the vehicle and enjoy home-made biscuits and tea or coffee.
Afternoon drives depart mid-afternoon and go into the early evening, including a stop for sundowners to stretch your legs and sample South African snacks such as biltong, while sipping on a drink of your choice. As you make your way back to the lodge after the sun has set, there's a chance to see the weird and wonderful nocturnal wildlife emerging, such as springhare, brown hyaena and porcupine.
Game drives afford our guests the opportunity to explore the diverse landscapes of Amakhala Game Reserve, from its towering cliffs and the meandering Bushman's River to open grasslands and dune forests. Our guides will do their best to find as many special wildlife sightings for you as possible, and don't be shy to tell them which animals you'd like to see the most on your safari! Expect to learn about more than just the big animals, too: our guides are knowledgeable about birds, trees, reptiles and much more.
Amakhala Game Reserve is a complex and diverse ecosystem, providing habitat for over 60 mammal species, including the Big 5. The reserve is also home to hippos, cheetah, giraffe, zebra and numerous antelope, as well as over 240 species of birds. Here you can return to nature and experience the abundant wildlife, diverse vegetation and dramatic landscape of the Eastern Cape.