Amakhala Woodbury Lodge: The Lowdown

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We were utterly charmed by Woodbury Lodge. Unfussy, rustic, with bags of character and an incredibly warm welcome, this is one of our favourite lodges in the Eastern Cape.

What’s Amakhala Woodbury Lodge Really Like?

Perched on the gloriously rolling Amakhala Game Reserve, the atmosphere and laid-back friendliness of the team at Woodbury Lodge was really what sealed our love for it. We hugely enjoyed eating the warming comfort food at a table with other guests, and the informality of helping ourselves at the lodge bar. There’s a cosy indoor seating area, two swimming pools for hot summer afternoons and a firepit for drinks out under the stars.

The 7 stone and thatch chalets have a natural rustic feel to them- this is not the place to come if you prefer gold taps and hot and cold running butlers. They’re air-conditioned with ensuite bathrooms, and have outdoor decks with views to die for. Two of the rooms are family rooms sleeping four guests. Woodbury Lodge is also fenced- making life a little more relaxing for families on safari, and we loved that this meant we could go for a short walk within the lodge grounds.

What can I do at Amkhala Woodbury Lodge?

Morning and afternoon game drives are the main activity at Woodbury Lodge and we were utterly swept up by the friendliness and enthusiasm of our guide. The scenery on Amakahala wowed us (almost) as much as the wildlife, and an unexpected delight was the birding- it seemed as if the air was filled with birdsong every time the safari vehicle stopped. For an extra cost, Woodbury Lodge can also arrange night drives, bush walks and horse riding (for intermediate-experienced riders).

Giving back at Amakhala Woodbury Lodge: Woodbury Lodge has made steps big and small to conserve the land, people, and wildlife of this very special place. To pick just two examples- they’ve installed solar panels, and contribute a levy from each night you stay to fund conservation education, community projects and anti-poaching. As a guest, you can see this work in action by buying beadwork made by the local community at the Amakahala craft centre.

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