The Eastern Cape bush stretches out in front of me, dry from the drought yet still teeming with life. The winter sun peeks out from behind a curtain of clouds, and Amakhala Game Reserve is basked in a generous dose of sunlight. The reserve is vast and a safari vehicle takes us from one accommodation to the other. The dirt road is bumpy and the fresh air hits your face in a pleasant, refreshing way. As you drive through the plains of the Eastern Cape, you can’t help but feel as if you never want to return to the city again.
Amakhala Game Reserve is a popular malaria-free game reserve situated in the Greater Addo area. The ten luxury lodges are set in prime locations throughout the Big-5 reserve and each promises a memorable getaway. We were lucky enough to visit six of these lodges during a recent site inspection.