The Amakhala Game Reserve is surrounded by areas of historical and cultural interest. We would be pleased to assist or to recommend tour operators for day excursions in the area should guests require this.
This 1820 Settler city is only 20 minutes drive from Bukela Game Lodge. The city is situated at the center of “Frontier Country” and it takes pride in its cultural and educational heritage. Beautifully restored and preserved historical buildings line the streets and it is here that you will find the 1820 Settlers Monument erected to commemorate contributions made by the British settlers who settled in the area.
The Albany Museum is 150 years old and well worth a visit should you enjoy History and Natural Science. The world renowned Grahamstown Rhodes University with its picturesque campus hosts the National Arts Festival in July of every year which attracts visitors from far and wide.
Guests will find cinemas, restaurants, craft shops and shopping centres in this picturesque city.
Alexandria is 36 km's away and as such is the closest town to Bukela Game Lodge and convenient should guests need to purchase anything the lodge cannot provide during their stay. Guests will find a pharmacy, fuel station and small convenience store located here.
The route from Bukela Game Lodge to Port Alfred via Grahamstown is a 120 kilometer scenic meander which will take the visitor through the quaint settler village of Bathurst. The historic village houses the area's oldest pub as well as a variety of craft shops.
The route will take visitors through the pineapple farming district to the scenic coastal town of Port Alfred. Beautiful beaches make Port Alfred a popular holiday destination both nationally and internationally. Situated on the Kowie river mouth and with a navigable waterway, Port Alfred is popular amongst boating enthusiasts and canoes and boats may be hired here. Alternatively, a game of golf may be enjoyed at the Royal Port Alfred Club and there are also two world-renowned health hydros should visitors require some pampering. Spend the day fishing or antique hunting, or feast on fresh oysters at one of the restaurants on the bay.
25 km's from Port Alfred you will find the seaside village of Kenton-on-Sea which is situated between 2 tidal rivers namely the Kariega and Bushman rivers. Whales are spotted regularly here from April to December. Tours to adjacent Xhosa townships which include a traditional meal in a township home can be organized in advance.
Port Elizabeth overlooks Algoa Bay and is known as the “Friendly City”. The city dates back to the arrival by sea of 4000 British settlers in 1820 and the province is also famous for having been the birth place of Nelson Mandela, humanitarian and former president of South Africa. There are many activities on offer in Port Elizabeth including whale watching excursions, historical attractions, craft markets, boutiques and shopping malls, gambling, theatre and live cabaret, pubs, restaurants and late night music spots. Port Elizabeth's Oceanarium, Bayworld, is situated on the beach front and offers live dolphin and seal displays, a snake park and a natural and cultural museum.
The rugged coastlines of St Francis, Algoa Bay and Port Alfred hide reefs of incomparable beauty for the diving enthusiast. Shipwrecks, fish and coral may be enjoyed and shark diving excursions may be arranged for the more adventurous.
The internationally renowned Humewood, Royal Port Alfred and Fish River Sun golf courses are all within an hours drive from Bukela Game Lodge. Please enquire as to availability of a game at a club well in advance.
The Eastern Cape is also rich in Archaeology and Palaeontology. During the last century the first Stegosaur Skeleton was documented in South Africa, less than a kilometre from the Amakhala Game Reserve.
The Krantz formations along the Bushmans River in the reserve represent a cross section of time extending back 800 million years and there are various interesting fossils, which lie exposed on and around the reserve.