Located in the heart of KwaZulu-Natal is Amakhosi Private Game Reserve. Encompassing 12,000 hectares of rolling green hills, grasslands, and dense wetlands, Amakhosi’s landscape is spectacular. The Mkuze River curves its way through the reserve, providing a permanent water source for a variety of wildlife. Visitors can expect to see all of the Big Five in this reserve while out on game drives and guided bush walks. In addition to the Big Five, there are dense populations of wildebeest, hippo, and crocodile. The river also attracts breeding herds of elephant, wading birds, and plenty of amphibians. Amakhosi Private Game Reserve offers an authentic Zululand safari experience, with the best of South Africa’s wildlife and landscapes.
The reserve is easily accessible from two of South Africa’s major cities, namely Durban and Johannesburg. Visitors can fly into OR Tambo International Airport or King Shaka International Airport. Durban’s airport is the closest and roughly four hours away.
Apart from the daily game drives, guests at Amakhosi Private Game Reserve can also look forward to a unique frogging safari experience between November and February when expert guides will take them on a search of colourful amphibians.
Amakhosi Private Game Reserve is only about four hours away from Durban where the King Shaka International Airport is conveniently situated. Car rental facilities are available.
There are 420 species of bird in the reserve. Avid birders can spot water birds, raptors, and savannah specials while on safari at Amakhosi. Furthermore, safari-goers can expect to see Wahlberg’s eagles, African fish eagles, giant kingfishers, Narina trogons, and purple-crested turacos.
Cheetah, buffalo, lion, leopard, elephant, and hyena are frequently spotted in the reserve. Common residents include hippo and crocodile. There are 15 species of antelope as well, making it an area rich with general game sightings. There are a variety of frog species within the wetland areas and a host of reptiles just waiting to be spotted. From monitor lizards to dwarf mongooses, and all the small creatures in between, Amakhosi truly is a wildlife wonderland.
The subtropical climate of Amakhosi Game Reserve makes it a fantastic year-round destination. During the drier months from May to September, it is easier to spot game because the bushveld has thinned out. Summers are hot and humid, and from November to January, visitors can expect gentle rainfall.
Qualified guides conduct two daily game drives during peak predator hours, and ensure visitors walk away from the experience armed with plenty of wildlife knowledge. Game drives head out into bushveld to follow the echoing mating calls and guttural sounds of local prides. Nights are spent in the boma discussing the sightings of the day while listening to the distant hyena vocalisations.
Amakhosi Private Game Reserve offers a unique frogging safari experience from November to February each year. Trained guides will take guests on a thrilling experience through the wild, in search of colourful amphibians. Birding safaris also provide an ideal safari experience in the reserve, and of particular interest is the rare crowned eagle.
Visitors are encouraged to take advantage of the safari massages on offer during their downtime between safari activities, offering panoramic views of the wilderness.
Amakhosi Private Game Reserve offers a choice of accommodation for a variety of budgets. From typical safari lodge accommodation to river-facing suites and an exclusive house, Amakhosi offers something for everyone. The private residence overlooks the Mkuze River and is a thatched safari villa complete with a private swimming pool. The River suites have viewing decks, hammocks in the honeymoon suite and other modern amenities.