Carnarvon Dale, Amakhala

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This very exclusive lodge has just three rooms spread across an 1820’s settler house and an Edwardian farmhouse. Furnishings are in keeping with the historic setting, and your hosts Roger and Maryan are effusive and welcoming. They are also great raconteurs with encyclopedic knowledge of the region’s past. But the main reason you are here of course is to see the game! And as well as offering game drives on the Amakhala reserve, guests spending two or more nights at Carnarvon Dale can also take a drive on the world-famous neighbouring Shamwari Private Game Reserve.

Amakhala Private Game Reserve is around 7,500 hectares and until the turn of the millennium was farmland owned by a number of families, some of whom were 5th generation settler farmers. They joined their land together and made a game reserve, which now offers excellent game viewing (with four of the Big Five being routinely sighted: elephant, rhino, lion, and buffalo. Leopards live up to their elusive reputation!) as well as wonderful scenery with the Bushman’s River cutting a swathe through the reserve.


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