We only had one night at Hlosi Game Lodge but enjoyed it a lot. The suite we stayed on was great, staff was very attentive and friendly and we had two great safari trips with a very good guide in an open jeep as well as an excellent dinner buffet.
The tents were beautifull and luxury, especially the warm blankets at the cold nights. The staff were always very friendly and helpful. We made some beautifull safaris with our ranger Jan who knows very much about the wildlife. We enjoyed our stay very much.
Myself and two sisters stayed here after we had been to Capetown and then did the Garden Route to Port Elizabeth. Spending two night on this reserve as awesome. The staff could not do enough for you. The put on on an African night for us on our last night
- food and dancing. The lodge we were staying in was excellent had everything that you wanted even an outdoor shower if you fancied it. Food excellent, bed comfy. On the safari trips they brought you on you even stopped for break and offered wine beer minerals etc. Seeing the wild animals up close and personal was out of this world. I could not fault this place and would highly recommend it to anyone.
We (my wife and I and our 13 and 15 year old daughters) Recently stayed at Hlosi Lodge for 4 nights. It was an absolutely wonderful experience.
I would recommend 4 nights at least as that means we had 8 game drives- and we saw something new or amazing on every drive- including a very close encounter with 3 lions 10 minutes from the end of our last drive.
We stayed in a 2 bedroom tent- which was really comfortable- and the views of giraffe, warthogs, zebras, eland etc walking past to go the the Lodge's watering hole were just mind-blowing.
This is an all inclusive stay- and you really get vale for money- a small snack breakfast at 6.30am, then your 3 hour morning drive from 7-10, a full breakfast on return, lunch at 1pm and high tea at 2.30 before your 3-6pm afternoon game drive. Then back to a 3 course dinner from 7.30 and socialising in the bar with all the other guests after dinner.
The staff were really friendly- Kayleigh, Melissa and MX deserve special credit for their help and assistance at all times.
However the real highlight were the safari drives- we had a truly brilliant guide- Siya. His knowledge was immense, his tracking skills brilliant, and his humour meant every drive passed so quickly.
We had numerous incredibly close encounters with giraffe, rhinos, elephants, cheetahs, buffalo and lions- as well as seeing many emu, warthogs, jackals, eland, wildebeest, impala, oryx, zebra, water buck, and many more.
On each drive you would have a snack/drink and see sunrise or sunset. The reserve is 18000 acres of stunning scenery- with a huge river bowl. The animal encounters were just awesome- so close you could reach out and touch many animals. If you have never done a safari- don't hesitate- and book to come here. I will definitely be back.
What a fantastic 4 nights we had for our honeymoon! Everything was perfect, from the luxury tents and the brilliant game drives to the super food and attentive staff. Cannot recommend highly enough, thank you Amakhala Hlosi!
Great relaxed stay at Hlosi. We loved the luxury tents. Food was good. Could have more variety for dinner. We did two game drives everyday. Our Ranger, John was very knowledgeable, patient and enthusiatic. We had great sightings of the animals and spotted 4 of the big 5 in our 2 days there. We were welcomed with a hot chocolate after every drive. The weather in Aug is still cold and recommend you carry gloves along with jackets since the morning drives are freezing. We were taken good care of by Monique at the lodge. Great first time safari.
I don't dish out the 5 stars often; if I could give 6 I would do here for Hlosi Game Lodge.
We stayed 2 nights in a luxury tent; the veranda on the tent affords an awesome stargazing experience as there's little light pollution.
Food wise you won't go hungry; the quality of the food is on a par (and sometimes exceeds) an average UK gastropub and is all inclusive, along with a wide variety of soft and alcoholic beverages.
The staff are excellent and very attentive and helpful, especially the rangers. We had Lucky who has been at Amakhala for years and knows his way around. We saw 4 of the Big 5 on our first drive and at least 3 each drive after (amongst other animals).
I would return in a heartbeat.
If you're considering a Safari, here's a couple of tips from me;
• If you have a digital SLR camera, it will likely have an ISO setting. Learn the relationship between that, light, shutter speed/aperture and quality (and motion/zoom) before you go - and how to change it quickly. The light varies rapidly and this will help you no end.
• If you don't have a digital SLR camera, rent one. It's not as expensive as you may think and there's loads of places that do it.
• The iPhone is a marvel and has a great camera - but it really won't cut it on a Safari! (he says having sent hundreds of photos from
his SLR to a couple that only brought an iPhone and were disappointed)
• Game drives start in the cold and dark and end in sun and warm - dress in layers accordingly.