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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Review of Leeuwenbosch, Amakhala - Eastern Cape Private Game Reserve

Here's a quick review and some photos of Leeuwenbosch, which is in the Amakhala Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape of South Africa.

We stayed in Shearer's Lodge, which is a former sheep shearing building and an alternative to staying in the main house at Leeuwenbosch. Our room was very spacious with a large bedroom area and a living room area with chairs, a table and a sofa.




Our room at Shearer's Lodge
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The bathroom was pretty big with a nice bathtub and a separate walk in shower.



Our bathroom at Shearer's Lodge


Check in time is 2pm, but we arrived early around 11am and they were happy for us to sit on the verandah with a drink and our room was clean and ready for us before 2pm.
We picked the all inclusive option which includes all your food (and lots of it), drinks (including wine, beer and spirits) and two game activities per day. Current rates in the high season are R2180 a night per person, but check the website for the latest prices.


Food is in a very nice communal dining room and includes cereals, fruit, yoghurt, juice and a cooked breakfast at 10am, a cooked lunch (e.g. rice and a hot dish) at 2pm, then a three course dinner followed by cheese and tea and coffee at around 8pm. There are also snacks and drinks on all the game drives. Both of us enjoyed all the food, especially dinner. Here's a piccie of me outside the building where the dining room is.



Me outside the dining room building at Leeuwenbosch


The grounds in Leeuwenbosch are very pleasant - lots of nicely manicured lawns and flowers. It's very peaceful and there is a small swimming pool with sun loungers:


Swimming Pool at Leeuwenbosch
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The staff at Leeuwenbosch are great - very friendly and welcoming and excellent highly knowledgeable rangers for our game drives. I would definitely recommend this place to a friend.

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