The main lodge comprises of a dining and sitting area with a central fireplace which is always the center of attraction in winter. Our selection of books in our lounge makes for a quiet reading space, or perhaps to page through our bird books identifying what you saw on your exciting game drive. A large wooden pool deck overlooks a small waterhole frequented by buffalo, warthog and elephants. On the deck we have a second guest lounge where wifi is available, allowing those who want to check emails to do so with a view.
A separate area known as a “boma” adjoins the main lodge where bush braais and special festivities are offered for our guests enjoyment.
Church service - We can advise times and locations of religious services in the area. A small chapel is available in the Amakhala Reserve for weddings and other religious ceremonies. This should be booked in advance.
Computer/Email - A computer can be made available for guest use should you require it.
Clothing - Dress code and clothing is informal. It is advisable to wear loose fitting and light garments in summer, layering clothing in winter. Sensible shoes are important in the rough terrain. A warm wind breaker jacket or jersey for game drives even in summer is a necessity. Neutral colored garments are advisable in the bush. Sun hats, sunglasses and swimming costume are required in summer.
Fleeced sweatshirts, golf shirts, robes and caps are available for purchase from the lodge should guests require any of these items.
Equipment - A good pair of binoculars is a recommendation especially for bird watching. Good photographs can be taken on game drives when the vehicle is stationary, but rarely when in transit as terrain is rough. Guests should bear this in mind when purchasing suitable camera equipment. The recommended film is 100-200 A.S.A. and a zoom lens is not always a necessity but recommended.
Food - Please inform management at Bukela of any specific dietary preferences you may have before arrival.
Coffee, tea, fresh juice and a selection of 2 sweet and 2 savoury pastries are served before each game drive in addition to any snacks provided on the drive itself. Beverages and snacks over and above that mentioned can be requested throughout a guests stay, accounts for which may be settled on departure.
Housekeeping - Suites are cleaned unobtrusively thrice daily while guests enjoy a game drive or meal. At no other time will guests be disturbed unless they request assistance. Our staff is always available to assist guests wherever necessary. Incoming calls may be received on the lodge cellular phone.
Information services - Guests will find directories of tourist information in each suite. Should guests require assistance with flights, transfers or accommodation reservations, or require that Bukela assist with reputable tour operators, please let us know.
Laundry - Guests personal items can be washed and ironed at a nominal fee. Laundry bags are provided in suite cupboards. Dry cleaning is unfortunately not offered.
First aid and Medical - A well stocked supply of over the counter medication is available to guests should they experience any physical discomfort during their stay at Bukela. Medical practitioners are also available 40 minutes drive away.
Telephone - There are telephones installed in each guest suite.
Water -The water is derived from a borehole and not for human consumption. Complementary bottled water is provided.
Wines - Bukela Lodge offers a versatile and well appointed selection of South African and International wines, sparkling wines and French champagne to suit your palate.
Weather - The region is temperate with summer conditions (October – March) reaching temperatures of 36C. Winter (April-September) brings many sunny days but evenings can be chilly. Rain falls mainly in the summer months and umbrellas are available in the main lodge for your use when traversing to your suite in these conditions.
The African climate can change dramatically whatever the season. Rangers will check weather reports before embarking on a game drive, but guests should please ensure that they are suitably attired in “layered” clothing for hot or cold conditions.