The Safari Experience

Guests at Quatermain's can enjoy the excitement of "Big 5" safaris on the award winning Amakhala Game Reserve, in a malaria free area.

Our twice daily 3 to 4 hour Game drives which depart directly from camp, are guided by our experienced rangers.

These safaris are sure to give you the best possible chance to see a variety of wildlife whilst sharing the knowledge that these dedicated guides have built up over the years.

To have a well rounded Safari experience, we recommend that our guests try to stay for at least two nights. 

Wildlife in the Reserves

Enjoy the opportunity of seeing a myriad of species in one of the most diverse habitats in Southern Africa, the Reserve stands at the merging point of five of South Africa's seven biomes.

The result of this diversity, is a higher than normal carrying capacity for all types of fauna and flora.

Species that one could possibly see on the Amakhala during the safari trips are : Lion, Savannah Elephant, Square-lipped Rhino, Cape Buffalo, Cheetah, Southern Giraffe, Brown Hyena, Aardvark, Aardwolf, Porcupine, Bat-eared Fox, Caracal, Black Backed Jackel, Scrub Hare, 4 species of mongoose, Chacma Baboon and Vervet Monkey.

The reserves are also home to the following antelope species : Common Eland, Greater Kudu, Waterbuck, Red Hartebeest, Blesbok, Black Wildebeest, Bushbuck, Impala, Mountain Reedbuck, Springbok, Common Duiker, Cape Grysbok, Steenbok and Blue Duiker.

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"Arrive as strangers and leave as family." Well, that's how it seems. Quatermain's is based in the Amakhala Game Reserve which was set up 20 years ago and is owned by five families. The camp itself is owned by Riaan and Julie and what drew us to it was the idea that there was no electricity and that you slept in 1920s style tents. Having said that the beds are very comfortable and it is a real bonus to have an ensuite with a proper loo and shower! We were warned in advance to have everything charged up before we arrived! It is also very small so the maximum number of guests is 6. We were lucky to have the tent which is a little walk from then camp so, when we were relaxing between drives it was very peaceful, except for the baboons jumping round in the trees around. We were collected from the car park which is just off the N2 by Eric, one of the rangers and taken to the camp which is tucked away in a hollow a couple of km from the parking area. There are two 4 hour drives a day both around the local reserve and another part which is across the N2. A little odd but as you talk to the owners and the rangers and start to understand the history of and the reserve itself you get used to it and become fully invested in what it is. In reality the reserve is very big and it is very easy to get away from it all. The rangers are very knowledgeable and keen to approach the animals but only if it is safe and it doesn't upset them. One day we had a walk with Riaan and Craig which was fascinating and I would have been happy to have more! We drove all around the reserve and the views from the top of the escarpment were stunning. What really set this place apart, apart from the food, the drink, the position and the game drives/walk was the people! Every meal either the one of the owners or one of the rangers has their meal with you and you get to find out more about them and the camp. Not only that all the staff are friendly and there are dogs wandering around as well so it feels as though you are a guest at their home. You are really made to feel that you are "one of the gang", which is delightful! I'd defiantly visit again and in any event I want to know what Eric's dog, Poseidon, is going to look like when he grows up!

Welshgirl49, United Kingdom
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