Things to do at Bukela Game Lodge

Enjoy game drives led by Bukela Game Lodge's top guide while on your safari in South Africa.

The Experience at Bukela Game Lodge

The Bukela adventure includes morning and evening game drives in open 4x4 vehicles with 'bush breaks' en route. Guests on their safari in South Africa will be able to enjoy sundowners while observing the African sunset.

Your viewing pleasure while on your safari in South Africa at Bukela includes: lion, cheetah, black and white rhino, elephant, giraffe, zebra and buffalo. The smaller game include bat-eared fox, vervet monkey, bush pig, warthog, aardvark, aardwolf, spring hare, porcupine and tortoise.

There are approximately 250 bird species that can be viewed in the area on your safari in South Africa including the rare African Finfoot and many raptors such as the Fish Eagle, Crowned Eagle and Jackal buzzard. A variety of snake and insect species may also be discovered on your safari in South Africa. 

A small chapel is available in the Amakhala Game Reserve for services or weddings, this should be booked in advance.

Bukela Game Lodge is centrally situated in an area rich in historical and cultural heritage as well as being positioned in close proximity to the Eastern Cape coastline. At Bukela, guests are afforded the opportunity not only of observing the Big Five, but of discovering the pristine beaches and coastal towns of this spectacular province when on their safari in South Africa.

From a historical perspective, Bukela Game Lodge offers guests an ideal platform from which to explore and discover not only the many 1820 English and Dutch settlements in the surrounding area, but also stone age 'workshops' dating back 300 000 years.

Sightseeing in the Eastern Cape


Alexandria is 36km (22.3 miles) away and as such is the closest town to Bukela Game Lodge and convenient should guests need to purchase anything the lodge cannot provide during their stay. Guests will find a pharmacy, fuel station and small convenience store located here.

Grahamstown - 'City of Saints'

This 1820 Settler city is only 20 minutes drive from Bukela Game Lodge. The city is situated at the center of 'Frontier Country' and it takes pride in its cultural and educational heritage.

Beautifully restored and preserved historical buildings line the streets and it is here that you will find the 1820 Settlers Monument erected to commemorate contributions made by the British settlers who settled in the area. The Albany Museum is 150 years old and well worth a visit should you enjoy history and natural science.

The world renowned Grahamstown Rhodes University with its picturesque campus hosts the National Art Festival in July of every year which attracts visitors from far and wide. Guests will find most things in this city including cinemas, restaurants, craft shops and shopping centers.

Bathurst, Port Alfred & Kenton-on-Sea

The route from Bukela Game Lodge to Port Alfred via Grahamstown is a 120km (74.5 miles) scenic meander which will take the visitor through the quaint settler village of Bathurst. The historic village houses the areas oldest pub as well as a variety of craft shops. The route will take visitors through the pineapple farming district to the scenic coastal town of Port Alfred.

Beautiful beaches make Port Alfred a popular holiday destination both nationally and internationally. Situated on the Kowie river mouth and with a navigable waterway, Port Alfred is popular amongst boating enthusiasts and canoes and boats may be hired here.

Alternatively, a game of golf may be enjoyed at the Royal Port Alfred Club and there are also 2 world renowned health hydros should visitors require some pampering.

Spend the day fishing or searching for antique treasures, or feast on fresh oysters at one of the restaurants on the bay. 25km (15.5 miles) from Port Alfred you will find the seaside village of Kenton-on-Sea which is situated between 2 tidal rivers namely the Kariega and Bushman rivers. Whales are spotted regularly here from April to December. Tours to adjacent Xhosa townships which include a traditional meal in a township home can be organized in advance.

Port Elizabeth - 'Friendly City'

Port Elizabeth overlooks Algoa Bay and is known as the 'Friendly City'. There are many Port Elizabeth activities including whale watching excursions, historical attractions, craft markets, boutiques and shopping malls, gambling, theatre and live cabaret, pubs, restaurants and late night music spots.

Port Elizabeth Oceanarium, Bayworld, is situated on the beach front and offers live dolphin and seal displays, a snake park and a natural and cultural museum.

The internationally renowned Humewood, Royal Port Alfred and Fish River Sun golf courses are all within an hours drive from Bukela Lodge. Please enquire as to availability of a game at a club well in advance.

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