Discover the Diverse Wildlife of South Africa
Woodbury Tented Camp, nestled on the enchanting Amakhala Game Reserve, is a three-star bush camp operated by the Gush family, custodians of the land for five generations. The camp boasts an intimate connection to the Eastern Cape’s natural beauty, with dedicated staff, many raised in the region, committed to ensuring an unforgettable African safari experience..
The camp comprises ten comfortable en-suite tents, each elevated on bases and equipped with private decks. The tents, offering king-size or twin beds based on preference, feature amenities such as hot water, electricity, and all the essentials for a comfortable stay. For families seeking shared adventures, two interconnected family tents with a common balcony provide an ideal accommodation option.
Woodbury Tented Camp invites guests to immerse themselves in the rhythm of nature, enjoying twice-daily game drives guided by knowledgeable professionals. The camp’s heart lies in the thatch-and-canvas dining and lounge area, where an expansive deck provides a front-row seat to the Woodbury plains’ vibrant wildlife. Zebra, giraffe, buffalo, and elephants often grace the panorama, while the haunting calls of fish eagles echo through the valley, enhancing the camp’s enchanting ambiance.
Woodbury Tented Camp includes ten comfortable en-suite tents on raised bases, each with its own private deck, allowing guests to enjoy a rare intimacy with nature. Each tent has an en suite bathroom with hot running water, the option of king-size or twin beds and electric blankets for those cosy evenings.
Two family-friendly options are available at Woodbury Tented Camp, where two tents connect via a balcony, allowing families to enjoy the African bush together. Each of these tents also have en suite bathrooms with hot running water, the option of king-size or twin beds and electric blankets.
Game drives are sure to be one of the highlights of your stay with us. The drives are conducted in open 4×4 vehicles on Amakhala Game Reserve by our friendly and professional guides who are passionate about the African bush. Morning drives depart in time for the African sunrise (after a quick cup of coffee at the lodge, of course). This is the best time to look for some exciting species that are active at this time, such as lions. Mid-way through the drive your guide will find a good spot for a break and you will be welcome to disembark the vehicle and enjoy home-made biscuits and tea or coffee.
Afternoon drives depart mid-afternoon and go into the early evening, including a stop for sundowners to stretch your legs and sample South African snacks such as biltong, while sipping on a drink of your choice. As you make your way back to the lodge after the sun has set, there’s a chance to see the weird and wonderful nocturnal wildlife emerging, such as springhare, brown hyaena and porcupine.
Game drives afford our guests the opportunity to explore the diverse landscapes of Amakhala Game Reserve, from its towering cliffs and the meandering Bushman’s River to open grasslands and dune forests. Our guides will do their best to find as many special wildlife sightings for you as possible, and don’t be shy to tell them which animals you’d like to see the most on your safari! Expect to learn about more than just the big animals, too: our guides are knowledgeable about birds, trees, reptiles and much more.
Amakhala Game Reserve is a complex and diverse ecosystem, providing habitat for over 60 mammal species, including the Big 5. The reserve is also home to hippos, cheetah, giraffe, zebra and numerous antelope, as well as over 250 species of birds. Here you can return to nature and experience the abundant wildlife, diverse vegetation and dramatic landscape of the Eastern Cape.
When the sun goes down the diurnal (daytime) animals go to sleep and the nocturnal (nighttime) animals come out to play. Join your guide as they go in search of the more elusive species such as brown hyaena, aardvark and porcupine under the spectacular African stars.
Discover the bush on foot with your guide as you explore the non-Big 5 side of Amakhala. Encounter herbivore species such as zebra, giraffe and a variety of antelope at ground level while tapping into the lesser-known world of trees, birds, insects and more.