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About Amakhala - Carnarvon Dale

Situated in Frontier Country, Carnarvon Dale is an 1857 family farm on the banks of the Bushman’s River. This historic Settler farmhouse once provided lodgings for travelers, whose journeys had been halted by the flooded river, until it was safe for them to cross. In this same tradition of hospitality, we welcome you into our home and invite you to share our heritage.

Once too, travelers recorded that our open plains were home to the mighty elephant and fearsome lion and that the valley bushveld teemed with game of many species. As you return to nature, so nature will return to you all that is good. We invite you to share in our conservation experience.

Carnarvon Dale consists of the Settler farmhouse, the Bottom House, and an elegantly restored early Edwardian cottage, the Top House. On offer is a choice of en-suite serviced bedrooms with private lounges meeting three star grading requirements. A family suite is available on request.

Delicious farm-style meals are served in the main dining room. Morning and late afternoon guided game drives in an open Land Rover are arranged to suit your personal needs. For a change of pace enjoy our bird watching and game spotting walks along the lazy Bushman’s River.

In the evenings there are new friends to be made over cool sundowners and stories of bygone days to entertain you around a “braaivleis” fire under South African stars.

Your hosts at Carnarvon Dale, Roger and Maryan Hart, will make your stay a memorable and enjoyable one. Let them introduce you to the rich heritage of this unique landscape and its history while you enjoy the warm hospitality that defines the Eastern Cape

Safari: We traverse both Amakhala Game Reserve [our own reserve] and Shamwari Game Reserve [by private arrangement for guests who stay 2 or more nights], this totalling 32 000 ha. of Big Five and other game viewing.

Family friendly: We welcome children 9+ tears old. The bedrooms are adjoining and doors can be left open for easy communication.

  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Enquiry Response Time: 24 hours
  • Type: Guest House
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 11:00 AM


  • Airport Shuttle
  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Swimming Pool
  • Wi-Fi
  • Vitality Collection
  • Credit Card Facilities
  • Parking on Premises
  • Eastern Cape

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans


  • 3 Stars - Tourism Grading Council of South Africa

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          Amakhala - Carnarvon Dale is 7.1km from the centre of Amakhala Game Reserve , the nearest airport 77.9km (Port Elizabeth Airport).
          *Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling