Shearers Lodge - Amakhala Game Reserve
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Location

  • Karel Landman turn-off the R342, Amakhala Game Reserve, 6130

  • Longitude: 26.068246
  • Latitude: -33.536666
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Accommodation Offered

  • Game Reserves & Lodges
  • Horse Riding

Languages

  • English

Payment Options

  • American Express
  • Bank Deposit (EFT)
  • Mastercard
  • Visa

Business Hours

  • 08:00 - 17:00 - Office

About Shearers Lodge - Amakhala Game Reserve

This building (situated above the swimming pool) was built in 1930 to serve the farm as a dedicated sheep shearing shed from materials acquired from Clifton House, an original dwelling on the farm Clifton, which William Fowlds had purchased in 1900 for 5 pounds a morgan from The Died of family.

1926 was the start of the merino farming on Leeuwenbosch, after the demise of the ostrich farming industry. Sheep were farmed continuously till 1996 when the farm was transformed to game, hence the beginning of the Amakhala Game Reserve. It is conservatively estimated that 1 000 000 sheep were shorn in this building over this period.

Room Number One

This was a slatted-floor area where the sheep were housed overnight prior to shearing the next day.

Room Number Two

This was where the shearers did the actual shearing

Room Number Three

This housed the sorting and wool bins where the wool was classed by Buller Clack in former years and then by Rosemary Fowlds, who had qualified as a Springbuck-Head Wool classer and had attained a Springbuck-Head Stencil plate which was stenciled on each bale. This was important as it gave the wool buyer the confidence to know that the product was well classed.

Room Number Four

This housed the Donald’s wool press and scale and the wool bales were weighed and stacked in the present bed and bathroom area of number 4. The wool press and Springbuck head stencil are now displayed on the verandah. The verandah onto number 4 was a loading ramp for loading the bales at the end of shearing. Merino flock numbers varied between 3 500 and 2 000 over the years.

The building stood empty for some years after 1996 until the family decided to convert it into the present Shearers Lodge in 2001 with its four double en suite bedrooms, which has proved very successful and popular .

Shearers Lodge Rates are on a Dinner, Bed & Breakfast Basis only.

Optional extra activities that can be booked is a Day Safari (10am – 1pm) or Horse Riding.

Room / Unit Features

  • En Suite Bathroom
  • Fan In Room
  • Hair Dryer In Room
  • Heater In Room
  • International Plug Point
  • Internet Connection
  • No Smoking In Rooms
  • Safe In Room
  • Tea And Coffee In Room
  • Wifi - Free

On Site Features

  • Bar (fully Licensed)
  • Breakfast : Continental
  • Breakfast : Full English
  • Child Friendly (all Ages)
  • Childcare / Babysitting Service
  • Garden
  • Guest Lounge
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Ice In Summer
  • Laundry Service Available
  • Parking (off Street)
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Reception (business Hours Only)
  • Security (guard)
  • Smoking (in Demarcated Areas)
  • Swimming Pool

Map and Directions to Shearers Lodge - Amakhala Game Reserve

  • Follow the N2 from Port Elizabeth to Grahamstown (+- 60km) - on right hand side.
  • About 2km after the R342 turn-off to Paterson
  • and about 1km before the R342 Karel Landman right hand turn-off.
  • Follow the road to Leeuwenbosch.

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