Makanyane Safari Lodge

Makanyane Safari Lodge

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Available only for exclusive-use bookings, Makanyane Safari Lodge provides the ultimate haven for you, your family and your friends to enjoy complete privacy and seclusion in the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve in South Africa. At Makanyane, our dedicated team of guides, hosts and chefs are committed to providing a fully bespoke safari experience specifically for you. Here luxurious accommodation, exceptional food, welcoming service and thrilling game viewing combine to create an unforgettable bespoke private safari experience. Situated on private ground within the malaria free, "Big 5" Madikwe Game Reserve in South Africa's North West Province, the lodge caters for up to sixteen guests. Designed to integrate perfectly into its surroundings, the stunning main lodge overlooks a stream-fed ravine frequented by game and an expansive swimming pool overlooks a waterhole Hidden in riverside forest, the eight luxurious suites, each with glass-walled bedrooms, overlook the Marico River, offering uninterrupted views of the surrounding bush. The suites have open-fronted lounges, private sundecks and spacious bathrooms that can be opened to the forest. Fine wines from the award-winning wine list complement exceptional cuisine created by the team of talented chefs. The drama, mystery and beauty of Africa's wildlife and cultural heritage can be experienced on game drives and bush walks conducted by expert, passionate field guides. Book your bespoke safari now and experience the space, privacy and luxury Makanyane Safari Lodge has to offer.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Pool
Free breakfast
Spa
Concierge
Gift shop
Internet
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary welcome drink
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Massage
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
First aid kit
Private check-in / check-out
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
Room features
Bathrobes
Air conditioning
Fireplace
Private balcony
Room service
Minibar
Electric blanket
Walk-in shower
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Electric kettle
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Non-smoking rooms
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4.0 of 5 stars
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Hidden Gem
Charming
Languages Spoken
English, Afrikaans

Location

Krokodildrift, Madikwe Game Reserve 2840 South Africa
Getting there
Sir Seretse Khama Intl Airport
53.3 km
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Chelsea P wrote a review Dec 2020
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
My husband and I visited here in March 2018, and haven't been able to get over it since.

The lodge is on the Madikwe game reserve and consists of 8 private lodges which were bigger than the entire downstairs of my home. The rear of the lodge is glass and the bed faces this. There is also a large bathroom and even an outdoor shower if you wanted to feel at one with the surroundings. The lodge overlooks a private stream and we were lucky enough to watch giraffes, zebras and elephants to name a few come and drink from there. We even had a hippo come and pay us a visit during the evening.

The main building has an infinity swimming pool which overlooks the reserve, seated areas located all over including endless amount of books for reading, a shop for purchase items you may wish to take home to remember your trip. We purchased fleece jackets, coffee mugs and hats to name a few items. The property offers all inclusive which is great too!

We were made to feel like family by the staff who would tend to our every need. Whether that be to ensure our favourite drinks were taken out on game drives and our favourite foods were ready for us for dinner. We were given private massages on the deck of our lodge and had personal guides to ensure our safety walking to and from our lodges to the main area.

The game drives were incredible and consisted of two every day, you can even to a walk by foot (we did this and got to see hippos bathing in a river) where we would be able to witness beautiful sunrises and sunsets alongside viewing the beautiful animals out in the wild. We were lucky to enough to see the big five, watch wild dogs on a hunt and even see the rare black rhino. Our guide, Kaiser was amazing and so knowledgeable. He made every drive special providing us with breakfast and sundowners as well as teaching us about the beautiful animals we were able to see.

The evenings were also special, we had a three course meal every night which consisted of specialty South African dishes as well as entertainment from the staff whereby they would sing African songs to us. They were all so lovely!

We were even booked in to sleep under the stars in their treehouse, however, we were unable to do this due to a storm but my in laws visits last year and had this experience and they told us there aren't enough words to express how incredible this was.

We loved this place so much that we are booked to return in 2021 with our in laws and to say I cried with pure joy when this was done says it all really.

Could not recommend this place anymore.

I decided to keep this review short and sweet as I could talk about this place for a week straight and still have more to say. My icon was from this trip.

If you are thinking about visiting here, do it!
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Date of stay: March 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from Garth Kew, Guest Services / Front Office at Makanyane Safari Lodge
Responded 30 Dec 2020
Thank you so much for your kind review! We are so happy that you enjoyed your time at the lodge and are delighted that you have booked your next stay with us. I am sorry that the rain meant you could not stay at the sleep-out hide, but you will get the chance to do this during your trip in 2021, we look forward to seeing you again!
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Ally_Lethbridge wrote a review Aug 2020
London, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We went to Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge for our honeymoon in September 2019. It was the most amazing trip and I can't recommend staying here highly enough! From the moment we arrived we were made to feel so welcome and the staff are more like a family.

The rooms are so incredible, probably the best room we've ever stayed in complete with outdoor shower, bathtub, veranda and glass walls meaning you can see animals right from your bed! We saw a hippo whilst in the room which was so special.

The food was hands down some of the best food we've ever had and there is no shortage of it!

The safari was incredible, we saw all the big five and it was made all the more special by our guide Reuben who made our stay very memorable. Sundowners and breakfast drinks were a firm favourite!

We could write so much about this lodge and our time there but it feels like words don't quite do it justice. This trip will stay with us for a long time to come and I hope we can go back some day.
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Date of stay: September 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Garth Kew, Guest Services / Front Office at Makanyane Safari Lodge
Responded 30 Dec 2020
Many thanks for your kind review, we appreciate it! We hope you do come back some day soon!
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Karla J wrote a review Feb 2020
Los Angeles, California
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is an extremely well run organization with attention to the comfort and experience of guests. Our guide, Francois, was friendly, knowledgeable and skilled in showing us the wildlife and large animals. The meals were first rate with a wide selection. We were fed constantly. The staff were courteous and attentive. This was one of our most memorable vacations.
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Response from Garth K, Guest Relations Manager at Makanyane Safari Lodge
Responded 19 Feb 2020
We greatly appreciate your review, thank you! We hope to see you again soon.
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Lenka Dinges wrote a review Feb 2020
London, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We spent 4 nights at Makanyane at the beginning of our honeymoon. This place is honestly the best place we have ever stayed at. We have received a very warm welcome upon arrival and the staff made us feel like we were immediately part of their family.
All the rooms are situated by the river and they are huge and pure luxury. Then the food! The quality was unbelievable! It is heaven for anyone who appreciates good food. Our guide Callan was very knowledgable, funny and such a nice person. He made every single drive special for us and went above and beyond to make sure that we have a great time.
Special thanks also goes to Lynette, who was like a mum to everyone and made us feel so comfortable.
I had to hold my tears back when we were saying goodbye and leaving this place, because the whole experience was just once in a lifetime. The whole pace of the safari, genuine people, excellent customer service and also the guests we have met there made this an unforgettable experience.
Thank you!
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Date of stay: January 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Lily wrote a review Jul 2023
York, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My recent trip to Makanyane was amazing! All the staff were very helpful and friendly and the food was incredible. Having the private land turned out to be a massive advantage as it meant we could sit in a sighting for as long as we wanted, as you don’t have to make space for other vehicles to come in. For example, we were able to sit with a pride of lions for over two hours as we watched the before, during and after of a warthog kill. This would have been impossible otherwise as usually you only stay for 5 or 10 minutes and then have to leave, but the private land gave us this unique opportunity. There is a spectacular view of a river from the rooms where animals regularly come to drink throughout the day, meaning you feel immersed in the safari experience at all times, not just on game drives. It was a fantastic trip and I can’t wait to go back!
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Date of stay: July 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Garth Kew, Guest Services / Front Office at Makanyane Safari Lodge
Responded 06 Nov 2023
Thank you so much, Lily, for your review of Makanyane, we greatly appreciate all of your comments. We agree that our private ground is a huge asset and greatly contributes to the unique experience at Makanyane. We look forward to your next visit very much!
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Jeremy C wrote a review Jul 2023
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I love Africa and I love safaris. This though is next level.
The animal sitings were incredible but what makes the place so special is the fact that there is no competition for sitings. Makanyane has its own exclusive land (albeit connected with Madikwe) so we were able to sit for hours with a pride of lions and then with a pack of dogs - no sharing of the sitings with other vehicles. Also a great cheetah siting as well as black rhino. Then the odd day when we’d cross the “drift” to Madikwe and see the general game, elephants and so on.

Then there’s the fact that the lodge itself is exclusive use. It means that between safaris our group could really chill out, swim, use the gym, chat and play games. We felt so relaxed. It also meant we could determine what we did and when. Night drives if we wanted to, a walking safari one morning, eating when we wanted to and so on.

Food was amazing. Staff incredibly friendly and guides very knowledgeable and engaging.

We will definitely be going back.
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Date of stay: December 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
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Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Garth Kew, Guest Services / Front Office at Makanyane Safari Lodge
Responded 23 Jul 2023
Thank you Jeremy for your review, we greatly appreciate it! We look forward to seeing you all again soon!
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Lisa A wrote a review Jul 2023
Lewes, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Friends had recommended Makanyane, but my first visit this last Christmas and New Year exceeded all expectations. The standard of accommodation, food and service was exceptional.
Exclusive use meant that our itinerary could be tailored for our party and gave us the flexibility to pursue some remarkable wildlife encounters as they unfolded.
We had regular sitings of Big 5 and general game as well as some beautiful bird and plant species thanks to the spotting and tracking skills of our guides.
A truly memorable holiday with family and friends and I can’t wait to return!
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Date of stay: January 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Garth Kew, Guest Services / Front Office at Makanyane Safari Lodge
Responded 06 Nov 2023
Thank you so much for your kind review, we are delighted that you enjoyed your stay at Makanyane! Please let us know when you are able to return!!
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feliceh wrote a review Feb 2020
London, United Kingdom
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We chose this lodge as we didn’t need to take malaria tablets. We had also been on a Sanctuary river cruise in mayamar and the standard was excellent so we thought it would be good for us.

This lodge is rustic chic with beautiful attention to detail. We were met by the team and made very welcome from the start. This would be our home for 2 days. Our room was just gorgeous. The windows were floor to ceiling and outside was the river. Hippos came to say hello!!

Our ranger was a fabulous guy called Dillon. He was experienced, professional and gave excitement to all the game drives. The other guys on the game drive were good fun to be with as well. Dillon made sure we saw everything.

Water buck
Zebra
Elephant
Impala
Baboon
Shar tail wyder
Pale chanting goshawk
Tortoise
Giraffe
Paradise wider
Rhino
Wilder beast
Lion
White rhino
Steenbok
Water buck
Brown hyena
Pumba
Cheetah
Ground squirrel
Egyptian geeee
Baboon
Rhino
Hippo
Red billed quelia
Hyena
Bat eared Fox
Kudu antelope
Guinea fowl
Buffalo
Jakal

In between the game drives I had a fabulous massage treatment.

The team who work at this lodge were fab and we so enjoyed it. I would recommend this lodge 100%.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Garth K, Guest Relations Manager at Makanyane Safari Lodge
Responded 19 Feb 2020
Thank you so much for your review! I see that you unfortunately did not see a leopard during your stay - what an excellent reason to come back soon!
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Ellie B wrote a review Jul 2023
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We went to Makanyane over Christmas 2022, and what a trip. By far the most extraordinary experience I have ever had. The views from the taxi on the way to the lodge were breathtaking, so I can’t even begin to describe the safari drives - we saw 4 out of the big 5 in the first 2 days, just unbelievable. I cannot recommend Makanyane enough, the lodge itself is stunning, the rangers pre-eminent and the staff uber-attentive. I felt at home even though we were in such a remote location, half way across the world. Thank you to Makanyane Safari Lodge for an unforgettable trip!
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Date of stay: December 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Garth Kew, Guest Services / Front Office at Makanyane Safari Lodge
Responded 06 Nov 2023
Thank you so much for your review and your very kind comments! We are so happy that you had such a great experience at Makanyane and are looking forward to your next stay with us!
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milburn07 wrote a review May 2022
1.0 of 5 bubbles
With 3 months to go till our once in a lifetime trip to this sanctuary. The owner has decided to close his hotel and turn it into a home. He has ruined our dream honeymoon and I would like to tell him he has ruined it. Why wouldn’t you just complete your current bookings and then proceed with adjustments after? You’ve really let your customers down. I hope you read this.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Answer from Garth K
Cape Town, South Africa
Hi there - Congratulations on your upcoming wedding, wishing you both all of the best for your big day! In terms of clothing, layers are a good idea. The evenings and mornings are chilly at the moment so, although blankets, ponchos and hot water bottles are provided on game drive, a warm, windproof jacket is essential. Gloves, scarves and hats or beanies are also a good idea. It will warm up considerably during the day, so lightweight cotton clothing is recommended for the heat of the day. There is no dress code, just what is comfortable and practical. Have a fantastic wedding, we are really looking forward to welcoming you to Makanyane next week!
Answer from Garth K
Cape Town, South Africa
A cultural tour to one of the local villages can certainly be arranged, it would be best to do this in advance of your trip, please contact your booking agent to do this. As has been brilliantly answered by others, other activity options include game walks (highly recommended to give a whole different experience of the bush), health and beauty treatments, the gym and the swimming pool.
Lindy R asked a question May 2018
Cedar Crest, New Mexico319 contributions270 helpful votes
Oops... my last posting had a typo! I wanted to know how many guests per vehicle (not "questions"). Thanks again!
Answer from D Marriner
Derdepoort9 contributions
There is generally a maximum of 6 guests per safari vehicle.
Answer from Keith M
Utrecht, The Netherlands2 contributions1 helpful vote
Maybe a tad late in replying to this but regarding the Tracker question - myself and a friend did book this, it was a safari walk with the guide who was excellent! We got very close to dozing cheetahs and to a pack of wild dogs. Believe you have to explicitly ask for this and there are a few requirements you have to fulfil in order to be permitted to go through with this.
Answer from 196michele
Melbourne, Australia14 contributions18 helpful votes
We were taken by light aircraft and there was no issue meeting a 12.30 connection . You should check with your booking people about how they are intending to transfer you .
Jeremy C wrote a tip Jul 2023
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
"If you have a family gathering or a group of friends who want a holiday together, this place will give you an experience you won’t forget."
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Chelsea P wrote a tip Dec 2020
Birmingham, United Kingdom71 contributions38 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ask a member of staff, and they will do everything they can to ensure your stay is perfect."
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Vicky S wrote a tip Sept 2019
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
"5* service, beautiful lodges, adults only, all inclusive"
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victorye421 wrote a tip Sept 2019
2 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"bring binoculars ;)"
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James K wrote a tip Aug 2019
Cambridge, United Kingdom175 contributions106 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Apparently the hippos come out at Room 6 !! We were in 1 which was excellent"
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Frequently Asked Questions about Makanyane Safari Lodge
What are some of the property amenities at Makanyane Safari Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Makanyane Safari Lodge?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a fireplace.
What food & drink options are available at Makanyane Safari Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Makanyane Safari Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Makanyane Safari Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness centre during their stay.
Are any cleaning services offered at Makanyane Safari Lodge?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Makanyane Safari Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Afrikaans.
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