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Mackouwkuil Game Lodge & Conference Venue

Farm Mackouwkuil KR 45 Melkrivier, Vaalwater 0530 South Africa
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#11 of 21 lodges in Vaalwater
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Mackouwkuil’s 13 beautiful, thatched guest rooms and the 12 newly upgraded luxury rooms, and four luxury tents, and two mountain guesthouses are tucked away amid the bushveld behind the main lodge. The elegant African decor theme continues to the lodgings and all room types.
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Farm Mackouwkuil KR 45 Melkrivier, Vaalwater 0530 South Africa
Mackouwkuil Game Lodge & Conference Venue
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Polokwane Airport
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Michelle Lees wrote a review Mar 2021
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From the moment you arrive and cross the little bridge overflowing with fresh water you know it's going to be a good weekend. We were welcomed with drinks and all covid protocols were strictly applied, in saying that being in the fresh air for the weekend felt like an escape from the stress of last year. The accommodation was outstanding, from the luxury bathrooms to private deck pools, views to die for, privacy, wonderful huge beds...the list goes on. The meals were superb and the chef went out of her way to accommodate extremely picky eating kids for all three meals. Breakfast on the last day was a highlight! You are able to fish from the privacy of your deck or from various beautiful safe green lawn areas and we even had the chance to be accompanied by the Ranger to a dam with crocodiles. Never experienced anything more exhilarating, and this comes from someone who is extremely scared of animals. Shaun, the Ranger knew what he was doing! The game drive was a highlight, there's nothing quite like seeing hippos in their natural habitat. Waking up to the sound of hippos and rain was just amazing, cannot fault the service and staff, they were so friendly and made the stay even more enjoyable. Would definitely recommend this for a romantic couples or family getaway. If your kids are not into the outdoors the excellent WiFi connectivity will do the trick.
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Date of stay: February 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Gail M wrote a review Nov 2020
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Vegan friendly!! The most incredible experience spent at this luxurious venue. The tranquil surroundings, wonderful friendly, kind and caring staff, great food, incredible accommodation. A swimming pool on our deck overlooking the crocodiles and hippos. Waking up to the sounds of the weaver and the cry of the Piet my Vrou. The rumblings of the hippos splashing in front of your tent. Beautiful sunrises and sunsets. This place is a massage to your soul. Revitalizing, invigorating, enriching. Cannot wait for eProperty.Net’s real estate conference in 2021!! A slice of heaven!!
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Date of stay: November 2020Trip type: Travelled on business
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Yolande Morrison wrote a review Nov 2020
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Most beautiful place and friendly staff. Our game drive was very entertaining. Breathtaking views. Peaceful. Abundant animal life, hippo, zebra, giraffe and impala. Neat rooms. Enjoyed our conference and will definitely come back with my family.
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Date of stay: November 2020Trip type: Travelled on business
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Zelda Coetzer wrote a review Nov 2020
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A bit of heaven. Experience the bush in 5 star luxury in spacious, beautifully furnished rooms or luxurious glamping on the river with hippos and large variety of antelope and bird life. Scrumptious food and excellent and friendly service. Highly recommended.
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Date of stay: November 2020Trip type: Travelled on business
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Jan-Hendrik wrote a review Jun 2020
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If you think the picture on the website oversells this venue, you are sorely mistaken. The abundance of water on the property makes this arguably one of the most beautiful game lodges in the Waterberg area. The conferencing facilities are first class and with the high-speed free Wifi available to all guests, this is the perfect destination for a conference, team building or incentive break away. The excellent food is only trumped by the excellence and friendliness of the staff. Truly a hidden gem in the Waterberg!
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Date of stay: December 2019
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476wernerf wrote a review Jun 2020
Roodepoort, South Africa19 contributions2 helpful votes
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What a brilliant break away! Probably the best setting and one of my favourite places to go to by far. Friendly staff With a very professional set up that makes you feel that it’s in the middle of nowhere.
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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des610 wrote a review Dec 2019
Johannesburg, South Africa35 contributions11 helpful votes
Beautiful surroundings and settings. Food excellent. Only thing that spoilt our weekend was that there we American big game hunters and they were busy shooting hippos when we arrived and we saw the poor animals being pulled out of the rivers ... when we went for dinner that is althea could talk about. Was a very stressful weekend. Did not enjoy the idea of the big game hunters being in the same lodge as us. On their website it specifically states that they do not do big game hunting. We were not impressed.
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Date of stay: February 2019
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R M wrote a review Nov 2019
Edinburgh, United Kingdom54 contributions42 helpful votes
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My wife and I had a brilliant stay at Hippo Lakes in the tented villas - absolutely amazing. We stayed in Hippo 3. Jacob, Franco and the chef team cooked up incredible fare each day and were superb at dealing with dietary requests. Thank you. Thomas, Mária and Tittus served all fare with delectable service and just the right blend of attentiveness and space. The Hippos in the Lake are a spectacular sight and welcome each day, and the zebra, wildebeest, giraffes, crocs, antelope, impala and leopards on site are beautiful. Nearby Andre organised game drives where we saw many elephants, lions, rhinos and had cheetahs walk right beside our truck. Francois from Green Monkey Safari’s was an excellent guide - extremely knowledgable, passionate about conservation, kind, fun and with excellent people skills. He really knew how to make the guiding aspect exceptional, memorable and educational - and really that’s why we’re there. We plan to return and do a five night walking safari with Francoise. Safety is always at the forefront of all that they do at Hippo Lakes, the service is exemplary and they really do believe in underpromising and overdelivering at every stage. The rock pool, brai area, lodge, pool table, tv area and lakeside dining spot are a sight to behold and all add to a special experience. There are so many special touches that Andre and the team put together like the couples dining on the deck, the divine spots in the bush for delightful sundowners, the exemplary finishes in the “tents”, the night lights, the outside showers, the walking safari and the lovely turndown service each evening. We hope that you have a wonderful experience at Hippo Lakes, the pre trip communication is sometimes a little patchy however the experience and trips while you are there really are 5 star. Thank you Hippo Lakes for a wonderful stay and especially to Andre for continually going the extra miles. A very special place and wonderful value. Many thanks
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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WOJD64 wrote a review Sept 2019
Adelaide, Australia748 contributions189 helpful votes
We didn’t know quite what to expect with Hippo lakes and we were pleasantly surprised. From the luxury and I mean luxury tents to the serene surroundings, the modern food experience, the friendly resort staff , the varied activities and optional extras, the wine and beverages. And I can’t stop there. Andre, Shaun and The crew made sure our game experience and understanding of the country was covered in every detail. Sunset trips complete with a drinks stop in an amazing locations, morning drives with the stop for coffee or hot chocolate, the trips to the big 5 game drives. The talks about animal husbandry. I hope you get the idea this is not your bucket shop game reserve. It’s a luxury , holistic , serene wildlife experience.
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Date of stay: September 2019
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Room Tip: Hippo 3 was huge with one king and two singles.
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Michael D wrote a review Jun 2019
Savannah, Georgia16 contributions12 helpful votes
Our time here was an absolutely wonderful experience. Everything from accommodations (Hard to top the "glamping" experience) to the food (dedicated chef to prepare your meals) to the excursions to the spacing of events (which gave us some quality down time), our time was flawless. We keep saying that this was on our bucket list, we just didn't know it until we got here! Kudos to Shaun, our Ranger, who was on top of ensuring our animal sighting experience was top notch. He loves what he does, and it is reflected in the quality of service.
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Date of stay: May 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Frequently Asked Questions about Mackouwkuil Game Lodge & Conference Venue
What are some of the property amenities at Mackouwkuil Game Lodge & Conference Venue?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Mackouwkuil Game Lodge & Conference Venue?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Mackouwkuil Game Lodge & Conference Venue?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Mackouwkuil Game Lodge & Conference Venue?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Mackouwkuil Game Lodge & Conference Venue?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Mackouwkuil Game Lodge & Conference Venue have airport transportation?
Yes, Mackouwkuil Game Lodge & Conference Venue offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Mackouwkuil Game Lodge & Conference Venue offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to a business centre and conference facilities during their stay.