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Makalali Private Game Lodge

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04/06/2017 05/06/2017
1 room 2 adults 0 children
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Marbella, Spain
Reviewed 16 October 2014

130 TripAdvisor reports couldn’t be wrong the thought – they DEFINETELY were not! Went to Makalali end of September 2014, stayed for 3 nights, which was an absolutely perfect duration. The time of year was carefully planned, as we were told and read that September would be good as this is spring time in SA, and thus no thick green...

1Thank EmilDebski
Toronto, Canada
Reviewed 12 October 2014

I just returned from South Africa and my stay at Makalali was definitely the highlight of the trip. We only stayed two nights, but with two game drives a day, we got the most of out of it! The accommodations were amazing... private and beautiful. No locks on the door which was definitely a change from anywhere else I've been,...

Thank techao
Reviewed 10 September 2014

A friend and I recently spent two nights at Makalali and we can not recommend it highly enough. The entire experience was magical! We were extremely touched by the welcoming nature of all of the staff, who went out of their way to ensure that we were enjoying our stay. The game drives were fantastic and thanks to our very...

2Thank Fiona376
Richmond, Virginia
Reviewed 11 August 2014

The experience here is very unique. Located about an hour and a half from the airport, the lodge is on a private game reserve (shared with other lodges which the drivers call the "owner's homes"). Although we have heard a great deal about the national park, this seemed to offer everything that the park would with a more personalized experience....

2Thank Jeremy W
Manly, Australia
Reviewed 4 March 2014

Our friendly greeting at Hoedspruit Airport fed our fantasy. Wise our tracker with smiling grace accepted our family into his world. With Pilot up front we explored, experienced so much more than the game we had fun finding. Their knowledge of and respect for all things made us so comfortable yet always left us in awe. Dave our Camp Manager,...

Thank Chris N
Chandler, Arizona
Reviewed 23 February 2014

We stayed here for our honeymoon South Africa trip for 3 days, 2 nights in February 2014. - partook 4 game drives. Staff was very friendly and facilities were very clean and pleasing. The rooms/cabins are very private and all natural - you do have electricity, hot water, toilets, showers and Airconditioning + fans. We did have to use the...

2Thank Shriniwas K
London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 28 January 2014

I booked this as a surprise Christmas present for my wife. I was a little worried as to whether 4 nights would be enough but, in our honest opinion, it's about perfect. We flew into Nelspruit (Kruger airport) and so had a 3 hour transfer, which was quite tiring after the long flight from London. We were welcomed by the...

4Thank The_Bentons_UK
Reviewed 6 January 2014

We stayed three nights which gave us access to six game drives and loved the experience! The thatched roof huts were spacious, clean and had a great outdoor shower - no bugs anywhere! Each "camp" at Makalali has six huts and our camp ate as a group. Our tasty meals were delightfully prepared by Alice and our site manager was...

2Thank mshookey
Los Angeles, California
Reviewed 4 November 2013

Our 1st trip to South Africa- and this far exceeded our expectations!!! We stayed 3 nights, went on 6 drives, and can't believe what we saw! Our ranger Derrick and tracker Nicolas were the best....we saw every animal we wanted to see, and much more than we expected. Lions mating, leopard cubs and their mom feeding on a recent kill,...

3Thank bajagirl310
Reviewed 3 November 2013

If you are looking for an authentic African Safari experience, Makalali is the place to stay. I was in a group of five who visited for 3 nights. We completed 6 safaris during our stay. From the time we arrived and to the time we left we were warmly welcomed and became part of the Makalali family. I stayed in...

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Makalali Private Game Lodge is a 4 star graded luxury safari lodge situated on a 26000 hectre private game reserve in the Limpopo Province of South Africa. The lodge consists of 3 camps with 6 rooms per camp. Nestled on the banks of a river one can often view animals in and around the camps. Makalali Private Game Lodge offers game drive twice a day to guests which is included in the rate of accommodation. The reserve is home to the big 5 as well as cheetah and wild dog and a number of other plains game and mammals. Over 250 species of birds have been recorded on the property. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Makalali Private Game Lodge

Address: PO Box 809, Hoedspruit 1380, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Limpopo Province > Hoedspruit
Price Range: $605 - $783 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Makalali Private Game Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 18
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