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Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge

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04/06/2017 05/06/2017
1 room 2 adults 0 children
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Brooklyn, New York
Reviewed 1 week ago

There's not one thing I would have changed about our stay at Santuary Makanyane. Our room was stunning, the food was excellent and abundant, and the staff was just terrific. Everybody on the staff is friendly and efficient. But, of course, the reason to go is the wildlife and in that regard, above all others, this lodge delivers top quality....

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MakanyaneSafariLodge, Guest Relations Manager at Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you so much for posting your review. We are very happy that you had such good luck on your game drives, the big 5 in one drive does not happen all that often and catching up with the wild dogs is always a treat!

Pretoria, South Africa
Reviewed 1 week ago

Makanyane Safari Lodge has the most spectacular glass fronted rooms with amazing views of the river. The attention to detail in the accommodation is beautiful. I have visited Madikwe game reserve over the years to experience different lodges. Makanyane Safari Lodge has by far, one of the best chefs working at the lodge; the food is exquisite. The staff and...

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MakanyaneSafariLodge, Guest Relations Manager at Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review, Kerry. Madikwe is the best game reserve in South Africa, but it may be that we are slightly biased! We agree that Mauritz, the executive chef, and his team never fail to produce astonishing meals, not always an easy task, given the scarcity of ingredients sometimes!

Indianapolis, Indiana
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great resort, and the glass walls are amazing. The fireplace in the room on a chilly night is a major plus. However, the bush encroaches a bit too much on the room (which is our polite way of saying that critters from outside easily wind up inside). Lynette, the manager, takes great care and has a genuine interest in you....

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MakanyaneSafariLodge, Guest Relations Manager at Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge, responded to this review

Many thanks for your review. I am sorry that some of the local residents managed to find their way into your suite, we do try to minimize this as much as possible! While there are certainly times that there can be quite a few vehicles on game drive in the reserve, one of the huge advantages of Makanyane is that...

Singapore, Singapore
Reviewed 1 week ago

What can I say - this was undoubtedly the best trip we've ever been on and the perfect bucket list honeymoon destination! Don't hesitate to book! My husband and I stayed for 4 nights at Makanyane in room 5, which had a wonderful view of the river and we even saw hippos from the huge floor to ceiling windows and...

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MakanyaneSafariLodge, Guest Relations Manager at Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write your informative review, and for your very kind recommendation! We are so glad that you enjoyed your time at the lodge and hope to see you again soon - please let us know when we can make a booking for you to see that leopard!

SUNSHINE COAST AUSTRALIA
Reviewed 17 April 2017

Makanyane was our 6th Sanctuary Lodge stay. We were picked up at J'burg airport and driven the 4 hours there in a 4 wheel drive ( which was needed for the last hour on a very bumpy dirt road) and we flew back. We loved the spacious room, and the glass walls, and the great bathroom. Everything so light and...

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MakanyaneSafariLodge, Guest Relations Manager at Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge, responded to this review

Wonderful game viewing! We are so glad you enjoyed your stay at the lodge and hope to see you again soon - we still need to show you a Madikwe Leopard!

Reviewed 17 April 2017

We stayed at the resort for three days--it was an amazing experience. From the food to the staff to the tours, everything was perfect Be sure to ask for Kaizer as your tour guide--there's no one better. (I'm sure all the tour guides are great, but we had Kaizer and he was an amazing guide.)

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MakanyaneSafariLodge, Guest Relations Manager at Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge, responded to this review

Many thanks, Bradley, for your review! Kaizer is very happy that you enjoyed your time with him him, we agree that he is an amazing guide!

Reviewed 7 April 2017 via mobile

Wow, what an incredible experience we had on our 3 night stay. We arrived off our flight to Medikwe and was met by Darryn, our guide for our stay who turned out to be an absolute legend. His depth of knowledge about wildlife was amazing and was a brilliant host for our 8 game dives where we saw evening there...

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MakanyaneSafariLodge, Guest Relations Manager at Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you, Graeme, for your very kind review! We are so happy that you chose Makanyane for your safari and delighted that you had such a good time. We hope to see you again in the future!

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 27 February 2017 via mobile

If you are thinking of Safari for honeymoon you can not go wrong with Sanctuary we had the most amazing time. The staff can not do enough for you, the food is amazing and the lodges beautiful. All the drives were superb and our guide Dylan was brilliant. Would love to do it all over again.

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MakanyaneSafariLodge, Guest Relations Manager at Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge, responded to this review

Many thanks for your kind review, James, we really appreciate it. Wishing you both all of the very best for your married life together, we hope to see you again soon!

Marlow, United Kingdom
Reviewed 20 February 2017 via mobile

Excellent lodge that is drivable from J'Burg / Pretoria. The rooms ( 8 ) are all well appointed, views of the river and with a very nice central meeting area with a stoop that overlooks the river. First class game rangers ( Darren especially knowledgeable ) with excellent game viewing. Lions a cert, if you want to see leopard/ Cheetah,...

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MakanyaneSafariLodge, Guest Relations Manager at Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you, Tim, for your review and your comments. We hope to see you again soon!

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Reviewed 13 February 2017

This was our first safari. Makanyane arranged our transfers from and to Johannesburg. On both occasions there were no problems. Travelling by road enabled us to see a little of the country. The last part of the journey is on a rough gravel road.Makanyane is on the northern edge of Madikwe game reserve. Each of the individual lodges is a...

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MakanyaneSafariLodge, Guest Relations Manager at Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, we are delighted that you enjoyed your safari at Makanyane! We do apologise for the colour in the water. This is a challenge for us, particularly during the rainy season when rainwater from thunderstorms in the area can stir up the river where we draw our water from. Our purification plant is not always able...

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  • Breakfast included
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Luxurious accommodation, exceptional food, welcoming service and thrilling game viewing combine to create an unforgettable safari experience at Makanyane Safari Lodge. Situated on private ground within the malaria free, "Big 5" Madikwe Game Reserve in South Africa's North West Province, the lodge caters for just sixteen guests, ensuring personal attention and exclusivity. 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. The lodge has an infinity-edge swimming pool, gym, health and beauty treatment centre and lookout point with magnificent views. Fine wines from the award-winning wine list complement exceptional cuisine created by the team of internationally trained chefs. Meals are enjoyed in a variety of locations, from our riverside boma to intimate private meals in the comfort of the guest's suite. Makanyane has a rustic sleep-out hide, providing guests with an opportunity to sleep under the stars surrounded only by the African wilderness. 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. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge

Address: Krokodildrift, Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa
Region: South Africa > North-West Province > Madikwe Game Reserve
Price Range: $126 - $1,751 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 8
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Makanyane Safari Hotel Madikwe Game Reserve
Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge South Africa/Madikwe Game Reserve
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See which rooms travellers prefer

“Room 5 has a lovely view of the water & we saw hippos!”
  • Staying out at 'the hide' under the stars for 1 night!
  • Our room - no.5
  • Sunbeds on your personal deck
  • Room 5 View - we saw hippos from here!
JenileeR, 14 May 2017 | Read review
“We were in villa 1 and felt like we were the only room on the reserve.”
gigglesfh88, 12 Feb 2017 | Read review
“All the rooms are gorgeous, but 6 has the best view of the river”
Simms327, 23 Jan 2017 | Read review
“We prefer to stay in rooms 5 or 6, but 7/8 make for an exciting walk to your room after dinner. And you get more time with David...”
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  • Central plains sunset
andrewrice, 16 Jan 2017 | Read review
“All 8 rooms are the same standard. number 8 is the farthest from main building t 3 minutes walk. No 6 good for animal watching.”
Martha21, 8 Dec 2016 | Read review
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