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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 February 2017

We have been lucky enough to have just had the best 4 days of our lives on our honeymoon at the marvellous Makanyane. The lodge is beautiful and luxurious but remaining at one with its natural surroundings, the endless supply of food (no less than 8 delicious meals/snacks a day) is to die for and the wonderful people make you...

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

Congratulations once again on your wedding, we feel privileged that you chose to spend part of your honeymoon with us. Thank you for your review, your comments on the lodge and staff are very kind and are greatly appreciated! Keep well and please let us know when you are planning your next trip!

Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Reviewed 23 January 2017

We booked here after much deliberation comparing all the lodges to the n-th degree, and in the end we chose this one because they didn't allow small kids and the hide was free. We clearly didn't do our research, as after going, I am sure that this is the best lodge in the whole reserve, here is why: 1. They...

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

Thank you so much for this terrific, and very kind, review. Thank you also for highlighting the benefits of our private ground so clearly, it is sometimes difficult to convey the advantages that this carries and you have done this expertly! You are also quite correct when you say that a longer stay is preferable to try to make sure...

bluffton, SC
Reviewed 16 January 2017

This was our 11th trip to stay at Makanyane (over 50 nights there now!) and it actually gets better each year. I simply cannot fathom a better safari experience. From the rooms, to the food, to the staff - it is exemplary in every facet. Please do yourself a favor and go here. You will not be disappointed!

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

Thank you so much for your kind review, Andrew! As usual, it was terrific to see you both, we always look forward to your stay for weeks before the time and love having you at the lodge. You are a part of the family and we miss you both when you leave! Looking forward to your next trip already!

Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Reviewed 8 December 2016

This lodge provides the perfect combination of luxury accommodation and attentive,friendly service. The individual rooms are individual cottages with private terrace with river view where you can enjoy the quiet and maybe get a glimpse of wildlife. There is a shallow section at room 6 where other clients could see several animals coming across the river so request that one...

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

Thank you for your review. We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay at the lodge! We do apologise for your disappointment regarding walking safaris. As walking in the reserve is a potentially strenuous activity with possible unknown and variable elements that could require rapid and efficient movement out of an area, it is a legal requirement of the...

Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

Makanyane is one of the most incredible and amazing places you could visit. What a privilege it was and the memories we'll take away will stay with us for life. Lynette and the staff make you feel like family and it's hard to leave. The lodge is authentic and extraordinary. Luxurious beds and rooms and the food quality is first...

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

Thank you so much for your kind words. We are so glad you felt like part of the family, Makanyane is a special place, somewhere where everyone should feel completely at home. Dylan naturally agrees entirely that he is a legend. Difficult as it is to admit, it is true, he and the other members of our guiding team have...

Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
Reviewed 28 November 2016

This was the first lodge we visited of four in total and it was a perfect start in every respect. We thoroughly enjoyed every minute of our four night stay in breath-taking surroundings, attended to by outstanding staff, enjoying top class cuisine. What more could we ask for. Special thanks to our guide Trevor who really made the trip for...

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

Many thanks for your review Jenny. 109 species is a really good number, I hope that several were "lifers", Madikwe really is terrific for birders! We are so glad that you stayed with us and that you enjoyed your time at the lodge, we hope to see you again to see if we can improve on that list!

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Reviewed 18 November 2016

We chose to stay at Makanyane for the final stop of our honeymoon trip. We got a private charter plane in to Madikwe, where we were picked up by Trevor, one of the guides. On the way back to the lodge, we had already seen elephant, giraffe and lots of other animals. Having been on safari in a range of...

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

Thank you for taking the time to post your review, we greatly appreciate your kind words and are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us! We hope to see you both again soon!

Perth, Australia
Reviewed 25 October 2016

Myself, my partner, and the rest of my family (6 of us in total) stayed at Makanyane for 3 nights towards the end of September. My parents had stayed at Makanyane 12 years ago - they told my sister and I at the time that we had to go to Makanyane and experience it for ourselves, as it truly was...

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

Thank you, Laura, for your extensive and detailed review. It was so good to meet everyone in your party, we were really sad to see you leave! We are so glad that the lodge lived up to expectations and that you enjoyed your stay with us. Thank you again for your kind comments, we hope that everyone will be able...

Studio City, CA
Reviewed 18 October 2016

From the incredibly friendly and attentive staff to the delicious food, beautiful rooms and amazing safari experiences, this lodge is top notch and will truly be the gold standard to which I compare every other vacation. I cannot say enough good things about Makanyane and the team here! Alfie, Lynette and Maretha go out of their way to make your...

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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, your kind words are greatly appreciated - we are so glad that you enjoyed your stay at Makanyane!

Chelmsford
Reviewed 16 October 2016

We arrived at Makanyane having spent some time in the Kruger National Park at another safari lodge and were therefore able to compare the experiences and the truth is that Makanyane was better!! The game viewing in Madikwe is in my view much better with a large number of animals in the overall reserve giving you an excellent chance to...

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

Thank you for your kind review, we greatly appreciate it! Dylan is very happy that you enjoyed your experience with him and that you had such incredibly lucky game viewing! (The dirt road has just been graded, so will hopefully be a smoother ride for the next while! Alternatively, there are daily scheduled flights into and out of the reserve.)

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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
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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“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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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
“All rooms have excellent views.”
PennyG257, 28 Nov 2016 | Read review
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