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Makalali Private Game Lodge

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04/06/2017 05/06/2017
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Reviewed 14 June 2013

We went to Makalali for our first Safari in Africa. We werent prepared much and started with just our backpacks. It turned out as one oif the best trips we ever made. The Rangers did get us right close to all animals we anted to see. Two game drives daily over 3 days gave us the opportunity to see the...

2Thank Matthias S
ConsultantSafari, Manager at Makalali Private Game Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for your great comments. We always appreciate it. Seeing the Big 5 is always such a great experience and creates memories that last a lifetime! The firepalce and the outside shower create a lot of charm and the fact that you enjoyed that is very good to hear. The staff go out of their way to make our...

Palmerston North, New Zealand
Reviewed 2 June 2013

We stayed at Makalali for 3 days & it was the best 3 days ever. A huge thanks to all the great staff, their service was amazing and they thought of every detail, the food and service was amazing. High five to our game driver & tracker Derrick & Moosa you guys were superb & a big tick on seeing...

2Thank TazM
ConsultantSafari, Manager at Makalali Private Game Lodge, responded to this review

We are very glad that you enjoyed your stay with us, we were very happy to have you as our guests. Thank you for the great comments on the staff and especially Derrick and Moosa, it is always good for them to get such positive feedback! We hope to welcome you back to Makalali in the future and hope that...

Reviewed 22 May 2013

Luckily, I happened to have one of the best game sighting of my trip while at Makalali. Great place to stay, great team. It is not full on luxury like other places one can find in SA, but it is definitively one of the best value for your wallet.

2Thank Njaques
New York City, New York
Reviewed 13 April 2013

Of course I gave it 5 stars – safaris are an amazing experience and it seems like everyone who goes on one gives their lodge top reviews. I have to say, that made it incredibly difficult to compare options while I was planning my trip. But with some help of a few friends who have a little more experience with...

1Thank Cindonesia
Portland, Oregon
Reviewed 6 April 2013

My wife and I spent three (sometimes noisy--as expected) nights there in mid-February. We went on 6 game drives and saw the big 5 and 20+ more. Our ranger/driver and spotter/guide were awesome, well-informed, great-natured and very patient with the critters and us, sometimes whacky humans. It seemed to be baby time in the bush for we saw little lions,...

1Thank LarryR86
Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 21 March 2013

This was my second trip to Makalali – I first visited three years ago and have been wanting to return ever since. I am so glad I did. I am lucky enough to visit many safari establishments and by comparison Makalali offers the best value for money by far. The experience is fabulous – three delicious meals a day, super accommodation...

4Thank carolinetravelguru
Reviewed 1 February 2013

Beautiful villas..... beautiful, unbelieavble service, unforgettable breakfast with the hippos, elephants at our bedroom window, amazing game drives, beautiful private romantic dinner and candle lit bath, respect for the animals.... wonderful, wonderful holiday and sooooo glad for no internet - forced us to relax

4Thank Beej79
Paraparaumu Beach, Wellington, New Zealand
Reviewed 18 December 2012

I had been wanting to experience a private game park since I was a travel agent in my early 20's. It took 25 years to get there but I was not disappointed! After arriving from NZ and spending some time in SA, we flew from Jo'burg to Hoidspruit Airport and were met and transferred with another couple to the lodge...

7Thank Tracey T
Pasadena, California, United States
Reviewed 3 December 2012

Saw big five. Even if we hadn't the fun was in the search. Shadrack and Issac were the best! They would go off road and mow down trees to make sure that we got as close to the animals as possible. Breakfast, lunch and dinner, always delicious! We do not eat meat so they made sure to serve us fish...

2Thank AnitaS353
Wedel, Germany
Reviewed 6 November 2012

After we have visited Makalali about 2 years ago already and found it a very nice lodge with good gameviewing opportunities we decided to return in spring this year. And to be honest this was one of the best decisions ever. The lodge is a private game reserve near Kruger and it takes some time to get there. We flew...

2Thank Oliver K

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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 

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Address: PO Box 809, Hoedspruit 1380, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Limpopo Province > Hoedspruit
Price Range: $602 - $776 (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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