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Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge

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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.
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Breakfast included
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Multilingual Staff
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Sir Seretse Khama Intl Airport53 km
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All reviews our honeymoon guide trevor private section night watchman game drives wild dogs his knowledge the reserve an absolute legend from start to finish floor to ceiling windows feel so welcome outdoor shower roaring fire falling asleep overlooking the river within hours
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Reviewed 30 November 2018

Everything about Makanyane Safari Lodge, staff, facilities, food, guides was superb. We spent five nights and took part in ten safari drives with guide Dylan, who was second to none and treated us to some exhilarating experiences. All the staff were attentive, friendly and very...More

Date of stay: November 2018
Thank edw00dward
Response from Garth K, Guest Relations Manager at Sanctuary Makanyane Safari LodgeResponded 3 December 2018

Congratulations again on your wedding anniversary! We are so glad you shared this special event with us and delighted that you enjoyed your time at the lodge. Thank you for your review!

Reviewed 14 November 2018

We had a tremendous time at Sanctuary Makanyane! The lodge was excellent, and the food was delicious. The service staff we friendly and very helpful and so was the management! Our guide Trevor was incredibly knowledgeable, and we thoroughly enjoy his company, his enthusiasm and...More

Date of stay: December 2017
Thank brandtsafaris
Response from Garth K, Guest Relations Manager at Sanctuary Makanyane Safari LodgeResponded 14 November 2018

Thank you, Brandt Safaris, for your recommendation, it is greatly appreciated!

Reviewed 12 November 2018 via mobile

This lodge is situated in the Medikwe game reserve. There are 8 cabins that are private and open onto the river where wildlife abounds. Two game drives a day with each one seeing something different. The staff treat you like family and the guide we...More

Date of stay: November 2018
Thank Julie B
Response from Garth K, Guest Relations Manager at Sanctuary Makanyane Safari LodgeResponded 13 November 2018

Thank you Julie for the review, we really appreciate your kind comments! Guests at the lodge are like family and we are always sad to see them leave!

Reviewed 11 November 2018 via mobile

Having just completed 3 days and nights staying at this beautiful resort, all I can say is “awesome”. From the moment we arrived, we were treated like family and safaris, food and accommodation were memorable beyond belief. Kaizer, our guide, went out of his way...More

Date of stay: November 2018
Thank markbU7285AB
Response from Garth K, Guest Relations Manager at Sanctuary Makanyane Safari LodgeResponded 13 November 2018

Thank you for your review! We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us and that you left with happy memories!

Reviewed 9 November 2018

We stayed at Sanctuary Makanyane for part of our honeymoon. Every aspect - I don’t say this lightly - was perfection! We were greeted at the airport for our private transfer which was a mini game-drive as soon as we entered the reserve. The individual...More

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Date of stay: November 2018
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Response from Garth K, Guest Relations Manager at Sanctuary Makanyane Safari LodgeResponded 12 November 2018

Thank you for your detailed review, your kind comments are greatly appreciated! Thank you also for staying at Makanyane during your honeymoon, we are so proud to be able to be part of your amazing memories for this special time. We were delighted that your...More

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21 May 2018|
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Response from MakanyaneSafariLodge | Property representative |
There is generally a maximum of 6 guests per safari vehicle.
21 May 2018|
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Response from keithmK7511AE | Reviewed this property |
Maybe a tad late in replying to this but regarding the Tracker question - myself and a friend did book this, it was a safari walk with the guide who was excellent! We got very close to dozing cheetahs and to a pack of wild... More
17 April 2018|
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Response from 196michele | Reviewed this property |
We were taken by light aircraft and there was no issue meeting a 12.30 connection . You should check with your booking people about how they are intending to transfer you .
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"All lodges were of the same quality - excellent"
30 Nov. 2018
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"Have a massage on the deck and enjoy the outside shower!"
29 Oct. 2018
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"Many of the rooms are on the river. Our sense was they were all good."
25 Oct. 2018
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"They're all good, all separated suites in an open lodge where certain wildlife roam through the grounds."
7 Oct. 2018
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South AfricaNorth-West ProvinceMadikwe Game Reserve
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