A new luxurious and exclusive safari lodge, Makanyane Safari Lodge is situated on private land within the magnificent 75,000 hectare malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve - home to the Big 5 and a myriad of other animal and bird species.
Makanyane, which lies hidden in lush riverside forest, offers unforgettable wildlife experiences, exquisite accommodation and cuisine as well as outstanding personal service.
Facilities at Makanyane
Makanyane Luxury Safari Lodge can accommodate a total of sixteen guests. Accommodation comprises eight double thatched luxury suites, each with it’s own en-suite bathroom. All suites have a private sun deck with a spectacular view of the surrounding bush. Each room has an interior and exterior shower, fireplace, mini bar, fridge, coffee making facilities, mini-safe, air conditioning, heating, overhead fans, direct dial telephones, private lounge, game viewing deck and sun deck. Bathrobes, hairdryers, insect spray, mosquito repellent, sun block, shampoo, conditioner and body lotions are all available in the suite. International adapters are available.
Facilities at the Main Lodge include a bar, lounge, dining room, open air Boma, curio shop, heated filtered swimming pool, spa, gym and wine cellar. The curio shop stocks bush wear and African artefacts as well as film and batteries.
Activities at Makanyane revolve around relaxing your body and mind and experiencing the rich details of your surroundings.
Relax by lounging at our heated swimming pool, strip away the stress of city living with a massage or aromatherapy on your private deck or in our bush spa, unwind by exercising in our bush gym, or simply catch up on your quiet time by selecting a book from our library and settling down in our den to read.
To experience the vibrant bush life around you, allow yourself to be led through Madikwe’s 75 000 hectare environment, either on foot or in an open vehicle. Watch the wildlife, oblivious to your presence, from one of our bush hides overlooking a waterhole or facing plains that stretch to the horizon. You could even sleep out under the stars while nocturnal life continues around your secure, elevated deck.
The Game Drives
After settling into the open vehicle specially designed to ensure your comfort and safety, your guide will take you to see the unforgettable sights of the African bush. Travelling through Makanyane’s completely private 18 000 hectares and the 75 000 hectares of the Madikwe Reserve, your guide will share their wealth of knowledge with you, from the fascinating private life of the dung beetle to the intricacies of the wild dog’s social system. A maximum of eight people in the vehicle ensure that you receive the guide’s individual attention and enjoy an unforgettable experience. The afternoon drive, after a brief stop to enjoy a sunset drink, continues into the night, a shielded spotlight revealing the nocturnal denizens of the bush.
Game drive times are flexible, with the drives going out at a time chosen by the guests. Spontaneous drives may also go out in response to animal activity near the lodge. If lions roar near the camp during dinner, expect an invitation from your guide to go into the night in search of them.
Subject to availability, you may request the sole use of a game viewing vehicle and guide.
The Game Walks
To get even closer to your surroundings, game walks are offered in place of, or in addition to, the game drives. Armed and experienced rangers will lead you along game paths, in the footsteps of the animals, allowing you to experience the thrill of walking through this wild environment. Walking will allow you to appreciate the stillness, the quiet and the beauty of the African bush and to examine the sights and sounds less obvious from a vehicle.
Makanyane has a number of hides where guests may relax and watch animals and birds going about their lives. One hide has a breathtaking view across a wide expanse of savannah; the sweeping view of the grasslands is encircled by distant hills. Enjoy a quiet drink while watching elephants stride through herds of waterbuck, zebra and impala grazing quietly under the vast African sky. You may even see lion or cheetah moving through the grass, their vigilant gaze searching for their next meal. Another hide overlooks a secluded waterhole where elephants and other animals come down to quench their thirst and wallow in the cool mud. Alternatively, lounge by the lodge’s swimming pool, high above a stream-fed waterhole and wait for the animals and birds to come down to the water.
The Star-View Sleep Out
Feeling adventurous? Somehow reluctant to surrender to the luxury of your suite? Makanyane offers guests the ultimate nocturnal bush experience, sleeping out under Africa’s stars surrounded by the sounds of the bush, unobstructed by walls and roofs. To allow guests to experience the ambiance of the bush at night, beds will be made up on the upper deck of a hide hidden deep in the bush, next to a waterhole. Allow yourself to fall asleep seduced by the lullaby of roaring lions, crying jackals and laughing hyenas. (Weather permitting).
Makanyane has a fully equipped, air-conditioned gym. Work up an appetite for your next sumptuous meal in this state of the art facility.
The Bush Spa
An ideal way to sooth away the stress and strain of everyday life is to let our trained masseuse pamper you. Surrender to a massage or to aromatherapy, either your private deck or in the secluded bush spa.
Bush Barbecues and Bush Breakfasts
Makanyane’s delicious dinners may be served out in the bush, isolated from any trace of civilisation. Sit back next to a blazing fire, only the light of the lanterns hanging in the trees standing between you and the bush, the aroma of the delicious food mingling with the fresh air as stars blaze above you. Toast marshmallows over the fire’s dying embers as you discuss the sights and sounds of another unforgettable day. Even breakfast could be served in the bush, with tasty food sizzling over the open fire, the scent of fresh coffee mingling with wood smoke.
Certain specialised activities will be held from time to time. Experts in various fields will be invited to Makanyane to give intensive talks and demonstrations on various subjects such as astronomy, cuisine, trees, birds and animal behaviour. These specialist activities will be promoted on the website in advance and are not to be missed, so book early in order to avoid disappointment.
Air conditioning and heating
Each suite has air conditioning and fans – extremely important for the summer, as well as heating for the winter when temperatures can drop to below -5 degrees.
Internet access, satellite television and fax are available.
Makanyane Safari Lodge’s private gate will be attended in anticipation of guest’s arrival. Please state your estimated time of arrival when making your reservation. If at all possible, please confirm your time of arrival by contacting the lodge on the day of your arrival.
Private Game Viewing Vehicles
All safaris are taken in open Land Cruisers with a maximum of eight guests per vehicle. It is possible to hire a vehicle on a private basis, subject to availability. Prices are available on request.
Breakfast and lunch will be served in the dining room or on one of the decks at the lodge. Dinners may be served in the Boma, on the deck overlooking the waterhole at the lodge or in the bush.
Please let us know in advance of any special dietary requirements and we will do our best to supply this. Please also let us know if you are celebrating a birthday or special occasion that you would like us to cater for.
Our kitchens are able to provide vegetarian, kosher, and halaal meals.
All water at the lodge is filtered to the highest standards and is safe for drinking. Complimentary bottled water is provided in all rooms.
Seasonal Safari Timing
Safari times will be arranged to suit guests’ needs and to take account of prevailing weather conditions and movement of wild life.
Makanyane Luxury Safari Lodge is situated in a malaria-free game reserve and therefore no anti-malaria precautions are required. Please consult your doctor on the latest health precautions that may be needed.
Payment for your accommodation can be made through your travel agent or through electronic transfer or bank deposit directly to the lodge’s account. Any extra expenses such as bar or curio shop expenses can be settled at the lodge.
The lodge accepts Visa, Master, Diners Club and American Express Credit Cards.
The Per Person Per Night rate includes all accommodation, all meals, two game drives daily, a bush walk, a welcome drink, all drinks on game drive, all tea, coffee, laundry, all meals and our fantastic service. The rate excludes telephone calls, curio shop purchases, personal bar and gratuities.
Emergency Medical Cover
Emergency medical evacuation cover is included in your accommodation rate. This guarantees all reasonable, practical assistance in obtaining primary or emergency medical services for an insured person who suffers illness or injury. Please note that this is evacuation insurance only and does not replace the normal travel insurance.
Madikwe Game Reserve has an astonishing array of wildlife. Elephant, rhino (black and white), lion, leopard, buffalo, wild dog, cheetah, giraffe, zebra, hippo, brown hyena, spotted hyena, springbok, eland, kudu, wildebeest, warthog, crocodile and Chacma baboon are some of the larger species to be seen. Smaller species include rock dassie, African civet, genet, bush baby, porcupine, and aardvark. Madikwe is also a superb area for bird watching, with over 350 species being identified in the area.
The local tribe is the Tswana people, a tribe with a rich, fascinating cultural history. The Tswana are well known for their wonderful sense of rhythm and wealth of choral songs, which they will happily share with guests at the lodge.
Attentive, unobtrusive and happy to oblige, the staff at Makanyane Safari Lodge are dedicated to giving guests personalised service at all times.
Makanyane’s field guides have undergone intensive training and have an in depth knowledge of African flora, fauna, natural history and ecology. The guides are not only sensitive towards the needs of their guests, but also towards the bush and its inhabitants, ensuring that guests receive an ecologically sound and informative experience. The guides are well versed in the conservation and habitat managing policies of the Madikwe Game Reserve and are accredited by FGASA (The Field Guides Association of South Africa) and THETA.
Our highly trained chef and kitchen staff will provide you with delicious pan-African meals with minute attention to detail. Excellent wines are selected throughout South Africa to accompany your meal.
All the staff at Makanyane work together to ensure that you have an unforgettable experience during your stay with us. You may arrive as a guest, but you will leave as a friend.
We regret that we are unable to accommodate children under 12 years of age unless the lodge is block booked by a group or a family. Extra beds cannot be provided in the suites.
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