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River Lodge at Makalali

Set within 26 000 hectares of open savannah plains and riverine forest, Makalali Private Game Reserve is located west of the Kruger National Park. The diverse vegetation offers an ideal habitat for a variety of game and birdlife. With the guidance of skilled rangers and trackers, safari drives include exciting sights of Africa’s magnificent Big 5 as well as giraffe, cheetah, zebra, wild dog, and kudu. Makalali River Lodge is situated on the banks of the Makhutswi River. Here guests can expect exceptional wildlife viewing from the lodge as well as bushwalks, exhilarating game drives, exciting and unusual activities, as well as outstanding 5-star accommodation.

 

Makalali River Lodge is comprised of three luxury thatched camps within easy reach of each other. Each camp boasts 6 lavish private suites. Each Thatched Suite and Family Suite has a raised viewing deck showcasing spectacular views over the Makhutswi River from which to see wildlife and a variety of birds. From dinner in the bushveld to unforgettable boma dinners under the stars, talented chefs provide an array of cuisines and dining experiences for adults and children. With organic elements, natural walls, and mystical accents, Makalali River Lodge provides guests with a unique safari experience of luxury, comfort, and relaxation.

Activities

  • Game drives
  • Guided bushwalks
  • Swimming
  • Children’s Bush knowledge course
  • Hot air balloon rides
  • Golf
  • Gin stop
  • Lazer shooting
  • Cheetah Breeding Program

Highlights

  • 5-star luxury
  • Exceptional Big 5 game drives
  • Exclusive accommodation
  • Cheetah breeding facility excursion

Closest airport

  • Hoedspruit
  • Nelspruit Kruger
  • O.R. Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg)

Children policy

Children of all ages welcome. Children under 6 years of age are not permitted More Details on game drives.

  • Children under 12 years pay 50% of the adult sharing rate
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Included

2 x Game drives per day, guided bush walks, all meals, soft drinks and selected alcoholic beverages.

Excluded

Premium brand drinks, cellar wines, gate fees, additional activities, spa treatments, private-use vehicles, and transfers.

Seasons

High: 01 April – 30 September

Peak: 01 October – 31 March

Terms & conditions

  • Rates are per person sharing, per night
  • Single supplement of 50% applicable
  • Rates displayed are from 01 March 2020 – 28 Feb 2021

Accommodation Options

Thatched Suites

Sleeps 2 Adults

With gorgeous views of the Makhutswi River from private timber decks, each of the 17 luxury suites, spread over 3 camps, accommodates 2 guests in style. Bathrooms boast a bathtub with a view, indoor and outdoor showers, and double vanity. Read moreEach air-conditioned thatched unit further features a covered patio, wood-burning fireplace, coffee facility, and fully stocked minibar. Guests can relax at the lodge pool, cozy fireplace, enclosed lounge area, and dine under the stars or in the romantic high-thatched dining room. Less

Refer to seasons and T&C's above

Peak season R6 440 per per person, per night
High Season R6 225 per person, per night

Thatched Family Suites

Sleeps 2 Adults, 3 children

With gorgeous views of the Makhutswi River from a private deck, the family suites sleep a family of four, comfortably with a queen-size sleeper couch for 2 kids under 12. The spacious bathroom boasts a bathtub with a view, Read moreindoor and outdoor showers, and double vanity. The air-conditioned thatched unit further features a covered patio, private plunge pool, wood-burning fireplace, coffee facility, and fully stocked minibar. Less

Refer to seasons and T&C's above

Peak season R6 440 per per person, per night
High Season R6 225 per person, per night

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Getting there

By Road

The reserve is a 5-hour drive from Johannesburg along the N12 highway. Traveling to the reserve from Hoedspruit Airport is a one-hour road transfer.

 

Flying

Fly from major centres in South Africa to Hoedspruit Airport.

 

Flight Duration

  • Johannesburg to Hoedspruit: 55 minutes
  • Cape Town to Hoedspruit 2 hours 30 minutes