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    Makanyi Private Game Lodge

    Step into the enchanting realm of Makanyi Private Game Lodge, where the very air seems infused with magic. It’s not merely the breathtaking setting or the mesmerizing wildlife that captivates; it’s the unwavering passion and dedication of every individual involved in curating every aspect of the lodge experience. Makanyi isn’t just a place to stay, it’s a way of life, an extraordinary journey that has captivated our family and dedicated team for the past seven remarkable years.

    As stewards of this awe-inspiring land, Makanyi are honored to shares a profound knowledge and unwavering wonder with you, all while upholding the utmost respect for the natural environment and its magnificent wildlife. Your journey at Makanyi begins and ends with your happiness, and to ensure this, authenticity, meticulous attention to detail, and unparalleled flexibility define every aspect of your stay with us.

    Nestled on the western fringes of the renowned Kruger National Park, within the vast expanse of the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve. With only a few prestigious lodges dotting the landscape, it allows guests the luxury of exploring this untamed habitat unhindered by the bustle of tourist crowds. Activities at Makanyi Private Game Lodge tailored to suit every preference. Embark on two exhilarating game drives daily, one at sunrise and another into the sunset. Traverse the bush alongside your knowledgeable ranger, tracing animal tracks, discovering diverse flora and fauna, and experience close up sightings of the Big-5 and other magnificent wildlife. At Makanyi Private Game Lodge there are wildlife photographers to guide you through capturing breathtaking images. A selection of family and couple photoshoot packages are also available on request.

    Accommodation options at Makanyi are designed to elevate your comfort and pleasure to unparalleled heights. Each of our seven suites boasts panoramic views of the awe-inspiring dam and adorned with plush furnishings. Guests can opt for our luxury pool suites for added privacy and a romantic private plunge pool on the dec, a perfect retreat for stargazing under the African sky.

    At Makanyi Lodge, every moment is meticulously curated to create treasured memories and foster a deep appreciation for the natural wonders that surround us. From intimate candlelit dinners to alfresco bush picnics, our locally sourced, high-quality dishes are crafted to tantalize your taste buds. The main lodge at Makanyi Game Lodge offers state of the art facilities, a gym, Spa, multiple relations area, open-air Boma, sparkling swimming pool and large viewing terrace overlooking the grounds.


    • Game drives
    • Guided bushwalks
    • Open-air Boma
    • Swimming pool
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    • Fire pit
    • Picnics
    • Gym
    • Spa
    • Library
    • Stargazing


    • 5-star luxury
    • Uncrowded Big 5 game drives
    • Overlooking a permanent waterhole

    Closest airport

    • Hoedspruit (HDS)
    • Thabamati private airstrip

    Children policy

    Children 12 years and older are welcome.


    2 x Game drives per day, bush walks (seasonal), all meals, soft drinks, selected alcoholic beverages and laundry.


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

    Terms & conditions

    • Rates are per person sharing, per night
    • Single supplement of 50% applicable
    • Third adult in a Luxury Suite will pay 50%
    • Rates are valid to 28 February 2025

    Accommodation Options

    Luxury Suite

    Sleeps 2 Adults

    Each of our seven suites offers breathtaking views of the stunning dam and features an oversized, ultra-comfortable bed, a serene sitting area complemented by a cozy gas fire for cooler evenings, a luxurious bathroom with a spacious shower Read more and separate bathtub, and a private deck adorned with loungers and an outdoor shower. Additionally, every suite is equipped with Premium Healing Earth amenities, Wi-Fi, telephone, hairdryer, safe, minibar, coffee machine and tea-making facilities. Less

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    Price £ 736 per person, per night

    Luxury Pool Suite

    Sleeps 2 Adults

    Two of the suite are luxury pool suites and are positioned farthest from the main lodge, providing enhanced privacy. These suites include the same luxuries of the luxury suites. In addition they boast a delightful private plunge pool Read moreon the deck, offering an ideal setting for a romantic indulgence, where you can enjoy a tranquil soak with a glass of champagne under the shimmering blanket of stars. Less

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    Price £ 823 per person, per night

    Marula Suites

    Sleeps 4 Guests

    The Marula Suite, situated away from the main lodge, spans 366m², including a spacious outdoor deck. It features two en-suite bedrooms with separate showers and baths, a dining area, a fully equipped kitchen, and a generous living room with cable TV. Read moreThe expansive outdoor deck includes a Boma and a private swimming pool, where guests can unwind in nature's beauty after an adventurous day. Less

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    Price £ 823 per person, per night

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    Getting there

    By Road

    Makanyi Private Game Lodge is approx a 90 minute drive from Hoedspruit Eastgate airport. It can be accessed via a rental car or arranged road transfer.



    Fly from major centres in South Africa to Hoedspruit Airport. Alternatively take the scheduled charter flight to Thabamati private airstrip, followed by a 15 minutes road transfer.


    Flight Duration

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