Makanyane Safari Lodge offers accommodation in luxury suites that sleep a total of 16 guests. The suites have spectacular glass-walled bedrooms that provide uninterrupted views over the lush forest and Marico River. Each of the exclusive suites include an en suite bathroom with folding doors that open up into the bush, outdoor shower, lounge area, private viewing deck and sun deck, fireplace, and bar fridge. If guests are feeling adventurous they can spend the night under the African sky at the lodge’s sleep-out-hide, a raised hide and sleeping deck surrounded by the bush. The main lodge overlooks a frequently-visited waterhole shaded by the overhanging branches of the surrounding trees. Facilities at the main lodge include an infinity swimming pool, fully-equipped gymnasium, secluded Bush Spa offering massages and aromatherapy, stunning viewing decks, indoor and outdoor dining areas, communal lounge, stocked bar, and library.
Close to the main lodge is the boma, an open air dining area enclosed by bush, reeds and trees. The boma is the perfect place to enjoy dinner next to a blazing fire. Sit back and enjoy the view out over the Marico River, the stars blinking through the canopy of leaves above you. Not far from the main lodge, an isolated viewing deck stands on the edge of the plains. In this tranquil, tree shaded place, you can enjoy a quiet drink, while watching elephants stride through herds of waterbuck, zebra and impala grazing in these breathtaking grasslands. You may even see lion or cheetah moving through the grass, their vigilant stare searching for their next meal. The lodge has a negative-edge swimming pool and a fully equipped, air-conditioned gym. Makanyane also has a beauty treatment facility and an on-site beauty therapist so that guests can be pampered by a range of indulgent treatments such as massage, aromatherapy, reflexology and facials.
Activities at Makanyane Safari Lodge comprise of morning and evening game drives done in open safari vehicles, guided bush walks, and animal-viewing from secluded hides. The game drives and bush walks are carried out under the guidance of professional game rangers or guides. There is a maximum of only 8 people per vehicle, which ensures individual attention from the game ranger and an intimate experience with your group or partner. Game drive times are flexible as the times are chosen by the guests.
Go for a ride in one of our open- vehicles, accompanied by our knowledgeable rangers. The groups for these Game Drives consist of no more than 8 people, which ensures a personal interaction with your guides. Whether you choose a daytime safari or go on an afternoon drive, there is always something to explore in the bush. Experience the areas flora and fauna first- hand while going for a game walk with our experienced armed- rangers.
Makanyane Safari Lodge Reviews
“The lodge was exceptionally well run and organised. The game drives were excellent and Madikwe is a great sized and well populated game reserve; we saw everything! The guides were so friendly and passionate and I particularly loved the sun-downers concept at the end of each game drive. Food at the lodge was actually what surprised me the most. Despite being in the middle of nowhere the food was fantastic quality – London restaurant standard!” –Screddie
“We spent a week at the lodge. The staff were amazing and always on hand to respond to our needs. The rooms are private, luxurious, large and have lots of glass to view any of the animals that may walk past or reside nearby. We watched 15 elephant play for hours in the river just outside our room. The game drives were always full of sightings with the added bonus that this lodge has lots of private land to traverse that no other operator has access to.” –Swanbourne88
“We spent three nights at Makanyane and could not fault it, from the personal welcome from the general manager on arrival to being waved off by her on departure. The accommodation is stunning with floor to ceiling windows having the effect of bringing the reserve into your luxurious room. The food was varied and always beautifully prepared and presented. The game drives were superb and our ranger, Trevor, was a fount of information on the terrain, insects and birds as well as the game.” –Mike B