We could not have been more pleased. Service is superb and the fantastic staff made this a great experience for us.
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Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa
Makanyane Safari Lodge
- Malaria-free Big 5 game viewing
- Small & intimate lodge, the suites have panoramic glass walls overlooking the Marico River
- Have the unique experience of sleeping out under the stars one night
Facilities includeWIFI in the lounge Air conditioning Swimming pool Spa Friendly and personal service
- Game Drives
- Sleep Out Hide Under The Stars
Seasons in South Africa
About Makanyane Safari Lodge
Situated in the malaria free Madikwe Game Reserve in South Africa, Makanyane Safari Lodge offers luxurious accommodation, welcoming service, exceptional food and thrilling game viewing, creating an unforgettable safari adventure. The lodge was built with the brief of offering something totally unique and different in Madikwe and the owners have created something truly very special and intimate.
There is an abundance of wow factor in the entire Makanyane experience, this is a lodge with lots of personality and style.
Found on 1,800 hectares of private ground within the Madikwe Reserve and offering guests complete seclusion and privacy, the lodge opened in 2003 and has earned a reputation for incredible guiding, friendly and personal service, fabulous cuisine and outstanding accommodation in our luxurious suites.
There are only 8 suites, making your stay intimate and exclusive. The suites have panoramic glass walls overlooking the Marico River and animals wander through the lodge grounds daily. Makanyane was designed by a team of award winning architects and blends effortlessly into the bush. The relaxed yet luxurious interiors complement the design perfectly, enhancing the atmosphere of comfort in this idyllic environment. Rich African textures abound, walls of natural rock and dried tree trunks merge with teak doors and contrast with the overhanging thatch, the bedrooms having uninterrupted views of the Marico river and the surrounding bush.
Each suite is air-conditioned and has a large bedroom, lounge and a huge bathroom, with indoor and outdoor showers and roll top baths. There is also a private sundeck which is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of the bush.
Makanyane Safari Lodge is located on 1,800 hectares of private ground incorporated into the magnificent 75 000 hectare malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve in the North West Province of South Africa.
Madikwe Game Reserve is 50 minutes by air from Johannesburg. Driving time from Johannesburg is approximately 3.5 hours using the route via Sun City and 5 hours using the route via Rustenburg and Zeerust. It is easy to arrive by either plane or car.
How to get there
We will help assist you with all necessary internal transfers after booking.
There is a daily scheduled light aircraft between Johannesburg International Airport and Madikwe Game Reserve operated by Federal Air
The flight takes approximately 45 minutes
There is a restriction on luggage of a maximum of 20kg of soft luggage
Federal Air is able to provide free excess baggage stores if required
Charter flights can also be arranged
Road transfers can be arranged from Johannesburg International Airport to Makanyane and vice versa. The drive takes approximately 3.5 to 4 hours and is on good roads
The transfers between Madikwe Airstrip and the lodge are complimentary
NB. All prices and times are subject to change.
When to go
Game viewing in Madikwe is excellent year round, in South African winters ( May – September) when the mornings are evenings are a little cooler, the fires are often lit in your suite so you go to sleep with the flames flickering next to you, truly magical.
Makanyane cannot be held responsible for any difficulty, or delays, in travelling to or from the lodge caused by weather, the condition of the roads or any other conditions beyond the control of the lodge.
Makanyane Safari Lodge is situated in the malaria free Madikwe Game Reserve in South Africa.
Travelling with children
Children of all ages welcome
Children under the age of 10 are welcomed to the lodge on selected school holiday dates or part of an exclusive-use booking.
Children over the age of 10 sharing a suite with two adults are charged 50% of the adult rate.
A maximum of two children are able to share the suite with their parents.
All children are the responsibility of their parents.
Make an enquiry
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- One of our experts will reply to you within 12 hours.
- We will customise your requirements with the help of our true expert knowledge.
- We will create the best experience possible at a truly transparent price.