We had the pleasure of spending 4 nights at Makanyi Lodge. From the setting, sightings, hospitality, dining and overall 5 star-experience...one word comes to mind: World-Class.
Sherrin D 26 yrs, South Africa, Read 3 reviews »
Timbavati Game Reserve, South Africa
Makanyi Private Game Lodge
- Offering a very private game viewing experience
- New state of the art game drive vehicles
- Exclusive hire of the lodge available
Facilities includeSwimming Pool Gym Restaurant Bar Living Area
- Art Safari
- Star Gazing
- Game Drives
- Cultural Visits
- Walking Safaris
- Stargazing Safaris
- Photographic Safari
Seasons in South Africa
About Makanyi Private Game Lodge
Makanyi is located in the southern sector of the South African Timbavati, an area known as âThe place where something sacred came down to earthâ. Guests enjoy a truly vast game viewing area, whilst the lodge itself is 856 hectares in size it has direct traversing rights over a further 6,000 hectares and is directly adjacent and open to the 2.4 million hectares of the Kruger National Park. The Timbavati Private Nature Reserve is not only home to an abundant variety of wildlife and birdlife but also to the famous âBig Fiveâ and the extremely rare and world-renowned white lion.
The architecture of Makanyi is clean and contemporary, cleverly blending seamlessly into its bush surroundings. There are a total of 8 open plan suites, 6 classic and 2 honeymoon, of approximately 140m2 each making them some of the largest rooms to be found in the bush. All suites have an extra-large bed, sitting area with fireplace and a spacious bathroom with a shower and separate freestanding bath. Outside, a private deck overlooks the bush, with an outdoor shower and inviting sun loungers. The 2 honeymoon suites are situated at the far reaches of the camp offering total privacy. Four-poster beds, private plunge pools, secluded candle-lit dinners and flower petal strewn picnics make Makanyi the perfect romantic hideaway.
Guests are spoilt for choice at Makanyi with activities including exhilarating game drives, guided bush walks with a highly experienced ranger, fishing in one of the many dams accompanied by wallowing hippos and mesmerising night-time star gazing. With a longer stay, Makanyi couldnât be better located for exploring a vast array of world renowned attractions and activities (such as visits to Blyde River Canyon and the Drakensburg Mountains amongst others) which can be organized from the lodge.
For those wanting to take life a little slower, the lodge provides a perfect haven to retreat to; spend a blissful few hours by the pool, soak in a hot tub, enjoy a spa treatment in room or in the peaceful massage area or burn excess energy in the fully-equipped gym. Then at the end of the day, watch natureâs ever changing performance with a chilled evening sundowner in hand or on cooler nights retreat by the fireplace with a glass or red wine and a book.
Variety is also the order of the day when it comes to meal times. After gently waking to a birdsong serenade breakfast can be taken on the deck watching curious wildebeest. A light lunch by the pool or picnic in the bush could be accompanied by a herd of impala and the cutest vervet monkeys and who could resist a delightful high tea of scrumptious treats whilst watching a rhino pass by? Dinner is the highlight of the day with delicious local specialities served with simplicity and finesse in the beautiful dining room or under the sparkling African sky sitting around the fire in the boma.
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