Makanyane Safari Lodge

South Africa

  • Makanyane Safari Lodge


  • Dinner in the boma at Makanyane


  • See superb wildlife at Makanyane


  • Makanyane Safari Lodge swimming pool


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Set in 1,800 hectares inside the Madikwe Game Reserve, the second largest in South Africa, Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge is small and intimate, with 8 luxurious suites. It has welcomed some illustrious guests, among them Barbara Bush and Michelle Obama. 

Each spacious suite has a lounge which floor to ceiling glass walls and doors opening onto a private deck with views over the Marico River. The bathrooms are huge and roll-top bathtubs and spectacular outdoor showers. Other facilities include telephone, tea & coffee making equipment, a bar fridge, bathrobes and a range of toiletries. You'll have the option of spending a night in the sleepout hide for a taste of the African wilderness, surrounded by the sounds of the bush as you rest on your comfy bed on your second storey platform. 

The lounge and dining room, both open out onto the large deck area, which overlooks a waterhole. There's also a boma where you can enjoy meals around the camp fire. Makanyane is renowned for its food and is a foodie's delight. The bar is situated on the deck and is a great place to unwind after a day's game viewing and the upper viewing deck offers sweeping views over the surrounding area. There's a lovely pool, a spa and a gym to burn off any excess calories! You can sit back and relax on the secluded viewing deck on the edge of the plains or in one of the game viewing hides. 

There are morning and afternoon game drives in open 4x4 vehicles, as well as night game drives. There are also daily guided game walks. This area has a rich variety of game and in addition to The Big 5 guests may see cheetah, wild dog, hyena, giraffe, zebra and several species of antelope. This is also good bird watching country with over 340 species.

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Client Rating for South Africa 5/5 from 74 reviews

Our suite was incredible - private, but with wide views over the river, and very luxurious! I don't know how they managed to consistently make such excellent food so far away from any towns, but it was like eating in a 5* restaurant for every meal. We saw more wildlife than we ever expected to, and got the sense that the guides really care about the animals there. Finally, we could not have been looked after better by the staff there - I had some medical issues while we were there (not related to the lodge in any way) and all the staff went hugely above and beyond the call of duty to make sure I was well looked after. We were so sad to leave and would recommend this lodge in a heartbeat.

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Makanyane Safari Lodge

Makanyane Safari Lodge

Makanyane Safari Lodge is an exclusive and luxurious lodge set in private land within the Madikwe Game Reserve.

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