It really was an amazing experience. The food, service, game drives and viewing was marvelous. We saw 4 of the big 5 (Leopards are notoriously shy) twice and they were so close you could feel them breathe! Highly recommended and a truly South African experience!
We enjoyed a 2 nights' stay at the river lodge and enjoyed every minute of it! The staff are amazing and try their utmost to ensure that you are comfortable, you have enjoyable game drives, are offered excellent dining experiences etc. The food was amazing - and they really do try to meet everyone's requirements whilst still offering something "adventurous" - such as the crocodile meat that was offered at one dinner along with a variety of other non-adventurous meat selections. I would recommend this resort to anyone looking for a peaceful place to "wind down".
We stayed here during the Covid 19 peak and when the lodge got full we were forced to go on game drives with 8 people per vehicle, whilst their marketing on booking advertised only 6 people per vehicle. Only when we refused to do this were we allocated a vehicle with 6 people. They closed the bar at 20h00, whilst the curfew was until 22h00 and luckily we had our own refreshments, otherwise it would have been a problem. the Lodge is beautiful, but is not suited for a quiet peaceful experience. The Game reserve itself has poor sightings, even though the guides try their best. The food was average to good. I will not return here because it is a high people volume experience, game viewing is poor, service is ok, as is the food, but there are certainly much better places around.
I refer to the abovementioned matter, and it is a privilege for me to write this letter. Our son’s wedding was held at Makalali this past weekend. We would like to thank the Staff and employees and Especially Hanli Lombard for a unforgettable weekend and wedding, due to the following: • Great service; • Excellent food; • Clean and perfect rooms and facility; • Professional guides and trackers; • Very friendly and helpful staff; • Perfect gin station in veld; • Wedding ceremony that was unforgettable. We would like to thank Hanli and Team for this special weekend. This will be a lifelong memory. Makalali is for sure on top of our break away experiences as well as the compliments received from wedding guests. Be assured that we will always recommend Makalali .
Worst place ever!!! Guests were drunk and allowed next to the pool…we could not relax in nature!!!! Kids could not even swim because of them. Then the drunk guests attend lunch in inappropriate swimwear . And the lodge admit it was frowned upon. Then the same guests complain they hear our footsteps …. They were staying at the lower level… we were on level 1. We were harassed by management…. My parents are 71… my sister was in bed… her daughter as well…. Husband in shower. I was also in bed when it happened. The same guests went on a game drive with sequined dresses😂But we were the pigs… by management!!