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aha Makalali Private Game Reserve

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D202 Gravelotte Road, Hoedspruit 1380 South Africa
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#15 of 143 Speciality lodging in Hoedspruit
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Makalali Private Game Lodge is a 4 star graded luxury safari lodge situated on a 26000 hectre private game reserve in the Limpopo Province of South Africa. The lodge consists of 3 camps with 6 rooms per camp. Nestled on the banks of a river one can often view animals in and around the camps. Makalali Private Game Lodge offers game drive twice a day to guests which is included in the rate of accommodation. The reserve is home to the big 5 as well as cheetah and wild dog and a number of other plains game and mammals. Over 250 species of birds have been recorded on the property.
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Free parking
Pool
Free breakfast
Airport transportation
Concierge
Gift shop
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Private check-in / check-out
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Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast buffet
Special diet menus
Outdoor fireplace
Sun terrace
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Ironing service
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D202 Gravelotte Road, Hoedspruit 1380 South Africa
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Hoedspruit Airport43 kmSee all flights
Phalaborwa Airport53 kmSee all flights
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jamesbZ4828XN wrote a review 22 Nov
Cape Town, South Africa3 contributions
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!
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Date of stay: November 2021
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Karen M wrote a review 2 Nov
Cape Town, South Africa32 contributions8 helpful votes
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".
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Peter J wrote a review 1 Nov
Rivonia, South Africa43 contributions12 helpful votes
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.
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Date of stay: August 2021
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sasoln17@hotmail.co.za wrote a review Oct 2021
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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 .
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Zuretha wrote a review Sep 2021
Pretoria, South Africa3 contributions1 helpful vote
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!!
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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PRICE RANGE
US$236 - US$563 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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makalali private game hotel hoedspruit
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
Makalali Private Game Lodge
LOCATION
South AfricaLimpopo ProvinceHoedspruit
NUMBER OF ROOMS
18
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Frequently Asked Questions about aha Makalali Private Game Reserve
What are some of the property amenities at aha Makalali Private Game Reserve?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at aha Makalali Private Game Reserve?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at aha Makalali Private Game Reserve?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at aha Makalali Private Game Reserve?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does aha Makalali Private Game Reserve have airport transportation?
Yes, aha Makalali Private Game Reserve offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at aha Makalali Private Game Reserve?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.