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Makalali Private Game Lodge

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14/05/2017 15/05/2017
1 room 2 adults 0 children
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Milan, Italy
Reviewed 12 September 2013

This place was beautiful. The hut is so nice and private, with a nice view of the wild. The bathtub and the shower outside are sooooo nice! I loved the wild animals that came when we took a shower. The service at breakfast is really good and fast and they cook good food! The game drives were so fun, but...

Thank LadyKitten
Reviewed 9 September 2013

If there is one place I would love to stay at forever it would be Makalali. We have just returned from our 6th visit in 12 years and the service and staff is just as amazing as always. In 3 days we saw so much. Lion, Elephant, Rhino, Buffalo, Leopard, Cheetah, Jackal, Crocodile, Hippo, Civet, Zebra, Giraffe, Impala, Nyala, Kudu,...

1Thank NickyCam
Solna, Sweden
Reviewed 8 August 2013

Very nice lodge, excellent service, beautiful game drives. ¨Best of all, we saw a leopard in a tree, very hard to spot, amazing experience. But the lodge is totally lacking eco-think, no solar cells, water tanks heated by sun, electricity around the clock, huge fires burning everywhere, even aircon in huts where all heat leaked out through bambou walls -...

2Thank Cecilia13190
Reviewed 27 July 2013

Hubby and I had an absolute ball at Makalali over 4 days/3nights. It felt like a dream from the second we arrived. We were welcomed into camp with such warmth and professionalism. Our room - WOW. Incredible. I have to admit I never used the outdoor shower as I was scared of the cold, but the bathtub was definitely put...

Thank Vendy L
Reviewed 25 July 2013

We just returned from 3 night/4 day safari at Makalali.... What a fantastic trip! We arrived late so missed the evening game drive, but saw so many fantastic sights just getting to the reception area.... A lioness eating a fresh kill, wildebeest, zebra. Incredible. Our room was magical.... The private bungalow has a beautiful deck to enjoy the afternoon sights.......

1Thank Paigesherm
los gatos, ca
Reviewed 22 July 2013

Our arrival from another camp was a bit late, so the camp manager, Dave, rushed us into the bush truck without offering lunch. We had been on the road six hours and he finally relented, giving us the lunch that had been prepared for us and must have been sitting in the kitchen. Off we went and had a great...

1Thank callaw
Brisbane, Australia
Reviewed 30 June 2013

We did a Safari Tour in May 2013 and Makalali Private Game Lodge was certainly the number one stand-out place. The rooms are just perfect, luxurious with a great African feel. The food was amazing and the game drives were just awesome. A BIG shout-out to Laurence who was just such a great guy and very good ranger. He really...

3Thank Benjamin G
ConsultantSafari, Manager at Makalali Private Game Lodge, responded to this review

Lawrence is and has always been such a great Ranger at Makalali! His knowledge is extensive and his charming personality makes him so good with guests. I am glad that he contributed to your experience at Makalali. Thank you for your photos. I am sure they help to persuade other Tripadvisor users to come and expereince Makalali for themselves. Your...

Reviewed 14 June 2013

We went to Makalali for our first Safari in Africa. We werent prepared much and started with just our backpacks. It turned out as one oif the best trips we ever made. The Rangers did get us right close to all animals we anted to see. Two game drives daily over 3 days gave us the opportunity to see the...

2Thank Matthias S
ConsultantSafari, Manager at Makalali Private Game Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for your great comments. We always appreciate it. Seeing the Big 5 is always such a great experience and creates memories that last a lifetime! The firepalce and the outside shower create a lot of charm and the fact that you enjoyed that is very good to hear. The staff go out of their way to make our...

Palmerston North, New Zealand
Reviewed 2 June 2013

We stayed at Makalali for 3 days & it was the best 3 days ever. A huge thanks to all the great staff, their service was amazing and they thought of every detail, the food and service was amazing. High five to our game driver & tracker Derrick & Moosa you guys were superb & a big tick on seeing...

2Thank TazM
ConsultantSafari, Manager at Makalali Private Game Lodge, responded to this review

We are very glad that you enjoyed your stay with us, we were very happy to have you as our guests. Thank you for the great comments on the staff and especially Derrick and Moosa, it is always good for them to get such positive feedback! We hope to welcome you back to Makalali in the future and hope that...

Reviewed 22 May 2013

Luckily, I happened to have one of the best game sighting of my trip while at Makalali. Great place to stay, great team. It is not full on luxury like other places one can find in SA, but it is definitively one of the best value for your wallet.

2Thank Njaques

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
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. ... more   less 

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Address: PO Box 809, Hoedspruit 1380, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Limpopo Province > Hoedspruit
Price Range: $500 - $792 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Makalali Private Game Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 18
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Makalali Private Game Hotel Hoedspruit
Makalali Private Game Lodge Hoedspruit, Limpopo
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