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Marlow, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 week ago NEWvia mobile

Excellent lodge that is drivable from J'Burg / Pretoria. The rooms ( 8 ) are all well appointed, views of the river and with a very nice central meeting area with a stoop that overlooks the river. First class game rangers ( Darren especially knowledgeable ) with excellent game viewing. Lions a cert, if you want to see leopard/ Cheetah,...

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MakanyaneSafariLodge, Guest Relations Manager at Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you, Tim, for your review and your comments. We hope to see you again soon!

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was our first safari. Makanyane arranged our transfers from and to Johannesburg. On both occasions there were no problems. Travelling by road enabled us to see a little of the country. The last part of the journey is on a rough gravel road.Makanyane is on the northern edge of Madikwe game reserve. Each of the individual lodges is a...

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MakanyaneSafariLodge, Guest Relations Manager at Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, we are delighted that you enjoyed your safari at Makanyane! We do apologise for the colour in the water. This is a challenge for us, particularly during the rainy season when rainwater from thunderstorms in the area can stir up the river where we draw our water from. Our purification plant is not always able...

Boston, Massachusetts
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We can't imagine going on another safari that is NOT a Sanctuary property, as we feel they have set the bar extraordinary high. We can't even begin to say how wonderful, accommodating and amazing the staff were during our stay. We went to several parts of Africa during our honeymoon and this by far was the highlight. We felt pampered,...

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MakanyaneSafariLodge, Guest Relations Manager at Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge, responded to this review

Many thanks for your review. We are proud to be a part of Sanctuary Retreats and agree that the bar is set very high by the properties in the portfolio. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us and hope to see you again soon!

Hoboken, New Jersey
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our stay at Makanyane was absolutely amazing. The staff is so accommodating and kind, and the lodge itself is gorgeous. Our guide, Kaizer, was extremely knowledgeable about the animals on safari and did his best to make sure we were having a great time on every game drive. The meals were all delicious - I can't think of the last...

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MakanyaneSafariLodge, Guest Relations Manager at Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for posting your review of Makanyane, we are so happy that you enjoyed your stay with us. Thank you too to your friend for recommending us to you!

Metro Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed at Makenyana Safari Lodge for three nights, between Cape Town and Mauritius, as park of our two week honeymoon. Upon arrival at the airstrip and then later at the lodge, we were pleasantly greeted by all the friendly faces we would have the pleasure to be surrounded by for the next few days. Everyone stopped by to say...

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MakanyaneSafariLodge, Guest Relations Manager at Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you, Amanda, for your very kind review. It was a pleasure to meet you both and we felt privileged that you chose to spend some of your honeymoon with us. We are delighted that you enjoyed your time with us and we also hope that you return for a longer stay very soon!

Oxford, United Kingdom
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was our first experience of visiting a game reserve so we had little idea of what to expect. Here's our story:- We travelled to Madikwe with from O. R. Tambo International Airport (v. close to Johannesberg) with Federal Airlines which was a fantastic opportunity to enjoy the aerial view of Madikwe. It was very exciting to spot elephants from...

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MakanyaneSafariLodge, Guest Relations Manager at Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for posting your review. Your first safari is always a special occasion and we are delighted that you chose Makanyane, thank you for coming to stay with us! We are so glad you enjoyed your experience with us, we really hope to welcome you back to the lodge soon.

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have been lucky enough to have just had the best 4 days of our lives on our honeymoon at the marvellous Makanyane. The lodge is beautiful and luxurious but remaining at one with its natural surroundings, the endless supply of food (no less than 8 delicious meals/snacks a day) is to die for and the wonderful people make you...

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MakanyaneSafariLodge, Guest Relations Manager at Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge, responded to this review

Congratulations once again on your wedding, we feel privileged that you chose to spend part of your honeymoon with us. Thank you for your review, your comments on the lodge and staff are very kind and are greatly appreciated! Keep well and please let us know when you are planning your next trip!

Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We booked here after much deliberation comparing all the lodges to the n-th degree, and in the end we chose this one because they didn't allow small kids and the hide was free. We clearly didn't do our research, as after going, I am sure that this is the best lodge in the whole reserve, here is why: 1. They...

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MakanyaneSafariLodge, Public Relations Manager at Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you so much for this terrific, and very kind, review. Thank you also for highlighting the benefits of our private ground so clearly, it is sometimes difficult to convey the advantages that this carries and you have done this expertly! You are also quite correct when you say that a longer stay is preferable to try to make sure...

bluffton, SC
Reviewed 17 January 2017

This was our 11th trip to stay at Makanyane (over 50 nights there now!) and it actually gets better each year. I simply cannot fathom a better safari experience. From the rooms, to the food, to the staff - it is exemplary in every facet. Please do yourself a favor and go here. You will not be disappointed!

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MakanyaneSafariLodge, Guest Relations Manager at Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind review, Andrew! As usual, it was terrific to see you both, we always look forward to your stay for weeks before the time and love having you at the lodge. You are a part of the family and we miss you both when you leave! Looking forward to your next trip already!

Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Reviewed 9 December 2016

This lodge provides the perfect combination of luxury accommodation and attentive,friendly service. The individual rooms are individual cottages with private terrace with river view where you can enjoy the quiet and maybe get a glimpse of wildlife. There is a shallow section at room 6 where other clients could see several animals coming across the river so request that one...

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Thank you for your review. We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay at the lodge! We do apologise for your disappointment regarding walking safaris. As walking in the reserve is a potentially strenuous activity with possible unknown and variable elements that could require rapid and efficient movement out of an area, it is a legal requirement of the...

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  • Pool
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
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  • Breakfast included
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  • Spa
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Luxurious accommodation, exceptional food, welcoming service and thrilling game viewing combine to create an unforgettable safari experience at Makanyane Safari Lodge. Situated on private ground within the malaria free, "Big 5" Madikwe Game Reserve in South Africa's North West Province, the lodge caters for just sixteen guests, ensuring personal attention and exclusivity. Hidden in riverside forest, the eight luxurious suites, each with glass-walled bedrooms, overlook the Marico River, offering uninterrupted views of the surrounding bush. The suites have open-fronted lounges, private sundecks and spacious bathrooms that can be opened to the forest. The lodge has an infinity-edge swimming pool, gym, health and beauty treatment centre and lookout point with magnificent views. Fine wines from the award-winning wine list complement exceptional cuisine created by the team of internationally trained chefs. Meals are enjoyed in a variety of locations, from our riverside boma to intimate private meals in the comfort of the guest's suite. Makanyane has a rustic sleep-out hide, providing guests with an opportunity to sleep under the stars surrounded only by the African wilderness. The drama, mystery and beauty of Africa's wildlife and cultural heritage can be experienced on game drives and bush walks conducted by expert, passionate field guides. ... more   less 

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Address: Krokodildrift, Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa
Region: South Africa > North-West Province > Madikwe Game Reserve
Hotel Class:4 star — Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 8
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“We were in villa 1 and felt like we were the only room on the reserve.”
 of 5 bubbles gigglesfh88, 12 Feb 2017 | Read review
“All the rooms are gorgeous, but 6 has the best view of the river”
 of 5 bubbles Simms327, 23 Jan 2017 | Read review
“We prefer to stay in rooms 5 or 6, but 7/8 make for an exciting walk to your room after dinner. And you get more time with David...”
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 of 5 bubbles andrewrice, 16 Jan 2017 | Read review
“All 8 rooms are the same standard. number 8 is the farthest from main building t 3 minutes walk. No 6 good for animal watching.”
 of 5 bubbles Martha21, 8 Dec 2016 | Read review
“All rooms have excellent views.”
 of 5 bubbles PennyG257, 28 Nov 2016 | Read review
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