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Makalali Private Game Lodge

Situated on a 26 000 hectare conservancy in the Hoedspruit region, west of the famous Kruger National Park, in the Limpopo province of South Africa and close to the Drakensberg Mountains, lays the breathtaking Makalali.

A place where the echoes of Africa are everywhere. With its thatched spires and earthy walls, ancient mystical ornaments and Pan African cuisine. Here you’re surrounded by the untamed bushveld and yet cosseted by the warmth of our service and all the comforts of a truly unique resort.

Considered one of the leading pioneers in ecotourism in South Africa, Makalali Private Game Reserve is home to over one thousand wild animals including Africa’s “Big Five”. Experienced guides will take you on open air game drives or on guided bush walks and introduce you to a whole new world of bush lore and animal habits.

Our Accommodation

Lodges with a difference

Makalali, which means place of rest, was an old cattle farm when bought in the early nineties. Restocking and regeneration of the veldt were top priorities, but so was creating a lodge with a difference.

The innovative design was conceived by Sylvio Rech who envisaged a lodge built under the giant trees that guard the river. Local craftsman where employed to bring Sylvio’s design to life, and create the vibrant, and unique lodge.

In the interest of sustainability large quantities of rock found on-site was used during the construction of the lodges. His efforts were rewarded when Tattler magazine voted Makalali as “the most innovatively designed hotel in the world”. Feel at home with the great African explorers at this pristine, and ethnic bush retreat, which is only 5 hours drive from Johannesburg.


River Lodge

Situated on the banks of the Makhutswi River, this 5 star lodge consists of three camps, each with six luxury suites

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Main Lodge

A newly built 5 star lodge comprising of thirty comfortably designed superior rooms, featuring luxurious interiors

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Staying at Makalali

What you need to know

The Lodge is perfect for romantic weddings and private dinners and our experienced staff will provide the necessary expertise to make your event a resounding success.

Whether you are looking for the perfect honeymoon destination, a fun-filled family holiday, or a romantic getaway, Makalali’s range of facilities and activities caters to a variety of guests.

Bring comfortable, light clothing, walking shoes, sun hats and sunscreen plus a swimsuit in summer and warm clothing for game drives in winter.

We recommend long-sleeved shirts and trousers for game drives and the evening. Mosquito nets and insect repellent are provided in your room. Makalali is situated in a malaria area and precautions are essential.

Features available to

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Laundry Service
Swimming Pool
Gallery / Curio Shop
Wedding Services
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Be surrounded by the untamed bushveld
Makalali Private Game Lodge encapsulates the spirit of Africa, with its warm, traditional hospitality and its breathtaking location.  Come and be prepared to experience a destination which will captivate and leave you with unforgettable memories.