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Makanyi Private Game Lodge

Greater Kruger, South Africa


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Luxury Holidays At Makanyi Private Game Lodge

Located in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, and conveniently located for Hoedspruit Airport, Makanyi Private Game Lodge is a stylish boutique lodge with just seven luxury suites. Privileged guests can stay in one of five, generously-sized Luxury Suites, or one of two Luxury Pool Suites, all with bush views down to the watering hole. Families, or two couples, are spoilt with the new two-bedroom villa which boasts its own private deck with large pool, private boma, vehicle and guide.The dedicated team of staff ensure that all guests receive a superb level of privacy, and it is an ideal place to enjoy a romantic break, superb dining and memorable wildlife encounters. With guests easily able to connect from Hoedspruit to Johannesburg, it makes a perfect safari and bush honeymoon, or a key Big Five game adventure as part of a wider African journey. For those with a little more time, the lodge can also arrange excursions to local places of interest, such as the scenic Blyde River Canyon, captivating Maholoholo Cheetah Research Centre, or splendid viewpoint of 'Gods Window'.

Typical days can be spent enjoying the twice-daily game drives, relaxing by the pool, dining within the stunning outdoor Boma, under starry skies, or relaxing within the inviting lounge areas. Guests can also visit the well-equipped gym, be pampered with an authentic Africology spa treatment, or embark on a specialist Photography or Art safari course. Having teamed up with local wildlife artist Warren Cary, the lodge holds four-day workshops which include special art tuition classes around the game drives. Similarly, keen photographers can take part in a private photographic safari course, utilising a specially adapted safari vehicle, including professional tuition, technical support and equipment hire with Hilton Kotze. This is a boutique luxury lodge with a lot to offer and guests will certainly appreciate the attention to detail and the staff's expert knowledge - together with the team's shared passion for the incredible wildlife.

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  • Type: Luxury Lodge
  • Summary: A stylish and intimate, privately-owned luxury lodge
  • Feature: Specialist Photographic and Art Safaris are available
  • Rooms: 7 Luxury Suites
  • Nearest airport: Hoedspruit Airport (Eastgate)
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Location and transfer

50 minutes from Hoedspruit Airport by private car.

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Nestled within Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, Makanyi Lodge offers a luxurious base from which to discover this fascinating area's wildlife. Two thrilling game-drives depart each day - morning and afternoon - allowing you, alongside an expert local guide, to meet and photograph some incredible animals in the heart of their natural habitat. Keep your eyes peeled for the 'Big Five' - the African Elephant, Lion, Leopard, Rhinoceros and Buffalo - all of which roam the bush, alongside many more captivating species. Bush walks allow you to follow tracks, discover hundred of intriguing plants and observe animals from a safe distance.

Hotel Experiences

Alongside its once-in-a-lifetime game drives, Makanyi Private Game Lodge offers a creative approach to your trip to the bush, with the wonderfully unique Art Safari. Local artist Warren Cary, specialist in drawing and painting the fascinating African wildlife, will join you into the bush, pointing out important features that influence his work, including light and the role it plays on different subjects. Back at the lodge, Warren will lead laid-back workshops - consisting of pencil techniques, textures in nature, tonal changes, perspective and composition - allowing you to create a masterpiece souvenir of your time at Makanyi.


A haven of tranquillity within the African bush, Makanyi Private Game Lodge offers just seven stunning suites, providing complete intimacy and precious alone time. For the ultimate romantic escape, book a secluded pool suite, boasting a decadent four-poster bed and a sleek outdoor plunge pool just for you. After an unforgettable game drive, unwind with an indulgent couple's massage from the comfort of your suite. An array of romantic dining options are yours to choose from - whether a picnic in the bush or an intimate candlelit dinner - whilst the stargazing experience offers quality time together with unspoilt views of the Milky Way.

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Specialist Photographic Safaris and Art Safaris are also available at an additional charge.


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