An ethnic bush retreat boasting an extraordinary architectural blend of thatched spires and earth walls, Makalali Private Game Lodge lies in the Makalali Resource Reserve, five hours from bustling Johannesburg. The lodge offers guests an intimate experience with just four exclusive camps, each containing six luxury suites, set on the banks of the Makhutswi River in Big 5 country.

There is an extensive range of activities at the lodge; morning, afternoon and night game drives, birding and walking safaris are offered as well as day trips to the nearby Kruger National Park. The adventurous will be tempted by caving, abseiling and hot-air ballooning excursions. Makalali is a family-friendly lodge and has a childcare service as well as tailored game viewing activities.


  • Set in the Big 5 Makalali Resource Reserve
  • Well-equipped & spacious suites
  • Thrilling safaris
  • Family-friendly with a special kids' safari programme

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Makalali Private Game Lodge has four exclusive camps, each containing six luxury suites. Each camp has a swimming pool, enclosed dining and lounge area plus an open-air boma.

The camp offers a laundry service, childcare service during meals and game drives, massages from an in-house therapist and even an art gallery.

Guests can also enjoy tribal dancing and drumming or visit the cheetah breeding facility.

A wide range of game viewing activities are offered at Makalali as well as a private vehicle and guide by prior arrangement.

Children aged 6 to 12 can take part in a mini-rangers programme hosted by qualified rangers who will impart a new appreciation of the bush to the young ones, and they will get to take home a certificate as a reminder of their safari experience.

General Facilities

    Swimming Pool
    Art Gallery
    Babysitting service available
    Beauty or wellness therapist
    Children's Club
    Laundry service


Combining both regional African cuisine and international dishes, Makalali Private Game Lodge offers indoor and outdoor gourmet dining with meals served in the dining area or in the open-air boma under the stars. The lodge also offers a private deck dinner for a romantic dining experience as well as candlelit bush dining away from camp.

Standard Room

Makalali Private Game Lodge has four camps each offering six luxury suites. Each camp has a plunge pool, private viewing deck, dining area and boma. All the camps are private, yet within easy access of one another and are set on the banks of the Makhutswi River.

The decor of the suites is African-style with sculptured metalwork lamps, taps and ceramic basins. Each suite is air conditioned, has an en suite bathroom and an outdoor shower and comes complete with comfortable, king-size bed, mosquito nets, a fireplace and raised private viewing deck.

Other conveniences include a room safe, ceiling fans, hairdryer as well as insect-proof screened windows and doors.

Standard Room AMENITIES

    Air conditioning
    Mosquito net
    Safe in room


  • Game drives
  • Night drives
  • Star gazing
  • Cultural tours
  • Animal tracking experience
  • Bird watching
  • Live music & entertainment
  • Private game-drives
  • Guided walking safaris
  • dates rates from board basis
  • 01 Nov 2017 - 31 Mar 2018 $335 Full Board Plus

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please note, additional room types are also available. Family Room,Standard Room with Sleeper Couch,Superior Room Request a quote for rate detail

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply
  • Rates may be different for different room types
  • The most competitive rates for accommodation are available in our tailored packages

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

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