South African Lodges

aha Makalali River Lodge

Address
Makalali Private Game Reserve
west of the Kruger National Park
Limpopo Province
South Africa
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Lodge Type
R5530.00SINGLE RATE
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Surrounded by 26 000 hectares of magnificent African Conservancy, just a 5 hours drive away from Johannesburg; one can find the Makalali Private Game Reserve which is home to the luxurious lodge. This magnificent safari lodge offers some of the most beautiful lodge accommodation in South Africa's Limpopo Province and is near the Drakensberg Mountains and the western border of the Kruger National Park.

The reserve holds the title as being one of the finest private game lodges in Africa. The lodge has been beautifully designed to match the natural colours which surround it. The buildings feature thatched roofs and strong earthy colour walls creating a warm and welcoming ambience for guests. The main lodge and the rooms have all been decorated using traditional African patterns, designs, and artworks. The lodge is within the game rich reserve which is home to hundreds of animal species including the famous African "Big 5".

The hotel is spread over four beautiful and exclusive camps. Each camp offers six spacious and luxury rooms featuring their private swimming pools, lounge areas, open-air restaurants and a closed dining area. The rooms at the Lodge are individually decorated with African-inspired themes providing en-suite bathrooms, a fireplace, an outdoor shower and a private viewing deck. The king beds provide mosquito nets.

Dining

The Lodge offers a unique dining experience where guests can enjoy a variety of mouth-watering traditional African-inspired meals. The culinary staff strives to provide their guest's service that is fit for royalty. Special dietary requirements are catered for.

Activities

The lodge nestles in 26 000 hectares of land which is home to Africa's magnificent wildlife. The most widespread activity is the daily game drives. Game drives depart twice daily, in the morning and the afternoon. Guests are taken out of a 4 x 4 vehicle and lead on a hunt for the wildlife that calls the reserve home. If guests are lucky, they may have the opportunity to observe Africa's "Big 5."

The lodge also offers activities to entertain the young explorers who visit the lodge. The children program runs over three days and teaches children necessary bush survival skills. Children between the ages of 6 to 12 can partake in this program. On completion of the activities, children have graduation where they receive a photo and a certificate of completion.

What to bring when staying at the lodge

  • Long sleeve clothes for evening game drives
  • Camera with extra batteries
  • Binoculars
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat.

Quick Facts

  • The lodge is in a summer rainfall region where thunderstorms are a regular occurrence in the late afternoons
  • Offers its private landing strip for private charters
  • Tours and activities in the surrounding areas can be arranged with the lodge
  • Children are welcome at the lodge.
     

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  • Air Conditioning
  • Bathrobe
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Complimentary Bottled Water
  • Ensuite / Private bathroom
  • Fireplace
  • Hairdryer
  • Housekeeping
  • In-room safe

Restaurants

Dining at the Makalali Private Game Reserve

The Makalali Private Game Reserve offers a mouth-watering dining experience.  Guests can enjoy a variety of African-inspired dishes.

Makalali offers the following dining options:

  •     Bush dinners: Guests can enjoy meals in the bush and under the stars
  •     Boma dinners: a traditional lodge dining experience; the boma dining also provides an outdoor open air dining experience
  •     Indoor dining area: this is a more formal dining experience where guests can enjoy plated meals
  •     Private dining: for a romantic and private setting, guests can request a private dining setting.
     

Game drives

The Makalali Private Game Reserve west of the Kruger National Park of South Africa offers two game drives daily.  Guests are led by an experienced tracker and guide in open 4x4 vehicles where they have the opportunity to view amazing wildlife in their natural habitat.

Nearby activites
  • a day trip to the nearby Kruger National Park
  • trout fishing
  • a visit to the caves and mineral springs
  • specialist birding trips
  • hot air balloon rides
  • rafting and abseiling
  • cheetah breeding facility
  • golfing excursions
  • Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre
  • Panorama and Escarpment day trip.

Conferences at the Makalali Private Game Reserve

South Africa's Makalali Private Game Reserve offers a conference venue which is at the Tandane Camp.  The conference venue blends in with the lodge's spectacular environment.

The conference venue features a thatch roof, an outside verandah as well as a toilet and kitchen area. The site is perfect for meetings, dining functions, galas, and weddings.

Conference equipment:

  •     slide projector
  •     overhead projector
  •     portable screen
  •     flipchart
  •     white board
  •     television.

  • Conference venue
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Swimming Pool

Check in and Check Out Times
  • Check in: 14:00
  • Check out: 10:00
General Services
  • Airport transfers
  • Babysitting
  • Concierge services
  • Housekeeping service
  • Laundry services
  • Massage treatments
  • Room service
Children Activities
  • The Makalali Private Game Reserve in South Africa near the Kruger National Park offers a fabulous children's programme for kids aged between the ages of six and twelve.  The programme runs over three days, and it lasts for approximately an hour and a half per day.

        The plan covers the following activities:

        1. Bush survival techniques which will include the following:
            How to make a fire
            Where to pitch a tent
            Edible plants
            How to find and purify water

        2. Animal knowledge where children learn about the wildlife:
            Warning signs of dangerous animals
            Flagship species
            Mini first aid such as accessing an emergency situation
            Finding directions

        3. Workbook tests and Graduation

    The programmes are all lead by experienced game rangers and guides of the Makalali Private Game Reserve. After the completion of their "course",  the children will receive a photo and a certificate of completion.
     

Available Rooms

River Family Suite

River Lodge Thatched Suite

Single Room R7350
Double Room R9830

aha Makalali River Lodge Specials

The specials listed below will automatically be offered to you when proceeding through the booking process.

Surrounded by 26 000 hectares of magnificent African conservancy, just a 5 hours drive away from Johannesburg, one can find the Makalali Private Game Reserve which is home to the luxurious lodge. This spectacular safari lodge offers some of the finest lodge accommodation in South Africa's Limpopo Province and is closely situated to the Drakensberg Mountains and the western border of the Kruger National Park.

 Valid 01 October 2018-31 March 2019 (excluding 15 December 2018 - 15 January 2019)

Included in the rate:

  • All meals
  • Two game drives daily

Excluded from the rate:

  • Conservations levy of R240.00 per person per stay
  • Items of a personal nature
  • All beverages

Terms and Conditions:

  • Only valid for South African Residents - Proof of Residence may be requested
  • Subject to availability; block out dates may apply
  • Children charges are additional and not included in the quote (Children ages 6 - 12 years will pay 50% of the adult rate; children over 12 are charged as adults)
  • Valid 01 Octoer 2018 - 31 March 2019 (excluding 15 December 2018 - 15 Janaury 2019)
  • Rate code: SARESN
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South African Residents can enjoy discounted rates of only R3275.00 per person per night including all meals and two game drives if they stay at aha Makalali River Lodge for travel 1 October 2018 - 31 March 2019 if you book within 30 days of travel.

** Block out dates apply

Included in the rate:

  • All meals
  • Two game drives daily

Excluded from the rate:

  • Conservations levy of R240.00 per person per stay
  • Items of a personal nature
  • All beverages

Terms and Conditions:

  • Only valid for South African Residents - Proof of Residence may be requested
  • Subject to availablity; block out dates may apply
  • Book within 30 days of travel to qualify for these special rates.
  • Children charges are additional and not included in the quote. (Children ages 6 - 12 years will pay 50% of the adult rate; children over 12 are charged as adults)
  • Valid for travel: 01 October 2018 - 31 March 2019
  • Rate code: ADV01
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South African Residents can enjoy discounted rates of only R3275.00 per person per night including all meals and two game drives if they stay at aha Makalali River Lodge for travel 1 October 2018 - 31 March 2019 if you book on this 3 night special.

** Block out dates apply

Included in the rate:

  • Accommodation
  • All Meals
  • 2 Game Drives Daily

Excluded from the rate:

  • Conservation levy fo R240 per person, per night
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Alcholic Beverages

Terms and Conditions:

  • Only valid for South African Residents - Proof of Residence may be requested
  • Subject to availablity; block out dates may apply
  • Book within 30 days of travel to qualify for these special rates.
  • Children charges are additional and not included in the quote. (Children ages 6 - 12 years will pay 50% of the adult rate; children over 12 are charged as adults)
  • Valid for travel: 01 October 2018 - 31 March 2019
  • Rate code: DLMSS
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GPS Co-Ordinates

Latitude: -24.155949

Longitude: 30.688353

Directions

Driving directions from Hoedspruit to the Makalali Private Game Lodge, west of the Kruger National Park (South Africa):

1. Take the R527 from Hoedspruit heading towards Mashishing
2. Carry along the R527 until you reach the Tzaneen turn off and then turn right
3. Follow Tzaneen road over the Oliphants River
4. Continue through The Oaks Village
5. Pass the Phalaborwa or Mica Road
6. When you reach the Makalali sign, turn right and onto a dirt road
7. Continue along the dirt road and through the boom gate
8. After approximately 9 km you will take a right turn into the Makalali Game Reserve Gate
9. Carry on until you reach the lodge.

Makalali Private Game Reserve
west of the Kruger National Park
Limpopo Province
South Africa

Parking

On site parking facilities are provided for guests.

Star Rating

5 Star

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