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Makanyane is a luxurious lodge situated in the Madikwe Game Reserve, overlooking the Marico River. Named after the African wild dog in the Tswana language, the lodge is ideally situated in one of South Africa’s premier game-viewing locations - and it is the amazing wildlife of Madikwe that lies at the heart of the experience at Makanyane.

Tucked away in the riverside forest there are just eight free-standing suites made from wood, thatch, and stone, designed to have minimal environmental impact. The lodge can cater for a total of 16 guests at a time, ensuring an exclusive experience for all. The suites are equipped with open-fronted lounges, and private sundecks. Spacious bathrooms can be opened into the forest so guests can feel at one with nature - a feeling further enhanced by the glass-walled bedrooms.

Enjoy another memorable dimension to your stay as you sample the exceptional food, skillfully prepared by executive chef, Mauritz Greef and paired with a bottle of wine from the award-winning wine list. Breakfast is enjoyed as a group, so you can compare wildlife spotting notes from morning game drives. Lunch, afternoon tea and dinner can be enjoyed privately.

Between safaris relax in the open-aired lounges and verandahs, dip your toes in the infinity pool, or enjoy a leisurely workout in the gym. Or if you're in need of a truly indulgent treat, enjoy a massage at the secluded bush spa.

Makanyane Lodge caters well for families travelling too, which when paired with its location in the Malaria free Madikwe reserve makes it the ideal choice for a family safari. Each suite can accommodate up to two extra beds for children aged 12 or over. Children aged 12 and over are able to participate in the lodge safari activities, while little ones aged 5+ can enjoy the Junior Ranger Course, which teaches survival, orientation and tracking skills to budding nature guides. Please note that children under 12 can only be accommodate when the lodge is booked on an exclusive basis.

The big five are all in abundance at the Madikwe Game Reserve. Enjoy a safari and have your binoculars at the ready as you prepare to spot wildlife such as lion, elephant, black and white rhino, buffalo and leopard, as well as cheetah, giraffe, and both brown and spotted hyena. Game drives and bush walks are both available, depending on your preference.

Why We Love It

For a serene safari experience, spend a night on a 'star bed' at Makanyane, sleeping out and admiring the clear African night sky.

Louise Fitzgerald, Original Traveller

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