Makanyi Private Game Lodge

Situated in the open, acacia woodlands of the southern Timbavati Private Game Reserve in the Greater Kruger Park, Makanyi Lodge is ideally situated for 'Big Five' game viewing as well as opportunities to see the elusive white lions and rare wild dogs. The lodge is constructed of natural woods, thatch and stone and therefore blends into its environs perfectly, offering extensive views over a dam - a natural draw for wildlife.

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  • Flexible booking terms
  • Secured deposit
  • 100% financial protection
  • Stringent safety & hygiene standards
  • Tried & trusted by our clients
  • Emergency medical care

Each of Makanyi's seven luxury suites also have views over the magnificent dam. The rooms each contain an extra-large bed with a spacious bathroom offering both a shower and separate bathtub. The rooms also feature a relaxing sitting area with fireplace, a private deck with loungers and an outdoor shower. Located furthest from the main lodge are the two luxury pool suites which offer more privacy as well as romantic four-poster beds and private plunge pools on the deck, the perfect place for a soak with a glass of champagne under the stars.

At the main lodge, there is a swimming pool with sun loungers, offering a perfect spot for sunbathing, reading or dozing. In the lodge's lounge area, you will find large, comfortable sofas by the roaring fireplace to keep you warm on a chilly evening. On a hot summer's evening, why not sit on the deck by the pool sipping a refreshing cocktail to the sounds of lions roaring nearby. The bar area is a meeting point, a chance to mingle with other guests and share stories of your day's sightings.

Offering locally sourced ingredients and cuisine of the highest quality, Makanyi's meals can be anything from an intimate candlelit dinner under the stars to a bush picnic or a romantic dinner in the privacy of your room.

Getting There

The lodge is 63km (approximately 50 min by car) from Hoedspruit Airport which receives regular flights from Johannesburg and Cape Town.


Game drives, bush walks, star gazing, fishing, photo safaris, art safaris, spa and gym.

Read what our previous clients thought of Makanyi Private Game Lodge

Review of Makanyi Private Game Lodge

Jillian & Carla McInerney

This lodge is in an absolutely stunning location! The deck overlooking the watering hole is simply to die for. Rico is the most welcoming and hospitable host ever. We stayed in the honeymoon suite, which was fabulous. It did not overlook the watering hole unfortunately, but nearby was a dam where a herd of elephants gathered every morning, which was very cool! The suite was beautiful, the colonial furniture…

06/09/2017 Read full trip review

Review of Makanyi Private Game Lodge

Dale Appleby & Hannah Rich

Best place I've ever stayed, food was amazing, guides and staff were great. Wouldn't hesitate to recommended it, best part of the holiday

10/11/2016 Read full trip review

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