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Makanyi Private Game Lodge

Discover Makanyi Private Game Lodge

Makanyi Private Game Lodge is a homely, 5-star, family-owned safari lodge situated in the open, acacia woodlands of the southern Timbavati Private Game Reserve in the Greater Kruger Park. There are just 7 luxury suites (plus a 2-bedroom Marula Suite) overlooking a permanent waterhole. With traversing rights to over 8000 hectares of private concessions, it’s a very private safari experience.

Every one of the 7 suites overlooks the dam and comes with an extra-large bed, a relaxing sitting area, a beautiful bathroom with a spacious shower and separate bathtub, a private deck with loungers and an outdoor shower. 2 of these rooms are luxury pool suites, which offer more privacy as well as a private plunge pool on the deck. The Marula Suite is a 2-bedroomed suite which sleeps a maximum of 4 guests making it ideal for families or friends travelling together. The Main Lodge is a perfect haven for relaxation with its swimming pool, loungers, bar, and lounge. Dining will be anything from an intimate candlelit dinner, a Boma night under the stars, a bush picnic, or a romantic dinner in the privacy of your room.

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Expert View

  • Personal and homely with only 7 suites
  • Excellent Big 5 game viewing in the private Timbavati Reserve
  • Private photographic safaris on offer
  • Spacious luxury suites including pool suites

At a glance

  • 5 Suites, 2 Pool Suites & 1 Family Suite
  • 12 years +
  • Open All Year
  • Family Rooms
  • All Inclusive
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Our sustainable tourism rating

We handpick partners who share our commitment to protecting their environment, conserving wildlife and benefitting local communities.

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"The lodge offers a selection of family and couple photoshoot packages. It also helps photographers with the editing of their photos."

Indulge your passions


Adventures and activities to ensure lifetime memories are made. From unforgettable thrills to indulgent relaxation, choose those that appeal most.

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Sample Itineraries


From majestic wildlife to out of this world natural wonders, cultural melting pots and enchanting beaches, every bespoke Mahlatini journey is thrilling. Unsure where to visit? Whether it’s a bucket-list adventure, a milestone celebration or simply a much-needed escape, experience the joy with this inspiring selection of favorites.

  • Bespoke itineraries
  • Flights and transfers included
  • Best rates guaranteed
Start your unique journey


At Mahlatini, we like to make things easy for you. Browse our website for inspiration or pick up the phone. Whether you’re full of ideas or unsure of where to start, we’re here to help. Serial safari-goer or first-time visitor, we’re ready to create your ultimate tailormade itinerary.

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Call us or enquire online. Share your wish list and we’ll start planning your adventure.

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Your dedicated travel expert will be in touch within 24 hours to start designing your bespoke itinerary.

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We won’t stop refining your plans until we get the perfect trip at the best price.

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Receive your Mahlatini travel documents, pack your bags and set off on your trip of a lifetime!

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