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Makalali Lodges

Makalali Private Game Reserve is located west of the Kruger Park, this ethnic bush retreat lies on 26 000 hectares of bushveld in the North-eastern Lowveld, South Africa. Flights can be arranged into Hoedspruit Airport and from here transfers organised. Makalali Game Reserve boasts the ‘Big Five’ – lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo. Other characteristic species are cheetah, wild dog, giraffe, zebra and kudu

Rates inclusive of 15% VAT • South African Rand • Subject to Availability

1 Oct 2018 to 31 Mar 2019
Makalali Main Lodge 4* Standard Room Single R5 585
Makalali Main Lodge 4* Standard Room Sharing R3 680
Makalali River Lodge 5* Suites Single R7 420
Makalali River Lodge 5* Suites Sharing R4 960
Makalali River Lodge 5* Children (under 12yrs) R2 475
1 Apr 2019 to 30 Sep 2019
Makalali Main Lodge 4* Superior Room Single R5 480
Makalali Main Lodge 4* Superior Room Sharing R3 655
Makalali River Lodge 5* Suites Single R7 555
Makalali River Lodge 5* Suites Sharing R5 030
Children (under 12yrs) Sharing R2 520
1 Oct 2019 to 31 Mar 2020
Makalali Main Lodge 4* Superior Room Single R5 855
Makalali Main Lodge 4* Superior Room Sharing R3 905
Makalali River Lodge 5* Suites Single R7 780
Makalali River Lodge 5* Suites Sharing R5 200
Makalali River Lodge 5* Children (under 12yrs) Sharing R2 605

Look at our Special Offers for SA Residents under our special offers section!

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aha Makalali Main Lodge is a newly built 4 star lodge, comprising of 30 comfortably designed superior rooms all with en-suite bathrooms, with indoor and outdoor showers. The rooms are air-conditioned and feature luxurious interiors with classic leather and wood furnishings. aha Makalali Main Lodge’s central area is strikingly designed with rustic structures that effortlessly redirect the outside elements indoors. It also features a chic library; a quiet space to reflect or retreat with a book.
Guests can enjoy an array of African cuisine in the main dining area, with its characteristic dual aspect fireplace that connects the bar lounge and dining area; perfect for keeping the night chill at bay and enjoying an intimate dinner.

The outside area is distinctively designed around the natural surrounds with a spacious deck area built around indigenous trees, overlooking a watering hole. It’s the ideal place to see wildlife interact and take in the scenery. Equally spectacular is the large crystal blue rim flow pool. Its comfy chairs and sun-loungers create an inviting ambience, paired with a signature Makalali drink, it concludes the day beautifully.

Enjoy an evening under the Africa night sky from the elegantly designed boma area and listen to the wildlife come alive. The Spa offers a variety of therapeutic treatments, assured to restore mind body and soul, unwind and take in the echoes of the African bush.


  • In-Room:
  • WiFi
  • Outside balcony overlooking waterhole
  • Air-conditioning
  • Indoor and outdoor shower
  • Bath
  • In-room safe


  • Rim flow swimming pool
  • Luxurious spa facilities
  • Boma
  • Outdoor dining facilities
  • Indoor dining facilities
  • Curio shop
  • Viewing decks overlooking waterhole
  • Hoedspruit Airport Transfers
SA Resident Special Promotion
Valid from 10 January – 28 February 2019
Room Type Number
of Rooms
Single Sharing
Superior Room 30 R2 250 R1 500

Facilities: Babysitting facilities are offered at R160/ sitter/ hr.
There exists an option of a sole use vehicle at R4220 per day to facilitate children under 6 on game drives should the family require this.
Children under age of 6 not permitted on game drives.


Inclusive of VAT @ 15% Includes 3 meals a day, 2 Game Drives daily and (return schedule transfers to/from Hoedspruit Airport are charged with an additional cost)
Includes TOMSA (Tourism Marketing Levies) of 1% on accommodation
Excludes Conservation Levy of R 240.00 per person per night.

Special Domestic Rates
Makalali Main Lodge
Main Lodge
Description 01 Oct 2018 to 31 Mar 2019
SA Resident Rate R2 280
Minimum 3 Night Stay R1 680
Book within 30 Days R1 680
River Lodge
Description 01 Oct 2018 to 31 Mar 2019
SA Resident Rate R3 600
Minimum 3 Night Stay R3 360
Book within 30 Days R3 360

Domestic Rate

  • Rates are subject to availability.
  • Rate includes all meals and 2 game drives daily
  • Above Rates are per person sharing
  • Rate excludes Conservation Levy of R240 per person per night
  • rate is a 50% supplement of the sharing rate.
  • Children between the ages 6 – 12 years will pay 50% of the adultsharing rate. Children over 12 are charged as adults.
  • The above Conservation Levies are subject to change.

aha Makalali River Lodge is situated on the banks of the Makhutswi River. This 5 star lodge consists of three camps that have six luxury suites each. All the camps are private yet within easy access of one another, featuring a plunge pool, boma plus enclosed dining and lounge area. All suites have an en-suite bathroom which includes an indoor and outdoor shower, bath and fireplace. Each suite has a raised, private timber viewing deck (sala) offers spectacular views over the Makhutswi River from which to observe the bird life and game.  It’s also the ultimate spot for private luncheons or dinners.


  • Mini Bars in the rooms included in the rate – beer, wine, softs drinks, water – stocked once a day
  • Max. 12 guests in each lodge
  • Pod Coffee machine in each unit
  • Wood Fireplace in each room
  • WiFi in each room
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Air-conditioning
  • In-room safe
  • Private sala in each suite
  • 6 pax per vehicle on game drive
  • Hoedspruit Airport transfers
  • World Class food offering
  • Access to main lodge spa facilities
  • Swimming pool in each camp
  • Boma in each camp
  • Lounge and dining area in each camp
  • Access to curio shop

Makalali’s cuisine is a combination of regional African cuisine which represents a melting pot of cooking styles left behind by centuries of exploration on this great continent. Our waiters are called Muchindas, which means a servant to the king, and guests are treated accordingly.

Dining is casual and relaxed and at Makalali, our chefs provide an array of dining experiences, from dinner in the bush to the legendary ‘boma dinner’ under the stars. Other options include the indoor-outdoor dining area where guests can enjoy a plated dinner or more casual family style dining with other guests. The private ‘sala’ dinner is ideal for guests wanting a romantic setting for an intimate occasion.

We understand that children enjoy lighter, smaller meals and we have therefore catered to their specific needs. This menu has a choice of all their favourite foods to satisfy their taste buds. Our chefs prepare appetising meals using fresh, healthy ingredients and these include favourites like: fish & chips, spaghetti bolognaise, hamburgers, roast chicken with rice and pizza. Please liaise with your Camp Manager / Chef to arrange your children’s meals.

Subject to availability of suitable accommodation and maximum 2 children sharing a bedroom with 2 adults:

• Rates are quoted per person per night sharing
• Rates are subject to change without prior notice
• Rates include VAT, all meals, 2 game drives daily, Tomsa 1%
• Rates exclude conservation levy
Excludes conservation levy

Madikwe River Lodge

  • Suites: Maximum 2 adults
  • Standard Family: Maximum 2 adults & 2 children under the age of 12 on a sleeper couch;
  • Luxury Room: Maximum: 2 Persons

Third Person Sharing: Not Applicable

Additional Comments

6 Family Rooms available.
Children 6 & over will be allowed on the game drives & bush braai's. 16 years and over will be allowed on guided game walks (Wilderness Trails & Day Walks)
Children under age of 6 not permitted on game drives.
Babysitting facilities are offered at R145/ sitter/ hr.


Conservation / Community Levies & Park Fees 

Makalali Private Game Reserve: R 240.00 per person per night. Applicable from 01 November 2018.

Game Lodges Policy:

Children: 0 - 5 years of age

  Stay free of charge only when sharing with two full paying adults, meals charged on consumption

Children: 6 - 11 years of age

  Pay 50% of the adult sharing rate when sharing with two full paying adults

  Full adult rate applicable if occupying their own room

Children: 12 years & older

  Occupy their own room and pay full adult rate

Where a child shares with 1 adult the adult sharing rate applies.
At Game Lodges, children under the age of 12 years will be accommodated on special children's game drives. This is subject to availability and at the discretion of the lodge manager.

• In order to secure your reservation, we require a 50% deposit on confirmation of the booking and the balance is due 30 days prior to arrival. For bookings made within 30 days of travel, full payment is required on confirmation.
• We have the right to request deposits or full payment in advance in the case of large groups, long stays, peak periods or high occupancy

Cancellation Policy

  • 45 – 30 Days prior to arrival 25%
  • 29 – 15 days prior to arrival 80%
  • 29 – 15 days prior to arrival 100%
  • Cancellations will only be accepted in writing.


Strictly on request and are dependent on availability of room(s) at a rate of 50% off single public tariff and rooms are only available between 11h00 and 17h00. Any rooms required after 17h00 will be treated as a full additional night and the normal contracted rate attached will apply.

We offer morning or afternoon rides for up to 10 guests per balloon ride. However, these hot air balloon rides coincide with the game drives.

Golf excursions can be arranged to the Hans Merensky Golf Course, next to the Kruger National Park. Your camp manager will book your game.

The Cheetah Breeding facility specialises in the captive breeding of cheetahs and other animals. Essential research is also being conducted on other endangered species.


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Sat (09:00 - 13:00)
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Why Book With Us?

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What sets us Apart !

  • Effortless road and air access
  • Ideal for family or small groups
  • Rich biodiversity of game
  • Large elephant population
  • Over 530 bird species
  • Big 5 Game Animals

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