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Makalali River 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

Description
1 Apr 2020 to 30 Sep 2020
1 Oct 2020 to 31 Mar 2021
Makalali Main Lodge 4* Superior Room Single R5 700 R6 090
Makalali Main Lodge 4* Superior Room Sharing R3 800 R4 060
Makalali River Lodge 5* Suites Single R7 855 R8 095
Makalali River Lodge 5* Suites Sharing R5 230 R5 410
Makalali River Lodge 5* Family Suites Single R7 855 R8 095
Makalali River Lodge 5* Family Suites Sharing R5 230 R5 410
Makalali River Lodge 5* Children (under 12yrs) Sharing R2 615 R2 700
Description
1 Apr 2021 to 30 Sep 2021
1 Oct 2021 to 31 Mar 2022
Makalali Main Lodge 4* Superior Room Single R5 700 R6 090
Makalali Main Lodge 4* Superior Room Sharing R3 800 R4 060
Makalali River Lodge 5* Suites Single R7 855 R8 095
Makalali River Lodge 5* Suites Sharing R5 230 R5 410
Makalali River Lodge 5* Family Suites Single R7 855 R8 095
Makalali River Lodge 5* Family Suites Sharing R5 230 R5 410
Makalali River Lodge 5* Children (under 12yrs) Sharing R2 615 R2 700


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Makalali’s range of dishes features a combination of regional African cuisine to represent the ‘melting pot’ of cooking styles left behind by centuries of exploration on this great continent. From dinner in the bushveld to the legendary ‘boma dinner’ under the stars, our talented chefs provide an array of dining experiences.

While the dining is relaxed, our friendly waiting staff are called Muchindas, meaning “a servant to the king”, and guests may expect to be treated accordingly! If you are looking for an intimate setting to have a romantic meal, in particular, the private ‘sala’ dinner option is ideal.

Other options include the indoor-outdoor area where you can tuck into a plated dinner or enjoy family-style dining alongside other guests. You are welcome to arrange with your Camp Manager or Chef for children’s meals that are prepared using fresh, healthy ingredients. The menu has a choice of all their favourite foods such as fish and chips, spaghetti bolognese, hamburgers, roast chicken with rice, and pizza.

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. 



Facilities

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


Lodge:

  • Rim flow swimming pool
  • Luxurious spa facilities
  • Boma
  • Outdoor dining facilities
  • Indoor dining facilities
  • Curio shop
  • Viewing decks overlooking waterhole
  • Hoedspruit Airport Transfers

Superior Room: Maximum 2 pax per room and 1 child under the age of 3 in a cot.
Makalali Main Lodge does offer inter-leading rooms. Inter-leading rooms are made up of 2 standard rooms with an inter-leading door. Each standard room has a maximum capacity of 2 pax. Children over the age of 2 will occupy their own bed and will be charged 50% of the adult sharing rate.

Note: There are only 6 Interleading rooms and are subject to availability.
Baby-sitting facilities available at R 240 per hour (maximum 2 children)
Sole use vehicle is available to facilitate families at an additional cost of R4770 per vehicle per game drive

HOT AIR BALLOON RIDES
Discover the natural beauty of the bush with either a morning or afternoon ride for up to 10 guests per balloon. Please note these rides coincide with our game drives and takes place in Hoedspruit. Makalali will provide information but bookings and transfers must be made directly with the service provider.
GOLFING EXCURSIONS
Exciting golf excursions can be arranged in Phalaborwa. Please ask your camp manager to book on your behalf or bookings must be made direct with own transfer.
CHEETAH BREEDING
The cheetah breeding facility specializes in the captive breeding of cheetahs and other animals within Hoedspruit. Essential research is also being conducted on other endangered species. Guests must arrange their own transfers, Makalali reservations will assist with details.

CONFERENCING
Conferencing enquiries and bookings to be made through Makalali reservations.
GIN STOP
This service is available for a group of 10 or more people depending on the weather, at an additional charge. Bookings and other enquiries to be made with Makalali reservations.
LAZER SHOOTING
Lodges Exclusive Package Deals
Valid from 01 June – 15 December 2020 & 06-31 January 2021
Makalali River Lodge Exclusive Camp Offer
Exclusive use of a camp

Each camp has its own swimming pool, Boma, dining area and lounge

Includes morning and afternoon game drives and Breakfast, lunch, dinner and afternoon tea

Private butlers and chefs
Each camp has 6 rooms so max of 12 pax
Private vehicles with a maximum of 6 per vehicle
Packages start with a minimum of 6 people: R12 960 for 6 people and thereafter and additional R2160 per extra person to a max of 12 people
Excludes Conservation levies @ R 240 per person per night

SADC YESvember Flash Sale
Valid for bookings from until 23 November 2020
Valid until 15 Dec 2020 Midweek (Sunday - Thursday)
Main Lodge - Superior Room  per person sharing per night   R 1 800
Main Lodge - Family Room  per person sharing per night  -  Midweek   R 3 200
Main Lodge - Superior Room per person sharing per night  -  Midweek   R1 680
River Lodge - Thatched Suite - per person sharing per night R 2 040

Includes all meals and 2 game drive per day

Terms & Conditions apply 
  • Rates are valid for travel from 16 December 2020 – 05 January 2021
  • Rates are quoted per person sharing per night; unless otherwise stated.
  • Single rate is a 50% supplement of the sharing rate.
  • Children over 12 are charged as adults.
  • Children under 12 charged @ 50% of the adult sharing rate, unless otherwise stated.
  • South African properties Inclusive of VAT @ 15% subject to change
  • Subject to change without prior notification
  • Excludes any and all Community / Conservation levies

Black Friday SADC DEALS
  • Book Dates: 27 – 30 November 2020
  • Travel Dates: 27 November 2020 – 15 December 2021

Excluding:

  • Peak dates / Block out dates: 16 Dec 2020 – 05 Jan 2021
  • Easter: 02 – 05 April 2021
  • Long weekends: 22 March 2021 / 01 May 2021 / 24 September 2021
  • School Holidays: 26 March – 13 April 2021; 25 June – 20 July 2021; 01 – 12 October 2021
Room Type BLACK FRIDAY DEAL
Main Lodge - Superior Room R 2 000
River Lodge - Superior Room R 2 240
  • Rates are per person sharing per night
  • Rate includes all meals and 2 Game Drives per day
  • Children under 12 are charged 50% of the adult sharing rate
  • Excludes Conservation levies @ R 260.00 per person per night
  • Excludes all items not mentioned
  • Single 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.

Last Minute Festive Deals:
  • Book dates: until 30 November 2020
  • Travel Dates: 16 December 2020 – 05 January 2021
Main Lodge -  Standard Room - per person sharing per night   R 2 340
Main Lodge -  Family Room - per Family Unit per night 2 Adult and 2 Children undes 12 yrs R 5 400
River Lodge - Standard Room - per person sharing per night   R 3 000 

Includes: All Meals and 2 Game Drives Per Day

Excludes:  Conservation levies @ R 260.00 per person per night All other extras
 

FESTIVE SEASON Value ADD:  Complimentary glass of House wine with 1st Dinner

Rates are valid for travel from 16 December 2020 – 05 January 2021
Single rate is a 50% supplement of the sharing rate.
Children over 12 are charged as adults.
Children under 12 charged @ 50% of the adult sharing rate, unless otherwise stated.

South African properties Inclusive of VAT @ 15% subject to change
Subject to change without prior notification Excludes any and all Community / Conservation levies
All Government taxes and levies as applicable. AHA Hotels & Lodges unilaterally reserves the right to automatically, without prior notice, increase the rates accordingly should such Government taxes or levies be amended or should a further tax or levy be introduced during the duration of this Agreement

RIVER LODGE FAMILY SUITES

All the camps at this 5-star lodge are private yet within easy access of one another. The Family Suite has a raised timber viewing deck (sala) to offer spectacular views over the Makhutswi River from which to observe the bird life and game. You can also enjoy the convenience of the following features: a plunge pool, boma, fireplace, an enclosed dining and lounge area, an en-suite bathroom with an indoor- and outdoor shower and a bath.

ROOM FEATURES:

  • Air Conditioning
  • Bath
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Coffee & Tea Station
  • Free Toiletries
  • Outside Shower
  • Private Plunge Pool
  • Shower

RIVER LODGE THATCHED SUITES
All the camps at this 5-star lodge are private yet within easy access of one another. Each Thatched Suite has a raised timber viewing deck (sala) to offer spectacular views over the Makhutswi River from which to observe the bird life and game. You can also enjoy the convenience of the following features: a plunge pool, boma, fireplace, an enclosed dining and lounge area, an en-suite bathroom with an indoor- and outdoor shower and a bath.

ROOM FEATURES:

  • Air Conditioning
  • Bath
  • Coffee & Tea Station
  • Fireplace
  • Outside Shower
  • Private Plunge Pool
  • Shower
  • Sitting Area

Suites: Maximum 2 adults
Family Suite: Maximum 2 adults and 3 children under the age of 12 charged 50% of the adult sharing rate.
Baby-sitting facilities available at R 240 per hour (maximum 2 children)
Sole use vehicle is available to facilitate families at an additional cost of R4770 per vehicle per game drive

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

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: R260 per adult per night, R 130 children 6-11 per child per night. Applicable from 01 November 2020.

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.

PAYMENT POLICY

  • 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

UPDATED POSTPONEMENT AND CANCELLATION POLICY ON BOOKINGS ALREADY IN PLACE

  • Any client with a booking in place between the 28th of February and the 30th of June 2020 may defer/postpone their booking up to June the 30th 2021 with no penalties.
  • Should the dates of the amended booking fall in a season where higher rates should be applicable we will not enforce the higher rates and will accept the booking on the original rate booked. Thus the guest will not be charged any surcharge at all.
  • Standard terms and conditions will apply to any bookings that are cancelled outright and not postponed

Please see below the standard booking terms and conditions:
 
CANCELLATION POLICY  

  • 45 – 30 days prior to arrival 25%
  • 29 – 15 days prior to arrival 80%
  • 14- 1 days prior to arrival  100% 

Cancellations will only be accepted in writing

DAY USE ROOMS

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.

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  • Large elephant population
  • Over 530 bird species
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Coservation Fees

Guest Conservation Fees
   SA Citizen & residents
  - ZAR  105 per Adults per day
  - ZAR  52 per Child  per day    
  SADC with passport
  - ZAR  210 per Adults per day
  - ZAR  105 per Child per day
  Internationals
  - ZAR  424 per Adults per day
  - ZAR  212 per Child per day

R210 per vehicle entry fee