General

Just 5-hours drive from Johannesburg Makalali is nestled on 26 000 hectares of conservancy and prevails as one of the finest private game lodges in the world. With its thatched spires and earthy walls, ancient mystical ornaments and Pan-African cuisine Makalali offers a truly unique experience.

Located close to the mighty Drakensberg mountain range, west of the Kruger National Park, this ethnic bush retreat lies in the Limpopo Province of South Africa. Considered one of the leading pioneers in ecotourism in South Africa, Makalali Private Game Reserve is home to over one thousand wild animals including Africa’s “Big Five”.

The lodge consists of four exclusive camps situated on the banks of the Makhutswi River each camp offers a uniquely designed swimming pool, open air boma and an enclosed dining and lounge area. Each camp has six luxury suites with en-suite bathroom, outdoor shower, fireplace and a raised private timber viewing deck (sala) set amongst the Jackalberry trees. Rooms are individually decorated in African design styles with sculptured metalwork lamp shades, taps and ceramic basins. Mosquito nets surround the kings-size beds by night.

Makalali offers personalised service and all the modern conveniences you could wish for. Dining at Makalali is a culinary adventure. Guest can expect a combination of regional African cuisine using the multitude of cooking styles left behind by centuries of exploration on this great continent. Our waiters are call Muchinda’s which means a servant to the king. The Makalali team treat and respect our guests like kings and queens (and of course, princesses and princes).

The team looks for any opportunity to enhance our guests stay. For the staff at Makalali going the extra mile is not an effort, but a habit.
The lodge consists of four camps – Tandane, Mkhiwa, Emtomeni and Phiva. Each camp has six luxury suites, a plunge pool, private viewing deck, dining area and boma. All the camps are private, yet within easy access of one another and are all situated on the banks of the Makhutswi River.

Suites have an en-suite bathroom plus an outdoor shower, fireplace and a raised, private, timber viewing deck (sala) set amongst the Jackalberry trees. The sala is an ideal spot for a private luncheons or dinners.

Rooms are individually decorated in African design styles with sculptured metalwork lamp shades, taps and ceramic basins. Mosquito nets surround the kings-size beds by night. Available in each room:

  • insect repellent
  • mosquito nets
  • electronic digital safe
  • hairdryer
  • bathrobes
  • ceiling fans
  • air conditioning
  • fireplace stocked with logs from the reserve
  • shaver plugs at Tandane, Mkhiwa & Emtomeni.
  • electrical outlets provide 220 volts, alternating current 50 (Hz)
  • insect proof screening on all windows and sliding doors

Tandane camp

Tandane means “place of love”. Makalali’s group entertainment / conference centre is situated at Tandane camp. The centre consists of a unique thatch-covered main building, an open kitchen and entertainment area. It has been designed to accommodate conferences, groups dining together, weddings, gala events, etc. Flame torches create a mystical and fiery African ambience at night.

Mkhiwa camp

Mkhiwa means Sycamore Fig and is name after the large fig tree which stands over the main area creating some welcome shade.

Emtomeni camp

Emtomeni, Mkhiwa’s sister camp, means Jackelberry tree. This camp was created in order to accommodate groups that need more than six rooms at a time. However each camp can still run separately with its own dining area, to create that personal touch.

Phiva camp

Phiva means Waterbuck. However you will find Nyala here which roam the camp and call it their home.