Makalali Private Game Lodge

By embracing eco-friendly practises and the local cultural tradition Makalali Private Game Reserve offers guests a unique and memorable experience. The 26 000 hectares conservancy west of Kruger National Park is home more than 1000 wild animals including the Big 5. Four separate camps constructed from local material give guests all the privacy they need and allow Makalali to offer a child friendly adventure without disturbing other guests.


Between them the four camps Tandane, Mkhiwa, Emtomeni and Phiva cater to a wide variety of guest form Weddings and conferences to families with children. The camps are in close vicinity to each other and yet offer guests privacy and allow for small groups and families to stay among themselves.

The entire camp is influences by local African tradition and uses mainly organic materials. Each room is individually decorated with sculpted metalwork, ceramic basins and lamp shades. Timber viewing deck and outdoor showers allow guests to take in the smells and sounds of the African bush and king-size beds with mosquito nets allow for rejuvenating sleep.

All suites are equipped with:

  • En-suite bathroom
  • Outdoor shower
  • Timber viewing deck
  • King-size beds
  • Ceiling fans
  • Air conditioning
  • Fireplace and locally produces firewood
  • Electrical outlets (220 volts, alternating current 50 Hz)
  • Insect proof screening on all windows and sliding doors
  • Mosquito nets
  • Insect repellent
  • Electronic digital safe
  • Hairdryer
  • Bathrobes


The rangers at Makalali offer morning and afternoon game drives in open vehicles. The 26 000 hectares private reserve offer an exclusive experience and is home to the famous Big 5. Walking Safaris and Night Drives can be organized on request. All rangers are educated in astronomy and will unveil the secrets of the African night sky in star gazing sessions.

Makalali is particularly proud to offer exciting and educational activities for children. The Mini Rangers Children’s Programme is a captivating two-day course that teaches young wildlife enthusiasts all about the fauna, flora and survival skills in Southern Africa. Children between six and 12 will learn skill like making rope and fire, how to pitch a camp, purify water and identify edible plants. Warning signs of dangerous animals, orienteering, first aid and facts about southern Africa’s most popular species fill the second day. A graduation ceremony and photographs establish bragging rights for the new rangers.

Team building events as well as tribal dancing and drumming are available on request. The team at Makalali is happy to assist you in organizing activities in the vicinity of the reserve including rafting, hot air balloon trips, golf, fishing and many more.

Makalali Private Game Lodge is unfenced, allowing animals to move freely through the camp. During the day rangers are always on guard to ensure guest safety. At night rangers will escort you to the communal and dining areas.

The pool area is an ideal retreat on sunny days and an in-house therapist offers massages and treatment.

Makalali gladly caters to conferences, weddings and any other occasion that deserves an exclusive venue.

Other facilities include:

  • Babysitting during game drives.
  • The team can arrange service form external car hire companies.
  • The Gallery offer arts and crafts from around the African continent.
  • Laundry service is complimentary for all Makalali guests.
  • If you want your game drives to be completely individual you can hire a private game ranger and game viewing vehicle.
  • A gravel airstrip allows private charters to land at the lodge.

The cuisine at Makalali combines traditional African recipes with international influences. Dinners under starlit skies create a truly African dining experience. Makalali caters to any request, be it special dietary needs, lunch packs, room service or functions and events.

The Makalali Private Reserve is situated just west of Kruger National Park and a mere 5 hour drive from Johannesburg. The 26 000 hectare conservation area is home to more than 1000 wild animals including lion, elephant, rhino, leopard and buffalo – the Big 5.

The area was bought as a cattle farm in the early nineties and regeneration of the veld launched immediately. The lodge was constructed in an intelligent and unique way using local techniques and materials.

Makalali lies in a malarial area, so precautions are advised. The summer is warm with short, impressive thunderstorms. Winters are still warm but the nights tend to get a bit cooler.

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