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Makanyane Safari Lodge

Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa


Stay at Makanyane Safari Lodge

Situated in the malaria free Madikwe Game Reserve in South Africa, Makanyane Safari Lodge offers luxurious accommodation, welcoming service, exceptional food and thrilling game viewing, creating an unforgettable safari adventure. The lodge was built with the brief of offering something totally unique and different in Madikwe and the owners have created something truly very special and intimate.

There is an abundance of wow factor in the entire Makanyane experience, this is a lodge with lots of personality and style.

Found on 1,800 hectares of private ground within the Madikwe Reserve and offering guests complete seclusion and privacy, the lodge opened in 2003 and has earned a reputation for incredible guiding, friendly and personal service, fabulous cuisine and outstanding accommodation in our luxurious suites.

There are only 8 suites, making your stay intimate and exclusive. The suites have panoramic glass walls overlooking the Marico River and animals wander through the lodge grounds daily. Makanyane was designed by a team of award winning architects and blends effortlessly into the bush. The relaxed yet luxurious interiors complement the design perfectly, enhancing the atmosphere of comfort in this idyllic environment. Rich African textures abound, walls of natural rock and dried tree trunks merge with teak doors and contrast with the overhanging thatch, the bedrooms having uninterrupted views of the Marico river and the surrounding bush.

Each suite is air-conditioned and has a large bedroom, lounge and a huge bathroom, with indoor and outdoor showers and roll top baths. There is also a private sundeck which is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of the bush.


  • Air conditioning
  • WIFI in the lounge
  • Swimming pool
  • Spa
  • Excellent cuisine


Missy & Harry

Absolutely amazing holiday. Garonga is heaven! We did everything possible and our guide was brilliant and hilarious. I can definitely recommend True Travel for their excellent advice and professionalism – they clearly are very knowledgeable about where they send their clients and made sure we had a worry-free holiday that perfectly suited us. We were particular grateful for the collection off our flight and help onto our transfer in Johannesburg, which included a very nifty queue jump due to their reputation!

Independent guest reviews


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The TRUE rating


These accommodations are the best of the best, showcasing top hospitality, exceptional design and world-class food, in the most exclusive locations around the world.


A very high standard of five-star properties, with top-notch service and a wide range of amenities and experiences ensuring an unforgettable stay.


These four to five-star accommodations offer the high level of service that our team look always look for, with a range of facilities on offer.


Four-star properties which offer enough amenities for a comfortable stay. We may offer these for a more price-competitive option, or in more remote areas which don't offer the most luxe hotels.


These properties won't necessarily offer all of the typical luxurious facilities, but will always provide memorable experiences, from camping out in the bush to climbing up to a treehouse.

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