Makalali Game Lodge
Makalali Game Reserve, South Africa
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GREATER MAKALALI GAME RESERVE
West of the Kruger National Park
and close to the mighty Drakensberg, a uniquely beautiful and luxurious
bush experience awaits you. Home to four of the Big Five, Makalali
boasts four exclusive
camps, each consisting of six spacious rooms with an adjacent raised
private sala set amongst Jackalberry trees. The camps, built
along the shady Makhutswi river bank overlooking 30,000 acres of unspoiled
Lowveld acacia bush and
open savanna grassland, are equipped with all the
modern conveniences you could wish for.
Makalali is a member of Small Luxury
Hotels of the world. Additionally Makalali was fortunate to have
been featured in Architectural Digest Magazine and selected by
Tatler / Cunard Travel Guide as the most Innovatively Designed Hotel
the World for 1997 & 1998 and being selected as one of the Top
Ten Eating Establishments in South Africa by Penta/Monis Restaurant
Guide for 1997.
The unique architecture and design of
Makalali ('place of rest' in the Shangaan language) ensures one of
Africa's luxurious bush experiences.
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The Reserve, founded in 1992, consists of 30,000 acres of Lowveld
Acacia bush and open savanna grassland, all surrounding the lush reverine
system of the picturesque Makhutswi River. Four exclusive twelve bed camps
built along the shady banks of the river. Each camp offers luxury accommodation
and consists of six spacious guest huts, each with a large bedroom and bathroom
suite adjacent day room or "sala" built on stilts nestled in the
branches of Jackelberry trees that is ideal for relaxed game viewing or meditation.
also has it's own uniquely designed swimming pool, boma, and enclosed
dining and lounge area. A new art & merchandise gallery opened
in 1998 and offers guests a tranquil place to view the river, to shop, browse
for art, read a historical account of the Reserve and the area or just relax.
The rooms are decorated in African
designs with vivid Kente cloths, sculptured metalwork taps and
ceramic basins. Camps 1,
2 and 3 have
ceiling fans while Camp 4 offers air conditioned rooms.
6 King-sized luxury suites
Private Viewing Deck
Each room has the following amenities:
King size bed
En-suite bathroom with separate toilet
Raised timber “sala” (Viewing deck)
Ceramic Taps & Basins
for all rooms
Ceiling fans in rooms at camp 1/2/3
Air conditioners in rooms at camp 4
Rooms safes - all Rooms have room safes
Telephones in rooms at camp 1/2/3
Cell phone reception in certain areas of the camps
Each of the four camps are totally private,
yet within easy access of each other and situated along the verdant banks
of the Makhutswi
river. Guests may reserve individual camps as their own, or else may combine
all four camps for exclusive seminars or incentive groups. Makalali has its
own entertainment area where conferences can be conducted or where incentive
groups can meet for their meals.
All laundry is washed by hand and dried naturally, except during
bad weather, when the tumble drier is used. This service is complimentary.
Families with children are welcome
at Makalali. Kiddies walks, daytime Game Drives can be set up in order for
to also experience
the magic of Makalali. Children will be welcomed with a special Makalali color
in book and games on arrival in Camp and each child will receive a "Brat
Pack" on their Game Drive. Special meals are also arranged for the little
ones, including dishes such as Burger and Pizzas.
Makalali is quickly becoming recognised for its specific brand of AFRICAN
CUISINE, put together by a dedicated team.
Geoffrey Murray has taken cuisine at
the reserve to new heights with innovative ideas for bush breakfasts,
in the hand-crafted outdoor "salas" overlooking the flowing
Makhutswi River, and the legendary boma and bush dinners, where guests
can enjoy a variety of exciting dishes, from Moroccan Lamb with Lemon
Coriander to Grilled Kingklip in Chermoula.
Our lodge is able to cater for a variety of special guest
dietary requirements including: Halal, Kosher, Vegetarian, Vegan, Low
fat / Salt / Sodium meals.
Makalali Private Game Reserve has been selected as one of the Top Ten
Restaurants in South Africa in the 1998 Penta-Minis Restaurant Guide.
Game drives in open landrovers and educational nature
walks are available on a daily basis.
In addition to this, Makalali is
offering a range of special activities which includes the following:
rafting on the Olifants River;
Golf Packages at the Hans Merensky Golf
Visits to a cultural village;
Visits to a
facility which specializes in
the captive breeding of wildlife and especially cheetahs;
day trip to experience
and history in the greater Lowveld area and Drakensberg escarpment
and the world famous Kruger National Park.
and The Makalali Reserve
Makalali's hand crafted camps have been custom designed to restore a
sense of personal connection with nature for every guest and combined
with the creative architectural vision of its owner, Charles Smith,
and architect, Silvo Rech, celebrate the creative spirit of a thousand
years of African Craftsmanship. Built in traditional African styles
using local artisans and villagers in it's construction, Makalali
represents the merging of an exclusive African safari experience
with a strong commitment to protecting the earth and it's rare wildlife.
Considered one of
the leading pioneers in ecotourism in South Africa,
Makalali Private Game
a conservation mission to expand South Africa's green frontier
by re-establishing the ancient traditional wildlife migration
routes that linked the famous Kruger Park in the east to
lush Drakensberg Mountains in the west. In the process
lion, cheetah, leopard, and breeding herds of elephant,
rhino, and the rare sable antelope have all been reintroduced
to the wild, making Makalali home to over one thousand
wild animals including four of Africa's "Big Five" wildlife
In the process of relocating
animals, Makalali has contributed to the ongoing conservation
efforts of endangered species.
The elephants have been relocated from Kruger sparing them
from annual cull. A breeding herd of white rhino and sable
antelope were relocated to continue the spread in their
range and diversify the populations and in so doing contribute
to the survivability
of the species.
Makalali has used
indigenous products in building their lodges including
raw timbers and natural tree trunks, all designed
to create a true African bush experience. The
idea behind Makalali is to allow its guests to experience
the entire scope of what Africa has to offer, and hopefully
in the process feel a new sense of respect and pride
for the wonders of nature.
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