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South Africa Safari

Makalali Game Lodge

Makalali Game Reserve, South Africa

Cheetah cub - Makalali Game Reserve, South Africa
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Makalali Game Lodge is a luxurious bush experience in Mpumalanga, South AfricaWest 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 in 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.

Accommodations            For images of Makalali Game Lodge, click Makalali Images
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 have been 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.

Each camp 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.

Each camp is equipped with the following:
• 6 King-sized luxury suites
• Plunge Pool
• Private Viewing Deck
• Boma

Each room has the following amenities:
• King size bed
• En-suite bathroom with separate toilet
• Outside Shower
• Fireplace
• Raised timber “sala” (Viewing deck)
• Ceramic Taps & Basins

General Information for all rooms
• Hairdryers
• Insect repellant
• Mosquito nets
• 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 the children 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, leisurely lunches 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 now offering a range of special activities which includes the following:
• River rafting on the Olifants River;
• Golf Packages at the Hans Merensky Golf Course;
• Visits to a cultural village;
• Visits to a facility which specializes in the captive breeding of wildlife and especially cheetahs;
• Panoramic day trip to experience splendor and history in the greater Lowveld area and Drakensberg escarpment and the world famous Kruger National Park.

Wildlife 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 Reserve, represents 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 species.

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 uncut thatch, 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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