Makanyi is located in a remote part of the Timbavati Game Reserve, an area of prime game viewing, home to the Big Five as well as the elusive white lions. The reserve forms part of the Greater Kruger Park, and area of over 2 million hectares in which the animals roam freely.
There are 2 thrilling game drives every day - one in the morning and one in the afternoon. This is your opportunity to meet and photograph the incredible animals in the heart of their natural habitat. Makanyi also boast an electric 4x4 safari vehicle - totally silent, and both environmentally and wildlife friendly.
Inbetween game drives, you can take a stroll in the bush with your ranger and follow the animal tracks, discover hundreds of intriguing plants and bushes, and learn about the tiniest creatures. You might even sneak up to a rhino on foot, which is a thrilling experience!
At night, your ranger will be your guide to the most astonishing sky, completely free from light pollution. You’ll see the beautiful constellations of the Southern Hemisphere and have an unspoilt view of the Milky Way, often with the odd satellite passing by.
The main lodge is a perfect haven where you will find a superbly situated deck with stunning views of a waterhole, allowing you to unwind and watch amazing wildlife scenes unfold before your eyes. It is a lovely area to either relax on your own and take in the beauty of your surroundings, or to socialise with others and share stories about your sightings. There is also a spa and a fully equipped gym.
Every one of Makanyi’s 7 luxury suites overlooks the dam and has a relaxing sitting area with its own fireplace, a beautiful bathroom with a spacious shower and separate bathtub, a private deck with loungers and an outdoor shower. Two of the suites have a private plunge pool. There is also a 2 bedroomed Villa with its own private pool, vehicle and guide - ideal for families or friends travelling together who want some privacy.
Food and hospitality go hand in hand and at Makanyi - all food is all locally sourced and of the highest quality. From an intimate candlelit dinner under a galaxy of stars to a bush picnic or a romantic dinner in the privacy of your room, the only food rules here is to delight your palate!
Special offers for longer stays or when booked as part of a longer itinerary may apply - details on request.
In addition to the room rate, guests will also be charged the Timbavati Conservation Levy (pppn)
1 January 2019 to 31 December 2019
GBP 20 USD 26 ZAR 368 EUR 23
per person per night
1 January 2020 to 31 December 2020
GBP 22 USD 28 ZAR 400 EUR 25
per person per night
All meals and beverages; the Timbavati Conservation Levy; 2 daily game drives; other daily activities taking place (bush walks, fishing, picnics, star gazing); use of the gym; and a laundry service are included. IN ADDITION: For self-drive visitors there is a vehicle entrance fee of R160 per vehicle (subject to change) which is payable at the Timbavati Gate (cash or Visa/MasterCard credit cards only).
Children aged 14 years and older are welcome. Rates available on request.
Stay for 4 nights for the price of 3 at Makanyi Private Game Lodge in the Timbavati Game Reserve.
Valid: 4 January 2019 - 19 December 2019.
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Directions For Drivers
From Hazyview: Follow the R40 towards Klaserie. Once past Klaserie, continue along this road until you see the turning off to the right for Eastgate Airport. Turn right here and proceed along this road until you reach the main control gate.For self-drive visitors, there is a vehicle entrance cash fee of R160 per vehicle payable at the gate (cash or Visa/MasterCard credit cards only and subject to change).
Once inside the gate, continue on for approximately 13 km until you see the AVOCA sign to your left. Turn right offthe tar road and onto the dirt road. Follow this road straight for approximately 17 km and then you will come across a 4 way section - carry on straight past this until you see a green gate on your right. Follow the road to the left, DO NOT turn towards the green gate or drive down the fence line.
Carry on this road for approximately 12 km - you will pass over a small concrete bridge - until you get to a signpost where you will see 'Makanyi Lodge' written. You will carry on for another 60m (3rd road turning to the left).
Drive for another 4 km until you see an open grass area (the old airstrip). Once you're on the airstrip do not turn left along the strip, but cross over and follow the sign posts to 'Makanyi Lodge'.
Do not get out of your car until you reach the lodge. You may see some wildlife on your way - if you do, slow down and maintain a good distance. Do not drive off-road in any circumstances.
From Eastgate/Hoedspruit Airport: Turn left and proceed along this road until you reach the main control gate.For self-drive visitors, there is a vehicle entrance cash fee of R160 per vehicle payable at the gate (cash or Visa/MasterCard credit cards only and subject to change).
Once inside the gate, follow the signs to the lodge through the reserve. Allow between 30-50 minutes to drive from the gate to the lodge.
From Johannesburg/Pretoria: Take the N12 or N4 highway to Witbank/eMalahleni (from Johannesburg Airport, follow signs to Boksburg to find the N12). Follow the N4 highway past Middleburg (Toll Plaza), Belfast/eMakhazeni and Machadodorp (Toll Plaza). Follow the Schoemanskloof option on the N4 and then take the R36 to Lydenburg/Mashishing.
Follow the R36 to Ohrigstad, go through the Strydom Tunnel and take the R527 to Hoedspruit. Turn right onto the R40 towards Klaserie, and continue along this road until you see the turning off to the left for Eastgate Airport. Turn left here and follow the directions from the airport as above.
From Kruger National Park/Orpen Gate: Exit the Park, and continue along the R531. Turn right onto the R40, and continue along this road until you see the turning off to the right for Eastgate Airport. Turn right here follow the directions from the airport as above.
General Information For Guests
Each luxury suite comes with an extra large bed, a relaxing sitting area with its own fireplace, a beautiful bathroom with a spacious shower and separate bathtub, a private deck and an outdoor shower. Premium Africology amenities, complimentary Wi-Fi, hair dryer, mini bar, and a Nespresso coffee machine and tea making facilities are found in every room. 2 of the suites also have a private plunge pool with loungers and a 4-poster bed.
The main lodge area has a curio shop, a gymnasium and a spa. There is also a swimming pool with sun loungers
The Lodge accepts all major credit cards.
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