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Considered one of the leading pioneers in ecotourism in South Africa, Makalali Private Game Reserve is home to over one thousand wild animals including Africa's "Big Five". Experienced guides will take you on open air game drives or on guided bush walks and introduce you to a whole new world of bush lore and animal habits.
Dining is very casual and relaxed, but where the emphasis is on mouth-watering cuisine, which will tempt even the most jaded appetite. Our chefs prepare a variety of African dishes, where the accent is on a fusion of flavours, from the popular South African ‘braai’ (barbeque) to the traditional potjiekos. Experience a traditional boma dinner, around a fire under the African stars or a delicious bush breakfast to start your day
Makalali, unlike most game reserves, is very child-friendly, and offers a range of activities and kiddies menu, aimed specifically at entertaining and caring for our younger guests. The Lodge is also perfect for small conferences, romantic weddings, private dinners and our experienced staff will provide the necessary expertise to make your event a resounding success.
Makalali Private Game Lodge encapsulates the spirit of Africa, with its warm, traditional hospitality and its breathtaking location. Come and be prepared to experience a destination which will captivate and leave you with unforgettable memories.
Makalali is situated in a malaria area and precautions are essential. We recommend long sleeved shirts and trousers for game drives and the evening. Mosquito nets and insect repellent are provided in your room.
Bring comfortable, light clothing, walking shoes, sun hats and sunscreen plus a swimsuit in summer and warm clothing for game drives in winter.
The lodge consists of three camps - Tandane, Mkhiwa and Emtomeni. Each camp has six luxury suites, a plunge pool, private viewing deck, dining area and boma. All the camps are private, yet within easy access of one another and are all situated on the banks of the Makhutswi River.Tandane camp
Tandane means "place of love". The centre consists of a unique thatch-covered main building, an open kitchen and entertainment area. This is Makalali’s conference venue and ideal for conferences, private dining, weddings, gala events, etc. The use of flame torches creates a mystical and fiery African ambience at night.
Mkhiwa means Sycamore Fig and is named after the large fig tree which stands over the main area creating some welcome shade.Emtomeni camp
Emtomeni, Mkhiwa’s sister camp, means Jackelberry tree. This camp is able to accommodate groups who require more than six rooms at a time. However each camp can still run separately with its own dining area, to create that personal touch.
Dining at Makalali is a culinary adventure. The cuisine is a combination of regional African cuisine which represents a melting pot of cooking styles left behind by centuries of exploration on this great continent. Our waiters are called Muchinda’s, which means a servant to the king, and guests are treated accordingly.
Dining is casual and relaxed and at Makalali, our chefs provide an array of dining experiences, from dinner in the bush or the legendary ‘boma dinner’ under the stars. Other options include the indoor-outdoor dining area where you can enjoy a plated dinner or a more casual family style dining with other guests. The private ‘sala’ dinner is ideal for guests wanting a romantic setting for an intimate occasion.
We understand that children enjoy lighter, smaller meals and we have therefore catered to their specific needs. This menu has a choice of all their favorite foods to satisfy their taste buds. Our chefs have prepared appetizing meals using fresh, healthy ingredients and these include favorites like: Fish & Chips, Spaghetti Bolognaise, Hamburgers, Roast Chicken with Rice and Pizza. Please liaise with your Camp Manager / Chef to arrange your children's meals.
Game Drives and Safari’s
You could encounter the "Big Five” and an abundance of wildlife and birdlife on your game drive. Game drives are in open landrover’s and are conducted twice daily. An experienced tracker will impart his knowledge of the bush, game and birdlife to enhance your game drive. Coffee and rusks are provided on the morning game drives and guest can enjoy sundowners on the evening game drives. Game Drive times fluctuate through the year depending on the temperatures, but are generally as follows:
SUMMER - 05h30-08h30 | 16h30-19h30
WINTER - 6h30-09h30 | 15h30-18h30