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Makalali Private Game Reserve

The Reserve which is just a 5 hour drive from Johannesburg was founded in 1994 & consists of 26 000 hectares of Lowveld Acacia bush and open savanna grass land which all surround the lush river. Makalali Private Game Reserve represents a conservation mission to expand South Africa’s green frontier by re-establishing the ancient wildlife migration routes that linked the famous Kruger Park in the east to the lush Drakensberg Mountains in the west. In the process lion, cheetah, leopard, elephant, and rhino have all been reintroduced to the wild, making Makalali home to over one thousand wild animals including all of Africa’s “Big Five”.

Unlike the reserves along Kruger National Park borders, Makalali’s Bushland is undulating with elevated viewpoints giving panoramic views of the reserve. The expansive area is covered with Jackalberry, Knobthorn and Marula trees

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About Makalali Main Lodge

Makalali Main Lodge is nestled within the Makalali Private Game Reserve, which is west of the Kruger National Park. The lodge consists of 30 air-conditioned en-suite superior rooms boasting luxurious interiors with classic leather & wood furnishings.

The lodge has a central dining & boma area where guests are able to indulge in an array of African cuisine under the superb African sky. The lounge at Makalali Main Lodge is designed in a striking way, featuring rustic structures which effortlessly redirect the outside elements indoors. The library makes for a lovely venue to read a book or magazine in between game drives. The spectacular rim flow swimming pool offers a refreshing swim during the warm summer months & is also a perfect spot to unwind. Apart from great game viewing & amazing culinary adventures one can enjoy a variety of soothing spa treatments. There are also a number of nearby attractions & offsite activities


Each air conditioned superior room at Makalali Main Lodge is comfortably designed with an en-suite bathroom, indoor & outdoor shower with classic leather & wood furnishings that provides guests with a relaxing and luxurious environment.

There are also inter-leading rooms which are perfect for families which are of the same luxurious standard as any other superior room.

Makalali is renowned for its cuisine & has been nominated as one of South Africa’s top eating establishments by combining regional African cuisine which represent the ‘melting pot’ of cooking techniques left behind by centuries of exploration on this great continent. One can choose to dine in the boma area, the entertainment centre or under the stunning starlit African sky where the talented chefs of Makalali provide guests with an array of dining experiences on any occasion & strive to customize any menu to specific needs of each guest.

The friendly waiting staff are called Muchindas which means “a servant to the king” & guests can expect to be treated with the utmost respect.

Among the various culinary experiences, other options include the indoor-outdoor area where guests can tuck into a plated dinner or enjoy family-style dinning alongside other guests.

Healthy children’s meals are also available on request and can be arranged with the Camp Manager or Chef.


This newly built 5-star lodge boasts 30 comfortable Superior Rooms to choose from, each with their own en-suite bathroom with an indoor- and outdoor shower.


  • Air Conditioning

  • Ceiling Fan

  • Free Toiletries

  • Outside Shower

  • Patio

  • Shower



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