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Makalali Private Game Lodge

4.0 of 5 Lodge   |   PO Box 809, Hoedspruit, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A friend and I recently spent two nights at Makalali and we can not recommend it highly enough. The entire experience was magical! We were extremely touched by the welcoming nature of all of the staff, who went out of their way to ensure that we were enjoying our stay. The game drives were fantastic and thanks to our very... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

The experience here is very unique. Located about an hour and a half from the airport, the lodge is on a private game reserve (shared with other lodges which the drivers call the "owner's homes"). Although we have heard a great deal about the national park, this seemed to offer everything that the park would with a more personalized experience.... More

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Manly, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

Our friendly greeting at Hoedspruit Airport fed our fantasy. Wise our tracker with smiling grace accepted our family into his world. With Pilot up front we explored, experienced so much more than the game we had fun finding. Their knowledge of and respect for all things made us so comfortable yet always left us in awe. Dave our Camp Manager,... More

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Chandler, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

We stayed here for our honeymoon South Africa trip for 3 days, 2 nights in February 2014. - partook 4 game drives. Staff was very friendly and facilities were very clean and pleasing. The rooms/cabins are very private and all natural - you do have electricity, hot water, toilets, showers and Airconditioning + fans. We did have to use the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

I booked this as a surprise Christmas present for my wife. I was a little worried as to whether 4 nights would be enough but, in our honest opinion, it's about perfect. We flew into Nelspruit (Kruger airport) and so had a 3 hour transfer, which was quite tiring after the long flight from London. We were welcomed by the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

We stayed three nights which gave us access to six game drives and loved the experience! The thatched roof huts were spacious, clean and had a great outdoor shower - no bugs anywhere! Each "camp" at Makalali has six huts and our camp ate as a group. Our tasty meals were delightfully prepared by Alice and our site manager was... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

Our 1st trip to South Africa- and this far exceeded our expectations!!! We stayed 3 nights, went on 6 drives, and can't believe what we saw! Our ranger Derrick and tracker Nicolas were the best....we saw every animal we wanted to see, and much more than we expected. Lions mating, leopard cubs and their mom feeding on a recent kill,... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

If you are looking for an authentic African Safari experience, Makalali is the place to stay. I was in a group of five who visited for 3 nights. We completed 6 safaris during our stay. From the time we arrived and to the time we left we were warmly welcomed and became part of the Makalali family. I stayed in... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013 via mobile

The drive from the Hoedspruit A/P is 1 1/2 hours by SUV (better than the 5 hours in a van from Windhoek to Etosha in Namibia) In retrospect we should have booked more time here. (maybe 4 or 5 nights instead of 2) It was a highlight of our 4 weeks in Africa (3 of which in S.A.) The accommodation... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

We have recently returned from Makalali and wouldn't hesitate in recommending this peaceful Game Lodge. The staff we had were just wonderful, nothing was too much trouble, not that we needed anything. The food was very good with great choices. The huts were beautiful, very clean. very private except for the animals passing by which was great, very special and... More

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Additional Information about Makalali Private Game Lodge

Address: PO Box 809, Hoedspruit, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Limpopo Province > Hoedspruit
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Makalali Private Game Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 24
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