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Makalali Private Game Lodge

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PO Box 809, Hoedspruit, South Africa
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Wedel, Germany
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27 reviews
17 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Travelling to South Africa for a three weeks safari trip we decided that as we enjoyed our last two stays at Makalali we would again include the lodge in our travel schedule. And to be honest, even though we have been happy with the lodge and the wildlife the last two times already, we have had the best stay in... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our only gripe was that we were in camp two but we went on safari with guests in camp three, they were picked up first so we had to fit in where we could. The rest of the guests where we were talked about their experiences on the drives obviously different from ours, the people on our drive obviously bonded... More 

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FelicitySmyth, General Manager at Makalali Private Game Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Guest Thank you so very much for taking the time to write of your experience with us during your stay at Makalali Private Game Lodge. We take great pride in our service delivery to our guests and what you have described regarding your game drive allocation of ranger and vehicle is not normal. I have investigated the circumstances of... More 

Moscow, Russia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was my first safari and I'm very happy with my choice. Being a private game reserve it actually provides a better experience than Kruger as the rangers are allowed to go off road and the number of cars to be around animals at the same time is limited to 3. I can also feel that I got a personal... More 

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FelicitySmyth, General Manager at Makalali Private Game Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Guest Thank you so very much for your kind review you have written of your expereince during your stay with us at Makalali Private Game Lodge. I am so pleased to read that you enjoyed your firs safari experience. We love to create memories for guests to treasure and look back on fondly. At Makalali Private Game Lodge we... More 

Sydney, Australia
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The game drive experience and staff make this resort. The food is good and plentiful as is the beverage menu. Rooms are clean and comfortable but would benefit with a small fridge to keep bottled water.

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FelicitySmyth, General Manager at Makalali Private Game Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Guest Thank you so very much for taking the time to write a reiview regarding your experience with us at Makalali Private Game Lodge. I am pleased to read that you enjoyed your overall experience with us. We strive to improve on our service on a daily basis and to meet all our guests expectations. I would like to... More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The hospitality is above any other luxury game lodge we have stayed at. Excellent value for money! Nothing was ever too much to ask. Our game ranger Elliot and tracker Amos were experienced and extremely knowledgeable. We had incredible animal sightings, however you really have to look for some of the predators and they are... More 

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FelicitySmyth, General Manager at Makalali Private Game Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Guest Thank you so very much for the wonderful review you have written of your experience with us at Makalali Private Game Lodge. I am so pleased to read that you enjoyed your time with Elliot and Amos on game drive. Our feild team pride themselves in the tracking abilitiy of our trackers. You are correct in your observation... More 

Tettnang, Germany
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015

The GameLodge; The People; The Acivities and The Culture in the Lodge - Good Succesfactor. It was for us a wonderfull unforgettable Time there. Highly Convenience for us. The GameDrive was excellent organized. The Guides has done a great exellent Job. The same also the whole Team. Great!

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FelicitySmyth, General Manager at Makalali Private Game Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Guest Thank you so very much for taking the time to write a review on Trip Advisor of your time at Makalali Private Game Lodge. eading the title of your review makes me so very proud of the team who all take such joy, pride and delight in creating wonderful memories for all our guests. I am so pleased... More 

Freising, Germany
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015

We joined 3 nights in this Resort in the middle of the wild. We felt very welcomed by all the nice and kind staff which always tried to give us the best and most of this experience. Our Game Ranger Amos (who's the best ;)) could tell us so much about all the animals and plants we were able to... More 

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FelicitySmyth, General Manager at Makalali Private Game Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Guest Thank you so very much for taking the time to write a review on Trip Advisor of you experience with us at Makalali Private Game Lodge. I am so please to read that you enjoyed your time with Amos and Samuel on safari. They a such a wonderful ranger and tracker team who take such pride in showcasing... More 

Rockenhausen, Germany
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

It was really a great stay for us in a wonderful environment. Especially the hospitality of the whole team was fantastic! Many thanks to our Rangers Amos and Samuel - they did a great job! We enjoyed every minute of being there!

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FelicitySmyth, General Manager at Makalali Private Game Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Guest Reading your review of your time spent with us at Makalali Private Game Lodge has made me incredibly happy and proud of the team. We strive each and every day to ensure that we create magical moments and memories for our guests. I am so pleased that you appreciated this and experienced it with Amos and Sam on... More 

Perchtoldsdorf, Austria
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

The Lodge is so nice, the rooms so big and nicely styled with your own observation hut. The staff is so friendly, helpful and creative that you really feel as an honoured guest. Also the game runs arme of perfect quality.

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FelicitySmyth, General Manager at Makalali Private Game Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Guest Thank you so very much for sharing with others your impressions of Makalali Private Game Lodge with other travelers on Trip Advisor. I am so very please to read that you enjoyed the lodge to much as well as appreciated the setting and good game viewing. We appreciate the positive comments you have made about Makalali Private Game... More 

seattle
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16 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015

My Safari experience at Makalalia was super. The African experience from start to finish was complete and wonderful. The separate buildings you stay in each with it's viewing decks and outdoor shower and the building itself is on the side of a river bed. The two front windows also look out right on the river bed, what an experience. Some... More 

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FelicitySmyth, General Manager at Makalali Private Game Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Guest Thank you so very much for taking the time write of your expereince with us at Makalali Private Game Reserve. I am so happy to read that you r enjoyed your time with Larence out on safari as well as a few of his tales. He has a few to tell. We appreciate your kind words of the... More 

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