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Makalali Private Game Lodge

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PO Box 809, Hoedspruit, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 2 weeks ago
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Sandton, South Africa
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28 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed at Makalali for 3 nights in June as a couple and had an amazing time. We were last there is 2009 and were curious to see how it may have changed with the new management, and were pleasantly surprised. The accommodation was so comfortable and private, the game rangers went out of their way to show us the... More 

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Dear Guest Thank you so very much for taking the time to write of your experience with us at Makalali Private Game Lodge. I am so pleased to read that you were pleasantly surprised with the changes we have made at Makalali and got to see so much while out on game drives during your stay. The refurbishment of the... More 

Kauai, Hawaii
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My sister and I spent two wonderful nights here. We went on four game searches and saw many, many animals each time. There really aren't words to describe the loveliness and skill of the staff. Our guides, Lawrence and Pharence were so competent and caring. All the staff, the chefs, waiters, security, cleaners were top notch. The food was very... More 

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

Dear Guest I am so pleased to read how much you enjoyed your time with us at Makalali Private Game Lodge. Thank you so very much for sharing your experience with us on Trip Advisor. We so appreciate the wonderful comments you have afforded to all the staff as we take great pride in creating wonderful memories for our guests.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was a phenomenonal trip. The accommodation was overlooking a river and the bungalows were too beautiful.... Outside shower and huge private deck. We saw 7 lion and Cubs, Elephants right up close eating in the side of the dirt road, rhinos dancing and playing with each other. Hippos close by on foot via a nature trail and so much... More 

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Dear Guest Thank you so very much for taking the time to write of your experience with us at Makalali Private Game Lodge. I am so please to read that you had such a wonderful time with us at Makalali and from what you decribe so many memories werer created during your stay. We would like to thank you for... More 

Fairfax, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Business brought me to Johannesburg. I signed up for a three day-two night Kruger Park luxury safari. My van ride to and from Johannesburg to Makalali cannot be described as luxurious, nor is the lodge in Kruger Park. But its accommodations and especially the chef's offerings were varied and superior. Staff were helpful, knowledgeable, always available and pleasant. This was... More 

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Dear Guest Thank you so very much for taking the time to write of your ecperience with us at Makalali Private Game Lodge. I am so please to read that you enjoyed your overall experience with us at the lodge. The setting of the lodge affords a guest a remote and tranquil experience, with personalised, warm and friendly service. From... More 

Nelspruit, South Africa
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

We spent two nights at Makalali in Juni 2015. The staff made our stay unfortgettable and Eddie did everything to make the days wonderful. The food and the atmosphere of the place are very lovely. Thanks a lot!

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

Dear Guest Thank you so very much for affording us such a wonderful review of your stay with us at Makalali Private Game Lodge. I am so proud of the team and very pleased to read that you enjoyed your time with us. Thank you for choosing to make Makalali Private Game Lodge a desitination of choice. We hope we... More 

Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

My partner Heather and I spent 4 wonderful nights at Makalali in May 2015. These guys really know how to look after their guests. No request was too much trouble ! The accommodation is delightful. The guide (Lawrence) and tracker (Florent) went out of their way to ensure that we got very up close and personal with an amazing array... More 

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

Dear Simone and Heather Thank you so very much for the amazing review you have afforded us. Reading your review of Makalali Private Game Lodge has made me so proud of the team. We love to create moments and memories for all our guests and I can see from your feedback that we have succeeded to do so for you... More 

Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Limpopo was an ideal start to three weeks in Africa, adjacent to Kruger National Park and Makalali Private Game Lodge was an amazing place to start. The luxurious rustic cabins were gorgeous, with the most exquisite outdoor showers. The trackers and drivers were like walking encyclopaedia. With two safaris a day (and an additional night-time one) - it was big... More 

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Dear Badlinda21 Thank you for sharing your experience of Makalali Private Game Lodge with others on Trip Advisor. We so appreciate the wonderful and kind feedback you have afforded us. I was so happy to read that you enjoyed your drives with your ranger and tracker. We are fortunate to have an amazing ranger and tracker team who take such... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Had a wonderful stay, great accomodation. Our rangers Rams and musa top class and very friendly, missed seeing the leopard, saw many other animals at very close range. The food was delicious, the rooms very comfortable

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

Dear Evelyn P Thank you so very much for taking the time to write a review on your experience with us at Makalali Private Game Lodge. I am so pleased to read that you had such a wonderful time with Rams and Musa whilst on game drive. I will definately share your comments with them as they so love to... More 

New York City, New York
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

We spent 5 nights at Makalali followed by 3 nights at Bongani game reserve. Makalali was far and away the superior experience across all areas; the staff were consistently friendly, courteous and punctual. The food and nightly dining settings were stunning and picturesque, making for a once in a lifetime travel experience. The game drives were absolutely incredible; we saw... 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 your time spent with us at Makalali Private Game Lodge. I am so happy to read that you enjoyed your time with us. Makalali Private Game Lodge is a wonderful destination and as you have described the Reserve is fortunate to offer a wide... More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

I booked 3 nights at Makalali as part of our honeymoon two weeks ago and it was nothing short of a fabulous experience. Every member of staff on Eddie's team went above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that our every need was met and our expectations exceeded at every turn. The food was delicious, the lodge beautiful... More 

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

Dear Hamstring Thank you for your feedback and positive response on Makalali Private Game Lodge. Going above and beyond the call of duty is our pleasure as indeed it is a magical place and our equaly magical guests makes our business just so much easier. Thank you again for choosing Makalali. We are looking forward to be of service again.... More 

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