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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 1 week ago
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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33 reviews 33 reviews
15 hotel reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I spent two nights at Makalali and went on three great game drives.All the staff are very friendly and the service levels are exceptional...nothing is too much effort for them to assist with.We were happy with the meals we received as well as with our room and all the other amenities on offer. Our ranger was extremely... More 

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

Dear Glen Thank you so very much for taking the time to write a review of your experience with us a Makalalali Private Game Lodge. I am very pleased to read that you and your wife enjoyed your time with us. I will definately share your review with Lawrence and the rest of the team who will be delighted to... More 

Adelaide, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

Went on a family safari and all we can say is what an amazing place. Our ranger whys and Pilot were superb! The staff back at the lodge were so accommodating would do anything for you. To Lovedelia and staff thankyou so much and hope to see you again.

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

Dear Pina family. Hoping you returned home safely with great memories of your South African vacation. Was great hosting you for your safari adventure and we hope to see you again soon. Thank you for your kind comments which I will pass on to Wise and Lovdeliah as well as the rest of the team in that camp at the... More 

Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

My husband and I stayed here in February 2014. Absolutely loved it. Our room was amazing, top notch meals and service, every night before going to bed our mosquito net was draped out and our bed turned down. They also sprayed the room with a beautiful scent that I will always remember. The food was beautiful and the staff so... More 

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

Dear Melody Hope that my reply finds you well? Thank you for posting on our Trip Advisor page. Makalali has had to make make several changes recently after sever flooding damaged most of our rooms in March 2014. We took the opportunity to make a few nice but small changes to enhance our guests experience even further. Wont go into... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

Literally the best experience of my life with my newly wedded wife... We received a warm welcoming by the team, the atmosphere was great, the rooms were super clean and made twice per day by the house keeping. "bed nets" to prevent mosquitos, beautiful terrace with a view on the wild animals clearly seen with no effort at all just... More 

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

Dear Kumait Hope that you are both well and enjoying the rest of your honeymoon? Thank you so much for taking the time to write up on Trip Advisor! We really appreciate it and of course are really happy that we were able to cater to your needs at such short notice, we always try our best to ensure we... More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Our ranger team Rams and Musa were superb! They accoomdated requests to see all wildlife - even down to showing us the wild rabbits, the chameleon on the night drives and taking us to the hippo pools!

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

Dear Valued Guests Thank you so much for your wonderful feedback. We are really glad that you enjoyed your safari experience with us. I will definately pass your compliments on to the safari team. Hoping you took lots of great photos to boast about!! Wishing you a really happy and prosperous 2015 and look forwards to hosting you again in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

We received a warm welcome by the staff of camp three, and had great adventures with ranger Wise and spotter Pilot. With their skills and stories they made our safari unforgettable. Pilot's eagle eyes spotted a leopard, and Wise doesn't let you down when you're in a hurry. Makalali proves that a private game reserve is the best option. Makalali... More 

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

Dear Felix Thank you so much for your kind words about Makalali. The team here try really hard to ensure that all of our valued guests have an enjoyeable safari experience. Wise and Pilot will be well pleased with your compliments as will the rest of the team. Wishing you and the family well and every success for 2015. Take... More 

Stockholm, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

Please be aware of that you are around wild animals. You are living with the animals 24hours a day which means that you always will find something new when you are coming out from your room in the morning or in the day

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

Dear Oscar and family! Hope that my response finds you all safely home along with some great shots from your safari? Thank you for taking the time to write up about Makalali. We really appreciate all input to ensure we offer our valued guests a great experience with us. Yes, there certainly are no fences between us and the wildlife... More 

Perth, Australia
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30 hotel reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

I stayed here for 3 nights in November. We were picked up in Hoedspruit by Amos who was very friendly and stopped along the way when animals were sighted. We arrived at the reception area where we checked in and were immediately made to feel welcome. We jumped into the jeep and were taken to our camp. The rooms are... More 

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

Dear Valued Guests! Hoping that my reply finds you all well and that you had a blessed Christmas and fantastic New Years? Thank you so much for the wonderful feedback on your stay and compliments of the whole team in your camp. Really nice to hear you enjoyed your safari so much. We will deffinately pass your compliments on to... More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
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81 reviews 81 reviews
24 hotel reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Malalali Private Game Reserve is home to the Big Five. It is a Malaria area, so precautions may need to be taken, particularly at various times of the year. It is about a six hour drive from Johannesburg. Makalali Private Game Lodge has won many awards for ecotourism. The bespoke lodge shows that it was crafted with care. After several... More 

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

Dear Guests Hoping my response finds you well, safely home and that you all had a fabulous Christmas and New years? Would like to thank you for taking the time to rate your experience and safari with us, we really appreciate it. I will certainly let the staff know that you enjoyed yourselves. If there is anything we can do... More 

Brisbane, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Makalalai Private Game Lodge is an amazing experience. The guide we had was so experienced and enthusiastic.In one game drive we saw the big five-elephant,leopard,lion,rhino and water buffalo.Would return again to such a welcoming and exceptional lodge.

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

Dear Tim B. Many thanks for the time you took to fill in our questionaire as well as for your feedback here on Trip Advisor. We are really happy that you enjoyed your stay with us and will certainly pass your compliments on to the staff. Wishing you a fantastic and blessed Christmas and really fun New Years. Looking forwards... More 

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