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Makalali Private Game Lodge

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PO Box 809, Hoedspruit, South Africa
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Manchester
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37 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Stayed in August and absolutely loved it. The bedrooms were very large as was the bed. When we returned from our meal our own fire was already lit. There was an outdoor shower and a bath. The game drives were out of this world, the guides go off road if necessary to find the wildlife. Our guide was Jonathan and... More 

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

Dear Guest Thank you for writing such a wonderful review. I am so proud of the team and very pleased to read that you had such a wonderful stay with us at Makalali Private Game Lodge. I will definately share all thoughts with all at the lodge and we hope we can welocme you back one day. Thank you for... More 

London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a magical time at Makalali. Marvel and Godlove were wonderful rangers and really made it very special. So much that the boys want to become rangers in the future. Marvel is a wonderful ranger and guide. Very calm, knowledgable and can drive through the thickest of bush. Accommodation was perfect and food really good, tasty, fresh and varied-it... More 

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Dear Guest Reading your review has made me so proud of our team at Makalali Private Game Lodge. Thank you so very much fo rthe kind words and insight into your stay with us. Marvel and Godlove throughly enjoy showcasing what we have to offer when out on game drive. It is always so special to hear that through a... More 

Munich, Germany
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed in a wonderful lodge where you could meet giraffes, antilopes and warthogs directly in the camp. Staff was very friendly and supportive. Driver and tracker were very experienced and made our game drives an adventure. We even saw cheetahs!

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Dear Guest We would like to sincerely thank you for sharing your feedback from your stay with us at Makalali Private Game Lodge on Trip Advisor. I am so very happy to read that you enjoyed your overall experience with us. Getting to see cheetah on safari is such a treat and we are so fortunate to see these magnificent... More 

Gross Schwuelper, Germany
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Staying in Makalali Private Game Lodge is an unbelivable experience. The accomodation is excellent, the safari-tours by the game rangers are excellent as well and the hospitability of each of the staff is splendid. They take care for everything (even for the hot water bottle for the safari tour in the very cold morning) Never miss going to Makalai!!

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Dear Guest We so appreciate you writing and sharing your feedback regarding your stay with us at Makalali Private Game Lodge. Reading your review and the scoring you have afforded us has made me so proud of the team. We take great pride in ensuring that we creat wonderful memories for our guest during their time with us. Thank you... More 

Melbourne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were at Makalali for 2 nights.....that were all too brief!! The first afternoon just as we arrived, we were rushed off on the news of a leopard sighting and what a magnificent leopard he was. We got some great close up footage thanks to Marvel's (our guide) expert tracking and locating. The next day we saw a pride of... More 

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Dear Guest Thank you so very much for sharing your expereince of Makalali Private Game Lodge on Trip Advisor. I was very happy to read how much you enjoyed your time with us. We take great pride in creating wonderful memories for all our guests and I am so pleased you enjoyed your time with Marvel, on safari, and Enoch... More 

Sandton, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

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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7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

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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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 July 12, 2015 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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

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
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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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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 

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