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Makalali Private Game Lodge

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PO Box 809, Hoedspruit, South Africa
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Makalali Private Game Lodge
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 2 days ago
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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 

Almere, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

We got a warm welcome by the staff, nothing was too much asked, good food, beautiful room with spacious deck and great view over the river. Monkey's on the deck, waterbucks underneath, it gave us the true african feeling. Thank you Edward and your staff for the boma diner, the bush breakfast, we really appreciate your efforts to make us... More 

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

Dear Pattie Thank you for your feedback and positive review on Makalali Private Game Lodge. We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us as we take pride in our lodge, our staff and hospitality and are grateful to be acknowledged. It was a pleasure to be of service you and are looking forward to be your hosts again.... More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

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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5 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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
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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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