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Makalali Private Game Lodge

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PO Box 809, Hoedspruit, South Africa
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Nelspruit, South Africa
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

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 

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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 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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