We stayed at makanyane for four nights at the start of our honeymoon and it was our first ever safari. And what a start it was... On the first drive within hours of arriving we saw lions, giraffes, rhinos, elephants... Amazing. The guides are incredible and really knowledgable.
The rooms are beautiful.... Stepping in after a 36 hour flight from the U.K. and both our jaws dropped to the floor. The glassed walled rooms ensure an uninterrupted view of the river where if your lucky you will see hippos go past. The beds are comfy, and the outdoor shower an experience within itself.
The food is in abundance.... I think we both left a few pounds heavier. It's non stop and before you even get a chance to be hungry the next course is there. Simply faultless!!!
What makes this place though is their staff... Each and every person you meet wants to talk to you and takes the time to remember your name and each and every conversation you have had with them previously. Nothing is too much trouble and whereas in some hotels such service would feel too much at makanyane it's genuine. They want to talk to you to find out about you and your day. Again faultless!!
Another plus side to this lodge is the safari experience you get. We had more than one heart in your mouth moments with lairy elephants descending in the camp, and the glare of eyes caught by the torch as we headed back to our room in the pitch black escorted by their knowledgable security guides. We also had elephants by the river as we ate lunch, and buffaloes as we dined for dinner....
A truly magnificent experience.... When can we go back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Luxurious accommodation, exceptional food, welcoming service and thrilling game viewing combine to create an unforgettable safari experience at Makanyane Safari Lodge. Situated on private ground within the malaria free, "Big 5" Madikwe Game Reserve in South Africa's North West Province, the lodge caters for just sixteen guests, ensuring personal attention and exclusivity. Hidden in riverside forest, the eight luxurious suites, each with glass-walled bedrooms, overlook the Marico River, offering uninterrupted views of the surrounding bush. The suites have open-fronted lounges, private sundecks and spacious bathrooms that can be opened to the forest. The lodge has an infinity-edge swimming pool, gym, health and beauty treatment centre and lookout point with magnificent views. Fine wines from the award-winning wine list complement exceptional cuisine created by the team of internationally trained chefs. Meals are enjoyed in a variety of locations, from our riverside boma to intimate private meals in the comfort of the guest's suite. Makanyane has a rustic sleep-out hide, providing guests with an opportunity to sleep under the stars surrounded only by the African wilderness. The drama, mystery and beauty of Africa's wildlife and cultural heritage can be experienced on game drives and bush walks conducted by expert, passionate field guides. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Makanyane Safari Hotel Madikwe Game Reserve