We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Makutsi Safari Springs

Show Prices
Certificate of Excellence
Book on TripAdvisor
Trusted partner. We work with to make your booking as easy as possible.
Secure payments. We use industry-leading practices to keep your information secure.
Enter dates for best prices
powered by PriceFinder
Prices from our online travel partners are not available
Our online travel partners don't provide prices for this accommodation, but we can search other options in Hoedspruit
Check In Check Out
Show Prices
Management photos
Makutsi Safari Springs
View Map
{"widget":{"name":"ibex_photo_carousel","js":{"handlers":"(ta.prwidgets.getjs(this,'handlers'))"},"divClasses":"prw_rup prw_ibex_photo_carousel","moduleList":["handlers"],"template":"ibex_photo_carousel__widget","dust":{"nav_controls":"ibex_photo_carousel__nav_controls"}},"scriptFlags":null,"containerClass":null}
Add Photo Write a Review

93 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 60: English reviews
Naples
Reviewed October 29, 2016 via mobile

Makutsi may not be five star but not only do you get bang for your buck but the staff are knowledgable, helpful and very friendly. The environment is sensational, a beautiful outdoor pool in a tropical setting as well as an indoor one. We were lucky enough to have Impalas passing our doors and a Giraffe feeding from a nearby...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank Joanne D
Makutsi_Springs, Owner at Makutsi Safari Springs, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your positive review. You hit the nail on the head about what Makutsi is all about: value for money, family friendly atmosphere & informative staff that make you feel at home! And the warm natural spring pools and longer stay allow you to take it all in. We are so glad that you have enjoyed...

Brisbane, Australia
Reviewed September 20, 2016

We stayed at Makutsi for eight days, including the Tented Safari Camp for two nights. The guides, especially Beukas and Bethuel, were extremely knowledgeable and made every expedition one of interest and discovery. All the staff were friendly and helpful, and all contributed to making this a memorable and thoroughly enjoyable stay. Will definitely be back in the future.

 Report
Helpful?
Thank lizzievb
Makutsi_Springs, Owner at Makutsi Safari Springs, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your wonderful review! We need to hear no more than "will definitely be back in the future" :) These words make us very happy, and we certainly look forward to seeing you at Makutsi again one day! Until then, happy travels and thank you again for visiting us. Kind regards from all the Makutsi Team.

Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed September 9, 2016

We had a 6 night stay in July & loved it. Management were always making us feel at home., greeting us at breakfast & dinner. The guides on safari especially Ralph were very knowledgeable & always tried to find the animals we hadn't seen. As animals roam the camp at night , the rule is no walking around, a driver...

 Report
Helpful?
2Thank Deb M
Makutsi_Springs, Owner at Makutsi Safari Springs, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your positive review. Nothing makes us more happy than to hear people say that they felt at home! And nothing is more important to us than for people to feel safe, so you have identified two very important philosophies of Makutsi. Having animals roam around freely through camp is such an authentic way to see Africa,...

Adelaide, Australia
Reviewed August 22, 2016 via mobile

My husband and I spent a lovely week here. From pick up at the air port to drop off a week later everything was perfect. The staff are so friendly and welcoming making you feel at home as soon as they collect you from the airport. Even the drive to camp includes game sightings! We also did 2 nights at...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank mkeen1
Makutsi_Springs, Owner at Makutsi Safari Springs, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your positive review! It was a pleasure having your at Makutsi, and we are glad to hear that you had a good time both at Main Camp as well as Tented Camp. We will let Beukes know how much you enjoyed his company and sense of humour! As you say, we like to make you...

Örebro
Reviewed August 10, 2016

My visit to Makutsi safari camp was a great experience. To see endangered wild animals - herbivores as carnivores - in their (almost) natural environment is something special which unfortunately not many more generations can do. The moment of meeting rhinos, gepards, leopards, lions says in my mind for ever. Between the safe and comfortable safari tours it was a...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank Thommy G
Makutsi_Springs, Owner at Makutsi Safari Springs, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your positive and informative review Thommy! Nothing makes us happier than someone who enjoys and appreciates the nature and wildlife so much. We can promise you we will do all that we can to make sure that many more generations will be able to come and enjoy our beautiful nature at Makutsi. Until next Winter,...

Sydney, Australia
Reviewed June 2, 2016

My friend and I recently stayed at Makutsi Safari Springs. We loved our stay and we saw lots of animals including a leopard. Our accommodation was very clean and comfortable and extremely quiet. The food was great especially the outdoor breakfast. We met some lovely people and made lots of friends. The staff were great and happy to be doing...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank Travelbug2103
Makutsi_Springs, Owner at Makutsi Safari Springs, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your informative review. We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay at Makutsi, and grateful that you traveled so far to come and visit us. Everyone from Makutsi wishes you many more happy travels in the future!

Pico Rivera, California
Reviewed May 3, 2016

From pick-up to drop-off at the airport, you are treated like family. Everyone is friendly and helpful and want you to enjoy your stay at Makutsi. Breakfast and dinner is included. Breakfast fruit, yogurt, cereal with a choice of eggs the way you like. Dinner is served at 7P. They have a nice variety each day for the set meal...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank David N
Makutsi_Springs, Owner at Makutsi Safari Springs, responded to this review

Thank you for your warm and informative review! The biggest compliment we can receive is for someone to feel like they are part of the family, thank you very much! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay, and so grateful that you came all this way to come and visit us at Makutsi. We wish you many...

Perth, Australia
Reviewed April 23, 2016

What can I say? We saw the big 5 on our first afternoon out on safari! Even the guide, Larissa was suitably impressed! What a coup and how amazing it was to see all of the wonderful animals up close. Subsequent safaris produced similar results except for the Simba safari but it is always the luck of the draw. Simba...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank kperkins05012012
Makutsi_Springs, Owner at Makutsi Safari Springs, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review and your positive words. As you say, every safari is the luck of the draw, and it is great to hear how lucky you got. Also, there is so much more than just animals (and the Big 5) on a game drive, so every time you go out on safari it it a...

Reviewed April 4, 2016 via mobile

Makutsi was a great introduction to South African safaris. We saw plenty of animals, the Rondavels were great to stay in, very cool even on a hot day, the staff were lovely and so was the food! All of the guides are very knowledgeable. We had an awesome time and would recommend Makutsi to anyone, especially families. Thank you for...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank Michelle H
Makutsi_Springs, Owner at Makutsi Safari Springs, responded to this review

Thank you for your friendly feedback! We are happy that Makutsi was such a good introduction to your South Africa experience, this country certainly has a lot to offer. Thank you again for visiting us, and we wish you many more happy travels. Kind regards from everyone at Makutsi!

Reviewed January 16, 2016 via mobile

This is where we saw the Big 4 in one day!...Amazing place, an oasis in the dry low Veldt...it is amazing that you can find a place so lush & green yet so close to the Kruger Park.( we were there in the shocking current drought). Pleasingly this is not a glitzy place for the over pampered and is a...

 Report
Helpful?
1Thank crative
Makutsi_Springs, Owner at Makutsi Safari Springs, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind words and positive review. Nothing pleases us more than a happy client, and it is great to hear that you enjoyed your stay at Makutsi so much. The way you describe your experiences, it seems that you have the "Africa Bug" and you would enjoy many more moments around the nature and wildlife...

Questions? Get answers from hotel staff and past guests. Ask a question

180 photos of this hotel

Traveler photos: See what travelers like you saw

Viewed
All Traveler Photos (162)
Viewed
Dining (3)
Viewed
Pool/Beach Area (7)
Viewed
Hotel & Grounds (27)
Viewed
Room/Suite (6)
Viewed
View from Room (2)
Viewed
0:48
Videos (2)
Viewed
Other (115)

Management photos: Courtesy of the property manager

Viewed
All Management Photos (18)
Viewed
Hotel & Grounds (1)
Viewed
Other (17)
Check In Check Out
Hotels you might also like...
Also consider these accommodations in or near Hoedspruit
20.8 mi away
Raptor Retreat Game Lodge
Raptor Retreat Game Lodge
#5 of 96 in Hoedspruit
298 reviews
26.9 mi away
African Rock Lodge
African Rock Lodge
#3 of 96 in Hoedspruit
245 reviews
1.4 mi away
Kuname Lodge
Kuname Lodge
#4 of 96 in Hoedspruit
211 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
14.5 mi away
Bushriver Lodge
Bushriver Lodge
#6 of 96 in Hoedspruit
294 reviews
18.7 mi away
Blyde River Wilderness Lodge
Blyde River Wilderness Lodge
#29 of 96 in Hoedspruit
131 reviews
3.4 mi away
Karongwe River Lodge
Karongwe River Lodge
#1 of 2 in Karongwe Private Game Reserve
233 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
Questions? Get answers from hotel staff and past guests. Ask a question

Amenities

Highlights
  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free Breakfast
  • Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Things to do
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Tennis Court
  • Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Room types
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
In your room
  • Air Conditioning
  • Refrigerator in room
  • Minibar
Services
  • Free Parking
  • Airport Transportation
  • Free Breakfast
  • Laundry Service
  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Family run for over 30 years, Makutsi Safari Springs offers affordable 1-week packages including return airport transfers, private accommodation, 2 meals per day, open Land Rover game drives and excursions into the surrounding areas. Makutsi Main Camp's two warm, thermal mineral water pools allow for adventure and healthy relaxation to be combined. With our new Makutsi Tented Camp, we are able to offer a unique mix of comfort and adventure on foot. Unpack, unwind and enjoy Makutsi's diverse African experiences. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Makutsi Safari Springs

Address: PO Box 821, Hoedspruit 1380, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Limpopo Province > Hoedspruit
Number of rooms: 45
Also Known As:
Makutsi Safari Springs Hotel Hoedspruit
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what travelers have asked, with answers from Makutsi Safari Springs staff and other travelers.
3 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (3)

Questions? Get answers from Makutsi Safari Springs staff and past guests.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Can tickets for local attractions be purchased at the front desk?
  • Do you have to pay extra for a mini-fridge?
  • At what time does the pool open each day?

See which rooms travelers prefer

“All rooms are similar - cool and clean rondavels. Some larger ones cater for families”
 of 5 bubbles lizzievb, Sep 20, 2016 | Read review
“If you want to see the animals grazing in the early evening/morning, ask for a rovendell by the river where all the activity is.”
  • Lightly furnished and comfortable.
 of 5 bubbles DavidN838, May 3, 2016 | Read review
“They're all good!”
 of 5 bubbles kperkins05012012, Apr 23, 2016 | Read review
“They are all good”
 of 5 bubbles Roscoe1203, Sep 30, 2015 | Read review
“All rooms are great”
 of 5 bubbles lynno638, Jul 23, 2015 | Read review
5 of 5
Questions? Get answers from hotel staff and past guests. Ask a question