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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed October 20, 2016

Every member from the staff to ranger did an excellent job of helping us learn and imerse ourselves in the bush. The food was amazing, ranger Amous and tracker Chili Boy were knowledgeable and fun, and accommodations were set perfectly into their surroundings. I'd recommend to anyone looking for a wholesome experience.

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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 of your experience with us at Makalali Private Game Lodge. I am so very pleased to read that you enjoyed your time with us and especially the time spent on game drive with Amos and Chilli Boy. We take great pride in our service and... More 

Benoni, South Africa
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Reviewed October 19, 2016

Wonderful experience, nothing to really to comment on. food was excellent, was well impressed service was friendly and welcoming, everyone willing to help. Game viewing was out of this world would love to go back soon

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

Dear Guest I am so pleased to read that you had such a wonderful time with us at Makalali Private Game Lodge. Thank you for sharing your experience with others on Trip Advisor. We love creating special moments and memories for guests. From your review I know that the team has achieved that for you. We hope you will afford... More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
1 review
Reviewed October 13, 2016

What a fabulous three days at this beautiful reserve! Our ranger, Elliot, and his tracker Samuel, were superb. We had incredibly sightings of lion, cheetah, elephant, etc., and Elliot's knowledge of the bush, birdlife, and the surrouds was incredibly interesting and vast. We were welcomed warmly by all the staff, and felt relaxed and at home. Our suite was spotless,... More 

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Reviewed October 11, 2016

This is a review for a family: we have two kids age 7 and 11. - having a tracker was fantastic .. Didn't expect it but makes a difference finding animals. - family room was tricky for us. The kids room is not attached to the main bedroom and the children were scared to have to go outside to access... More 

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Benoni, South Africa
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Reviewed September 21, 2016

Everything was wonderful...the rooms are beautiful and the viewing deck was a great place to relax and watch the animals.....and...fall asleep. The staff were very friendly and competent....The cook ,Selby, made the most delicious food....we definitely never went hungry!! Our game drives with Rams and tracker Carswell....were outstanding ...I saw cheetah for the first time....and bonus....with a baby!! Will definitely... More 

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

Dear Guest I am so very happy to read that you enjoyed your time with us at Makalali Private Game Lodge. We are truly fortunate to be able to offer guests such a vast number of different animals to view during game drive. We are thoroughly enjoying having one of our cheetahs with her cub and I am pleased that... More 

Mpumalanga, South Africa
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Reviewed September 11, 2016

The rooms are beautifully done with a fireplace and a lovely outside shower overlooking the dry river bed. You feel like you're in the middle of nature with elephants and other animals gracing in front of your room. The staff was really friendly with only one thing in mind to ensure that the quests enjoy their stay. The game drives... More 

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

Dear Guest Thank you so very much for the wonderful review you have written of your experience with us at Makalali Private Game Lodge. We thoroughly enjoy creating memories for our guests and I am so pleased to read that we have created a few for you to remember. Thank you for making Makalali Private Game Lodge a destination of... More 

Mansfield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 3, 2016

This was game reserve three on a tour of four lodges in Limpopo and northern South Africa. Our tour operator changed to this venue just a few weeks before departure and we had some good and some indifferent experiences.. Here is the good:- Unusual rooms with an interesting indigenous design which were were clean and wells serviced. Exciting venue overlooking... More 

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

Dear Guest Thank you so very much for taking the time to write of your experience with us at Makalali Private Game Lodge. I do appoplogise that the new hospitality regulations of South Africa impacted on your check in with us. You should find this process to become a regular process in all hotels and lodges in South Africa as... More 

Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed August 22, 2016

What a fabulous private game reserve this is. The staff are all African and are so friendly. The huts are superb with great designs inside and out and the open fire gives the finishing touch. Game driver Shadrach and his lookout Falants were excellent and quickly found us elephants and a big pride of lions on our first drive. Shadrach... More 

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

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 very pleased to read that you enjoyed your time with us and had such wonderful sightings with Shandrack and Pharence. They love to introduce our reserve and its inhabitants to all guests. Thank you... More 

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Reviewed August 21, 2016 via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed our weekend at Makalali. The accommodation was quiet and secluded and gave us a lot of privacy to relax and unwind. The staff were all very friendly and helpful and made us feel at home during our stay. Our favourite part of the weekend was the game drives- the ranger and tracker were both very knowledgable and... More 

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

Dear Guest Thank you so very much for taking the time to write of your experience at Makalali Private Game Lodge. I am very happy to read that you enjoyed your breakaway weekend with us. We appreciate your recommendation of our lodge and hope to welcome you back in the future. More 

Cairns, Australia
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Reviewed August 15, 2016

My husband and I have visited many lodges in South Africa and several other countries, but this was the best accommodation by far. The fireplace in the room was a welcome treat and there was great respect for privacy and quiet. Staff were very pleasant and efficient. The guide and tracker had to work very hard for sightings, this appeared... More 

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

Dear Guest I would like to sincerely thank you for writing a review of your experience with us at Makalali Private Game Lodge. we appreciate the praise you have afforded us. with regards to the insight into the game drives you are correct. unfortunately with the severe drought that we are experiencing T the moment we are having to travel... More 

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Address: PO Box 809, Hoedspruit, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Limpopo Province > Hoedspruit
Price Range: $398 - $532 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Makalali Private Game Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 24
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“All rooms overlook the river bed and have outdoor showers”
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