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Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 1 week ago

My partner and I have just returned from a three night stay at Makalali Private Game Lodge. It was a truly amazing experience. The service we received was absolutely 5 star from the moment we arrived to the moment we left. Our every need was catered for with pleasant smiles, professionalism and all the staff went the extra mile to...

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Poole
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

From the moment we were welcomed with hot towels and a drink, a feature which continued every time we returned from a game drive, to our sad parting from staff we now considered friends the experience was one we will never forget. Accommodation and food of the highest order. The heavy rains that fell during our stay, which brought the...

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

Dear Guest Thank you so very much for sharing your review of your experience at Makalali Private Game Lodge on Trip Advisor. I am so very happy to read that your so enjoyed your time with us. The team takes such pride in ensuring that all our guests have a wonderful time with us and leave with many a happy...

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I visited with my 2 kids and hubby . The staff were extremely friendly and accommodating. They went out of their way to please and ensure that our stay was truely 5 star. The game Rangers, Pharence and Pilot were extraordinary in tracking the wildlife and we were fortunate enough to see all of the Big 5 animals!! They were...

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Dear Guest Thank you so very much for sharing your experience of Makalali Private Game Lodge with others on Trip Advisor. I am so very pleased to read that you and your family had such a wonderful time with us. Seeing the Big 5 is so special, however I am also pleased to read you were introduced to other mammals...

Torino
Reviewed December 7, 2016

It 's one of the nicest lodge I have every seen! I love it! Completely integrated in the savana nature the bungalows are absolutely gorgeous! The rooms are in African style and of excellent quality. All rooms/bungalows have a stand alone bath and an external shower, but connected to the room. The bed is a king size one, all is...

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Dear Guest I am so very happy to read that you had such a wonderful time with us at Makalali Private Game Lodge. Thank you for sharing your experience of Makalali Private Game Lodge with fellow travellers on Trip Advisor. We take great pride in creating a safari experience for I guests. I am very pleased to read that we...

Roodepoort, South Africa
Reviewed December 2, 2016

We really enjoyed our stay. The staff were helpful and friendly and problems were sorted quickly. The game drives were such an experience with the knowledgable staff in command. We saw some of the best sightings, birds and animals, we haven't seen for a long time. Meals were good and delectable!

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Dear Guest Thank you so very much for sharing your experience of Makalali Private Game Lodge with fellow travellers on Trip Advisor. I am please to read that you enjoyed your overall experience with us. We strive to ensure that all our guests have a wonderful time with us. It is true that on occasion we may falter, however when...

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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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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...

Benoni, South Africa
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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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...

Johannesburg, South Africa
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,...

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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...

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Benoni, South Africa
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...

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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...

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  • Breakfast included
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  • Breakfast included
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Additional Information about Makalali Private Game Lodge

Address: PO Box 809, Hoedspruit, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Limpopo Province > Hoedspruit
Price Range: $409 - $551 (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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