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Adelaide, Australia
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12 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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 

Level Contributor
11 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW 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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42 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

Toronto, Canada
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11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent resort that was everything we dreamed of for our first safari! Saw all of the big 5 on our 4 nights there. Amazing trackers Amos and Samuel did a great job of finding whatever animal we asked to see. After evening safari, you are met by the staff with hot towels and sherry. Dinner is outside under the star... More 

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

Dear Guest I am so delighted to read that you had such a wonderful time with us at Makalali Private Game Lodge. We take such pride in our staff who absolutely love ensuring that guests have a wonderful experience with us. I am so please that we created some wonderful memories of your time with us at Makalali Private Game... More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

Great value for money. The staff is amazing. The drive from Joburg through Dullstroom is great except for the few areas with the potholes. Very scenic drive. The staff and management are very hands on. The fact that they go off road is amazing...enjoyed the thrill of being up close to the animals. The rangers and trackers skills is amazing.

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

Dear Guest Reading your review of Makalali Private Game Lodge has maded of a team that thrives on making wonderful memories for guests during their time with us. I am so very happy that we were able to do so for you during your time with us. Thank you for writing a review on Trip Advisor regarding your impressions of... More 

Varanasi, India
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8 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

Although the property was nice with all facilities and amenities which one could imagine in the middle of a jungle..we had a tough time with the food..the worst part is that they charge with all meals included but the kind of meals which they serve is not value for money..during our stay..the food was served cold..they gave explanation that the... 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 of your experience at Makalali Private Game Lodge. I am very dissappointed to read that we did not meet your expectations during your time with us. I have taken cognasence of your comments and thank you for bringing this to our attention. We prode our selves in... More 

Sandton, South Africa
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65 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

We had a great time, were alone, just 4, on a vehicle and our guide showed us a lot of game as well as birds. His knowledge was very good and we felt very save. The food was delicious and the rooms were superb.

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

Dear Guest Thank you so very much for the favourable review that you have written on Trip Advisor of your stay with us at Makalali Private Game Lodge. We so appreciate the praise and so pleased that you had such a wonderful time with us at Makalali. Thank you for making Makalali Private Game Lodge a destination of choice during... More 

Apex, North Carolina
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

We stayed at two other reserves during our visit to South Africa-- the rooms at Makalali were the most uniquely decorated and attractive of our stay. The memory of relaxing on the sala of our bungalow while elephants stroll by won't soon be forgotten. Shadrack and Isaac were diligent in making sure that we had excellent wildlife viewing and educating... More 

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

Dear Guest I am so delighted to read that you had such a wonderful time with us at Makalali Private Game Lodge during your travels to South Africa. I am so pleased you enjoyed the rooms and decor as well as the setting of the sala's along the river back. Being a person who has a great love of elephant... More 

Pretoria, South Africa
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

I would like to withdraw my first review. Which I wrote on my first day at the lodge after the incident. The next day i had a word with the Manager and discovered it was all a misunderstanding and all was corrected promptly. I must say that the rest of my stay was totally enjoyable. The Staff all friendly and... 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 revising your review that you wrote with the heading "French Group". We appreciate the sentiment and kind words and comments you have afforded us in you revised write-up. We look forward to welcoming you and your guests back to Makalali Private Lodge in the future. More 

pretoria
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12 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016

had an amazing 2 nights at Makalali with friends. it was our second trip there, the last one being 17 years ago! . Saw a wide variety of game and the game drives were awesome. Our Ranger and tracker did all possible to find game for us , and were very successful. The food was tasty and varied, especially the... More 

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

Dear Guest I am so please to have read your review of Makalali Private Game Lodge on Trip Advisor. Thank you for choosing to return to Makalali Private Game Lodge after such a long period of time away. I am so pleased that you found the experience amazing. We try to ensure that we create many a memorable moment for... More 

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Additional Information about Makalali Private Game Lodge

Address: PO Box 809, Hoedspruit 1380, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Limpopo Province > Hoedspruit
Price Range: $389 - $560 (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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