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Benoni, South Africa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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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8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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27 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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12 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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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13 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars 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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43 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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 

Toronto, Canada
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12 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2016

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 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 55 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 

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  • Free Breakfast
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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: $386 - $544 (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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