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Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge

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05/14/2017 05/15/2017
1 room 2 adults 0 children
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SUNSHINE COAST AUSTRALIA
Reviewed 1 week ago

Makanyane was our 6th Sanctuary Lodge stay. We were picked up at J'burg airport and driven the 4 hours there in a 4 wheel drive ( which was needed for the last hour on a very bumpy dirt road) and we flew back. We loved the spacious room, and the glass walls, and the great bathroom. Everything so light and...

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MakanyaneSafariLodge, Guest Relations Manager at Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge, responded to this review

Wonderful game viewing! We are so glad you enjoyed your stay at the lodge and hope to see you again soon - we still need to show you a Madikwe Leopard!

Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed at the resort for three days--it was an amazing experience. From the food to the staff to the tours, everything was perfect Be sure to ask for Kaizer as your tour guide--there's no one better. (I'm sure all the tour guides are great, but we had Kaizer and he was an amazing guide.)

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MakanyaneSafariLodge, Guest Relations Manager at Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge, responded to this review

Many thanks, Bradley, for your review! Kaizer is very happy that you enjoyed your time with him him, we agree that he is an amazing guide!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wow, what an incredible experience we had on our 3 night stay. We arrived off our flight to Medikwe and was met by Darryn, our guide for our stay who turned out to be an absolute legend. His depth of knowledge about wildlife was amazing and was a brilliant host for our 8 game dives where we saw evening there...

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MakanyaneSafariLodge, Guest Relations Manager at Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you, Graeme, for your very kind review! We are so happy that you chose Makanyane for your safari and delighted that you had such a good time. We hope to see you again in the future!

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed February 27, 2017 via mobile

If you are thinking of Safari for honeymoon you can not go wrong with Sanctuary we had the most amazing time. The staff can not do enough for you, the food is amazing and the lodges beautiful. All the drives were superb and our guide Dylan was brilliant. Would love to do it all over again.

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MakanyaneSafariLodge, Guest Relations Manager at Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge, responded to this review

Many thanks for your kind review, James, we really appreciate it. Wishing you both all of the very best for your married life together, we hope to see you again soon!

Marlow, United Kingdom
Reviewed February 20, 2017 via mobile

Excellent lodge that is drivable from J'Burg / Pretoria. The rooms ( 8 ) are all well appointed, views of the river and with a very nice central meeting area with a stoop that overlooks the river. First class game rangers ( Darren especially knowledgeable ) with excellent game viewing. Lions a cert, if you want to see leopard/ Cheetah,...

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MakanyaneSafariLodge, Guest Relations Manager at Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you, Tim, for your review and your comments. We hope to see you again soon!

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Reviewed February 13, 2017

This was our first safari. Makanyane arranged our transfers from and to Johannesburg. On both occasions there were no problems. Travelling by road enabled us to see a little of the country. The last part of the journey is on a rough gravel road.Makanyane is on the northern edge of Madikwe game reserve. Each of the individual lodges is a...

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MakanyaneSafariLodge, Guest Relations Manager at Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, we are delighted that you enjoyed your safari at Makanyane! We do apologise for the colour in the water. This is a challenge for us, particularly during the rainy season when rainwater from thunderstorms in the area can stir up the river where we draw our water from. Our purification plant is not always able...

Boston, Massachusetts
Reviewed February 12, 2017

We can't imagine going on another safari that is NOT a Sanctuary property, as we feel they have set the bar extraordinary high. We can't even begin to say how wonderful, accommodating and amazing the staff were during our stay. We went to several parts of Africa during our honeymoon and this by far was the highlight. We felt pampered,...

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MakanyaneSafariLodge, Guest Relations Manager at Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge, responded to this review

Many thanks for your review. We are proud to be a part of Sanctuary Retreats and agree that the bar is set very high by the properties in the portfolio. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us and hope to see you again soon!

Hoboken, New Jersey
Reviewed February 9, 2017

Our stay at Makanyane was absolutely amazing. The staff is so accommodating and kind, and the lodge itself is gorgeous. Our guide, Kaizer, was extremely knowledgeable about the animals on safari and did his best to make sure we were having a great time on every game drive. The meals were all delicious - I can't think of the last...

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MakanyaneSafariLodge, Guest Relations Manager at Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for posting your review of Makanyane, we are so happy that you enjoyed your stay with us. Thank you too to your friend for recommending us to you!

Metro Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota
Reviewed February 6, 2017

We stayed at Makenyana Safari Lodge for three nights, between Cape Town and Mauritius, as park of our two week honeymoon. Upon arrival at the airstrip and then later at the lodge, we were pleasantly greeted by all the friendly faces we would have the pleasure to be surrounded by for the next few days. Everyone stopped by to say...

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Thank you, Amanda, for your very kind review. It was a pleasure to meet you both and we felt privileged that you chose to spend some of your honeymoon with us. We are delighted that you enjoyed your time with us and we also hope that you return for a longer stay very soon!

Oxford, United Kingdom
Reviewed February 2, 2017

This was our first experience of visiting a game reserve so we had little idea of what to expect. Here's our story:- We travelled to Madikwe with from O. R. Tambo International Airport (v. close to Johannesberg) with Federal Airlines which was a fantastic opportunity to enjoy the aerial view of Madikwe. It was very exciting to spot elephants from...

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Thank you for posting your review. Your first safari is always a special occasion and we are delighted that you chose Makanyane, thank you for coming to stay with us! We are so glad you enjoyed your experience with us, we really hope to welcome you back to the lodge soon.

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Luxurious accommodation, exceptional food, welcoming service and thrilling game viewing combine to create an unforgettable safari experience at Makanyane Safari Lodge. Situated on private ground within the malaria free, "Big 5" Madikwe Game Reserve in South Africa's North West Province, the lodge caters for just sixteen guests, ensuring personal attention and exclusivity. Hidden in riverside forest, the eight luxurious suites, each with glass-walled bedrooms, overlook the Marico River, offering uninterrupted views of the surrounding bush. The suites have open-fronted lounges, private sundecks and spacious bathrooms that can be opened to the forest. The lodge has an infinity-edge swimming pool, gym, health and beauty treatment centre and lookout point with magnificent views. Fine wines from the award-winning wine list complement exceptional cuisine created by the team of internationally trained chefs. Meals are enjoyed in a variety of locations, from our riverside boma to intimate private meals in the comfort of the guest's suite. Makanyane has a rustic sleep-out hide, providing guests with an opportunity to sleep under the stars surrounded only by the African wilderness. The drama, mystery and beauty of Africa's wildlife and cultural heritage can be experienced on game drives and bush walks conducted by expert, passionate field guides. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge

Address: Krokodildrift, Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa
Location: South Africa > North-West Province > Madikwe Game Reserve
Hotel Class:4 star — Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 8
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“We were in villa 1 and felt like we were the only room on the reserve.”
gigglesfh88, Feb 12, 2017 | Read review
“All the rooms are gorgeous, but 6 has the best view of the river”
Simms327, Jan 23, 2017 | Read review
“We prefer to stay in rooms 5 or 6, but 7/8 make for an exciting walk to your room after dinner. And you get more time with David...”
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andrewrice, Jan 16, 2017 | Read review
“All 8 rooms are the same standard. number 8 is the farthest from main building t 3 minutes walk. No 6 good for animal watching.”
Martha21, Dec 8, 2016 | Read review
“All rooms have excellent views.”
PennyG257, Nov 28, 2016 | Read review
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