Makweti is a very special lodge because of the attention to detail and care that owners Dawn and Alan and their team have for the lodge and for making every visitor's stay top notch. The safaris are magical for several reasons: the guides are enthusiastic, knowledgeable, fun and make guests feel safe; the reserve is large and the number of guests sparse which creates a very intimate game watching experience; the terrain is gorgeous and worthy of photo-ops itself; and the range of wildlife that is around every bend makes birdwatchers, plant lovers and animal afficionados alike swoon.
Guests can determine their own schedules each day for a real sense of leisure time mixed with exciting outings. Meals are not to be missed! The gourmet dishes are straight out of a world class metropolitan fine dining hub and the table settings each night are unique and stylish. We were thrilled each morning to hear our choices for dinner while going over our day's activities. One lunch was particularly memorable - an al fresco meal under a large fig tree in a nearby field with baboons, rhino and other wildlife in the distance, and bento boxes beautifully wrapped for each of us to enjoy before hopping back into the vehicles for our afternoon game drive.
Dawn's warmth of character radiates throughout the lodge. It is apparent in her hand-picked choices of jewelry and sundries in the gift shop; the Africology toiletries in each room; the luxurious hot water bottles and covers that warm the foot of the bed while guests are at dinner; the books and decor in the main lodge and bar area; and the joy on the faces of every member of the Makweti staff.
A trip to Makweti is not to be missed. I have been on safaris in East Africa and other countries in Southern Africa and this was the most personalized and elegant experience of them all. Game sightings are some of the best on the continent, too, with all big 5 inside the reserve.
We recommend Makweti to all of our family and friends and will be back ourselves!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Intimate and luxurious, Makweti has five stone and thatch suites some with private plunge pools. Fine dining and an extensive selection of wines are available. Evenings may bring elephant, lion, rhino and other game right to your doorstep at the waterhole. Safaris in this big 5 area are conducted in open safari vehicles with expert guides. The camp is unfenced, therefore expect the unexpected! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Makweti Safari Hotel Welgevonden Game Reserve