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Makanyi Lodge

Safari Areas

Makanyi Lodge
  • Location Africa, South Africa, Safari Areas
  • Guests up to 16
  • Bedrooms 9
  • Rental period Nightly
  • Price From 17,000 USD
  • More Price per night, available on request. Price does not include Timbavati Conservation Levy (R 400 per person, per night) or Timbavati Gate Levy for self-drive guests (R 210 per vehicle).
  • Summary
    • Private safari experience
    • Bush & dam views
    • Swimming pools
    • Spa & Gym
    • Outdoor living & dining
    • Air conditioning
    • Wi-Fi
  • Collections Private Events & Weddings Family Super Lux

A luxury private lodge where guests can enjoy a unique safari experience

The Makanyi Private Game Lodge is a luxury game lodge which offers a real safari experience in the Timbavati, which is adjacent and open to the Kruger National Park. 

With great care for details and outstanding services, this luxury private lodge offers the perfect environment for a relaxing stay, whilst still keeping active. 

Guests can get together in the main lodge which offers stunning views of the dam and amazing wildlife scenes. A large pool is surrounded by sun loungers for sunbathing or reading. 

The lodge’s living area is spacious and beautifully designed boasting cosy sofas close to a fireplace and a lovely mix of neutral tones and bright golden touches. 

The nearby bar is ideal for a casual drink with friends and the dining area with its authentic African style is a great choice for an elegant dinner. 

The loft can serve as a quiet reading area or lounge to enjoy TV or a movie and there is also a photography room with canvas printer so guests can take home a personalised souvenir from their safari. 

There are eight luxury suites, each of them having stunning views, a relaxing seating area with fireplace, beautiful bathrooms, and a private deck. They each boast a fully-stocked mini-bar, a Nespresso coffee machine, satellite TV, air conditioning, and heating. 

Five Luxury Suites can be set up as either twins or doubles, for flexibility. Two Luxury Pool Suites enjoy a slightly more secluded location, perfect for honeymooners; they feature four-poster beds and a wonderful private plunge pools on the deck. The Marula Suite is the newest addition and is a private, two bedroom suite set away from the main reserve, making it ideal for couples or families. Each bedroom features a king-size bed and en-suite bathroom and the suite boasts a private deck with a swimming pool. 

With individual suites, Makanyi Lodge suits a range of group configurations making it perfect for everyone from honeymooners and couples to families, a bunch of friends, or a corporate group. 

Makanyi Lodge was the winner of Africa's Best Private Villa at the World Boutique Hotel Awards 2015.

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Price per night, available on request. Price does not include Timbavati Conservation Levy (R 400 per person, per night) or Timbavati Gate Levy for self-drive guests (R 210 per vehicle).
Makanyi Lodge


1 x MARULA SUITE (4 guests)
Two double bedrooms with king-size beds, en-suite bathroom with large bath, shower & double vanity, sitting areas,  and private deck with outdoor lounge & private pool

2 x LUXURY POOL SUITE (2 guests per suite)
Double bedroom, en-suite bathroom with shower & double vanity, private deck & boma, private pool, and outdoor shower

5 x LUXURY SUITE (2 guests per suite)
Double/twin bedroom, en-suite bathroom with shower & double vanity, and private deck with outdoor shower

NB: 18 beds total but maximum occupancy on the reserve is restricted to 16.


  • Communal lounge & bar
  • Well-equipped gym
  • Spa with massage & beauty treatment rooms
  • Media room with photographic canvas printer
  • Fireplaces
  • Fully-stocked mini-bars
  • Nespresso coffee machines
  • Air conditioning & heating
  • Wi-Fi


  • Bush & dam views
  • Communal & private swimming pools
  • Private decks
  • Traditional boma area
  • Outdoor dining
  • Sun loungers


  • Daily breakfast, lunch, high tea & dinner
  • All drinks (excluding Champagne & special order wines, spirits & liqueurs)
  • 2 x daily game drives with refreshments
  • Daily activities in lodge area (bush walking, fishing, picnics, star gazing etc)
  • Road transfers to and from Combretum airstrip (for private chartered flights)
  • Laundry service

Extra Services

  • Mandatory conservation & gate levies
  • Airport transfers to/from commercial airports
  • Champagne & special order wines, spirits & liqueurs
  • Private game drive vehicle
  • Specialist photographic safaris
  • Photographic canvas printing
  • Spa treatments
  • Telephone calls
  • Helicopter tours
  • Visit to Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre
  • Zip-lining over Sabie River valley
  • Excursion to Blyde River Canyon
  • Hot air ballooning
  • Food & culture tours
  • Weddings & events
Makanyi Lodge


Makanyi Lodge is located in the southern sector of the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, in the Greater Kruger National Park area. 

Visitors can enjoy safaris to see and photograph African wildlife (including “The Big 5” – lion, leopard, rhinoceros, African elephant and Cape buffalo), view the plains from above in a hot air balloon or helicopter tour, and learn about local cuisine and culture on a guided tour. 

Distances (approx.)
Combretum airstrip – 20 minutes’ drive
Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport – 1.5 hour’s drive
Nelspruit Airport – 3 hours’ drive 

Disclaimer: the location on the map may be approximate due to privacy reasons.

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