Makanyi Lodge opened its doors in June 2015 and we are now into our fourth year and what an amazing ride it’s been!

Makanyi is located in the southern sector of the Timbavati, a place that has been dubbed as “The Place Where Something Sacred Came Down to Earth”.  Indeed, Makanyi Lodge itself is a heavenly place and, what’s more, it couldn’t be better located.  The Timbavati is an area of prime game viewing, home to the “Big Five” and a place to enjoy excellent sightings of the Wild Dogs, when they come through.  We are in the Greater Kruger National Park, an area of over 2.4 million hectares in which animals roam freely and, being one of very few commercial lodges in this area, it is a truly wild, authentic and private experience.

We are also lucky to be in proximity to many world-renowned attractions, which can enhance your stay even further, making your holiday here the experience of a lifetime.

Please take a moment to read about Our Values to understand a little more what we’re about and why this wonderful new venture came to be.

We look forward to welcoming you soon!

Makanyi Lodge goes green with an electric vehicle. A first in the Timbavati Nature Reserve.

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Awards & Accreditations

2019, 2018, 2017

2019, 2018, 2017

2018, 2017, 2016







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      No wonder this place is regularly voted top lodge by Conde Nast reviews ( and many other media too) Decorated with impeccable taste, in the heart of a private reserve, only one hour from Hoedspruit airport strip of 4 hours by car from Jobourg, you...More

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      Our experience at Makanyi Private Game Lodge was nothing short of wonderful. You will not find a more welcoming and attentive staff anywhere. We were made to feel like members of a very caring family immediately upon arrival. Our guest relations manager, the very personable...More

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      Four of us stayed four nights in two suites and were enchanted by the luxury, attentiveness and amazing animal encounters. You can tell I really loved Makanyi by the number of photos I posted here! After extensive research, I had chosen this lodge for our...More

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      From the moment we arrived, everything was perfect. We were greeted by Kim who was super warm & friendly and made delicious welcome mimosas. The rooms were top notch with an outdoor shower and beautifiul tub. Our ranger Warren and tracker Sully made it easy...More

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