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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      I cannot say enough about how much we loved staying in this lodge. Firstly the rooms are just beautiful and perfectly placed that you can see so many animals from your porch! Then, every single person who works here was just amazing. They made our...More

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      My husband and I spent 5 days/4 nights at Makanyi in the beginning of May and it was truly incredible and breathtaking! From the moment we arrived, the staff were so attentive and kind. We stayed in the Luxury Pool Suite and being outside on...More

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      As my wife described it, Makanyi offers "rustic elegance" in an incredibly warm and well situated small lodge. I echo many of the glowing reviews, we were there for 4 nights and did not have one moment where we were not completely enjoying ourselves. It...More

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      We had an absolutely wonderful stay in May, 2019. The Lodge and the rooms were spacious and beautifully decorated. The staff were uniformly welcoming, helpful and accommodating. The food was sublime! Our ranger, Sean, and his tracker, Luckson, were fun to be around, and extremely...More

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