HOW TO REACH US


Makanyi Lodge is 63km (approximately 50 minutes by car) from Hoedspruit, our closest airport. South African Express operates scheduled flights to and from Hoedspruit.

Johannesburg International Airport (OR Tambo) to & from Hoedspruit

Johannesburg (JNB) to Hoedspruit (HDS) Available daily
  • Flight SA1225: Departs JNB 10:15 / Arrives HDS 11:20
  • Flight SA1227: Departs JNB 12:15 / Arrives HDS 13:20
Hoedspruit (HDS) to Johannesburg (JNB) Available daily
  • Flight SA1226: Departs HDS 12:00 / Arrives JNB 13:00
  • Flight SA1228: Departs HDS 13:55 / Arrives JNB 14:55

 

Cape Town International Airport to & from Hoedspruit

Cape Town (CPT) to Hoedspruit (HDS) Available Monday to Sunday, excluding Saturdays
  • Flight SA1241: Departs CPT 09:30 / Arrives HDS 12:10
Hoedspruit (HDS) to Cape Town (CPT) Available Monday to Sunday, excluding Saturdays
  • Flight SA1242: Departs HDS 12:45 / Arrives CPT 15:20

*Please note that flight schedules can change. Check www.flysaa.com for more information.

*As an alternative to South African Express, Federal Airlines also flies to Makanyi Lodge, also landing at Eastgate Airport (Hoedspruit). Check www.fedair.com for more information.

*Private air transfers can be organised through us, and you will depart from / land at the Combretum airstrip, a 15 minute drive from Makanyi, where we will transport you to and from.

From Johannesburg
  • Take the N4 direction Witbank – Pass Emalahleni and Middelburg.
  • Take the Belfast off ramp (R33/R540).
  • Once in Belfast town, turn right into Voortrekker Street (at the bottom of the town) and continue straight to Dullstroom on R540.
  • Drive straight through Dullstroom town and continue to Lydenburg.
  • Once in Lydenburg turn left into Potgieter Street and follow the road out of town direction Ohrighstad on the R36.
  • Drive through Ohrighstad and continue on R36 (though the Strydom tunnel and over the Abel Erasmus Pass) R531 to Hoedspruit.
  • In Hoedspruit, continue straight over the bridge crossing the train line to a four way stop. At the stop turn right. You will get to a 3 way stop, which you will cross over and continue towards Bosbokrand / Bushbuckridge along the R40.
  • Approx 6 – 7 km out of Hoedspruit, note the Eastgate Airport / Timbavati Private Nature Reserve sign on your left.
  • At the sign, turn left.
  • Drive ±15km until you reach Timbavati Private Nature Reserve Control Gate.
  • At the entrance gate, you will be required to pay an entrance fee of R 155, 00 per vehicle (fees subject to change).
  • Continue on for ±13 km, until you see the AVOCA sign to your left.
  • Turn right off the tar road and onto the dirt road.
  • Follow the road straight for ±17 km then you will come across a 4 way section – carry on straight past this until you see a green gate on your right.
  • Follow the road to the left, do not turn towards the green gate or drive down the fence line.
  • Carry on with this road for ±1.2 km – you will pass over a small concrete bridge until you get to a sign post where you will see “Makanyi Lodge” written. You will carry on for another 60 m (3rd road turning to the left).
  • Drive for another ±4km until you see an open grass area (old airstrip). Once you’re on the airstrip do not turn left along the strip, but cross over and follow the sign posts to “Makanyi Lodge”.
From Nelspruit
  • From Nelspruit head out direction White River.
  • Carry straight through the town of White River and turn left, direction Hazyview, at the last set of traffic lights. At the roundabout carry on straight direction Hazyview.
  • Follow this road and here the road ends – turn left and go through the town of Hazyview R40.
  • After Hazyview, you will go through Bushbuckridge and Acornhoek. Do not turn into towns – go straight. Once you passed Acornhoek, you will find a road to your right “Orpen Road” –  do not turn in there, but carry on straight for another 2 km. Look out for the Hoedspruit / Phalaborwa sign board. Turn right here and follow this road for approximately 18 – 19 km until you get the turn off to the right “Eastgate Airport / Timbavati Private Nature Reserve “.  At this sign, turn right.
  • Drive ±15km until you reach the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve Control Gate.
  • At the entrance gate, you will be required to pay an entrance fee of R 155, 00 per vehicle (fees subject to change).
  • Continue on for ±13 km, until you see the AVOCA sign to your left.
  • Turn right off the tar road and onto the dirt road.
  • Follow the road straight for ±17 km then you will come across a 4 way section – carry on straight past this until you see a green gate on your right.
  • Follow the road to the left, do not turn towards the green gate or drive down the fence line.
  • Carry on with this road for ±1.2 km – you will pass over a small concrete bridge until you get to a sign post where you will see “Makanyi Lodge” written. You will carry on for another 60 m (3rd road turning to the left).
  • Drive for another ±4 km until you see an open grass area (old airstrip). Once you’re on the airstrip do not turn left along the strip, but cross over and follow the sign posts to “Makanyi Lodge”.

Should you get lost, please call the lodge on +27 (0) 15 793 2663

If you wish to use your GPS system, please use the following coordinates only, as others will take you to the wrong gate:

Lat – 24.349725°    S24° 20’ 59.40”
Lon – 31.157179      
E31° 09’ 24.85”