Here at Makanyi we are dedicated to creating the most memorable tailor-made guest experience possible whilst respecting our natural environment and its incredible inhabitants. As privileged custodians of this inspiring land, we are thrilled to share our knowledge and constant sense of wonder with you.

Located on the western edge of the Kruger National Park, an area that spans over 2.4 million hectares, the Timbavati Game Reserve is truly exceptional in that it is easily accessible from main air and road access routes and yet remains wild and unspoilt with fewer lodges and private homes than can be counted on one hand. It is this unique situation that allows our guests the luxury of exploring this arresting habitat uninhibited by other tourist vehicles in total privacy and flexibility. This intimate and exclusive setting offers a truly authentic safari experience. 

A stay at family owned Makanyi begins and ends with our guest’s happiness and, to this end, authenticity, attention to detail and total flexibility are paramount to every stay with us.

Makanyi is so much more than a safari lodge. We want you to love this place as much as we do, to take it to your heart and embrace a fuller understanding of nature and a deeper respect for animals – for this is their home.   We would love for you to leave with not just an amazing photo album of all the wonderful sightings you will have had, but especially with something in your heart that you will carry inside you forever.





“What a surprise from start to finish”

We were picked up from the airstrip by our guide and tracker. The reception was friendly and welcoming. When we walked into our room it was as perfect as could be with an African decoration so perfect and stunning. We look out our window and see two giraffes drinking in the water hole. We had to pinch ourselves. The bush guides and trackers were true professionals. We saw the big five and so much more during our drives.  I will come back to this beautiful masterpiece and recommend it to everyone I know.  

~ Terry Sidford  | TripAdvisor Review

“Perfect … lifetime memories”

Our stay at Makanyi Lodge was perfect from beginning to end.
A huge thank you to all the staff for making our holiday so memorable.
Special thanks to Alfred and Themba whose knowledge made our game drives totally amazing. We hope to be lucky enough to visit again one day.

~ DM Thomas  | TripAdvisor Review

“What an amazing experience!”

My family stayed here in July 2019, and we had a positive experience in all aspects imaginable. The staff maintained attentiveness to some dietary restrictions when stocking snacks and drinks in our rooms, our meals & snacks (and there were many) were delicious and diverse, and the grounds are beautiful.

I absolutely recommend Makanyi to anyone looking for a unique and amazing safari.

~ Shayna  | TripAdvisor Review

Awards & Accreditation

Makanyi Private Game Lodge
Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
P.O. Box 883 – Hoedspruit 1380
South Africa

Contact Details
Telephone: + 27 (0) 15 793 2663
Email : info@makanyilodge.com
Reservations: reservations@makanyilodge.com

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