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your home away from home
7 LUXURY SUITES &
A 2 BEDROOM MARULA SUITE
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timbavati game reserve

UNFORGETTABLE WILDLIFE
ENCOUNTERS
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the same warm and welcoming atmosphere with
AN ELEGANT NEW LOOK
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SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE
A WIDE RANGE OF ACTIVITIES
AVAILABLE
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GET UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL
HOME TO AFRICA'S BIG-5
AND MUCH MORE
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A WARM WELCOME TO MAKANYI LODGE

A small luxury private lodge in the Big 5 Timbavati Game Reserve

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.

Luxury Accommodation

Seven enormous suites and one sumptuous family suite blend seamlessly into their environment and offer the space and time to fully unwind; be that by relaxing on your suite’s deck with panoramic views of the bush and our active dam, curling up before a roaring fire in the evening chill or soaking up the aura in a glorious  pedestal bath.

A wide range of activities

There are many activities at Makanyi to indulge in and keep you busy and entertained throughout your stay. Most of these are offered by us and your guide will be happy to organize them for you at your request. 

Special events

Can you think of a better setting for your wedding, honeymoon or other special event? Perhaps a friends or family reunion where you can have the entire Lodge all to yourselves? Contact us for a quote for any of our packages below, or custom events and exclusive Lodge hire.

About the Timbavati Nature Reserve

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