how to reach us

Makanyi Lodge is 63km (approximately 1 hour 30min by car) from Hoedspruit East Gate, our closest airport. South African AirLink and SA Express operate scheduled flights to and from Hoedspruit.

  • SAA ~ Johannesburg International Airport (OR Tambo) to & from Hoedspruit 

    Johannesburg (JNB) to Hoedspruit (HDS) 
    • Flight SA-8851: Departs JHB 09:55 / Arrives HDS 10:55
    • Flight SA-1227: Departs JHB 12:15 / Arrives HDS 13:20
    • Flight SA-8859: Departs JNB 13:05 / Arrives HDS 14:00
    Hoedspruit (HDS) to Johannesburg (JNB) 
    • Flight SA-8852: Departs HDS 11:20/ Arrives JNB 12:20
    • Flight SA-1228: Departs HDS 13:55/ Arrives JNB 15:00
    • Flight SA-8860: Departs HDS 14:30/ Arrives JNB S 15:30

    Due to times changing, please visit the website to see return flight times and details www.flysaa.com

    SAA ~ Cape Town International Airport to & from Hoedspruit

    Cape Town (CPT) to Hoedspruit (HDS) Available daily
    • Flight SA-8657: Departs CPT 10:50 / Arrives HDS 13:10
    Hoedspruit (HDS) to Cape Town (CPT) Available daily
    • Flight SA-8657: Departs HDS 13:50 / Arrives CPT16:25

    Due to times changing, please visit the website to see return flight times and details www.flysaa.com

    *Several direct flights to / from Cape Town and Hoedspruit, as well as Johannesburg and Hoedspruit run daily.  Please check www.flysaa.com for schedules.

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

  • From Johannesburg
    • Take the N4 to Witbank.
    • Take the Belfast off ramp (R33/R540).
    • Once in Belfast town, turn right into Voortrekker Street 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 continue straight to Ohrighstad on the R36.
    • Drive straight through Ohrighstad and continue on R36 until it turns left to Tzaneen. DO NOT turn, but continue straight on R531 to Hoedspruit.
    • In Hoedspruit, continue straight over the bridge crossing the train line to a four way stop. At the stop turn right and continue towards Bosbokrand / Bushbuckridge along the R40.
    • Continue driving out of Hoedspruit for 8km, turn left at the sign “Timbavati & Eastgate Airport ”.
    • At the boom gate, inform security you going to the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve.
    • Drive for ±15km until you reach the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve Control Gate. At the control gate, you will be required to pay an entrance fee of R190.00 per car road levy (Fees subject to change) and receive an entry permit.
    • Continue on for ±13 km (8mi), until you see a Makanyi Lodge sign on your left.
    • Turn right off the tar road onto the dirt road for 17km (10.5mi).
    • After 17km there is a slight bend to the left, keep left. Follow the Makanyi sign.
    • Drive 1.2km (0.75mi) take the 3rd left. Follow the Makanyi sign.
    • Drive for 3.2km (1.86mi), crossing over an open grass area.
    • Follow the Makanyi sign through an elephant fence straight through to the main lodge.
    From Nelspruit
    • From Nelspruit via the R40 to White River
    • At the T-junction, turn right to White River. Once in White River, turn left at the second traffic light (at Ntt Toyota), then right at the first traffic light.
    • Turn left onto the R40, and drive straight towards Hazyview.
    • At the first traffic light when entering Hazyview, turn right onto the R40, passing Perry’s Bridge Trading Post and Hippo Hollow Country Estate on your left to Bushbuckridge.
    • Drive through Bushbuckridge and Acornhoek while continuing on the R40 towards Hoedspruit.
    • At the sign “Hoedspruit”, turn right and continue for approximately 17km.
    • 8km before Hoedspruit turn right at the sign “Timbavati & Eastgate Airport ”.
    • At the boom gate, inform security you going to the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve.
    • Drive for ±15km until you reach the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve Control Gate. At the control gate, you will be required to pay an entrance fee of R190.00 per car road levy (Fees subject to change) and receive an entry permit.
    • Continue on for ±13 km (8mi), until you see a Makanyi Lodge sign on your left.
    • Turn right off the tar road onto the dirt road for 17km (10.5mi).
    • After 17km there is a slight bend to the left, keep left. Follow the Makanyi sign.
    • Drive 1.2km (0.75mi) take the 3rd left. Follow the Makanyi sign.
    • Drive for 3.2km (1.86mi), crossing over an open grass area.
    • Follow the Makanyi sign through an elephant fence straight through to the main lodge.

    Should you get lost, please call the lodge on :

    Makanyi Landline +27 (0) 15 793 2663

    Makanyi Mobile    +27 (0) 78 973 4846 (Afterhours / Emergencies only)

    Kindly note that if you use a GPS these are the correct coordinates (below) to the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve control gate. Once inside the reserve please follow signs to Makanyi Lodge.

    S24° 21’ 00.5”

    E31° 09’ 26.2”

    We can organise road transfers to and from the lodge should you require. Please ask when making a booking about this service. 

Kindly note that if you use a GPS these are the correct coordinates (below) to the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve control gate. Once inside the reserve please follow signs to Makanyi Lodge.

S24° 21’ 00.5”

E31° 09’ 26.2”

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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