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A Rare Treat

A Rare Treat

They always say that when on Safari, you never know what's around the next corner. Every game drive is different and the anticipation of what's to come is what makes it so exciting. On a beautiful winters morning we set out, eager to find some lions. Not long into the...

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The Avoca pride feasts on our runway

The Avoca pride feasts on our runway

During lockdown the lion sightings have been unusually rare. By not exploring the whole Makanyi area fully, we knew that we had lessened our chances of seeing them. We remained hopeful that they would appear one day. That day came and what a sighting it was. We were...

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Clever or Cheeky?

Clever or Cheeky?

Every year around spring, the lesser masked weavers are hard at work building nests and attracting females. Not only do they try to make their nests as impressive as possible, but they also dress up for the occasion. Their plumage changes from dull colours to bright...

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A Family Feast – warning graphic content

A Family Feast – warning graphic content

The Avoca pride is our resident pride and it consists of 6 adult females and 5 cubs just over a year old. With the cubs growing in size, the pride is forced to search further afield for food as they need to increase the amount of animals caught in order to sustain...

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Star of the quarter award – Elinda and Kim

Star of the quarter award – Elinda and Kim

This month, we would like to highlight two very special staff members, who received our most recent ‘Star of the Quarter’ award. They are our Guest Liaisons, Kim Byars and Elinda Van Lelyveld. They both started working at Makanyi in February 2018 and are integral in...

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Safari Season starts here

Safari Season starts here

June marks the beginning of the dry season in the Timbavati, and the arrival of the short winter season brings with it some perfect game-viewing conditions for the lucky guests here at Makanyi Lodge. Of course, there’s never a bad time to go on safari, but here are...

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A buffalo calf finding its feet

A buffalo calf finding its feet

The African buffalo forms part of the Big 5 animal group, an old hunter’s term given to the 5 most dangerous animals to hunt in Africa. These majestic animals reach shoulder heights of up to 1.5m and weigh up to 750kg and are primarily grazers (grass eaters)....

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Amazing cheetah sightings

Amazing cheetah sightings

We have been fortunate of late to have some incredible cheetah encounters while out exploring the magnificent Timbavati Landscape. With an estimated 7100 left in the wild and only +-120 left in Kruger / greater Kruger national park spending time and sharing some...

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Spiny Flower Mantis

Spiny Flower Mantis

A visit to Makanyi Lodge will leave you wanting more as you never know when the next unforgettable sighting /  photographic opportunity will happen. While walking around the lodge our GM, Rico, spotted this beautiful Spiny Flower Mantis close to reception. It is such...

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Marks marriage proposal to Melanie

Marks marriage proposal to Melanie

We had the privilege of hosting a wonderful group of guests here at Makanyi Lodge, however, there was a big surprise for one of them. As the guests headed out for their afternoon safari the team got into action to ensure that everything was perfect for the proposal....

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World Frog Day in 2018

World Frog Day in 2018

Frogs are important and sadly they do not get enough recognition. Save The Frogs Day aims to raise awareness about these wonderful amphibians and everything they do for us. Unfortunately, frogs are endangered, the number of frogs has been decreasing since the 1950's....

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A wine tasting sundowner stop

A wine tasting sundowner stop

It was that time of day again when guests excitedly left for their sunset safari through the African landscape. After getting up close and personal with some amazing wildlife encounters they arrived at a spot and were pleasantly surprised at the set up of...

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

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