Makanyane Safari Lodge

  • 5 star
  • No under 12
  • Full Spa
  • Yes + Fan
  • No
  • 8 Suites
  • 2 pm
  • 11am
  • Included, Selected local
  • Yes
  • Luxurious accommodation, exceptional cuisine, welcoming service and thrilling game viewing combine to create an unforgettable luxury safari experience at Makanyane Luxury Safari Lodge

  • Sanctuary Makanyane has eight luxurious and secluded air-conditioned suites as well as a "Sleep out under the stars" experience - a unique opportunity to spend a romantic night under the African sky

Situated in the magnificent malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve, Makanyane Safari Lodge is a luxurious elite safari lodge.
Hidden in the lush riverside vegetation, Makanyane offers an unforgettable wildlife experience. The exquisite accommodation, mouth-watering cuisine and outstanding personal service all set Makanyane Safari Lodge ahead of the rest. 

Makanyane Safari Lodge was designed by a team of award winning architects to effortlessly blended luxurious living with the surrounding bush. This enhances the atmosphere of comfort, in the idyllic environment.

The lodge consists of a beautiful main building and eight spectacular suites. All which lie hidden in the rich vegetation, offering spectacular views over the Marico River. Situated on 1,800 hectares of private ground within the 75,000 hectare Madikwe Game Reserve, the lodge has accommodation for a maximum of sixteen guests. This ensures that each guest has privacy and individual attention.


Walls of natural rock and dried tree trunks merge with rough teak doors and overhanging thatch. The glass walled bedroom suites allow uninterrupted views of the river and the surrounding bush.

The lounge and private sun-deck is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the sights and sounds the bush. Witness how the call of the fish eagle echoes downriver as the elephants plunge into the deep water disturbing the sleeping hippo.

The spectacular bathrooms have under-floor heating as well as indoor and outdoor showers. The bathrooms folding doors can be opened to invite the surrounding bush to join you, whilst you relax in the freestanding bathtub
All the suites have fireplaces, overhead fans and are fully air-conditioned and heated. The rooms also have a telephone, hot beverage making facilities, mini safe and a bar fridge. Bathrobes, hair dryers, insect repellent, body and sun lotion, soap as well as shampoo and conditioner are all provided.

Food and Wine

Makanyane prides itself on the exceptional quality of its food and wines, adding another memorable dimension to your stay with us. Cassandra, the executive chef, has blended her European and African experiences with the flavours of fresh local produce of the area to create delicious and memorable dining experiences.
The reserve is a joint venture embracing the North West Parks and Tourism Board, the private sector and local communities.

Game Drives

There are two daily game drives at Makanyane, timed to make the most of the periods when the game is the most active, one in the early morning and another in the late afternoon. The afternoon drive, after a brief stop to enjoy sundowners, continues into the night, a shielded spotlight revealing the nocturnal wildlife of the bush.

Game Walks

For an even more in-depth exploration of the bush, a game walk is essential. A highly educational and uniquely enlightening experience, your armed and experienced guide will lead you along game paths in the footsteps of the animals, allowing you to feel the thrill of walking through this wild environment. The walks are planned according to the interests and abilities of the guests and are a highly recommended experience!


Room Types

Makanyane Deck

Luxury Suites and a Family Deluxe Suite

R 3 340

Sanctuary Makanyane has 8 luxurious and secluded air-conditioned suites.
Wrap-around glass walls ensure spectacular views of the river and the surrounding bush.
Inside and outside showers and a Bathroom with sliding doors that opens to the bush. Relax in your outside lounge area and private game-viewing sun deck

Room Features

Designed to have minimal environmental impact, constructed from local stone, wood and thatch and blending effortlessly with the bush, the lodge allows guests to continuously experience the natural beauty of their surroundings.

Hidden in riverside forest, the eight luxurious suites, each with glass-walled bedrooms, overlook the Marico River, offering uninterrupted views of the surrounding bush.
The suites have open-fronted lounges, private sundecks and spacious bathrooms that can be opened to the forest.
The lodge has an infinity-edge swimming pool, gym, health and beauty treatment centre and lookout point with magnificent views.

Hidden deep in the bush on the lodge's private ground is a secure, raised hide with a second-storey sleeping deck.
Here guests are given the unique opportunity to spend a romantic night under the African sky, surrounded only by lanterns and the African bush, an unforgettable experience!

Property Facilities

Bar, Eco Friendly Gym, Malaria Free, Mobile Connectivity, Pool, Spa, 24-hour Security, Internet Access (Complimentary); Laundry Service (Complimentary), Meal on Request, Private Vehicle Available, Restaurant,

Room Facilities

Air Conditioning, Balcony / Deck, Dressing Gowns, En-Suite, Fan, Fridge, Hair Dryer, Heater, Lounge Area, Mini Bar, Outside Shower, Pure Cotton Linen, Safe, Shower, Tea / Coffee, Verandah, Bath, Laundry Service (Complimentary), Mini Bar (Complimentary), Mosquito Nets

Available Services

Room Service, Airport Shuttle (Complimentary)

Activities on Site (some activities may be seasonal)

Big 5, Bird Watching, Game Drives, Game Viewing, Game Walks, Massages, Safaris, Game Viewing Hide, Sleep Outs, Walks (Guided)

Activities Nearby

Big 5, Bird Watching, Game Drives, Game Viewing, Game Walks, Safaris, Walks (Guided)