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Makalali Private Game Lodge

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07/05/2017 08/05/2017
1 room 2 adults 0 children
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Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We have stayed with you previously in 2012 and fell in love. We booked again in 2014 for our Honeymoon – which was cancelled last minute due to flooding. Awful circumstances for you and stressful for us to rearrange our Honeymoon at such late notice. Booked again back in January to stay for my 30th Birthday and Wedding Anniversary departing...

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Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 1 week ago

As a South African this game lodge hit all the right notes, in our short stay we managed to come across the big 5 in 4 very enthusiastic and enjoyable game drives. Not only did we see Lion, Leopard, Buffalo, Elephant and Rhino we were treated to amazing sightings of Carakal, Cheetah and the ever elusive wild dog..... what a...

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Edmonton, AB
Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a fantastic 2 night stay at the Em Tomeni Lodge. What a beautiful Lodge! Each individual cabin is superb! Spacious, great king bed, great outdoor shower, great design! Safe, veranda, and separate unique quiet room off the veranda. The meals were superb. Our driver/guide, Shedric is an excellent driver and guide, and he Land Rover vehicle glues anywhere. We...

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Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Just returned from a weekend in Makalali and wanted to thank everybody in Camp 1 for making our experience really memorable! Loved every minute. Our game drives were among the best we have ever had. The food, room and setting just felt exclusive, secluded and luxurious.

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FelicitySmyth, General Manager at Makalali Private Game Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Guest I am thrilled to learn that you thoroughly enjoyed your experience with us at Makalali Private Game Lodge. We will definitely sure your feedback with the team at Tandane Camp. Thank you for sharing your your feedback with fellow travellers on Trip Advisor. We truly appreciate the high scoring you have afforded us. We strive to create special...

Fortaleza, Brazil
Reviewed 27 February 2017

It was a very nice experience. Everything was perfect. We enjoyed a lot and saw many animals - the big seven were there. The lodge services are just wonderful. We recomend this lodge. The only thing we missed is some offers for extra safari in Kruger Park.

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FelicitySmyth, General Manager at Makalali Private Game Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Guest Thank you so very much for taking the time to write of your experience with us at Makalali Private Game Lodge. We take such pride is ensuring that all our guest have a wonderful safari when staying at our lodge. Having the Big 5 as well as cheetah and wild dog on the property can make for a...

Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 16 January 2017

My partner and I have just returned from a three night stay at Makalali Private Game Lodge. It was a truly amazing experience. The service we received was absolutely 5 star from the moment we arrived to the moment we left. Our every need was catered for with pleasant smiles, professionalism and all the staff went the extra mile to...

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FelicitySmyth, General Manager at Makalali Private Game Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Guest Thank you so very much for sharing your feedback of your stay with us at Makalali Private Game Lodge on Trip Advisor. I am so pleased to read that you had such a wonderful time with us at Makalali Private Game Lodge. We absolutely love to create memorable moments for all our guests and I am so happy...

Poole
Reviewed 31 December 2016

From the moment we were welcomed with hot towels and a drink, a feature which continued every time we returned from a game drive, to our sad parting from staff we now considered friends the experience was one we will never forget. Accommodation and food of the highest order. The heavy rains that fell during our stay, which brought the...

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Dear Guest Thank you so very much for sharing your review of your experience at Makalali Private Game Lodge on Trip Advisor. I am so very happy to read that your so enjoyed your time with us. The team takes such pride in ensuring that all our guests have a wonderful time with us and leave with many a happy...

Reviewed 23 December 2016 via mobile

I visited with my 2 kids and hubby . The staff were extremely friendly and accommodating. They went out of their way to please and ensure that our stay was truely 5 star. The game Rangers, Pharence and Pilot were extraordinary in tracking the wildlife and we were fortunate enough to see all of the Big 5 animals!! They were...

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FelicitySmyth, General Manager at Makalali Private Game Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Guest Thank you so very much for sharing your experience of Makalali Private Game Lodge with others on Trip Advisor. I am so very pleased to read that you and your family had such a wonderful time with us. Seeing the Big 5 is so special, however I am also pleased to read you were introduced to other mammals...

Torino
Reviewed 7 December 2016

It 's one of the nicest lodge I have every seen! I love it! Completely integrated in the savana nature the bungalows are absolutely gorgeous! The rooms are in African style and of excellent quality. All rooms/bungalows have a stand alone bath and an external shower, but connected to the room. The bed is a king size one, all is...

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FelicitySmyth, General Manager at Makalali Private Game Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Guest I am so very happy to read that you had such a wonderful time with us at Makalali Private Game Lodge. Thank you for sharing your experience of Makalali Private Game Lodge with fellow travellers on Trip Advisor. We take great pride in creating a safari experience for I guests. I am very pleased to read that we...

Roodepoort, South Africa
Reviewed 3 December 2016

We really enjoyed our stay. The staff were helpful and friendly and problems were sorted quickly. The game drives were such an experience with the knowledgable staff in command. We saw some of the best sightings, birds and animals, we haven't seen for a long time. Meals were good and delectable!

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Dear Guest Thank you so very much for sharing your experience of Makalali Private Game Lodge with fellow travellers on Trip Advisor. I am please to read that you enjoyed your overall experience with us. We strive to ensure that all our guests have a wonderful time with us. It is true that on occasion we may falter, however when...

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Makalali Private Game Lodge is a 4 star graded luxury safari lodge situated on a 26000 hectre private game reserve in the Limpopo Province of South Africa. The lodge consists of 3 camps with 6 rooms per camp. Nestled on the banks of a river one can often view animals in and around the camps. Makalali Private Game Lodge offers game drive twice a day to guests which is included in the rate of accommodation. The reserve is home to the big 5 as well as cheetah and wild dog and a number of other plains game and mammals. Over 250 species of birds have been recorded on the property. ... more   less 

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Address: PO Box 809, Hoedspruit 1380, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Limpopo Province > Hoedspruit
Price Range: €334 - €523 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Makalali Private Game Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 18
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