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Makalali Private Game Lodge

PO Box 809, Hoedspruit, South Africa
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  • Abel Erasmus Pass
    34.1 km
  • 4 star hotel
  • Pool
Reviewed 30 June 2013
Exceptional Safari Destination
We did a Safari Tour in May 2013 and Makalali Private Game Lodge... more
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los gatos, ca
Reviewed 22 July 2013

Our arrival from another camp was a bit late, so the camp manager, Dave, rushed us into the bush truck without offering lunch. We had been on the road six hours and he finally relented, giving us the lunch that had been prepared for us and must have been sitting in the kitchen. Off we went and had a great...

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1Thank callaw
Brisbane, Australia
Reviewed 30 June 2013

We did a Safari Tour in May 2013 and Makalali Private Game Lodge was certainly the number one stand-out place. The rooms are just perfect, luxurious with a great African feel. The food was amazing and the game drives were just awesome. A BIG shout-out to Laurence who was just such a great guy and very good ranger. He really...

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3Thank Benjamin G
ConsultantSafari, Manager at Makalali Private Game Lodge, responded to this review

Lawrence is and has always been such a great Ranger at Makalali! His knowledge is extensive and his charming personality makes him so good with guests. I am glad that he contributed to your experience at Makalali. Thank you for your photos. I am sure they help to persuade other Tripadvisor users to come and expereince Makalali for themselves. Your...

Berlin
Reviewed 14 June 2013

We went to Makalali for our first Safari in Africa. We werent prepared much and started with just our backpacks. It turned out as one oif the best trips we ever made. The Rangers did get us right close to all animals we anted to see. Two game drives daily over 3 days gave us the opportunity to see the...

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2Thank Matthias S
ConsultantSafari, Manager at Makalali Private Game Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for your great comments. We always appreciate it. Seeing the Big 5 is always such a great experience and creates memories that last a lifetime! The firepalce and the outside shower create a lot of charm and the fact that you enjoyed that is very good to hear. The staff go out of their way to make our...

Palmerston North, New Zealand
Reviewed 2 June 2013

We stayed at Makalali for 3 days & it was the best 3 days ever. A huge thanks to all the great staff, their service was amazing and they thought of every detail, the food and service was amazing. High five to our game driver & tracker Derrick & Moosa you guys were superb & a big tick on seeing...

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2Thank TazM
ConsultantSafari, Manager at Makalali Private Game Lodge, responded to this review

We are very glad that you enjoyed your stay with us, we were very happy to have you as our guests. Thank you for the great comments on the staff and especially Derrick and Moosa, it is always good for them to get such positive feedback! We hope to welcome you back to Makalali in the future and hope that...

Verbier
Reviewed 22 May 2013

Luckily, I happened to have one of the best game sighting of my trip while at Makalali. Great place to stay, great team. It is not full on luxury like other places one can find in SA, but it is definitively one of the best value for your wallet.

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2Thank Njaques
New York City, New York
Reviewed 12 April 2013

Of course I gave it 5 stars – safaris are an amazing experience and it seems like everyone who goes on one gives their lodge top reviews. I have to say, that made it incredibly difficult to compare options while I was planning my trip. But with some help of a few friends who have a little more experience with...

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1Thank Cindonesia
Portland, Oregon
Reviewed 5 April 2013

My wife and I spent three (sometimes noisy--as expected) nights there in mid-February. We went on 6 game drives and saw the big 5 and 20+ more. Our ranger/driver and spotter/guide were awesome, well-informed, great-natured and very patient with the critters and us, sometimes whacky humans. It seemed to be baby time in the bush for we saw little lions,...

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1Thank LarryR86
Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 21 March 2013

This was my second trip to Makalali – I first visited three years ago and have been wanting to return ever since. I am so glad I did. I am lucky enough to visit many safari establishments and by comparison Makalali offers the best value for money by far. The experience is fabulous – three delicious meals a day, super accommodation...

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4Thank carolinetravelguru
Reviewed 1 February 2013

Beautiful villas..... beautiful, unbelieavble service, unforgettable breakfast with the hippos, elephants at our bedroom window, amazing game drives, beautiful private romantic dinner and candle lit bath, respect for the animals.... wonderful, wonderful holiday and sooooo glad for no internet - forced us to relax

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4Thank Beej79
Paraparaumu Beach, Wellington, New Zealand
Reviewed 17 December 2012

I had been wanting to experience a private game park since I was a travel agent in my early 20's. It took 25 years to get there but I was not disappointed! After arriving from NZ and spending some time in SA, we flew from Jo'burg to Hoidspruit Airport and were met and transferred with another couple to the lodge...

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  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Free Parking
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Breakfast included
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  • Breakfast included
  • Airport Transportation
  • Self-Serve Laundry
  • Conference Facilities

Additional Information about Makalali Private Game Lodge

Address: PO Box 809, Hoedspruit, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Limpopo Province > Hoedspruit
Price Range: €382 - €516 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Makalali Private Game Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 24
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