General

 

Makalali Private Game Reserve is located west of the Kruger National Park to offer guests an ethnic-style retreat within 26 000 hectares of bushveld in the North-eastern Lowveld.

Directions: Proceed 32km along the R527 from Hoedspruit, turn right onto the R36 to Tzaneen and proceed 10.7km to the D202 to Gravelotte and turn right. After 17km turn right through the Makalali Game Lodge gate and proceed 11km along this road to the Lodge reception. GPS CO-ORDINATES:  24° 13′ 08.2″ S 30° 37′ 57.3″ E

You can look forward to spotting the Big 5 (buffalo, elephant, lion, leopard, rhino), as well as the cheetah, wild dog, giraffe, zebra and kudu.

It can be arranged for flights to land at Hoedspruit Airport, from where transfers to the Lodge are available.

Dining at Makalali Private Game Lodge is a culinary adventure. The cuisine is a combination of regional African cuisine which represents a melting pot of cooking styles that have evolved over the centuries of exploration on this great continent.

RIVER LODGE THATCHED SUITES

All the camps at this 5-star lodge are private yet within easy access of one another. Each River Lodge Thatched Suite has a raised timber viewing deck (sala) to offer spectacular views over the Makhutswi River from which to observe the bird life and game. You can also enjoy the convenience of the following features at the River Lodge: a plunge pool, boma, fireplace, an enclosed dining and lounge area, an en-suite bathroom with an indoor- and outdoor shower and a bath.

Room Features:

  • Air Conditioning
  • Bath
  • Coffee & Tea Station
  • Fireplace
  • Outside Shower
  • Private Plunge Pool
  • Shower
  • Sitting Area

RIVER LODGE FAMILY SUITES

All the camps at this 5-star lodge are private yet within easy access of one another. The River Lodge Family Suite has a raised timber viewing deck (sala) to offer spectacular views over the Makhutswi River from which to observe the bird life and game. You can also enjoy the convenience of the following features: a plunge pool, boma, fireplace, an enclosed dining and lounge area, an en-suite bathroom with an indoor- and outdoor shower and a bath.

Room Features:

  • Air Conditioning
  • Bath
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Coffee & Tea Station
  • Free Toiletries
  • Outside Shower
  • Private Plunge Pool
  • Shower

MAIN LODGE INTER-LEADING SUPERIOR ROOM

This newly built 5-star Main lodge boasts 30 comfortable Superior Rooms to choose from, each with their own en-suite bathroom with an indoor- and outdoor shower.

Room Features:

  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Free Toiletries
  • Outside Shower
  • Patio
  • Safe
  • Shower

Cancellation / Prepayment

PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT ALL PAYMENTS ARE ONLY REFUNDABLE AT THE RESORT MANAGER’S DISCRETION

TRAVEL AND ACCOMMODATION S.A. CANCELLATION POLICY:

  • No show or cancellation within 14 days of stay – No refund due.
  • Cancellation between 15 and 30 days before stay – 25% of the deposit will be refunded.
  • Cancellation between 60 and 30 days before stay – 50% of the deposit will be refunded
  • Cancellation more than 60 days before stay – full refund.

**NB**If you do not arrive on the date mentioned on your confirmation letter, your booking will automatically be cancelled, and your deposit forfeited.

Facilities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Coffee/Tea in room
  • Free toiletries
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Shower

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Hoedspruit

HoedspruitHoedspruit in the Limpopo Province of South Africa is a town situated at the foot of the Klein Drakensberg. The town, while still small, has grown in recent years due to its proximity to private game reserves and the Kruger National Park. Hoedspruit Limpopo Province Tourism is one of the primary land-use and income-generating activities. Hoedspruit is

Sports & nature

Sports & natureMountain biking in Hoedspruit has caught a lot of attention over the last couple of years, with tracks that can really test your skill as a cyclist or even for those who want to take it easy and enjoy a nice slow day.  The beautiful escarpment of the Lowveld can really take your breath away. You can also ride alongside a number of plains game, such as impala, giraffe and many more, but don’t forget about the bird life.  Be sure to keep an eye out for the reptiles, snakes do love a good bask in the sun. For the avid mountain biker, the route up to Mariepskop can be rather challenging, however the view you will experience is absolutely spectacular. From here downhill is something to look forward to. Remember to take enough water, as it can get very hot in the Lowveld. It is essential to pack a repair kit, the road less travelled might surprise you with a few nasty thorns and rocks and could spoil your ride. Hoedspruit is perfect to cycle all year round, however in the summer months the temperature can reach up to 40degrees Celsius.  Always remember to apply enough sunblock. Some tracks are more suitable for the beginner or the relaxed rider.  It is a great way to brush up on your bird knowledge and experiencing nature up close and personal.  The Fauna and Flora that Hoedspruit has got to offer will make you feel fresh and revived. The most important thing to remember is to have fun, relax and enjoy what this natural beauty has got to offer.

Culture and history info

Culture and history infoJust 25 km from Hoedspruit, a visit to the Kruger National Park area is incomplete without a visit to Nyani Village & the Cultural Experience “Roots of Rhythm” Tribal show. In an informative and entertaining way, Roots of Rhythm performers provide visitors with a better understanding of the rich cultural background of the Limpopo Tribes, identifying the history and traditions of the indigenous people through costumes, dance styles and rhythms. The name Hoedspruit itself was given by Dawid Johannes Joubert and was directly as a result of an incident after a major cloud burst on Mariepskop area in 1844 (when he first arrived in the area) which caused the “now called Zandspruit” to come down in a flash flood.  During this even he ended up loosing his hat in the flooding river.   Bearing in mind that a hat in those days was a valuable resource for a farmer (sun protection etc) and not something that could be easily replaced as there were not “hat shops” on every corner, this in itself was a major event for Dawid Joubert and as a result, he then named the river the Hoedspruit (the Hat River) – as in the River that stole his Hat.

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