Safaris - Game Reserve - Makalali
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Some Facts About Makalali Game Reserve:
Situated on the banks of the Makhutswi River (meaning place of rest) in the Limpopo province and nestled on 22 000 hectares of conservancy, Makalali prevails as one of the FINEST PRIVATE GAME LODGES IN THE WORLD. Four exclusive camps, each consisting of six spacious suites adjacent to a stilted Sala set amongst Jackalberry trees, are equipped with ALL THE MODERN CONVENIENCES YOU COULD WISH FOR. Amenities on offer at each camp include a uniquely designed swimming pool, boma, airconditioning, and an enclosed dining and lounge area. Considered one of the LEADING PIONEERS IN ECOTOURISM in South Africa, Makalali Private Game Reserve represents a conservation mission to expand South Africa's green frontier by re-establishing the ancient wildlife migration routes that linked the famous Kruger Park in the east to the lush Drakensberg Mountains in the west. In the process lion, cheetah, leopard, elephant, and rhino have all been reintroduced to the wild, making Makalali HOME TO OVER ONE THOUSAND WILD ANIMALS including four of Africa's "Big Five".

Here the ideas of Architect Sylivo Rech were allowed to roam wild. He showed us how to build a lodge under giants that guard the river. With the prize of being voted as the most innovatively designed hotel in the world (Tatler Magazine Travel Award) he did an amazing job. Makalali which means place of rest was originally bought in the early nineties consisting of old cattle farms, situated on the Gravelotte Road between Hoedspruit and Phalaborwa. Restocking and regeneration of the veldt were top priorities, but we also wanted to build a lodge with a difference. Sylvio did some drawings, but depending on the site he took the next step. He used the local community to make his ideas take shape – Carpenters, Steelworkers, Plasterers and Thatcher’s. The builders could not quite get used to the idea of building random walls and obscure structures – but they loved his ideas, and his vibrant energy, even when he took a chain and pounded away at the dining room tables to give it character.

Where To Stay In Makalali Game Reserve:
- Tandane (camp 1)
- Mkhiwa (camp 2)
- Emtomeni (Camp 3)
- Phiva (camp 4)

Refer to the specific Game Lodge page for activities offerd at each Lodge

How to get there
Located close to the mighty Drakensberg mountain range, west of the Kruger National Park, this ethnic bush retreat lies in the Gravelotte area of the Limpopo Province of South Africa. The distance from Johannesburg to Makalali is 506km
Take the N1 North towards Pretoria take the N4 east to Witbank and onwards to Belfast (Pta to Belfast ± 240km) turn left off the highway to Belfast. In Belfast, turn right at Belfast Toyota onto the Dullstroom / Lydenberg road (R540), at the T-Junction (R540 & R36) turn left to Lydenberg in Lydenberg, at the Ohrigstad sign, turn left and follow the main road of Lydenberg (De Clerq Street) on the Ohrigstad road (R36) follow the R36 through Ohrigstad and through the Strijdom Tunnel turn left towards Tzaneen at the T-Junction (still R36) There is a Total garage on your left – This is also your last petrol stop before the lodge, follow the road over Olifants River, past the Oaks (local village) and past Phalaborwa / Mica turnoff (± 10 km) and follow Makalali signs. Turn right at Gravelotte turnoff, this road becomes a gravel road. Go through the boom gate travel ± 17 km on the gravel road to the Makalali Main Gate on your right hand side.

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