Makanyi Lodge

Greater Kruger N.P., South Africa


Our Rating

Trip Advisor

Room Type

5 Luxury Suites, 2 Honeymoon Suites

Child Policy

Children 14 and above


Gym, spa, pool, curio shop


Game Drives, Bush Walks, Fishing


About This Accommodation

Makanyi screams luxury and romance. Their five standard suites are 1,500 square feet each with a plush bedroom, lounge with fireplace, spacious bathroom with separate shower and tub, outdoor shower, and private patio with views over the bush and waterhole. The two honeymoon suites are largely the same but with a romantic 4-poster bed and private plunge pool. The décor can only be described as safari chic. The main area has comfortable lounges, pool table and TV, pool, spa, and gym. Makanyi is very comfortable and comes equip with all of the modern amenities that you could expect at a hotel, which is great if you need to stay connected (although these features aren’t for everyone). The service standard at Makanyi is incredibly high and their wonderful management couple comes from years of experience and takes great care of their guests.

Makanyi is located in the Timbavati Private Game Reserve, part of the Greater Kruger Area. The Timbavati is not bordered with any fences, so the wildlife freely roams the entire area. Kruger is known for being home to the Big 5, but the Timbavati has the rare white lion. Game drives in Makanyi’s vehicles are thrilling and you should be sure to book a photographic safari with one of Makanyi’s professional wildlife photographers. Aside from game drives, activities include bush walks and fishing.

Makanyi is easily accessible with daily flights to/from Hoedspruit. Kruger is a year-round destination, but the best game viewing occurs between May and November during their dry season when the wildlife is most visible. Makanyi offers some unbeatable rates for the level of luxury, service, and quality game-viewing.

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What Our Clients Think

Our absolute, hands down, favorite part was Makanyi Lodge! Everything was perfect and better than we could have imagined! The staff were wonderful - smiled every day, happy to be at Makanyi and sooooo friendly and professional! Our guide and tracker were amazing! It rained the day we arrived and a lot of animals left the area around us but they did an amazing job tracking and we saw the Magnificent 7 and so many more animals! This place was the best! I cannot thank you enough for introducing us to such a speculative lodge! The food was 5 star - I honestly could go on and on!!"

Makanyi was exceptional. Our ranger and tracker were so knowledgeable about the flora and fauna in the Timbavati and were just great to be around! They really made sure we had an incredible time. From joining us for a few meals to making sure to find great spots for our coffee and sundowner stops each day, we had a blast hanging out with them for 4 days. There was plenty of wildlife to see on the drives. We even knocked out the Big Five in a single day. The lodge was beautiful. The quality of service matched the luxury appearance. Everyone went out of their way to ensure we were enjoying ourselves, especially when it came to the food. There was a lot of it, and it was always delicious. We would recommend it to anyone looking to go on safari."

By far the highlight of he trip. The staff was out of this world on every level!!!! We CANNOT say enough about the excellence of this experience."

The highlight of our trip was Makanyi - granted it was our first Safari, so yeah, we were pretty blown away. But everything about Makanyi was amazing."

Makanyi is fabulous and the game viewing is great. We love it!"

Makanyi is a gorgeous place. The accommodations were amazing and so was the staff!! We had great game viewing, too! We were amazed at the lions right outside our room, the many rhinos, elephants, buffalo, giraffes, wild dogs and warthogs!"

Makanyi couldn't have been better. We had the best time and want to go back. Rico was was an amazing guide. We felt really at home. Food was amazing."

I wish I could give 10 more stars! This place was just beyond words incredible! I want to personally say how phenomenal our guide was. He read exactly what our group was interested in and each drive showed us one more animal and path than the day before. He committed a ton of time to us and we appreciated that. Our tracker was also just mind blowing in how great he is at his job/ how much passion he had! He could find anything we wanted to see blindfolded! We were greeted with smiles and truly felt like family."

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