The rooms are spaced well for privacy, and they are charming and unique with custom artistic decor, and the staff was friendly and quick to please. We were a group of six traveling together, and we arrived after a long drive without lunch, so the staff whipped up some quick vittles while we dropped off our belongings in our rooms and raced back for the departing game drive. When we got to the rooms we wanted to savor the lovely ambiance, but had no time. The couple waiting in the game drive vehicle enthusiastically said they had seen the big 5 and had had such a wonderful 3-day stay. We were so excited to hear that! Our 3-day stay was great fun, but our only disappointment was that we did not see very much game. Apparently the cold snap in weather kept the animals down. Over our 3 days we did see rhino, elephant and lions, and several of the antelope family, as well as baboons, cape buffalo, hippo - just sparce sightings each day, with one day hardly anything at all. It is just proof that no two days are alike, and you get to see whatever animal whose path you are lucky enough to cross. We tracked leopard and lion with no finds on those game drives. The reserve is beautiful African bush, and this private reserve manages its wildlife so that one species is not overpopulated causing imbalance in nature. Fascinating methods are used to control certain species populations. The food is very good, enjoyed in both an outdoor boma and in the covered dining area. Baboons entertained us with their sneaky antics as they approached the serving table to snatch some food. The staff made sure we were safe at night, ushering us to and from our rooms after dark. The guides were friendly and knowledgeable, giving us lots of information about the animals as we watched them. The lodge is not hot-fenced, so we had animals wandering through the grounds during the day, mostly the beautiful nyala antelope, and baboon at times. An elephant came through while we were out on game drive and apparently ripped out one of the water pipes, rendering camp without water while the staff worked to fix the damage.
I like to travel in July as it is winter season in South Africa, no rain, cold nights, cool morning/evening game drives and moderately warm days. Water holes have pretty much dried up, so game is more concentrated at existing water holes, making it easier to find animals. I would return to this reserve and lodge. In fact I have a group of 15 to come with me in 2014!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Makalali Private Game Hotel Hoedspruit
- Makalali Private Game Lodge South Africa/Hoedspruit