My wife and I spent 4 nights at Makanyane on the first leg of our honeymoon in South Africa and Seychelles. Don't think twice about booking if you have a chance - this place is fantastic! The suites are spectacular, beautifully furnished with the best bathroom we've ever seen (you have to try out the bath) and surrounded by glass for views over the Marico River. We were lucky enough to see plenty of wildlife from the comfort of our spacious terrace during our stay: zebra, waterbuck and bushbuck all came for a drink and we were welcomed by a group of hippos on arrival!
The food is excellent, a huge spread for breakfast and very impressive evening meals, the highlight being the local game dishes (the eland in particular was exceptional). The staff go out of their way to make you feel comfortable - they set up dinner in our suite for our first night s a surprise, which was a fantastic start to our honeymoon. The facilities at the lodge are excellent, with an infinity pool placed precariously overlooking the ravine (VERY cold in winter, but exhilarating), a small gym and spa service at reasonable prices. We spent one night in the lodge's hide, a tall platform in the middle of the bush, which was a great experience - the most complete silence you'll ever experience.
Finally (and most importantly for a safari destination) the game viewing was superb. Our guide, Eugene, was incredibly knowledgeable and responded patiently to my frequent questions, and the drives themselves were outstanding - highlights included our first encounter with the Makanyane (wild dog) pack running across the river, stalking a leopard at dusk, spotting a pangolin and completing the "Big 5" on our last drive with a buffalo herd (Eugene was even more excited than we were!).
Overall an incredible start to our honeymoon - well done to the team at Makanyane.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Luxurious accommodation, exceptional food, welcoming service and thrilling game viewing combine to create an unforgettable safari experience at Makanyane Safari Lodge. Situated on private ground within the malaria free, "Big 5" Madikwe Game Reserve in South Africa's North West Province, the lodge caters for just sixteen guests, ensuring personal attention and exclusivity. Hidden in riverside forest, the eight luxurious suites, each with glass-walled bedrooms, overlook the Marico River, offering uninterrupted views of the surrounding bush. The suites have open-fronted lounges, private sundecks and spacious bathrooms that can be opened to the forest. The lodge has an infinity-edge swimming pool, gym, health and beauty treatment centre and lookout point with magnificent views. Fine wines from the award-winning wine list complement exceptional cuisine created by the team of internationally trained chefs. Meals are enjoyed in a variety of locations, from our riverside boma to intimate private meals in the comfort of the guest's suite. Makanyane has a rustic sleep-out hide, providing guests with an opportunity to sleep under the stars surrounded only by the African wilderness. The drama, mystery and beauty of Africa's wildlife and cultural heritage can be experienced on game drives and bush walks conducted by expert, passionate field guides. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Makanyane Safari Hotel Madikwe Game Reserve