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Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge
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Montreal, Canada
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21 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Absolutely wonderful, great safari, perfect”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2013

It was a surprise for my 50th birthday...Wow what a place, your own private chalet (we heard Michelle Obama was staying in our room a few month before as she had rented the whole place for her trip) by the water where you can see the animals drink.. you are right in the park, so you need a guide to pick you up at night in case you came face to face with an animal. The food was brilliant. The safari.. twice a day with a very good and friendly guide, they think of everything.. a little drink in the middle of the bush.wow... a must and I would go back anytime... I am still nostalgical when I look at my photos...

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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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MakanyaneSafariLodge, Director of Sales at Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge, responded to this review, 8 November 2013
Many thanks for your kind words and for taking the time to post the review,, we are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us!
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London, United Kingdom
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52 reviews
16 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2013

What a very special weekend we had at Makanyane for my dad's 60th birthday.
The rooms are out of this world, all open with big windows looking over the river and the main lodge has a warm and friendly atmosphere which makes it feel a bit like "home".

However, 5 star accommodation is not what makes this a 5* experience - it is the staff of the lodge. When leaving to go home, our group felt sad, as if we were leaving family behind, and this for me shows that they have achieved what they are meant to do - make it feel just like home, but a bit better.

We weren't as lucky with the game as I have been at previous lodges, but our guide Dylan was brilliant. He kept us interested with smaller things like the flora and fauna as well as other types of animals and creatures in the park that you wouldn't normally look out for on a safari experience.
Shadrack, one of the hosts provided excellent service. He remembered everyone's name after only hearing it once, and nothing was too much to ask, not even the big hug he gave all of us goodbye.

The especially made my dad a birthday cake, for him and the guests to enjoy at one of the afternoon teas.

As it is quite small and intimate, you get to know the rest of the guests and therefore also have the opportunity to meet new people, which is great.

I would definitely recommend this lodge to anyone looking for a luxury experience in the bush. I can't gush about it highly enough.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Alexandra J
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MakanyaneSafariLodge, Director of Sales at Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge, responded to this review, 31 October 2013
Thank you so much for your review. It was so good to meet you, your sister and your parents and we are delighted that your father was able to celebrate such a special occasion with us!
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2013

We have just returned from our third stay at Makanyane. Our high expectations based on our previous visits were more than met, in fact they were exceeded. We had fabulous game drives and were very lucky with the animals spotted. We saw more elephants on this trip than ever before and even had them behind our suite and on the path in front of us. We also saw two hippos entering the river behind the suites. We encountered two different leopards at night which was very exciting and I spotted a mother and baby black rhino which is apparently a very rare sight. We followed 2 male lions on their way to feed and had a pride of lions chase a zebra along the road next to our jeep. Lots of animals came to drink and play in the river by the deck at the main lodge building and we enjoyed watching elephants having mud baths before we ate our lunch. The staff are so friendly, attentive and helpful and they make the guests feel very special. The food is outstanding. We stayed for 6 nights and were really sad to leave and return home. We can't wait to go back again. An incredible experience.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank DS6543
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MakanyaneSafariLodge, Director of Sales at Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge, responded to this review, 31 October 2013
Many thanks for your review, It was great to see you both again! Please let us know when you are able to plan your next trip.
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2013

Brilliant first safari experience from start to finish!! Got picked up by two of the Rangers and taken in a jeep to the Lodge. What a start to the holiday! Its about a 40 minute transfer from the air strip to the Lodge. Lynette the Manageress obviously knows how to run the Lodge as everything was done like clockwork. You don't have much time to be bored... You are either out on safari, eating or relaxing... Day starts at 5.30am when you are woken up, quick breakfast (cereal, muffins, drink) and then out on the morning game drive. Our Guide was Dillon who was absolutely brilliant and really made an effort for us to see as many animals as possible each day. Back to the Lodge at about 9am and 2nd breakfast at 9.30am. Breakfast is great, full cooked which sets you up again for the day! You have about 3 hrs spare to catch up on your sleep, relax at the pool or go to your "suite" (which is more like a private house) and hang out on your private decking area to spot more animals. Then lunch is about 1pm - the food is second to none. More relaxing, quick afternoon tea (more food...) and then out again for the drive at about 4pm. Evening meal is a different experience every night. You eat in different areas of the lodge which keeps it interesting. Because the max capacity of the lodge is only 16 people it makes it feels like an exclusive experience. When we were there, there was only 5 people at one point (including me and my husband) so it was even more of an exclusive experience. Overall would recommend it to anyone. Would love to go back.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank AndiBH
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MakanyaneSafariLodge, Director of Sales at Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge, responded to this review, 18 October 2013
Many thanks for the great review - much appreciated!
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2013

What can be said that hasn't already, all I can say is ......yes the food is fresh, balanced , exciting, filling and oh so yummy,
the game drives full of adventure , fun and information.

The rooms are special, u really feel like you are some place special - I watched elephants drink from the river from my out door shower, hippos hang out while I had the loveliest bath, bush buck wonder past while i relaxed , the bed is perfect and the service perfect .
The lodge is not "stuffy" it's better then that, it's relaxed and personable.

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Czisastar
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MakanyaneSafariLodge, Director of Sales at Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge, responded to this review, 18 October 2013
We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us. Many thanks for your kind words!
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2013

Simply outstanding!!! Wonderful rooms, fantastic game drives, great food and friendly staff. Dylan was an awesome tour guide and made the start of our honeymoon that bit extra special. Would I go again...try and stop me!!!

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Moolins
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MakanyaneSafariLodge, Director of Sales at Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge, responded to this review, 18 October 2013
Congratulations once again on your marriage. We are so privledged to have been a part of your honeymoon experience!
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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24 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2013

Their is nothing more exhilarating to watch the wild life and big five in their natural environment. We travel at least once a year as a family to the bush veld . My kids love it.
Everything slows down around you and you become humble as you see nature at its best. Makanyane means wild dog in Tswana. They are an endangered specie and are magnificent to watch in their natural habitat. The food, hospitality having dinner outside in the bush with a big boma fire and having sundowners in the bush is something you cannot explain unless you have experienced it. All I can say it was AWSOME!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge
Address: Krokodildrift, Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa
Region: South Africa > North-West Province > Madikwe Game Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 23 Speciality Lodging in Madikwe Game Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:4 star — Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 8
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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