Makanyane Safari Lodge (Madikwe
Game Reserve) South Africa
A new luxurious and exclusive safari lodge, Makanyane is
situated on private land within the magnificent 75,000
hectare malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve - home to the Big
5 and a myriad of other animal and bird species. Makanyane,
which lies hidden in lush riverside forest, offers
unforgettable wildlife experiences, exquisite accommodation
and cuisine as well as outstanding personal service.
Makanyane Safari Lodge was designed by a team of award
winning architects to effortlessly blend with the
surrounding bush. The relaxed yet luxurious interiors
complement the design perfectly, tastefully enhancing the
atmosphere of comfort in this idyllic environment.
The lodge consists of a beautiful main building and eight
stunning suites, which lie hidden in the lush forest,
offering spectacular views over the tranquil Marico River.
Situated on 1,800 hectares of private ground within the
Madikwe Game Reserve along South Africa's border with
Botswana, the lodge has accommodation for a maximum of
sixteen guests, ensuring that each guest has privacy and
individual attention. Visit Makanyane Safari Lodge to
experience the drama and mystery of Africa's vast natural
history, exhilarating wildlife, ancient legends and rich
cultural history and to relax and revitalize body and mind.
Makanyane Safari Lodge can accommodate a total of sixteen
guests. Accommodation comprises eight luxurious double
suites, each with it's own lounge, en-suite bathroom and
shower, secluded outside shower as well as private game
viewing and sun deck with a spectacular view of the
surrounding bush. Each suite is air conditioned and heated
and has underfloor heating in the bathroom, a fireplace,
mini bar, fridge, hot beverage facilities, mini-safe,
overhead fans and direct dial telephones and are fully
air-conditioned and heated. Bath robes, hairdryers, insect
spray, mosquito repellent, sun block, shampoo, conditioner
and body lotions are all available in the suite.
International adapters are available. A stroll along the
shady path winding through the riverine forest will bring
you to your romantic and secluded suite. As in the main
lodge, rich African textures abound, walls of natural rock
and dried tree trunks merge with rough teak doors and
contrast with the overhanging thatch. The glass walled
bedroom suites allow uninterrupted views of the river and
the surrounding bush.
The open-fronted lounge with its private sundeck is the
perfect place to relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of
the bush. The call of the fish eagle echoes down the river
as elephants, escaping the heat of the day, plunge into the
deep water and disturb the sleeping hippo. The spectacular
bathrooms have under-floor heating as well as indoor and
outdoor showers. The wide, folding doors can be opened to
allow the sounds and scents of the surrounding bush to join
you in the luxurious freestanding bathtub. The understated
luxury of your suite flawlessly compliments your untamed
Facilities / Attractions:
Located on the edge of a ravine, Makanyane's dramatic
main lodge overlooks a stream-filled waterhole shaded by a
dense canopy of trees. Enormous ancient Leadwood trees in
the lounge and the dining room support the sweeping thatch
roof. The spacious lounge area has two rock fireplaces and
opens out onto a wide wooden deck hanging over the ravine
and waterhole below. On this wooden deck is the well stocked
bar with its sweeping roof.
The gracious dining room also opens onto the vast deck
area, perfect for enjoying a meal under the trees while
watching game drink below. The main lodge has a curio shop
where you can browse for souvenirs, a library area and an
extensive wine cellar. Upstairs is the air-conditioned den
with a viewing deck, the elevated position providing
panoramic views of the grasslands. Sweeping plains roll out
towards the horizon, surrounded by a breathtaking skyline.
The heated, secluded swimming pool is the ideal place to
soak up the African sun, while enjoying the idyllic scenery.
Close to the main lodge is the boma, an open air dining
area enclosed by bush, reeds and trees. The boma is the
perfect place to enjoy dinner next to a blazing fire. Sit
back and enjoy the view out over the Marico River, the stars
blinking through the canopy of leaves above you. Not far
from the main lodge, an isolated viewing deck stands on the
edge of the plains. In this tranquil, tree shaded place, you
can enjoy a quiet drink, while watching elephants stride
through herds of waterbuck, zebra and impala grazing in
these breathtaking grasslands. You may even see lion or
cheetah moving through the grass, their vigilant stare
searching for their next meal.
The well equipped gym and bush spa is just the place to
work up an appetite, or to simply pamper yourself. Tucked
away in the forest, this air-conditioned facility has all
that you need for a gentle workout or more strenuous
exercise. Alternatively, treat yourself to massage or
aromatherapy from Makanyane's onsite masseuse. Business A
computer with full internet access is available for the use
of guests together with fax services. Satellite television
and video are also provided. Makanyane has air conditioned
conference facilities for 16 people.
Dining Makanyane prides itself on the exceptional quality
of its food and wines, adding another memorable dimension to
your stay. The food is skillfully and imaginatively prepared
by David Stevens, the executive chef who developed his
considerable skills in five star hotels around the World.
David has blended his European and African experiences with
the flavors and fresh local produce of the area to create
delicious and memorable dining experiences. The delicious
cuisine is complimented by superb South African wines from
Makanyane's extensive cellar. As well as offering classic
wines such as Kanonkop's Paul Sauer and Klein Constantia's
Vin de Constance, they have gone to great lengths to search
out excellent quality, value and range in their wine list.
This ensures that for wine lovers, Makanyane is a real
Activities at Makanyane revolve around relaxing your body
and mind and experiencing the rich details of your
surroundings. To experience the vibrant bush life around
you, allow yourself to be led through Madikwe's 75,000
hectare environment, either on foot or in an open vehicle.
Makanyane's dedicated professional rangers will guide you on
dawn and dusk excursions into the wild. You will travel
through the bush in open safari vehicles specially designed
to provide comfort and safety.
enjoy the thrill of walking through this untamed wilderness.
Whatever your preference, your rangers will share their
wealth of knowledge with you, giving you insight into the
endless intricacy of the African ecosystem. Enjoy Champagne
as the setting sun gently illuminates the sky before
darkness falls over the bush around you. As you set off
again, a shielded spotlight helps to reveal the secretive
creatures of the African night.
Brown hyena, genet, civet, bushbaby, aardvark, pangolin
and owls are just some of the species to be seen in this
dark wonderland. During midday hours, relax by lounging at
the heated swimming pool, strip away the stress of city
living with a massage or aromatherapy on your private deck
or in the bush spa, unwind by exercising in the gym, or
simply catch up on your quiet time by selecting a book from
the library and settling down in the den or on one of the
outside decks to read.
Watch the wildlife, oblivious to your presence, from one
of the bush hides overlooking a waterhole or facing plains
that stretch to the horizon. You could even sleep out under
the stars while nocturnal life continues around your secure,
Rustic hides have been placed in certain idyllic
locations on Makanyane's private and exclusive land. One of
these hides overlooks a waterhole hidden deep in the bush, a
favorite place for animals and birds to drink. Another looks
over the vast plains, providing observers with an
ever-changing view of animals moving across the breathtaking
landscape. Those reluctant to surrender to the luxury of
their suite can continue their African experience by
sleeping out under a velvet canopy pierced with uncountable
stars. To allow guests to experience the ambience of the
bush at night, beds will be made up on the upper deck of a
hide hidden deep in the bush, next to a waterhole.
The overnight hide brings you even closer to the sounds
and experiences of the African bush at night. Madikwe Game
Reserve has an astonishing array of wildlife. Elephant,
rhino (black and white), lion, leopard, buffalo, wild dog,
cheetah, giraffe, zebra, hippo, brown hyena, spotted hyena,
springbok, eland, kudu, wildebeest, warthog, crocodile and
Chacma baboon are some of the larger species to be seen.
Smaller species include rock dassie, African civet, genet,
bush baby, porcupine, and aardvark. Numerous antelope
species also roam the reserve.
Lions laze on Madikwe's wide plains, as zebra and blue
wildebeest keep a wary distance. Both black and white rhino
can be seen in Madikwe and herds of buffalo wander through
the wooded areas of the reserve. The elusive leopard may be
spotted sleeping on the limb of a tree, while comical
warthogs forage in the undergrowth below.
Wild Dogs, called Makanyane by the Tswana people, are
also known as Painted Wolves and were once called Cape
Hunting Dogs. The Wild Dog is the largest of the wild canids
in Africa and is now one of Africa's most endangered
carnivores. It is estimated that less than 5,000 Wild Dogs
still survive in the wild and viable populations are only
found in larger reserves and uninhabited areas in Southern
and Eastern Africa.
Wild Dogs are extremely gregarious animals and are
usually found in packs of between five and fifteen members.
Each pack has a clearly defined social hierarchy and is led
by a dominant (or alpha) male and female. Working together
in these highly organized units, the Wild Dog is an
effective predator, capable of bringing down prey as large
as Buffalo. They are also able to defend themselves against
their natural enemies, Lions and Spotted Hyenas.
The bonds between all the members of the pack are very
strong, all the dogs cooperate in caring for and feeding any
pups as well as any sick or injured members of the pack. In
most packs only the dominant (alpha) male and female
successfully reproduce. Although persecution by man,
susceptibility to diseases such as rabies, and diminishing
natural areas have all taken their toll on Africa's Wild Dog
population, there is now a concerted effort to conserve and
protect these fascinating animals. In December 1994, as part
of the huge game translocation operation called Operation
Phoenix, wild dogs were relocated into the Madikwe Game
Reserve. Three female dogs, captive bred at a breeding
station for rare and endangered species, were put into an
enclosure in the reserve with three male dogs captured just
outside the Kruger National Park. The six animals formed a
new pack and were then released into the reserve. The
project was resoundingly successful and today the Madikwe
Game Reserve has a viable and thriving population of Wild
Dogs. The dogs show no fear of vehicles and provide guests
at Makanyane with wonderful game viewing, offering rare
insights into the lives of these fascinating creatures in
their natural environment.
Accommodation Rates:- From $850 per person per night sharing. Please contact us
for a quote and suggested itinerary