However, please note that Makanyane is unable to accommodate children aged 12 years and under except in the instance the Lodge is booked for exclusive-use by a family or group.
Designed by a team of first-rate architects, Makanyane’s main guest hub, and suites blend effortlessly with the surrounding bushveld and feature relaxed yet refined interiors.
From its elevated position, the main guest hub offers dramatic views of the ravine and waterhole below. The enormous old Leadwood trees supporting the thatched roof work to further enhance the striking ambience. The spacious lounge has two rock fireplaces and opens onto a wide wooden platform with a well-stocked bar as does the gracious dining space.
For guests who can’t do without their creature comforts, the den has 24-hour internet and fax access, satellite TV, and a video library. It can also serve as a mini-convention centre for up to 16 attendees. Furthermore, there is an impressive wine cellar and a gift boutique where you can hunt for souvenirs of your wilderness getaway.
Not far from the main guest hub lies the traditional Boma and an isolated viewing deck; the perfect spot to indulge in a quiet sundowner as you watch Madikwe’s resident bird- and wildlife going about their business.
The eight luxurious suites are secluded along the shady paths that pass through the indigenous forest lining the banks of the Groot Marico River and built from local stone, wood, and thatch to minimise their impact on the untamed natural surroundings.
Each exquisitely-appointed glass-fronted suite boasts a sitting area, double bedroom, full bathroom with a free-standing bath, indoor and outdoor showers, and an expansive sundeck where you relish in Madikwe’s intoxicating beauty in total seclusion.
Extra amenities include fireplaces, overhead fans, air-conditioning, a telephone, tea/ coffee making facilities, a safe, and mini-bar as well as bathrobes, hairdryers, insect repellent, and a selection choice of upmarket toiletries.
As for guests with a sense of romantic adventure, you can reserve a stay over in Makanyane’s sleep-out hide. The double storey hide with star deck lies hidden some distance from the main hub and affords you the chance to enjoy a peaceful slumber beneath a canopy of stars with only the nocturnal creatures for company. What better way to celebrate your honeymoon or commemorate a special anniversary.
Daytime activities include exhilarating game drives and guided nature walks conducted by professional field rangers. Subject to availability, a private game viewing excursion can be arranged on request. But you don’t need to venture far to experience Madikwe’s
startling diversity of animal and bird species including the Big 5. Makanyane has several hides from where you can witness the daily animal action and take in the vistas of the extensive grasslands and river frontage.
Alternatively, escape the heat alongside the crystal-clear infinity pool which is positioned high above the stream-fed waterhole. For guests inclined to a more strenuous workout, there is fully-equipped, air-conditioned gym. However, if something a little more relaxing is your cup of tea, Makanyane offers a range of pampering spa treatments including massages, aromatherapy, reflexology, and facials. Plus, you can select a variety of locations for your treatment like the secluded bush spa, the comfort of your suite, or on the look-out platform.
When it comes to mealtimes, Makanyane Safari Lodge superb cuisine – prepared using only the finest and freshest local and imported ingredients – promises to make your visit even more memorable.
Breakfasts are typically a group affair giving guests the opportunity to exchange tales of your morning’s safari adventures. The buffet lunches, afternoon teas, and à la carte dinners are usually shared with the friends and family with whom you are visiting and served in the dining room or on the main viewing deck.
Romantic outdoor dinners and glorious sundowner feasts served in the fire-lit open-air Boma are also on the menu. Unless perhaps you prefer an intimate poolside supper or an authentic bush braai. The magnificent fare is perfectly complemented by the Lodge’s award-winning wine list.
If it’s an idyllic wedding destination you seek, Makanyane Safari Lodge has what it takes to deliver the ceremonial wow factor and ensure your big day is everything you dreamed of. Imagine taking your vows beneath an ancient Tamboti tree, alongside the Groot Marico River or overlooking the waterhole with Madikwe’s resident game looking on.
Makanyane’s five-star accommodations, outstanding game viewing, and attentive service combine to ensure this Lodge will rank among your favourite African safari destinations.