North West Province » Madikwe Game Reserve » Makanyane Safari Lodge


LOCATIONMadikwe Game ReservePOOLYes - at the main area only
OFF ROADYes (for Big 5 Sightings only)AIRCONYes
CHILD POLICYNo children under 12yrs allowedMALARIANo

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06 January - 30 April 2018 Luxury Suite R 5,556 pppn sharing special rate for advance bookings
01 May - 31 August 2018 Luxury Suite R 4,890 pppn sharing special rate for advance bookings
01 September 2018 - 06 January 2019 Luxury Suite R 6,432 pppn sharing special rate for advance bookings


* surcharges will apply over peak holiday periods & long weekends

• Luxury accommodation
• All meals
• Non-alcoholic beverages
• Two daily game drives and/or game walks
• Transfers from/to Madikwe Game Reserve airstrip
• Laundry services
• Emergency medical evacuation
• There will be a supplement of 50% on the per person sharing rate for single accommodation.
• Children aged 12 and over are welcome.
• A maximum of two children aged 12-15 are able to share a suite with their parents, subject to availability.
• Children 12 to 15 years pay 50% of the adult rate.
• Children under 12 years are welcome if the lodge is booked exclusively.
• Rates quoted above are based on a minimum 2 nights stay.
• Rates are valid for SA Residents only. Special discounted rates for International Residents are available on request.
• Gate Fees to be paid directly at the Lodge: (subject to change)
• R 180.00 per adult per stay & R 80.00 per child (under 12 years) per stay.
• For guests flying in, the gate fees are R 240.00 per adult per stay and R 150.00 per child per stay.
• A Madikwe Guest Conservation Contribution Fee of R 150.00 per adult per night & R 75.00 per child per night applies. The fees are subject to change and are to be settled at the lodge direct.
Approximately 4 hours by road from Johannesburg via Sun City. 50 minute daily scheduled flight to Madikwe Game Reserve and thereafter a complimentary transfer to the lodge.
8 Luxury Thatched Suites


This luxurious and exclusive safari lodge called Makanyane is situated on 1,800 hectares of 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.
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 75,000 hectare Madikwe Game Reserve, the lodge has accommodation for a maximum of sixteen guests, ensuring that each guest has privacy and individual attention.
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 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.
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 surroundings.

The suites have fireplaces, overhead fans and are fully air-conditioned and heated. The rooms also have a telephone, hot beverage making facilities, mini safe and a bar fridge. Bathrobes, hairdryers, insect repellent, body and sun lotion, soap as well as shampoo and conditioner are all provided.
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. Makanyane prides itself on the exceptional quality of its food and wines, adding another memorable dimension to your stay with us. Our food is skilfully and imaginatively prepared by Cassandra Zucauskas, our executive chef who developed her considerable skills in five star hotels around the World. Cassandra has blended her European and African experiences with the flavours 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 an extensive cellar. As well as offering classic wines such as Kanonkop's Paul Sauer and Klein Constantia's Vin de Constance, the lodge has gone to great lengths to search out excellent quality, value and range in the wine list that are offered to guests. This ensures that for wine lovers Makanyane is a real treat.

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.
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 favourite 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. Our overnight hide brings you even closer to the sounds and experiences of the African bush at night.

  • Luxury thatched, glass fronted suites with lounge area
  • En-suite bathrooms with indoor and outdoor showers
  • Fireplaces in suites
  • Mini Bars in suites
  • Private viewing decks
  • Spacious lounge, dining & bar area at the main lodge
  • Boma
  • Curio shop
  • Spa
  • Gym
  • Swimming pool
  • Look Outs & Hides within the 1800ha private concession
  • Sleep out under the stars
  • Conference facilities for 16 people





  •    After exiting the Johannesburg International Airport, take the R24, R21 to Johannesburg and Pretoria.
  •     Stay on the R24 (N3) to Johannesburg.
  •     You will need to take the slip road to the left to remain on the R24 (N3) to Johannesburg.
  •     After joining the highway, keep following the signs to the N3 (N1) to Pretoria, then, when the road divides, stay on the N1 south to Roodepoort.
  •     You will pass the Rivonia Road off ramp to your left. The next off ramp is the William Nicol Drive off-ramp. Take this off ramp and at the intersection, turn right onto the R511 to Fourways.
  •     Follow this road through 3 intersections. After the third intersection take the off-ramp onto the R564 Witkoppen Road.
  •     Once on this road, immediately move into the right hand lane and turn right at the first intersection, onto Cedar Avenue.
  •     Continue along this road until the T- junction. Here you need to turn left and then immediately right (there is a large Sun City Sign).
  •     Follow this road to another T- junction (sign: R512 Brits, Lanseria right, Randburg left).
  •     Turn right, follow this road until the T- junction at a fruit stall (sign: R 512 Pretoria right, Sun City left).
  •     Turn left and follow this road for +- 10km, until a turning to the right (sign: Brits, Sun City right).
  •     Turn right and go over the Hartebeespoort Dam Bridge.
  •     At the next T- junction, (sign: R560 Magaliesburg left, Brits, Sun City right), turn right.
  •     Follow this road to the 4 way crossing.
  •     Turn left here. (sign: N4 Rustenburg, R512 Brits left, Hartebeespoort Dam right).
  •     After +-15km until you reach a small village. In the village is a right turn to the Pilanesberg (sign: Rustenburg straight, Pilanesburg right). Take this road, which will lead you to Sun City (+- 73 km to Sun City). You go straight through all the intersections and through the villages of Berseba, Lesung, Tsitsing and Maile. PLEASE WATCH OUT FOR GOATS, DONKEYS AND CATTLE ON THE ROAD.
  •     There is a sign showing to the village of Modikwe to the right in Berseba, please ignore this. Sun City will be on the right, and straight after this is Sun Village, a good place to stop for petrol.
  •     After passing Sun Village there is a 2-way stop, (sign: Rustenberg left, Derdepoort right, there is also a sign for Makanyane Safari Lodge at this junction). Turn right towards Derdepoort. Follow this road for +-8 km until the Bapong sign (sign: Bapong left, Derdepoort straight, there is also another sign showing the direction to Makanyane Safari Lodge). Turn left towards Bapong. You keep straight on this road until the end of the tar road. (There is a sign showing left to Madikwe Hospital and Bapong, please ignore this and keep straight to Batlhalengwe and on to Mabeskraal. Should you need it, there is a petrol station in Mabeskraal, but its open hours are very flexible!)
  •     After leaving the town of Mabeskraal, you will reach a 4-way stop, turn right towards Derdepoort. Follow this road until the tar ends, just before the Dwarsberg Cafe.
  •     You will pass the Dwarsberg Cafe on your left (there is another sign for Makanyane here). Keep going until you come to a turn off to the right with a sign showing to Derdepoort Gate.
  •     Turn right and follow this road for +-28 km, until you reach the Makanyane gate on the left hand side of the road. There is a large "Makanyane" sign and a vehicle will be waiting to welcome you.

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