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FAST FACTS
LOCATIONMakalali Private Game ReservePOOLYes
BIG 5 GAME RESERVEYesSPAYes
OFF ROADYesAIRCONYes
CAMP FENCEDNoCELLPHONE SIGNALNo
CHILD POLICYChildren of all ages welcomeMALARIA AREAYes
WHEELCHAIR FRIENDLYNoWI-FIYes


UNIQUE SELLING POINTS
  • Makalali Main Lodge boasts many rustic structures including a rim flow swimming pool which overlooks the waterhole, a luxurious spa & the boma 
  • Each air-conditioned room features luxurious interiors with classic leather & wood furnishings 
  • Whilst being known as the leading pioneers of ecotourism, the Makalali Private Game Reserve is not only home to the Big Five but also over one thousand other animals




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DATE ROOM TYPE RATES RULES
01 March - 31 March 2019 Superior Room R 1,425 per person per night sharing March Madness Special Offer!
01 April - 30 September 2019 Superior Room R 1,599 per person per night sharing last minute special offer for bookings within 30 days of travel OR minimum 3 nights stay special offer
Superior Room R 2,170 per person per night sharing special rate for advance bookings
*surcharges on all special rates and a minimum 3 night stay will apply over peak holiday periods and long weekends.

RATES INCLUDE
• Accommodation
• All meals daily
• Two game drives daily
SINGLE ACCOMMODATION
• There will be a supplement of 50% on the per person sharing rate for single accommodation.
CHILD POLICY
• When booked as inter-leading rooms for families children sharing with 2 full paying adults will be charged as follows:
• Children under 6 years stay free of charge when sharing with 2 full paying adults. Meals charged on consumption.
• Children between the age of 6 - 11 years pay 50% of the adult sharing rate when sharing with 2 full paying adults.
• Children aged 12 years and over occupy their own room and are charged as adults.
GAME DRIVE POLICY FOR CHILDREN
• Children under 6 years of age are not permitted on game drives.
ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES NEARBY
• Game drives
• Guided bush walks
• Children’s bush knowledge course
• Therapist on request for various soothing treatments
• Morning or afternoon hot air balloon rides (up to 10 guests per balloon)
• Golfing excursions at the Hans Merensky golf course
• Cheetah breeding
• Gin stops
• Lazer shooting
IMPORTANT NOTES
• Unless otherwise stated, all rates listed are based on a minimum 2 night stay. Surcharges may apply for a 1 night booking.
• Rates quoted are only applicable to South African Residents. Special discounted rates for International Residents are available on request.
• Rates exclude a Conservation Levy of R 240 per person per night (including children), to be paid at the lodge direct. (Subject to change).



INFORMATION
GETTING THERE
5 hour drive from Johannesburg
3 hours from Kruger Mpumulanga International Airport (KMIA)
1 hour from Eastgate/Hoedspruit Airport
1 hour 15 minutes from Phalaborwa Airport
 
ACCOMMODATION
24 x Superior rooms
6 x Superior interleading rooms
 
ABOUT MAKALALI MAIN LODGE
Makalali Main Lodge is nestled within the Makalali Private Game Reserve, which is west of the Kruger National Park. The lodge consists of 30 air-conditioned en-suite superior rooms boasting luxurious interiors with classic leather & wood furnishings. 
The lodge has a central dining & boma area where guests are able to indulge in an array of African cuisine under the superb African sky. The lounge at Makalali Main Lodge is designed in a striking way, featuring rustic structures which effortlessly redirect the outside elements indoors. The library makes for a lovely venue to read a book or magazine in between game drives. The spectacular rim flow swimming pool offers a refreshing swim during the warm summer months & is also a perfect spot to unwind. Apart from great game viewing & amazing culinary adventures one can enjoy a variety of soothing spa treatments. There are also a number of nearby attractions & offsite activities
 
SUPERIOR ROOMS
Each air conditioned superior room at Makalali Main Lodge is comfortably designed with an en-suite bathroom, indoor & outdoor shower with classic leather & wood furnishings that provides guests with a relaxing and luxurious environment.
There are also inter-leading rooms which are perfect for families which are of the same luxurious standard as any other superior room.  
 
Room features include : 
 
Air conditioning 
Ceiling fan
Free toiletries
Indoor & outdoor shower
Patio
Safe (only in the inter-leading room)
 
FINE DINING AT MAKALALI MAIN LODGE
Makalali is renowned for its cuisine & has been nominated as one of South Africa’s top eating establishments by combining regional African cuisine which represent the ‘melting pot’ of cooking techniques left behind by centuries of exploration on this great continent. One can choose to dine in the boma area, the entertainment centre or under the stunning starlit African sky where the talented chefs of Makalali provide guests with an array of dining experiences on any occasion & strive to customize any menu to specific needs of each guest. 
The friendly waiting staff are called Muchindas which means “a servant to the king” & guests can expect to be treated with the utmost respect. 
Among the various culinary experiences, other options include the indoor-outdoor area where guests can tuck into a plated dinner or enjoy family-style dinning alongside other guests. 
Healthy children’s meals are also available on request and can be arranged with the Camp Manager or Chef. 
 
 
OTHER ACTIVITIES & OFFSITE ATTRACTIONS
Guests can choose from an array of activities to take part in during their stay which are subject to availability. However, some activities may clash with the game drive times such as the hot air balloon rides. 
 
Game drives
Guided bush walks
Children’s bush knowledge course
Therapist on request for various soothing treatments 
Morning or afternoon hot air balloon rides (up to 10 guests per balloon)
Golfing excursions at the Hans Merensky golf course
Cheetah breeding 
Gin stops
Lazer shooting
 
 
LODGE FEATURES
 
Rim flow swimming pool
Boma area
Enclosed dining area
Lounge area
Conferencing facilities
• Library
 
 
ABOUT MAKALALI GAME RESERVE
The Reserve which is just a 5 hour drive from Johannesburg was founded in 1994 & consists of 26 000 hectares of Lowveld Acacia bush and open savanna grass land which all surround the lush river. Makalali Private Game Reserve represents a conservation mission to expand South Africa's green frontier by re-establishing the ancient wildlife migration routes that linked the famous Kruger Park in the east to the lush Drakensberg Mountains in the west. In the process lion, cheetah, leopard, elephant, and rhino have all been reintroduced to the wild, making Makalali home to over one thousand wild animals including all of Africa's "Big Five".
Unlike the reserves along Kruger National Park borders, Makalali's Bushland is undulating with elevated viewpoints giving panoramic views of the reserve. The expansive area is covered with Jackalberry, Knobthorn and Marula trees.
 



GETTING THERE


DIRECTIONS

Directions from Johannesburg to Makalali Game Lodges
 
• The distance from Johannesburg to Makalali is 506km
• Take the N1 North towards Pretoria
• Take the N4 East to eMalahleni (previously Witbank) and onwards to Belfast (Pretoria to Belfast ± 240km)
• Turn left off the highway to Belfast
• In Belfast, turn right at Belfast Toyota onto the Dullstroom/Mashishing (previously Lydenberg) road (R540)
• At the T-junction (R540 & R36) turn left to Mashishing (previously Lydenberg)
• In Mashishing, at the Ohrigstad sign, turn left and follow the main road of Mashishing (De Clerq Street) on the Ohrigstad road (R36)
• Follow the R36 through Ohrigstad and through the Strijdom Tunnel
• Turn left towards Tzaneen (still R36)
• There is a Total garage on your left - This is also your last petrol stop before the lodge
• Follow the road over Olifants River, past the Oaks (local village) and past Phalaborwa / Mica turn off(± 10 km) and follow Makalali signs
• Turn right at Gravelotte turnoff, this road becomes a gravel road. Proceed through the boom gate
• Travel ± 17 km on the gravel road to the Makalali Main Gate on your right hand side
 

Directions from Hazyview
 
• At the 4-way stop in Hazyview take the turn off towards Sabie
• Go through Sabie towards Graskop
• Through Graskop towards God's Window
• At the T-junction turn right towards the Abel Erasmus Pass
• Go through the JG Strijdom tunnel
• Take a left turn on the R36 towards Tzaneen
• Turn right onto the Gravelotte Road
• Continue for about 10km until you see the Makalali stone pillars
 

Directions from Hoedspruit
 
• From Hoedspruit take the R527 towards Mashishing (prev. Lydenberg)
• Follow the road till you reach the Tzaneen turn off and turn right here (R36)
• Follow this road for +- 9km and turn right at the Makalali Game Reserve sign and onto a dirt road
• You will come to a boom gate proceed through the boom
• Follow this dirt road for another - 9km then turn right into the Makalali Game Reserve Gate
 

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