Here at Makanyi we are dedicated to creating the most memorable tailor-made guest experience possible whilst respecting our natural environment and its incredible inhabitants. As privileged custodians of this inspiring land, we are thrilled to share our knowledge and constant sense of wonder with you.

Located on the western edge of the Kruger National Park, an area that spans over 2.4 million hectares, the Timbavati Game Reserve is truly exceptional in that it is easily accessible from main air and road access routes and yet remains wild and unspoilt with fewer lodges and private homes than can be counted on one hand. It is this unique situation that allows our guests the luxury of exploring this arresting habitat uninhibited by other tourist vehicles in total privacy and flexibility. This intimate and exclusive setting offers a truly authentic safari experience. 

A stay at family owned Makanyi begins and ends with our guest’s happiness and, to this end, authenticity, attention to detail and total flexibility are paramount to every stay with us.

Makanyi is so much more than a safari lodge. We want you to love this place as much as we do, to take it to your heart and embrace a fuller understanding of nature and a deeper respect for animals – for this is their home.   We would love for you to leave with not just an amazing photo album of all the wonderful sightings you will have had, but especially with something in your heart that you will carry inside you forever.





“The Best Vacation of Our Lives!”

This trip was beyond incredible. Makanyi helped me set up a surprise proposal for my girlfriend. They were so helpful via email before we arrived setting up the surprise (sunset drinks in the bush during our afternoon safari!). I read this in another review and I agree wholeheartedly: the staff is like a mix of the Four Seasons and the Waldorf Astoria. Everyone is so friendly and willing to help. You do feel like it is complete luxury. The food is outstanding, the amenities are first class and I really can’t imagine how you would improve the safari experience. Thank you to everyone at Makanyi for making this a trip of a lifetime.

~ Shaun C | TripAdvisor Review

“Luxury on Safari”

We stayed here for 2 nights in September and found this lodge to be very comfortable & beautiful. The food was delicious and service from all the friendly staff was exemplary. The safari drives we experienced here were amazing.

~ Maddison  | TripAdvisor Review

“Excellent excellent excellent”

What a beautiful safari lodge in the Timbavati South Africa.Lovely rooms with a great ambient, amazing staff and good food.Lovely to sit on the deck and watch the game at the waterhole, an experience.

~ Danielle| TripAdvisor Review

Awards & Accreditation

Makanyi Private Game Lodge
Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
P.O. Box 883 – Hoedspruit 1380
South Africa

Contact Details
Telephone: + 27 (0) 15 793 2663
Email : info@makanyilodge.com
Reservations: reservations@makanyilodge.com

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