Makalali Private Game Lodge

Considered one of the leading pioneers in ecotourism in South Africa, Makalali Private Game Reserve is home to over one thousand wild animals including Africa's "Big Five". Experienced guides will take you on open air game drives or on guided bush walks and introduce you to a whole new world of bush lore and animal habits.

Dining is very casual and relaxed, but where the emphasis is on mouth-watering cuisine, which will tempt even the most jaded appetite. Our chefs prepare a variety of African dishes, where the accent is on a fusion of flavours, from the popular South African ‘braai’ (barbeque) to the traditional potjiekos. Experience a traditional boma dinner, around a fire under the African stars or a delicious bush breakfast to start your day

Makalali, unlike most game reserves, is very child-friendly, and offers a range of activities and kiddies menu, aimed specifically at entertaining and caring for our younger guests. The Lodge is also perfect for small conferences, romantic weddings, private dinners and our experienced staff will provide the necessary expertise to make your event a resounding success.

Makalali Private Game Lodge encapsulates the spirit of Africa, with its warm, traditional hospitality and its breathtaking location. Come and be prepared to experience a destination which will captivate and leave you with unforgettable memories.

Makalali is situated in a malaria area and precautions are essential. We recommend long sleeved shirts and trousers for game drives and the evening. Mosquito nets and insect repellent are provided in your room.
Bring comfortable, light clothing, walking shoes, sun hats and sunscreen plus a swimsuit in summer and warm clothing for game drives in winter.



The lodge consists of three camps - Tandane, Mkhiwa and Emtomeni. Each camp has six luxury suites, a plunge pool, private viewing deck, dining area and boma. All the camps are private, yet within easy access of one another and are all situated on the banks of the Makhutswi River.

Tandane camp
Tandane means "place of love". The centre consists of a unique thatch-covered main building, an open kitchen and entertainment area. This is Makalali’s conference venue and ideal for conferences, private dining, weddings, gala events, etc. The use of flame torches creates a mystical and fiery African ambience at night.

Mkhiwa camp
Mkhiwa means Sycamore Fig and is named after the large fig tree which stands over the main area creating some welcome shade.

Emtomeni camp
Emtomeni, Mkhiwa’s sister camp, means Jackelberry tree. This camp is able to accommodate groups who require more than six rooms at a time. However each camp can still run separately with its own dining area, to create that personal touch.

Room Facilities:
  • insect repellent
  • mosquito nets
  • electronic digital safe
  • hairdryer
  • bathrobes
  • ceiling fans
  • air conditioning
  • fireplace stocked with logs from the reserve
  • shaver plugs
  • electrical outlets provide 220 volts, alternating current 50 (Hz)
  • insect proof screening on all windows and sliding doors


Wedding Services
Makalali is a very special place to tie the knot. Here, excellent service, superb facilities and the spectacular bush setting all go hand-in-hand to create a unique location for your special day. Surrounded by nature and wildlife, you and your guests will have a memorable experience forever.

Makalali offers a child care service, where babysitters will attend to your children during meals and game drives, etc. Please notify your camp manager should you require the above-mentioned service. There is a standard fee for babysitting per hour.

Car Hire
We can gladly arrange this service from an outside car hire company if you so wish. Please consult your camp manager for assistance.

Gallery / Curio Shop
The Makalali Gallery features a unique selection of arts and crafts from all over the African continent. Please speak to your ranger or camp manager to arrange a visit to this facility.

Laundry Service
Complimentary laundry service is provided for all Makalali guests.

Private Landrover
Subject to availability and prior notice, this service can be provided.

A gravel airstrip is available for private charters. The runway is not fenced and thus careful lookout for animals and birds is advised. Prior permission is required before landing.

Swimming Pool
Swimming towels are provided for use at the poolside. Place your bar order with your ‘michunda’. We recommend that you do not use your camp swimming pool after dark unless it has been arranged with your camp manager.

Therapist – Massage Treatment
Pamper yourself with a massage from our in-house therapist. Costs are available on request.

Board Games
There are a number of board games available at the reception for your families’ entertainment.

Room Service
Should you wish to enjoy our private dining service, please advise us and we will arrange accordingly.

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