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Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge is a new luxurious and exclusive safari lodge, situated on 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.

Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge, which lies hidden in lush riverside forest, offers unforgettable wildlife experiences, exquisite accommodation and cuisine as well as outstanding personal service.

Main Lodge
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. The 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 heated, 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.

Not far from the main lodge, an isolated viewing deck stands on the edge of the plains. In this tranquil, tree shaded place, you can enjoy a quiet drink, while watching elephants stride through herds of waterbuck, zebra and impala grazing in these breathtaking grasslands.

Accommodation at Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge:
Designed to have minimal environmental impact, constructed from local stone, wood and thatch and blending effortlessly with the bush, the lodge allows guests to continuously experience the natural beauty of their surroundings. Hidden in riverside forest, the eight luxurious suites, each with glass-walled bedrooms, overlook the Marico River, offering uninterrupted views of the surrounding bush.

The suites have open-fronted lounges, private sundecks and spacious bathrooms that can be opened to the forest. The lodge has an infinity-edge swimming pool, gym, health and beauty treatment centre and lookout point with magnificent views.

Hidden deep in the bush on the lodge`s private ground is a secure, raised hide with a second-storey sleeping deck. Here guests are given the unique opportunity to spend a romantic night under the African sky, surrounded only by lanterns and the African bush, an unforgettable experience! Available for 2 guests.

Meals at Sanctuary Makanyane:
We are renowned for our excellent cuisine. Breakfasts are taken with your guide and any other guests sharing your game-drive vehicles so that you can discuss your safari adventures! The remaining meals are typically private meals, with buffet lunches afternoon teas and a la carte three course dinners where you have a choice of main course. Given prior notice, we cater to most dietary needs and requirements. All the water is filtered and safe for drinking, complimentary bottled water is provided in all the suites and on the game drives. All house wines are included in the rate.


Lion, elephant, black and white rhino, buffalo and leopard are all here in abundance, as well as cheetah, giraffe and both spotted and brown hyena and you have the chance of seeing any of these species. Madikwe is also the one of the best places in Southern Africa to watch the elusive and rare wild dog, a fascinating species on the brink of extinction. Travelling through Makanyane's completely private 1,800 hectares and the 75,000 hectares of the magnificent Madikwe Game Reserve, your guide will share their wealth of knowledge with you, from the fascinating private life of the dung beetle to the intricacies of the wild dog's social system. There are two daily game drives at Makanyane, timed to make the most of the periods when the game is the most active, one in the early morning and another in the late afternoon. The afternoon drive, after a brief stop to enjoy sundowners, continues into the night, a shielded spotlight revealing the nocturnal wildlife of the bush.

For an even more in-depth exploration of the bush, a game walk is essential. A highly educational and uniquely enlightening experience, your armed and experienced guide will lead you along game paths in the footsteps of the animals, allowing you to feel the thrill of walking through this wild environment. Away from the noise and disturbance of the game drive vehicle, guests are able to experience the more subtle nuances of the bush - the sounds, smells and textures of the surroundings can be appreciated. The walks are planned according to the interests and abilities of the guests and are a highly recommended experience! (Please note that guests under the age of 16 years are not permitted on walks. Guests over the age of 65 are required to produce a medical certificate stating that they are fit for such an activity.)

Rooms and Units Available:

Sanctuary Makanyane has 8 luxurious and secluded air-conditioned suites. The wrap-around glass walls allow guests spectacular views of the river, the surrounding bush and its many inhabitants. The bathrooms are spacious and opulent with roll top baths, inside and outside showers and sliding doors that open the bathroom to the bush. The suites also have an outside lounge area and private game-viewing sun deck.


Luxury accommodation in a very spacious thatched suite with panoramic river views, breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, lunch on day of arrival and day of departure, house wines, local beers, local spirits and soft drinks, early morning and afternoon game drives, game walks accompanied by an experienced game ranger, WiFi in the suites, use of the gym, daily laundry service, emergency medical evacuation insurance, transfers to and from the airstrip in Madikwe Game Reserve

Amount of similar units: 8
Sleeps 2 Adults

Facilities & Services available:

Special Meals on Request
Wine Tasting
Self-Braai / Barbecue
Bar on the Premises
Dining room
Curio Shop
Fireplace on the Premises
Parking (off-street - covered)
Other Language
Swimming Pool

Cancellation Policy:

„» More than 46 days before booking date: 25%.
„» Between 45 and 28 days before booking date: 50%.
„» Within 27 days of booking date: 100%.


Air transfers:
Madikwe Air Charters provides daily scheduled flights from Grand Central Airport in Johannesburg to Madikwe Game Reserve.

Road transfers:
Road transfers can be arranged.

By Road:
There are two routes by road from Johannesburg.
The first route (approximately 3.5 hours driving time) travels via Sun City to Mabeskraal, then Derdepoort to the Makanyane private entrance. This route travels over approximately 90 km of gravel road.
The second route (about 5 hours driving time) travels from Johannesburg via the towns of Rustenburg, Swartruggens and Zeerust. From Zeerust follow the R504 to the Abjaterskop Gate of Madikwe Game reserve and proceed throught the reserve to Derdepoort to the entrance of Makanyane.

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Children Policy

The suites are large enough to comfortably accommodate two extra sleeper-beds for children.

Children aged 12 and over are welcome. A maximum of two children aged 12-15 are able to share a suite with their parents. Children under 12 years are welcome when the lodge is booked exclusively. Please enquire for child rates.

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  • Accommodation Type: Game Lodge