Inclusions and exclusions
- luxury accommodation
- three meals a day
- coffee, tea and pastries before the morning and afternoon game drives
- two game drives per day in an open safari vehicle with a professional game ranger and tracker
- selection of local wines, spirits, beers as well as tea, coffee, fruit juices and carbonated soft drinks
- international and domestic flights
- road transfers and air charters to Timbavati
- imported alcoholic beverages
- laundry service
- items of a personal nature
- Timbervati conservation levy and vehicle entry fee
Facilities and Amenities at Makanyi Private Game Lodge
|Description of Facilities / Amenities ||Makanyi Private Game Lodge
|Makanyi Private Game Lodge | Number of suites||7 Luxury suites
|Back up Electricity||Yes
|Full bar facilities||Yes
|Safes in suite||Yes
|Tea/Coffee Making Facilities (Nespresso machines) ||Yes
|DELUXE, PRESIDENTIAL AND LUXURY SUITES – ADDITIONAL FACILITIES||
|King Size Beds||Yes
MAKANYI PRIVATE GAME LODGE LIFE ENRICHING EXPERIENCES
THE MAKANYI EXPERIENCE
When you stay at Makanyi Private Game Lodge, you’re guaranteed two things. Firstly, 5-star luxury accommodation in a spectacular bushveld setting coupled with exemplary service and personalised attention.
And secondly, the ultimate safari experience in a private game reserve which is world-renowned for its outstanding fauna and flora and incredible wildlife sightings, as well as a ‘sofa safari’ from the comfort of their Luxury Suite.
What makes the Makanyi experience extra special is the warmth and love that’s been poured into every nook in the lodge. The creation of Makanyi Lodge was a dream come true for Jessica Gold who switched the busy, cosmopolitan life of a Londoner for the peace and tranquility of the Timbavati bushveld.
The owner’s dedication to delivering the ultimate safari holiday for her guests shines through in every aspect of the Makanyi experience.
THE ULTIMATE SAFARI EXPERIENCE
Timbavati Private Nature Reserve spans some 6 000 hectares of pristine bushveld which is home to the Big 5 and an abundance of antelope, predators and birds. Guests staying at Makanyi can expect incredible sightings on early morning and late afternoon game drives.
The Timbavati Private Nature Reserve is one of 20 private game reserves which falls within the Greater Kruger National Park. Guests staying at Makanyi Lodge have access to 6 000 hectares of bushveld in the Timbavati as well as access to the Kruger National Park.
The Timbavati is a Big 5 destination in South Africa; this is the term for the group of animals wildlife lovers definitely want to see on a safari tour in South Africa. It includes elephants, buffalo, rhino, leopard and lion. The Big 5 was originally used by hunters for the group of animals considered to be most dangerous to encounter in the bush.
Guests staying at Makanyi Lodge enjoy two game drives a day in the company of a professional game ranger and a highly experienced Shangaan tracker. Early morning game drives and late afternoon game drives are the best time to see animals in the bush, particularly on hot summer days when the game seeks shelter in the thicker bush shrub and riverine forests.
Cruising through the Greater Kruger National Park in an open safari vehicle with elevated views of the bushveld is a wonderful way to spot game. Safari tours are meant to be calm and peaceful and it’s not a race to see the Big 5. Soak up the sights and smells of the bushveld and enjoy the finer details of a safari tour.
Bird viewing in the Greater Kruger National Park is spectacular with an array of 360 recorded species found in the region; ranging from birds of prey, water birds and what the locals call “little brown jobs”.
Timbavati Private Nature Reserve is deeply committed to the conservation of its fauna and flora and has dedicated programmes to maintain and protect its biodiversity. This includes vigilant anti-poaching initiatives where saving Africa’s precious rhino and elephant is a critical component of conservation efforts.
The Timbavati Private Nature Reserve is known for its prides of white lions and is one of the few places in the world where wildlife enthusiasts can see these unique felines in their natural environment. The resident white lions of Timbavati carry the recessive gene known as ‘chinchillia’ which is responsible for this unusual anomaly.
The early morning and late afternoon game drives are approximately 3-hours long and include stops for coffee/tea or sundowner drinks at special vantage points. It’s a chance to stretch your legs and soak up the tranquility of the bush while chatting to your game ranger and tracker and hearing stories of incredible sightings and animal antics in the reserve. Guests can request a private vehicle and guide for the ultimate safari experience.
For a completely unique safari experience, join your professional game ranger for a bush walk late morning after returning from your morning game drive. It’s a wonderful way to experience the bushveld from a different perspective and learn more about the finer details of the glorious African bushveld such as plants that have magical healing powers.
PHOTOGRAPHIC SAFARIS AT MAKANYI LODGE
Makanyi Lodge has partnered with Africa Photographic Services to offer novice and experienced photographers the ultimate photographic safari experience in the Greater Kruger National Park. Photographic safari packages are tailor-made to the unique interests of guests and their level of expertise.
Guests bring their own camera equipment or can hire either a Nikon or Canon camera from Africa Photographic Services. Bring your laptop with you as well as card readers and sufficient memory cards because the photographic safari package includes post-editing of photos. Photographic equipment needs to be rented by prior arrangement ahead of your visit.
The photographic safari groups are small and each person receives individual attention. All levels of experience are catered for in the group. Makanyi Lodge offer photographic safari tours on set departure dates.
If you can’t make any of the dates on the set schedule, you can book a private booking with or without a professional instructor. For the latter, a private game ranger will take you out for your own personal photographic safari tour with exclusive use of a private open safari vehicle.
The open safari vehicles used for photographic safari tours are specially adapted for photographers’ needs. This includes swivel seats, special camera mountings and low sides for not-to-be-missed photographic opportunities.
Camera hire as follows: Nikon or Canon EOS 7D body with 100-400mm range (1:4.5-5.6)
HOME OF THE WHITE LION
In the local language, the name Timbavati means “the place where something sacred came down to earth”. There are many things that make Timbavati a unique and spectacular safari destination but the one thing the private game reserve has earned world recognition for is the pride of 5 white lions that have made the beautiful nature reserve their home.
The white lions of Timbavati are not albinos; they are also not a different species of lion. Their condition is known as ‘leucism’ which is a rarity where a recessive mutation in the gene causes the lion’s coat to vary from near-white to blonde, rather than the common tawny colour of the African lion.A cub is born white only if both of its parents carry the recessive ‘white’ gene.
The Timbavati is extremely fortunate to host the 5 unique white lions. They have long been considered by the Sepedi and Tsonga communities as “the most sacred animal on the African continent”. The white lion is definitely “something sacred” sent down to Earth.
AWARD-WINNING SAFARI LODGE IN TIMBAVATI
Makanyi Lodge opened its doors in 2015 and already it’s received a number of internationally-acclaimed awards. The highlight was receiving the 2017 Condé Nast Readers’ Choice Award for the second year running. Makanyi Lodge also received it in 2016; only a year after Jessica Gold opened her dream safari lodge.
More than 300000 travelers took part in 30th annual Readers’ Choice Awards survey which in itself was a new record for the organisation. Millions of ratings were submitted and more than 100 000 comments were reviewed which helped create a list of winning favorites.
Other prestigious awards include the 2017 American Express Platinum Fine Dining Award and being chosen by Bupa Travel Insurance as one of the ‘World’s Most Luxurious & Exclusive Holiday Destinations’.
In their summation, Bupa Travel Insurance described Makanyi Private Game Lodge as follows: ‘Exclusive is the order of the day for the 7 open-plan suites in Timbavati. From free-standing baths, open fires and plush beds draped in mosquito nets with unparalleled views to the fine cuisine and even finer list of cocktails; every detail at this lodge demonstrates quality.’
WEDDINGS AT MAKANYI LODGE
Makanyi Lodge is the ideal venue for a safari wedding in South Africa. Not only does it offer your wedding guests stunning accommodation in a spectacular setting as well as an incredible safari experience; you’ll also be blown away by the personal care and attention the team at Makanyi Lodge provide to make it one of the happiest days of your life.
From start to finish, the wedding team at Makanyi Lodge handles everything. This includes organising a Minister to perform the ceremony, creating the perfect wedding cake and hosting a reception in the beautiful bushveld which is both spectacular and unique.
You can stay on at Makanyi Lodge for your honeymoon and your family and friends can join you. Makanyi Lodge can be hired on an exclusive-use basis and you’ll have the whole place to yourself.
Features of the wedding and honeymoon package at Makanyi Lodge include the beautiful honeymoon suite with its own private plunge pool, romantic turn-down service, champagne on arrival, private dinners and bush picnics, use of a private open safari vehicle and a relaxing couples massage in the privacy of your suite on your patio overlooking the dam.
What more could you ask for if you’re wanting the perfect safari wedding or honeymoon in South Africa.
MAKANYI LODGE SPA & GYM
The food created by Makanyi’s brilliant chef is fabulous and you’ll want to try a bit of everything so it’s just as well Makanyi Lodge has a small but well-equipped gym on the property to work off the calories.
You can also book a decadent pamper session with the spa therapist for a relaxing massage in the Makanyi spa or in the comfort of your luxury suite. Soak up the peace and tranquility of the beautiful bushveld surrounds while a qualified therapist works on you.
Makanyi Lodge is proudly associated with the Timbavati Foundation. Working on the principle of Ubuntu, the Timbavati Foundation is responsible for 4 Pillars designed to create synergy between the needs of the environment and animals with those of the communities living adjacent to the Greater Kruger National Park.
Ubuntu is an entrenched South Africa term which speaks about our interconnectedness and the fact that we cannot exist as human beings in isolation. We are not just individuals
separated from one another; what we do affects others which in turn affects the whole world.
The4 Pillars of support managed through the Timbavati Foundation are:
- Conservation and environmental awareness; running eco-tourism and education programmes
- Community upliftment and social care of people living in communities surrounding the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
- Education; includes managing the Timbavati Bush School which was established in 2001
- Health Care; supporting healthcare facilities such as the Phelwana Clinic situated in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
DAY TOURS TO NEARBY ATTRACTIONS
The private safari lodges located in the Greater Kruger region are within a reasonable drive of some of the major tourist attractions in the Mpumalanga and Limpopo Province. If you have time to spare, it’s well worth taking time out of your safari tour for a day trip to these attractions to see more of this beautiful part of South Africa.
Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre
Take a day tour to Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre and meet several of Africa’s finest wildlife ambassadors. The centre is a safe haven for abandoned, injured and poisoned wildlife and birds of prey; some of which are healed and re-introduced to the bush, while others take up permanent residency because they are too badly damaged to fend for themselves.
You’ll see a wide array of animals at Moholoholo; from lion, leopard, serval, cheetah and hyena to Stoffel the famous honey badger as well as vultures, eagles and other magnificent birds of prey. The centre plays an extremely important conservation role, has a very successful breeding programme and is actively involved in anti-poaching initiatives.
The centre is entirely self-funded and relies on the support of visitors and generous donors. There is a small fee for guided tours which last about two hours. Your visit to Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre helps keep this incredible facility going.
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC)
HESC is a non-profit organisation which runs a successful breeding and research programme and plays a vital role in protecting endangered species in Africa. It is world-renowned for the role it has and continues to play in protecting dwindling predator populations in southern Africa.
The centre provides a safe haven for orphaned, sick and injured animals and has set up an impressive education centre where the general public and school children can learn about endangered wildlife species and interact with them. HESC plays a major role in assisting anti-poaching initiatives, in particular, saving our precious rhino from extinction.
HESC is based at Kapama Game Reserve which is a short drive from Simbavati Safari Lodges. A visit to HESC exposes guests to the incredible work researchers and conservationists are doing in the field; it’s a chance to interact with the animals on a closer level and helps towards raising much-needed funds for conservation and anti-poaching initiatives.
Hoedspruit Helicopters is the only scenic helicopter charter company operating in the Hoedspruit. Contact them directly for a one-of-its-kind helicopter flip over the majestic Drakensberg mountain range and the Blyde River Canyon. Gain a different perspective of the lush Lowveld from high up in the air.
Blyde River Canyon Cruise
Blyde River Canon is the third-largest canyon in the world and the largest ‘green’ canyon in the world. You’ll enjoy an interpretation tour of the canyon which takes you to the rare living Kadishi Tufa waterfall; a fascinating 200-metre high natural phenomenon which builds up and lays down tufa rock as a result of a chemical reaction which precipitates cultrate out of the reaction between plant, water and rock.
A canyon cruise is awe-inspiring; the steep cliff faces tower above you while the boat cruises in the shadow of the Three Rondavels (a mountain landscape shaped like three small huts). The tour takes 1 hour 30 minutes and departs from the Blyde River Dam jetty which you get to from Swadini Forever Resort.
Hoedspruit is the largest town in the region and a thriving tourism hub. It’s grown so much in the last few years that it’s now a destination on its own. A modern shopping centre has just gone up and you’ve got a choice of a number of great restaurants, coffee shops and pubs. It’s where the local farmers and game farm owners come to shop and meet friends and the town’s packed with tourists either passing through or spending a few days in town.
Hoedspruit lies nestled in a fertile agricultural valley at the foot of the majestic Klein Drakensberg, which means ‘Small Dragon Mountain’ in Afrikaans. It lies on the railway line which links Tzaneen in the north-west with Kaapmuiden in the east.
The town got its name - which means ‘hat creek’ in Afrikaans - from an intrepid explorer who allegedly made the long and arduous trek over the Drakensberg mountains, down into the scorching Lowveld. When he reached the cool waters of the Sandspruit River, he threw his hat into the creek and declared he would settle there.
There’s a lot to do in and around Hoedspruit; plan to spend at least a day exploring the area. Most trips to Hoedspruit end at one or other restaurant or pub where the locals will greet you warmly and convince you to drink up and stay awhile.
Panorama Route tour
If you are driving to or from Makanyi Lodge; one way at least should go via the Panorama Route. It’s an incredibly scenic route with spectacular views around every corner; taking you from Hoedspruit via the historic towns of Graskop and Pilgrim’s Rest to the town of Sabie. It tracks the ancient paths of gold diggers who came to the area during the gold rush to seek their fortune.
An iconic feature along the Panorama Route is Blyde River Canyon. It’s the third-largest canyon in the world and the largest ‘green’ canyon in the world. Other highlights along the way include God’s Window, a breath-taking viewpoint on the Drakensberg escarpment; the Pinnacle, a rocky outcrop which some people call God’s Finger; and Bourke’s Luck Potholes, a beautiful and strange natural phenomenon where river water has over centuries eroded the rocks and created perfectly formed smooth potholes and unusual sculptures.
Stop for pancakes at the legendary Harry’s Pancakes in Graskop or delicious craft beer at the Sabie Brewing Company.
If you have time, enjoy the ride of your life on Misty Mountain’s Long Tom Toboggan which is located on Long Tom Pass. It’s a 1.7 kilometre track that winds down a mountain slope at speed; it’s the longest toboggan run in Africa and a huge amount of fun for children and adults.