The Lodge

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.


Makanyi lodge itself provides a graceful yet unobtrusive sanctuary of calm that goes a long way to rival the enchantment of the bush which embraces it.  Seven enormous suites and one sumptuous family suite blend seamlessly into their environment and offer the space and time to fully unwind; be that by relaxing on your suite’s deck with panoramic views of the bush and our active dam, curling up before a roaring fire in the evening chill or soaking up the aura in a glorious  pedestal bath.

Throughout your stay your comfort and pleasure are our priority, which is why we strive to ensure that every detail is just right both indoors and outdoors. From every aspect of your suite to your food, drinks and your game drives, here at Makanyi quality and service are our watchwords.

Every one of our seven suites overlook the magnificent dam and comes with an extra-large bed, a relaxing sitting area with its own gas fireplace, a beautiful bathroom with a spacious shower and separate bathtub, a private deck with loungers and an outdoor shower. Premium Healing Earth amenities, complimentary Wi-Fi, telephone, hair dryer, safe, mini bar, a Nespresso coffee machine and tea making facilities are found in every room.

Two of our seven rooms are luxury pool suites, they are located furthest from the main lodge and offer more privacy as well as a wonderful private plunge pool on the deck – ideal for a soak with a glass of champagne under a blanket of stars.