Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge
Luxurious accommodation, exceptional cuisine, welcoming service and thrilling game viewing combine to create an unforgettable luxury safari experience at Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge. Situated within the malaria free Big Five Madikwe Game Reserve in South Africa's North West Province, the lodge caters for just sixteen guests, ensuring personal attention and exclusivity.
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, bar and dining area and lookout point with magnificent views.
Luxury Safari Lodge 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.
Sleep out under the stars 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. The Hide is seasonal and not available in June and July.
Game Drives 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.
Game Walks 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 60 are required to produce a medical certificate stating that they are fit for such an activity.)
• Luxury accommodation in a very spacious thatched suite with panoramic river views • All meals • 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 • Daily laundry service
Pricing (per person) $NZD