Combining glorious game drives with luxurious facilities, this contemporary lodge lies within one of South Africa’s most expansive, malaria-free game reserves.
Oozing exclusivity, Sanctuary Makanyane accommodates just 16 guests in an impressive 1800 hectares of privately owned ground, ensuring that your safari adventure is as bespoke as it is unforgettable.
Home to the ‘Big Five’ – lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhinoceros – alongside an array of other species, a trip to the reserve guarantees once-in-a-lifetime wildlife sightings. Join one of the lodge’s expert guides as you embark on an early-morning or late-afternoon game drive through a staggering 75,000 hectares, spotting and learning more about these spectacular creatures. Game walks, meanwhile, offer an even more in-depth glimpse into the bush, allowing you to walk along game paths and enjoy the reserve’s subtler nuances.
After a memorable day in the bush, Sanctuary Makanyane houses plenty of facilities to help you unwind. Lie back on a plush sun lounger beneath the South African sunshine, before cooling off in the enchanting infinity pool with breathtaking reserve views. For the ultimate relaxation, enjoy an indulgent massage or treatment in the secluded bush spa, or from the comfort of your suite’s deck.
For a romantic experience that you will never forget, the lodge features a secluded hide with an open-air, second-floor sleeping deck. Sleep soundly and securely beneath countless stars, surrounded by just the African bush and the soft light from lanterns – bliss!
Though in an enchantingly rural location, Sanctuary Makanyane does not compromise on the quality of its cuisine. Enjoy a tasty breakfast amid the bush, joined by your friendly guide and fellow guests to discuss that morning’s safari adventures. Exquisite buffet lunches and delicate afternoon teas can be enjoyed throughout the day, before sunset cocktails and a truly delicious three-course dinner in the evening. Enjoy local and international delicacies made from the freshest ingredients, each prepared by the lodge’s renowned executive chef, Mauritz Greef. Embracing the country’s incredible wine scene, the lodge also boasts an award-winning list of various labels.
Artfully blending into their stunning surroundings, the lodge’s eight suites are nestled within the forest that lies adjacent to the Marico River. Panoramic views can be enjoyed from the impressive glass-walled bedrooms, private game-viewing sundecks and open-fronted lounges, allowing you to make the most of your unrivalled position overlooking the wildlife-filled bush. Each air-conditioned suite features a bush-facing bathroom with indoor and outdoor showers, alongside a luxurious roll top bath. The maximum occupancy of each suite is two adults.
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