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Makanyane, South Africa - Elephant Outside Suite
Makanyane, South Africa - Elephant Outside Suite
Staff Singing
Sleep out under the stars at Sanctuary Makanyane
Sleep out under the stars at Sanctuary Makanyane
Makayane, South Africa - Suite
Makayane, South Africa - Suite
South Africa - Makanyane Swimming Pool
South Africa - Makanyane Swimming Pool
South Africa Makanyane Zebras
South Africa Makanyane Zebras
Dinner at Sanctuary Makanyane
Dinner at Sanctuary Makanyane
South Africa Makanyane Dining on Suite Deck
South Africa Makanyane Dining on Suite Deck
South Africa Makanyane Bathroom
South Africa Makanyane Bathroom
Suite Outside View at Sanctuary Makanyane
Suite Outside View at Sanctuary Makanyane
Game drive with Breeding Herd of Elephants
Makanyane - Hide
Makanyane - Hide
Suite Sun Deck at Sanctuary Makanyane
Suite Sun Deck at Sanctuary Makanyane
Suite Sun Deck at Sanctuary Makanyane
Suite Sun Deck at Sanctuary Makanyane

Sanctuary Makanyane Reviews

Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge, South Africa

Makanyane was the most amazing experience, from the moment we arrived at the airstrip we were greeted and looked after like royalty. Our tour guide was fantastic and all the staff were so friendly and attentive. The safari exceeded our expectations and we got up close to lions, elephants and within 2 metres of a wild cheetah! What made it so special was that we were usually the only vehicle around any sighting, with the odd occasion having 1 or 2 others, which added to the excitement. Also the food and drink was exquisite and we got to try a lot of the local meats. Our only regret was not being able to sleep out under the stars as it rained that afternoon, so we already want to book another trip back to experience this!

Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge, South Africa

We LOVED Makanyane. When we arrived, the lodge was fairly full - 14 out of 16 max visitors - but it never felt crowded. After the first day, the five in our party - were the ONLY people there, for the rest of the week. We were looked after like queens and kings. I'm sure it would have been just as good with a full house, but it felt super-special to be outnumbered 4:1 by the staff. We were looked after brilliantly. From the 5am wake-up call - ever-so-gentle knocking - to 5.30am breakfast to the first drive to brunch at 9.30 to high tea at 3.30 to the afternoon drive to dinner - AMAZING. Lynette was a brilliant host, Mauritz an amazing chef, Reuben a brilliant guide in the bush. Makanyane is a real gem - the place, the people, the animals. We "bagged" four of the big five, nine of the magnificent ten: black and white rhinos, lions, cheetah, elephants, hippos (in the river outside our web address), hyenas, etc. etc. Reuben was like a brilliant DJ, peaking with five rhinos or three lions or a cheetah and then letting us absorb gently during drives through the brilliant, amazing countryside before showing us something else. Yes, it's about chance and what you stumble upon, but it's also about judging the mood, where to go and when to go where. From mid-drive coffee laced with Amarula to sundowner G&Ts with local snack, it was all just perfect. Great, refreshing pool. Amazing rooms with first-class AC. An one mosquito bite between five people. No malaria zone. And since we didn't see a leopard, we HAVE to return. Lynette's motto is "don't send friends and family - BRING them". Self-serving, of course, but quite right. Without doubt the best, most engaging, most absorbing holiday we have EVER had. Oh, and Chris and the Turquoise team rocked, too.

Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge, South Africa

It was our dream to go on a Safari and we thought if we don't do it for our honeymoon it may never happen. We found Turquoise online and it was so lucky that we did! I can't imagine a package being more tailored to our needs and requirements than the one Stuart made for us. From the very first conversation it felt like we were speaking to the right person to book our dream holiday and so it turned out, the 2 destinations we had were perfect in every way but nothing will ever top the Safari game drives.. wow! Given it was our honeymoon we wanted as little stress and worry as possible and Turquoise gave us this and more.. everything down to the finest details were taken care of. Any questions we had prior to going were responded to swiftly, no matter how silly they ultimately were. We honestly can't recommend your services enough to anyone wanting to book a dream holiday, thank you so much for all of your help (:

Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge, South Africa

Amazing! Luxurious accommodation, Michelin star quality food, the most friendly staff who really go above and beyond to make the stay comfortable, excellent safari guide (Jacques). We wouldn’t change a single thing about it. Experience of a lifetime. We will definitely be going back.

Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge, South Africa

Makanyane was fantastic, all of the staff were very friendly and made sure you enjoyed your stay. The lodges were great, food amazing and the guides on the safari drives were very knowledgeable. I would strongly recommend Makanyane to anyone thinking of going on safari. We dealt with Tessa at Turquoise Holidays who gave superb advice when considering where to go and the overall service was excellent with very prompt responses to questions we had. Thank you to all at Turquoise and Makanyane for making our trip so special.

Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge, South Africa

It is certainly not easy to put into words how amazing this place is! We had spent 2 weeks in South Africa up to this point and Safari was undoubtedly the best place we went. The staff at the lodge were the most welcoming and helpful and as it was a small lodge it was easy to feel like part of the Makanyane family. Dylan was our guide and he made our game drives fun, educational and certainly adventurous, even getting up at 5.00am it was totally worth it to go out and see these amazing animals. We went with the impression that we wouldn't see much but we saw EVERYTHING, even the Wild African Dog! It was quite an experience watching Dylan and one of the other guides tracking them one morning as they heard they had been seen in the area. You only had to get a short distance from the lodge and you would bump into an elephant or impala. The lodge was very luxurious the food was amazing the setting even more so. We did 1 night out in the Hideaway which was a great experience, being under the stars and listening to the animals at night. We would 100% go back to Makanyane and would recommend anyone else to go and experience this beautiful place with the most amazing people.

Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge, South Africa

This was by far the best experience ever!! We stayed here for 4 nights and saw the most amazing and beautiful animals. The staff were soo friendly and kind and so helpful, they made us feel at home. We also stayed at Lux* Belle Mare and there's nothing more to say that wow! The hotel is out of the world and the rooms are amazing. The staff really went out of their way to help you and the food was delicious. Thank you Lyndsey for making our honeymoon the best ever. You listened to what we wanted and created the most amazing package which met our needs and expectations.

Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge, South Africa

We spent the first part of our honeymoon here, it was the most beautiful place. The lodges are amazing, the staff so welcoming and attentive with every little detail taken care of, we especially liked the lighting of the log fire in our room to welcome us back after a long day out on safari. Our tour guide Kaiser was brilliant, he did everything within his power and with respect towards the animals to give us the best experience possible and to see as many animals as we possibly could. We couldn't recommend this place enough! We'd also like to thank all the staff at Turquoise for helping us make the trip a possibility!

Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge, South Africa

Chris helped my fiance and I book our honeymoon, and we had the most amazing trip - thank you! Feedback on Turquoise Holidays: Turquoise were brilliant at every stage of the process, they were helpful, informative, responsive, and helped us to plan the trip of a lifetime. They were respectful of our budget and helped us work out where the splurge was worth it. The honeymoon donations page for our wedding gift list also worked really well! Feedback on Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge: The staff absolutely make this place. The transfer is quite long from Jo'burg (5 hour drive), but totally worth it. They take care of everything and with only 8 lodges, the service you get truly feels personal, and you really get to know other people staying there. I am dairy intolerant and they were incredible - they would see me, and (knowing I can't have dairy), bring over some milk alternatives, or make me my own batch of dairy free food, desserts, cake - I felt so spoiled, I normally have to miss out on dessert. They fed us so much and the food was spectacular. The game reserve itself was also great, we got to tick off everything we wanted to see, and were able to get really quite close to the animals. We also got on really well with our ranger Jacques, who really knew what he was talking about. We were very sad to leave Makanyane (although 4 nights is about the right amount of time), we have some memories we will really treasure. Feedback on Shangri La - Mauritius: Going from such amazing, personalised service at a small lodge, to a massive resort in Mauritius took us a little while to adjust, but the resort and the island were just beautiful. We had a junior hibiscus suite which was right on the beach, and we could watch the sun rise every morning. The room wasn't quite as luxurious as I had thought, but was still lovely, and the food was delicious. Overall, amazing honeymoon, but our stay at Makanyane was definitely the highlight, I can't recommend it highly enough.

Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge, South Africa

I have to tell you - that was absolutely the best trip of our lives! I LOVED Cape Town and would love to go back and spend more time there! We did a 6 hour tour around the cape our first full day, seeing the cape, Simon's Town, the penguins and polishing it off with Chapmans Peak. It was definitely one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. And we had some amazing food - I could not get over how plentiful and fresh the seafood was - certainly top notch. We did climb up to the top of Table Mountain - it was awesome! But I have to admit - a very tough climb! The highlight of the trip was the safari for sure. We had no idea what to expect and at one point in a drive I just looked at Jessica and told her it seemed like it wasn't even real. Makayane was really superb - and again, incredible cuisine. I am literally having to go on a diet after the vacation (well I should at least)... We have raved about our trip (so far three days back) to anyone we come into contact with - and especially about how great it was working with you. Having the transfers booked to pick you up and walk you through spots is very beneficial. I just wish it wasn't so far away - so we could go back more often. The safari was so incredible - really hard to put into words. But the resort, rooms, our guide, food - and the fact that it is very small - all were wonderful aspects. It took about all day to transfer to Johannesburg then fly to Mauritius - but it was great. We upgraded our flight which was awesome - having full recline seats - and wine! Then it took about an hour once we left the airport to get to the Shangri La. The Shangri La was very pretty - and their private island was gorgeous. Then we went every day over to Il Mangenie - the staff there are really amazing and the views of the ocean were heavenly. It was, as I said, the best trip ever - trip of a lifetime. If I could go back each year, I probably would - just to get some seafood and be on the safari! Even with the 40 hour trip. Thank you SO much for putting it together for us - we loved every minute of it.

Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge, South Africa

Safari was awesome, so glad we did it. The Sanctuary Safari lodge was superb. So welcoming, quiet, peaceful and every member of staff from manager Lynette, our guide Kaizer, Alfie, Matilda, Ben and the night porter David made us feel so special. The experience was full on and 4 nights is probably the right amount of time, with the long and fully planned days to much longer would have been difficult to do without missing a game drive. Kaizer our guide was the nicest, most enthusiastic person we could have wished for. He lives by two quotes; never give up and enthusiasm brings luck! Both which he installed into ourselves and the three others in his vehicle which made for some fantastic wildlife encounters. We saw the big 5 in 2 drives added the super 6, then completed the magnificent 7 (Rhino, Elephant, Leopard, Cheetah, Lion, Wild Dogs, Buffalo) but also had two magical encounters with 2 of the 6 Black Rhino of the reserve as well. So completed what we have now dubbed the Emotional 8! Kaizer had never done this with any group he had taken out, usually one would stay elusive. So a magical time was had with over 900 pictures taken by me!

Sanctuary Makanyane, South Africa

Firstly, we enjoyed both SA and Seychelles however our stay at the Sanctuary Makanyane Lodge was the highlight of the trip. The staff was so helpful, friendly and accommodating. The food was absolutely amazing, 5 star's for sure! The rooms were clean with stunning views of the river. The game drives exceeded all expectations. Our ranger, Darren was so knowledgeable and went above and beyond to make sure we saw the Big 5. It was truly a once in a lifetime experience.

Sanctuary Makanyane, South Africa

The staff at Makanyane were just wonderful, they were so incredibly welcoming from the very start when they rolled out a special lunch for us and settled us into our accommodation. The lodge was just fantastic, so incredibly homely – we wanted to stay for longer. Dylan, our safari guide was superb and incredibly knowledgeable, and actually due to timing it was actually just us and him for 4 of our 7 game drives, which was excellent. We managed to see 4 of the big 5 – which means we have to go back of course, and would absolutely go back to Makanyane at the drop of a hat. We also enjoyed some treatments, and had probably the best massages we’ve ever had – well worth it.

Sanctuary Makanyane, South Africa

I've left my heart in Makanyane...My new husband and I stayed here earlier this month on the first leg of our honeymoon (booked through Turquoise). We had never been on safari before, so were't entirely sure what to expect, and it is of course quite a lot of money to pay, so we had pretty high expectations - these were absolutely met and exceeded. I really can't recommend Makanyane highly enough. The lodge itself is fantastic as is the location within the Madikwe Game Reserve.

Sanctury Makanyane Safari Lodge,

After a fantastic flight up from Johannesburg in a light aircraft, we were met on the airstrip by Kaizer, our guide for the three days we had a Makanyane. On the half hour drive to the lodge, we saw elephant, lions, giraffes and several kinds of antelope, which was a great start to our safari! The lodge was superb. Although the common area looked a bit tired and could perhaps do with updating, the rooms themselves were incredible (huge thanks to Lara for managing to get us a room with a great view over the river). Our guide Kaizer was great and we saw a huge range of wildlife on our game drives (leopard and cheetahs being the notable exceptions). One thing you will not be lacking at Makanyane is food - we were constantly being fed and the food itself was delicious. All in all, a fantastic three days!

Island of the month: Mauritius

Mauritius isn’t just an island to enjoy a luxury hotel with soft, white sandy shores and delicious locally grown food with tip-top service. It’s also an island to explore and find exhilarating activities such as hiking, zip-lining and horse riding, as well as helicopter tours and swimming to a waterfall.

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Island of the month: Mauritius

Mauritius isn’t just an island to enjoy a luxury hotel with soft, white sandy shores and delicious locally grown food with tip-top service. It’s also an island to explore and find exhilarating activities such as hiking, zip-lining and horse riding, as well as helicopter tours and swimming to a waterfall.