July 2012 Feature Game Lodge : Makalali Private Game Lodge

July 2012 : This months featured game lodge is Makalali Private Game Lodge.

One of the best value game lodges in our South Africa holidays program, Makalali Private Game Lodge offers a fantastic safari experience on an enormous private reserve, friendly, personal service, wrapped up with excellent food and accommodation. Located at the foothills of the Drakensberg mountain range, this ethnic bush retreat lies in the Limpopo Province of South Africa.

Your stay at Makalali

Your stay at Makalali is at one of the four lodges the Makhutswi River located in each corner of the reserve. Each lodge is the same in layout and facilities. Guests are accommodated in large well appointed clay chalets. Each chalet has a large balcony and sala to relax and enjoy the sounds of the bush – a large bedroom with fireplace for winter and air conditioning for summer. The chalets enjoy spacious open aired outdoor showers and well appointed internal bathrooms with a large bath to unwind in after a long days safari.

Watch the iphone video walk through of a room at Makalali – thanks to Jon @ Above and Beyond Holidays

Safari at Makalali

Morning and evening game drives are the focus of your activities at Makalali – in summer, you are up at 5:30 for a 6:00 AM departure from the lodge. Winter gives you an extra 30 minutes for a 6:30 departure – with hot tea and coffee waiting for your departure.

Midway through your morning drive you stop for hot tea and coffee and muffins, before finishing your morning game drive and heading back to the lodge for a hearty full breakfast. The day is yours to enjoy the sounds of the bush, the pool and facilities at the Makalali Lodges including the library, or relax in the sun and enjoy the midday heat.

Your evening game drive starts at 5:30 in winter and 6:00 in summer. Sundowner drinks in the bush as the sun goes down breaks up your evening game drive, before you head back to the lodge to enjoy a lodge or boma dinner.

Makalali has all the “Big Five” – lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo as well as cheetah, giraffe, zebra and kudu to name just a few.

Dining at Makalali

Dining at Makalali is a combination of regional African cuisine using traditional cooking styles as well as western and european meals. Fresh juices, bread and cheeses are a feature of the continental breakfast, and a full hot breakfast is served for those wanting more. Lunch is as simple or as hearty as you like. Seasonal ingredients make fresh soups, which accompany salads, cold meats, fresh breads and of course a choice of soft and hard cheeses.

Evening meals at Makalali vary location. Guests can enjoy a dinner in the bush on a rocky outcrop or at around the camp boma under the stars. The open aired indoor-outdoor dining at our main lodges are set up for more formal plated meals for guests to eat individually or all together in a more casual relaxed fashion. Makalali will set up a private sala dinner at your chalet for guests looking for a more romantic, private setting.

All pictures supplied thanks to Jon @ Above and Beyond Holidays

Safari packages to Makalali

Featured in our Beach and Safari package, this package includes Air Mauritius airfares from Australia, a stopover at a resort in Mauritius, meals, transfers, overnights in Johannesburg and internal flights as specified.

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