Best Things to Do in Makanyane Luxury Safari Lodge

You would be forgiven for mistaking Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge as paradise, after-all, it does come pretty close. A true oasis to body, mind and soul, there are only 8 luxurious air-conditioned suites ensuring privacy and personal attention.

Situated on select grounds within the malaria free, Madikwe Game Reserve in South Africa’s North West Province, the lodge features exclusive and thrilling Big 5 game viewing.

Wonder what you’ll be doing in the bush besides holding a pair of binoculars? Here are 4 absolutely extravagant experiences to savour at Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge.

Sleep in a luxury tree-house

This is where childhood dreams become all the extravagance they were made out to be. A night under the stars in a luxury treehouse becomes a fairy-tale setting surrounded by lanterns and the tranquillity of the bushveld.

Hidden in the bush on the lodge’s private land is a secure, raised sleeping deck with a king bed, romantically draped mosquito netting and champagne for special occasions.

Watch the sunset, gaze at the stars and let the sounds of the wild sing you to sleep. This one-night excursion is a dreamy experience of romance and moonlight.

R and R

Whether you’re stressed out from city life or a little fragile from dusty, bumpy game drives, retreat into an oasis of pampering at the Sanctuary Makanyane Spa.

The secluded bush spa offers a haven of tranquillity and magnificent views from which you can admire the wild during your treatment. Alternatively enjoy a massage, aromatherapy or hot stone treatment on the deck of your personal suite.

The highly trained health and beauty therapists at Makanyane are dedicated to providing you with a spa experience that will leave you feeling relaxed and renewed.

Gastronomic Adventures

With an enviable reputation for outstanding service, cuisine and an excellent wine cellar, dining at Sanctuary Makanyane is an experience to be savoured. In fact, we’d go so far as to say it’s an entire adventure in itself. An exciting fusion of local and international fare is prepared using the finest and freshest local and imported ingredients. 

Fine wines are paired with meticulously crafted dishes for your indulgence.

Breakfasts are picnic style, enjoyed on your game-drive as you discuss safari adventures.

Further you can delight in private meals, classy buffet lunches, afternoon teas with splendid views and an a la carte three course dinner. Tantalize your taste buds under a canopy of stars or next to cosy fires.

Game Drives 

The malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve is home to lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino and boasts a location on 1 800 hectares of privately-owned ground which is reserved exclusively for Sanctuary Makanyane guests game viewing. Additionally, 75,000 hectares of the magnificent Madikwe Game Reserve is open for safari excursions where some rare and endangered animals such as spotted and brown hyena and wild dog can be seen.

Knowing that a guide can make or break your safari experience, the reserve prides itself in highly qualified and experienced guides ready to entertain you with their wealth of knowledge. From the fascinating life of the dung beetle to the intricacies of the wild dog’s social system, they have many answers for you.

Two daily game drives are timed to make the most of periods when game is most active. Afternoon drives include a stop to soak in the breath-taking bushveld sunsets with sundowners and then continue into the night revealing a completely new perspective into the nocturnal wildlife of the bush.

Whether you are relaxing, dining or staring in awe at beastly creatures of the wild, the experience of Sanctuary Makanyane’s exclusive location and warm hospitality is one that will remain an unforgettable memory of wonder and enchantment.

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