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5 Days All-inclusive Luxury Big Five Safari in Timbavati Game Reserve, Greater Kruger, South Africa
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(No availability) 5 Days All-inclusive Luxury Big Five Safari in Timbavati Game Reserve, Greater Kruger, South Africa

Makanyi Private Game Lodge, Kruger Park, Middle Road, Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, Hoedspruit, 1380, South Africa

Luxury Lodge Safari in South Africa

Adventure Africa invites you to an award-winning Makanyi Private Game Lodge to experience an authentic luxury safari in Timbavati Game Reserve, bordering the world-famous Kruger National Park. Unique, jaw-dropping experiences that wow and amaze are what define this tour. The team puts a particular focus on finer details which include little surprises during your holiday and unique interactive experiences with Africa's Big 5. These little details are what excite you and give you special stories to go home with. Book now and enjoy the hospitality and the luxury the South African bush has to offer!

Key information

  • Group safari
  • Minimum group size: 1 person
  • Maximum group size: 16 persons
  • Children policy: Children from the age of 14 years old are allowed to participate under the supervision of a parent or guardian.
  • Starting and ending point: Hoedspruit Airport (HDS)
  • Languages: English and Afrikaans speaking guides
  • All park fees are included.


  • 2 daily game drives
  • Open 4x4 vehicle for game viewing
  • Witness the famous Big Five in their natural habitat
  • Explore Timbavati Game Reserve, a part of Greater Kruger National Park
  • Stay in a luxury lodge set in the middle of Big 5 Country overlooking a private waterhole
  • Breakfast, lunch, high tea, dinner, and drinks
  • 4 nights of luxury accommodation
  • Roundtrip airport transfers


5 activity days in English
The organizer also speaks: Afrikaans
Group size: Maximum of 16 participants
Airport transfer included: Air Force Base Hoedspruit
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Makanyi Lodge

Makanyi Private Game Lodge is a true African inspired, luxury experience and is located in the southern Timbavati Nature Reserve - a superior area for wildlife. There, guests will be able to witness Africa’s Big 5 (lion, buffalo, elephant, leopard, and rhino) as well as the rare and fascinating white lion. What sets Makanyi apart from any other lodge in the Timbavati is that they give special attention to detail. While on game drives, there are no time restrictions at sightings, congestion of vehicles and guests will be guided by expert trackers who’ll trace animals without being notified of their whereabouts.

Luxury suites

Makanyi consists of a luxury main lodge and seven suites; each aesthetically designed with immaculate views overlooking the dam. The main lodge is spacious, exudes elegance and unsullied furnishings, still keeping to the authentic African essence. Each suite is a marriage between modern and rustic elements with different wood textures and stone wall overlays.

Two of the seven suites are especially ideal for newlyweds as they’re further away from the main lodge, offer more privacy and have their own plunge pool. All rooms include special amenities such as complimentary Wi-Fi, telephone, minibar, and Nespresso coffee machines.

  • Accommodation level: Luxury


  • 5 luxury suites
  • 2 luxury pool suites
  • Curio shop
  • Lounge area
  • Bar area
  • Indoor dining room area
  • Outdoor dining area
  • Outdoor thatched dining area (lapa)
  • Outside deck overlooking an active water hole
  • Firepit
  • Boma
  • Swimming pool
  • Spa


Day 1

Upon arrival at Hoedspruit Airport (HDS), you are met by Adventura Africa's local representative who will transfer you privately by road to the beautiful Makanyi Lodge in the Timbavati Nature Reserve. The drive is approximately three hours long and led by expert guides and trackers who will find and show you the finest wildlife that South Africa has to offer.

Your safari is all about experiencing and viewing the animals, birds, and plant-life that is so abundant in this beautiful part of the world. Stop of sunset drinks in the bush and hear the sounds of the nocturnal animals coming to life. After your drive, you return to the lodge for dinner and enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure.

Day 2 to Day 4

You have an early morning wake up call, followed by coffee and tea along with some snacks before departing on your morning safari. The drive is approximately three hours long, and your guide and tracker will look for the Big 5 and other wonderful animals that are found in the area. You will stop for some tea and coffee and snacks before heading back to the lodge for breakfast and a day at leisure.

Spend some time relaxing at the lodge and enjoying all the facilities it has. In the afternoon after lunch, you will depart on your safari with a stop for sunset drinks and return to the lodge after about three hours for dinner.

Day 5

After your morning game drive and breakfast, you will check out of the lodge and be collected for your transfer to the airport.


From the moment you arrive, you know you are somewhere special. Makanyi Private Game Lodge is set in the middle of Big 5 Country overlooking a private waterhole in Timbavati Game Reserve, the ideal place to relax and unwind before embarking on your first game drive.



  • Gym
  • Spa
  • Stargazing
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Zip lining


  • Bar
  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Lounge
  • Mini bar
  • Multilingual staff
  • Special menu request


  • Free toiletries
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hair dryer
  • In-room dining
  • Laundry
  • Medical assistance
  • Mosquito net
  • Tour assistance


Catering to your every need, Makanyi will make sure that you’re well fed with the most nutritious and locally sourced foods. If you’re missing your own cuisine back home, Makanyi will accommodate to your specific taste preference, ensuring your stay is nothing less than memorable.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Along with your afternoon and morning game drives, guests may request other activities such as bush walks, star gazing, a photo safari with highly acclaimed photographer, Hilton Kotze, or an art safari with the artist of the year 2016, Warren Cary. For those who prefer time-out or a little R&R, can lounge around on the pool deck, sip on cocktails or enjoy a good read while the ‘calls of the wild’ echo in the background.

What's included

  • 2 game drives daily
  • 4 nights of luxury accommodation
  • Roundtrip transfers from Hoedspruit Airport (HDS)
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, high tea, and dinner)
  • All drinks (except champagne and premium alcohol)
  • Other daily activities taking place in the lodge area
  • Use of gym
  • Laundry service
  • Conservation levy and gate fee

What's not included

  • Special order wines, champagne or liqueurs
  • Photographic safaris
  • Spa treatments
  • Purchases from the curio shop
  • All items of a personal nature

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Hoedspruit Airport (HDS). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Adventura Africa will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Air Force Base Hoedspruit Airport transfer included: Air Force Base Hoedspruit No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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