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Unforgettable Safari in South Africa

Makumu Game Lodge is a luxurious and intimate establishment situated in the big five Klaserie Private Nature Reserve in Hoedspruit, South Africa. Come on safari and enjoy game drives twice daily in open Land Rovers with a ranger and a Shangaan tracker helping you spot amazing animals in the wild! Step into the tastefully designed African lodge and feel welcome! A seamless mixture of luxury and nature awaits you at Makumu.

Key information

  • Group and private safari possible, rates will vary depending on this
  • Minimum group size: 2 persons
  • Maximum group size: 12 persons
  • Children policy: Children are allowed on this safari starting from the age of 8 years old. If the whole lodge is booked exclusively, children of all ages are welcome.
  • Starting point and ending point: Makumu Private Game Lodge
  • English speaking guide
  • Park fees are included if not self-driving


  • Morning and afternoon game drives
  • Explore the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve
  • See lions, elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, and more
  • Walking trails, tracking big game on foot, bird watching
  • Transportation in an open sided 4x4 vehicle
  • Daily delicious meals, teas, and coffee
  • Beers, wine, and soft drinks
  • 4 nights accommodation


4 activity days
Group size: 2-12 participants
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  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Laundry
  • Wireless internet

Welcome to the Home of Endless Views (Makumu aptly means ‘endless view’ in the Xitsonga language).

Makumu Private Game Lodge is an intimate oasis surrounded by the harshness, unpredictability and unspoiled appeal of the African bushveld. Six luxurious and beautifully appointed suites in 3 villas, accommodating a maximum of twelve guests, ensure an exclusive blend of absolute comfort, style and privacy.

Inspired by the Bushman, Ndebele and Zulu tribes of Africa, the suites are decorated with their own unique character. Each is large and spacious, to reflect the open air and space of the African bush, offering a King Suite and smaller Impi Suite. The en-suite bathrooms have an indoor shower, as well as the King Suite having a perfectly positioned ‘tub with a view’, while the wooden decks of the King Suites each boast a hammock perfect for those lazy afternoons. With minimal electricity (all rooms have fans and plug points), come nightfall the lodge is lit entirely by candlelight.

World-class game viewing, a crackling boma fire, moonlit evenings and legendary bush hospitality are all part of the experience. Explore the mysterious wildlands of the Klaserie on foot or in an open game drive vehicle. Game viewing at Makumu is opportunistic, with no time constraints nor schedules - the ultimate benefit of exclusivity. The highly skilled ranger and tracker team offer a multifaceted safari offering that includes day and night game drives, walking, tracking and quiet observation from a hide - all part of the Makumu wilderness experience.

Another new and exciting addition to Makumu is the photographic bunker. 'iThumbela' as the bunker has been named, which loosely translated from the Xitsonga language means ‘place to hide', is sunken below ground and overlooks a watering hole, offering guests the opportunity to photograph wildlife coming to the water to cool down or drink, at ground level.The rock pool overlooking a watering hole provides the ideal cool-off while spotting any game with a similar idea. Shaded loungers beckon for an afternoon siesta before setting out with the dipping sun in an open Land Rover. Pearl-spotted owlet, giraffe, hyena, wild dog, zebra, warthog, elephant and vervet monkey are amongst the frequent visitors — not forgetting a variety of antelope: kudu, impala, waterbuck and nyala.Back at the all-inclusive lodge, situated above the banks of the Leopard riverbed, the wooden-decked boma offers the perfect spot for evening dining. Situated under the vast African skies, bathed in the gentle light of candles and lanterns, guests can listen to the far-off roar of the lion and the gentle rasping of the leopard while tucking into a delectable meal.

Families with children of all ages are welcome for exclusive lodge bookings only when Makumu can accommodate up to a party of 10. Dinner is served on the boma deck situated on the banks of the non-perennial Dundee riverbed. Pre-arranged massages are available for an extra fee, in privacy, on the top deck overlooking the African bushveld. For the more energetic, they offer a treadmill, bicycle, and rowing machine.


  • Boma deck situated above the banks of the nonperennial Leopard river bed
  • Swimming pool overlooking the waterhole
  • Upper lounge with fireplace and viewing deck
  • Wi-Fi
  • Fans in all rooms
  • Games
  • International plug points in all villas
  • Drinkable water from our own source
  • Outdoor fitness area


  • 05:15 – 05:30 Wake up call
  • 05:30 – 06:00 Morning tea
  • 06:00 – 06:15 Depart for morning game drive
  • 09:30 – 10:00 Return from morning game drive
  • 10:00 – 11:00 Big brunch (cold and warm)
  • 11:00 – 15:15 Relax at the pool or in your suite
  • 15:15 – 15:45 Afternoon high tea
  • 15:45 – 16:00 Depart for afternoon game drive
  • 19:00 – 19:45 Return for dinner and welcome drink
  • 20:00 – 20:30 Start dinner

Note: Please note that Makumu does have schedule changes in summer and winter, the same as all other lodges. It all depends on the season.

Included activities

  • Game drives
  • Walking safaris
  • Bird watching
  • Game viewing hide & Photographic Bunker (NEW)
  • Use of outdoor fitness area


Klaserie Private Nature Reserve is one of the largest privately owned big five nature reserves in South Africa, covering some 60,000 hectares, and is part of the Greater Kruger National Park. It is an entirely non-governmental organization involved in the full spectrum of nature conservation.

With the Klaserie river bisecting the reserve on its way to the Olifants River and Mozambique, this unfenced, untamed wilderness has it all - from spectacular scenery, an amazing array of wildlife and an abundance of bird species.


During your stay, your will be provided with all meals, as well as teas, coffee, and a selection of local beverages including beers, wines, and soft drinks.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Soda
  • Alcoholic beverages

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)

Additional activities

  • Massages
  • Flying safaris
  • Reptile demonstrations
  • Full day exclusive use of the photographic bunker/photographic safaris

More information and prices on request

What's included

  • All game viewing activities (morning and afternoon drives, walking trails, tracking big game on foot, bird watching)
  • All meals, teas, coffee, and a selection of local beverages including beers, wines, and soft drinks
  • Boma deck situated above the banks of the non-perennial Leparol riverbed
  • Upper lounge with fireplace and viewing deck
  • Swimming pool overlooking the waterhole
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Free airport transfers
  • Fans in all rooms
  • Games
  • Wi-Fi
  • VAT

What's not included

  • Laundry services
  • Entrance fees to the reserve of 190 ZAR (if self-driving)
  • Additional activities like massages, reptile demonstrations, and flying safaris (More information and prices on request)
  • Full day exclusive use of the Photographic bunker/photographic safaris (More information and prices on
  • request)
  • Airport transfers

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Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% 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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Pricing information

All price are originally quoted in South African Rand and are VAT inclusive and subject to availability. All tariffs quoted are subject to change, without prior notice. However, rates quoted for confirmed bookings will be honored.

The prices below are only applicable to South African citizens or South African residents holding one of the following visas:

  • Student Visa
  • Resident Visa
  • Work Visa or similar

For more information, please send an inquiry.


This tour is available all year round. Please select your arrival date below.

Season information

All bookings made from

Peak season
  • August 1, 2020/21 to August 31, 2020/21
  • December 15, 2020/21 to January 15, 2021/22
Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

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