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Makalali Private Game Reserve

N & NW Province & Mpumalanga, South Africa


  • Two game drives in open vehicles are provided daily -one in the early morning (you'll be woken with tea) and the other late in the afternoon. Refreshments are included. You're likely to be sharing the vehicles with other guests, but if required a private Land Rover can be arranged for an extra fee. Animals in the reserve include lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant, giraffe, white rhino, zebra, kudu and an array of other antelope and smaller mammals

  • If you’re on an evening game drive ask you guide about the stars; all guides are trained to recognise and explain the constellations, giving you a tour of the sky as well as the land

  • Educational walking trails will give you a better insight into the plantlife and smaller wildlife - this is a great location for bird watching

  • If the rugged game drives are taking it out of you, request a massage from the in-house therapist (this does cost extra)

  • Tribal dancing and drumming performances can be arranged for an extra cost

  • Off-site early morning balloon rides can be arranged, though they do clash with the morning game drive

  • Spend the afternoon rafting on the Olifants river

  • Learn about the local Shangaan culture at the tribal museum and visit the Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre

  • Go golfing. The Merensky Golf Course is next to the Kruger National Park and your camp manager can assist with booking

  • There is a Panorama/Enscarpment day trip that will take you around the rugged yet picturesque plateau of the Drakensberg Mountains and through the Lowveld plains. Alternatively, take a scenic small plane flight over the Drakensberg Mountains

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Bird watching
  • Food and wine
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Private guided tours
  • Rafting
  • Safaris
  • Well being
  • Wildlife viewing
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