Makalali Private Game Reserve
Located close to the mighty Drakensberg mountain range, west of the Kruger National Park. Considered one of the leading pioneers in ecotourism in South Africa, Makalali Private Game Reserve is home to over one thousand wild animals including Africa's "Big Five".
Makalali Private Game Reserve Highlights
Makalali means 'place of rest' and offers the ideal destination for a romantic honeymoon or traditional safari with magical sunsets, breathtaking views and exciting safari activities. Makalali Private Game Reserve offers an abundance of wildlife and plays host to over one thousand wild animals including Africa's Big Five, lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino. The reserve is family-friendly and Makalali Private Game Lodge welcomes children of all ages; however, the area is situated in a Malaria-risk area, hence precautions are essential.
- Perfect positioning, close to the mighty Drakensberg mountain range and west of the Kruger National Park.
- One of the leading pioneers in ecotourism in South Africa, Makalali Private Game Reserve is home to over 1000 wild animals including Africa's Big Five.
Little Garonga is small and exclusive and offers luxury safari accommodation with activities that include game drives, wilderness walks, sleep-outs under the African sky, outdoor safari bush-baths and aromatherapy and reflexology sessions.
Garonga Safari Camp contributes to the conservation efforts of the park, including elephant contraception research, and uses eco-friendly power alternatives that keep this lodge well in touch with nature without compromising on luxury.
Makalali Private Game Lodge has earned a reputation for being one of the best safari lodges on the planet; offering a superb location only 5 hours drive from Johannesburg, near the majestic Drakensberg Mountain range, and just west of the famous Kruger National Park.
How to Get there
Sun Safaris can arrange scheduled flights for guests from most major airports to Johannesburg. From there guests can take a rental car or Sun Safaris can arrange a road transfer for you. The distance from Johannesburg to Makalali is 506km and the drive will take between 5-6 hours on good roads. A map and directions will be provided when booking with us. Guests can also fly into Eastgate Airport (Hoedspruit) and take a rental car or road transfer to Makalali arranged by Sun Safaris.
Makalali Private Game Reserve Game Viewing and Activities
Makalali Private Game Reserve offers 22 000 hectares of pristine African wilderness playing host to the Big Five, lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo as well as a variety of general animal and bird life including cheetah, giraffe, zebra and kudu.
Safari activities at the camps and lodges vary; however, most include game drives, some night drives, walking safaris, birding and incredible star-gazing. Makalali has contributed to the ongoing conservation efforts of endangered species.
Garonga Safari Camp
Garonga Safari Camp and Little Garonga are exclusive camps situated in the greater Makalali Conservancy situated west of the Kruger National Park. This unassuming sanctuary promises an intimate wildlife encounter in an unhurried environment.
Makalali Game Lodge
Makalali is nestled on 26 000 hectares of conservancy and prevails as one of the finest private game lodges in the world. With its thatched spires and earthy walls, ancient mystical ornaments and Pan-African cuisine, Makalali offers a truly unique experience.