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.
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.
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 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.
The summer months, October to March are usually hot with afternoon thunderstorms. Makalali is located in a summer rainfall region. Late afternoon thunderstorms happen regularly however usually do not last long. Light clothing, walking shoes, sun hats and sunscreen are important items.
Winters are dry with cold nights and early mornings. Guests will need warm clothing for winter months from June to August. Summer temperatures range between 17°C / 63 F and 37°C / 99 F. Winter temperatures range between 9°C / 48 F and 28°C / 83