Luxury suites in the private Timbavati Game Reserve


Facilities & services

  • Seven luxury suites
  • Main lodge with bar, lounge and pool
  • Spa and gym


  • Game drives
  • Bush walks
  • Star gazing
  • Fishing
  • Photographic and art safaris

Intimate, responsible and modern, Makanyi Lodge is a recent addition to Timbavati, a private game reserve flanking the unfenced western edge of the Kruger National Park renowned for its game viewing and white lion prides.

Set amidst the bush overlooking the surrounding wilderness, Makanyi’s seven luxury suites have huge beds, a sitting area with its own fireplace, a beautiful bathroom with a spacious shower and separate bathtub, a private deck and an outdoor shower. Two of the suites are special pool suites, located furthest from the main lodge and featuring four-poster beds and their own private plunge pool.

The Main Lodge enjoys stunning views of the dam, a draw for all manner of wildlife. Sun loungers around the pool are perfect for sunbathing, reading or dozing, whilst the cosy loft serves as a quiet reading area or lounge to enjoy TV or a movie. In the main area there are sofas by the roaring fireplace and a supremely well stocked bar. Dining can be a private affair or enjoyed in the lodge’s outdoor boma and dining room.

Explore the reserve on expertly guided game drives and bush walks – tracking rhino on foot is an unbeatable thrill and true privilege. Star gazing here is also sublime, the fishing is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon, and a professional wildlife photographer can be arranged to spend the day with you sharing knowledge how to take the best pictures in this most amazing of settings. The area surrounding Makanyi also offers a wealth attractions such as a wildlife rehabilitation centre, cultural tours, hot air ballooning, helicopter safaris and more.

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