Makalali Game Reserve offers an otherworldly safari experience away from the madding crowd of tourists kicking up dust as vehicles skirmish to spot wildlife interactions in the Kruger National Park. Instead, this leading pioneer in eco-tourism has only two accommodation options on the reserve where local hospitality, generosity, and comfort are coupled with the South African wilderness.
Meaning ‘place of rest’, Makalali takes its literal meaning to a new level. This quiet nook of the Greater Kruger Area will have guests feeling as if they are the only occupants in the entire bushveld. Twice-daily game drives or bush walks with expert guides are an exciting experience while the family-friendly Makalali Lodge’s mini-ranger’s course will allow the little ones to join in on the fun. Garonga Safari Camp’s dreamy décor and bush sleep-out options are sure to hits with hopeless romantics.
Aside from game-drives, bush walks, and spa treatments, other activities include hot-air balloon rides, tribal dancing and drumming, rafting, and abseiling along the Olifants River. You’ll also have the chance to be introduced to the local Shangaan culture. Visitors can reach Makalali via the reserve’s airstrip or the nearby Eastgate and Phalaborwa Airports. This is a low-risk malaria area and guests are encouraged to take the necessary precautions.
- Makalali Game Reserve offers a safari experience away from the crowds of nearby Kruger National Park
- The reserve is home to the Big 5 and an abundance of other animals
- An array of activities are on offer, from game drives to hot-air-balloon rides
- The area is easily reached via Makalali’s own airstrip or the nearby Eastgate and Phalaborwa Airports
- A variety of accommodation options are available from luxury lodges to tented camps