Makanyi Private Game Lodge


An impeccable lodge overlooking a dam

Located in the Timbavati Game Reserve (known as ‘the place where something sacred came down to earth), Makanyi Private Game Lodge opened its doors in 2015, and has sailed to the top of most safari-lovers’ bucket lists ever since. Here, white lions roam the land, with glinting fur like starlight.

Aside from the rare white lions, Timbavati is home to the Big 5 and a wealth of other animals and birds. From the guttural moans of the lions to the evening grunts of hungry hippos, life moves in its own pleasant rhythms, watched in wonder by Makanyi guests. Two ways to capture these moments include a photographic safari with a tutor and private vehicle or an art safari with renowned painter Warren Cary. The usual bush walks, game drives, and star gazing tours are also available. 

The lodge’s accommodation in the form of seven luxury suites overlooking the dam, with extra-large beds, Nespresso machines, Wi-Fi, sitting areas with fireplaces, spacious bathrooms, and private decks with loungers and outdoor showers. Two honeymoon suites are available with four-poster beds, and private plunge pools.



  • Timbavati is home to rare white lions and the Big 5
  • Photographic and art safari offered, along with game drives, bush walks, star gazing tours, and fishing
  • Spa, swimming pool, loft, lounge, bar and gym facilities available
  • Luxury suites with fireplaces and private decks

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Makanyi Private Game Lodge
Timbavati Game Reserve
Kruger National Park
South Africa

Makanyi Private Game Lodge is tucked away in a beautiful corner of Timbavati Game Reserve in the Greater Kruger National Park. Here white lions roam, along with the Big 5, and guests can partake in activities like photographic and art safaris, and guided star gazing.

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