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Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge

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5 star
South Africa
North West
Madikwe Game Reserve, Madikwe, 2876, South Africa
Madikwe Game Reserve

Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge

Per Person Per Night Sharing Single Rate 3rd Adult sharing rate Child Rate
06 Jan – 30 April R 6000.00 R 9050.00 R 3150.00 R 3150.00
01 May – 31 Aug R 5152.00 R 5152.00 R 2576.00 R 2576.00
01 Sept – 06 Jan 19 R 6762.00 R 10 143.00 R 3381.00 R 3381.00

The above rates are based on a 1 – 3 night stay. The longer you stay, the less you pay. Please feel free to chat to one of our friendly and informative consultants who will provide you with a quote for a stay of 4 nights or more.

Rates Include
Transfer to and from Madikwe Game Reserve airstrip,
All meals, and non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages (house wines, local beers, local spirits and soft drinks),
Game viewing activities (2 daily game drives and/or game walks),
Laundry services, emergency medical evacuation and park fees.
Rates Exclude
International and domestic flights, and any road transfers,
Landing fees for Madikwe Game Reserve airstrip,
Travel insurance, boutique purchases, gratuities, spa treatments, and all other items of a personal nature.


Welcome to Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge

Situated on private ground within the malaria free, “Big 5” Madikwe Game Reserve in South Africa’s North West Province, the lodge caters for just sixteen guests, ensuring personal attention and exclusivity.

Luxurious accommodation, exceptional cuisine, welcoming service and thrilling game viewing combine to create an unforgettable luxury safari experience at the malaria free Sanctuary Makanyane Luxury Safari Lodge.

Why Visit Sanctuary Makanyane

  • Sanctuary Makanyane has eight luxurious and secluded air-conditioned suites
  • Malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve is home to lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and black and white rhino.
  • Expert guides – we understand how essential your guide is to making your luxury safari South Africa unforgettable.
  • Sleep out under the stars – unique opportunity to spend a romantic night under the African sky. Not available June and July.
  • Exclusive location – Sanctuary Makanyane is located on 1 800 hectares of privately owned ground which is reserved exclusively for our guests
  • Exceptional cuisine – fine wines from the award-winning wine list complement the exceptional cuisine

Property Facilities Include:

  • 24 – hour security
  • gym
  • malaria free
  • pool
  • spa
  • bar
  • internet access
  • private vehicle, at an additional cost
  • retaurant
  • eco friendly

Accommodation at Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge in the Madikwe Game Reserve

Designed to have minimal environmental impact, constructed from local stone, wood and thatch and blending effortlessly with the bush, the lodge allows guests to continuously experience the natural beauty of their surroundings. Hidden in riverside forest, the eight luxurious suites, each with glass-walled bedrooms, overlook the Marico River, offering uninterrupted views of the surrounding bush. The suites have open-fronted lounges, private sundecks and spacious bathrooms that can be opened to the forest. The lodge has an infinity-edge swimming pool, gym, health and beauty treatment centre and lookout point with magnificent views.

Luxury Safari Lodge

  • Sanctuary Makanyane has 8 luxurious and secluded air-conditioned suites.
  • The wrap-around glass walls allow guests spectacular views of the river, the surrounding bush and its many inhabitants.
  • The bathrooms are spacious and opulent with roll top baths, inside and outside showers and sliding doors that open the bathroom to the bush.
  • The suites also have an outside lounge area and private game-viewing sun deck

Sleep Out Under The Stars

Hidden deep in the bush on the lodge’s private ground is a secure, raised hide with a second-storey sleeping deck. Here guests are given the unique opportunity to spend a romantic night under the African sky, surrounded only by lanterns and the African bush, an unforgettable experience! Available for 2 guests. The Hide is seasonal and not available in June and July.

Activities on Site (Some may be seasonal)

  • Big 5 Game Drives
  • Guided Walks
  • Massages
  • Game Viewing
  • Bird Watching
  • Sleep Out

Game Drives

Lion, elephant, black and white rhino, buffalo and leopard are all here in abundance, as well as cheetah, giraffe and both spotted and brown hyena and you have the chance of seeing any of these species. Madikwe is also the one of the best places in Southern Africa to watch the elusive and rare wild dog, a fascinating species on the brink of extinction. Travelling through Makanyane’s completely private 1,800 hectares and the 75,000 hectares of the magnificent Madikwe Game Reserve, your guide will share their wealth of knowledge with you, from the fascinating private life of the dung beetle to the intricacies of the wild dog’s social system. There are two daily game drives at Makanyane, timed to make the most of the periods  when the game is the most active, one in the early morning and another in the late afternoon. The afternoon drive, after a brief stop to enjoy sundowners, continues into the night, a shielded spotlight revealing the nocturnal wildlife of the bush.

Game Walks

For an even more in-depth exploration of the bush, a game walk is essential. A highly educational and uniquely enlightening experience, your armed and experienced guide will lead you along game paths in the footsteps of the animals, allowing you to feel the thrill of walking through this wild environment. Away from the noise and disturbance of the game drive vehicle, guests are able to experience the more subtle nuances of the bush – the sounds, smells and textures of the surroundings can be appreciated. The walks are planned according to the interests and abilities of the guests and are a highly recommended experience! (Please note that guests under the age of 16 years are not permitted on walks. Guests over the age of 60 are required to produce a medical certificate stating that they are fit for such an activity.)

An ideal way to soothe away the stress and strain of everyday life is to let the highly trained health and beauty therapisst pamper you. The lodge offers a comprehensive list of Health and Beauty treatments, from massage, aromatherapy and hot stone treatments right through to facials and manicures, to ensure that there is something to appeal to everyone.

Guests can enjoy their treatments in the secluded bush spa, on the deck of their suite, or in a variety of locations, such as our look-out point, where the views can be enjoyed during the treatment.

Health and beauty treatments on offer include:

  • Body treatments
  • Waxing
  • Specialised treatments
  • Manicures and pedicures
  • Body treatments

Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge is located in Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa. The lodge is accessible by road and air.

There are daily shuttle flights between the reserve and Johannesburg International Airport.

By air:

  • OR Tambo International Airport to Madikwe Game Reserve – 1 hr

By road:

  • OR Tambo International Airport to Makanyane Lodge – 3.5 – 5 hrs
  • Madikwe Game Reserve airstrip to Makanyane Lodge – 30 mins


Enjoy extra discounts on your safari getaway with our extended stay offers for 2018

Stay 4-6 nights & save up to 30%

Stay 7+ nights & save up to 40%

Terms and Conditions Apply

Policies of Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge

A non-refundable 20% deposit is payable within 48 hours to confirm a booking with the balance due 60 days prior to arrival. If a booking is made 60 days or less before arrival the full cost of the booking is payable immediately to confirm the booking. Last minute bookings are payable before arrival. Cancellation policies apply. Refunds, if agreed, are subject to administration fees.
Children aged 12 and over are welcome at Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge. A maximum of two children aged 12 – 15 inclusive are able to share a suite with two adults.

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