aha Makalali Private Game Reserve is currently closed due to a refurb and extension of the lodge. The expected end date is November 2017.

We apologise for any inconvenience and offer our sincere thanks for your patience and support. For any queries, please contact cro@aha.co.za.


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Makalali Private Game Lodge (Makalali which means place of rest), was an old cattle farm when it was bought in the early nineties. Restocking and regeneration of the veld were top priorities, but so was creating a lodge with a difference. The innovative design was conceived by Sylvio Rech who envisaged a lodge built under the giant trees that guard the river.

Makalali Private Game Lodge provides a dining experience that is relaxed and informal. Our chefs produce a line up of dining experiences, from dinner in the bush to a ‘boma dinner’ under the stars.

We pride ourselves on going ‘the extra mile’ and creating exclusive settings, whether it’s for a romantic wedding, a conference, or private dining event.

Makalali Private Game Lodge offers a range of activities from rafting, abseiling, hot air balloon rides, golfing excursions, to visiting the Cheetah Breeding Project.



“Loved the accommodation, make sure you book 3 nights!”




We stayed at two other reserves during our visit to South Africa– the rooms at Makalali were the most uniquely decorated and attractive of our stay. The memory of relaxing on the sala of our bungalow while elephants stroll by won’t soon be forgotten.

Tamara P

Apex, North Carolina


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