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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!”



“Makalali Game lodge ‘out of this world never mind out of Africa'”

wow! this is a life changing experience ! a must !
when you arrive at reception be prepared for the jet set lifestyle in the middle of the african bush !
your met with refreshing hand towels and a welcome drink
we met our Bush ranger Jonathan who turned out to be not too far from where we live “small world” what a fantastic and informative young man an absolute credit to his profession and the Makalali game lodge we met some of the staff had a 3 three course lunch and then were shown to our accommodation !