We like Makanyane. Not only is it very comfortable, it has a very relaxed atmosphere.
ACCESS & LOCATION:
Makanyane sits on a small concession of 1,800 hectares within the non-malarial Madikwe Game Reserve. Madikwe is home to a great variety of animals, including the Big Five and over 340 species of bird.
ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES:
The lodge sits under a canopy of trees on the edge of a ravine, with spectacular views of the waterhole below and the plains beyond it. Enormous Leadwood trees support the thatched roof of the spacious lounge and elegant dining area. Outside there is a large viewing platform and a swimming pool.
The eight glass-fronted suites are completely private and extremely luxurious. The bathroom includes a free-standing claw-foot bath and a secluded outside shower. A wooden deck gives lovely views of Marico River.
Service is extremely good and the food is delicious. The chef uses a blend of European and African flavours to create unique meals using fresh local produce. His dishes are complemented by wine from the well-stocked wine cellar.
Activities include day and night game drives, and bush walks. There are several well-placed hides where guests can watch animals visit a waterhole or cross the plains beyond the river. There is even a hide with a room where guests can sleep out under the stars.
There is also a small gym for guests who want to keep fit, and a little spa for those who wish to relax and be pampered.