Makanyi Private Game Lodge | Timbavati

A brand new lodge

main lodge

We are extremely proud to announce that Makanyi Private Game Lodge was selected to receive the 2016 Condé Nast Traveler HOT LIST Award!

Makanyi opened in June 2015 this is a wonderful new lodge in the Timbavati Private Game Reserve. The lodge is situated in an area that is very private. The closest lodge is about 30 minutes away so you have limited vehicles in the game area that you drive.

Suite Accommodations

Visiting Makanyi, I was very impressed with the rooms. Each room is a free-standing villa, beautifully decorated with many unique features. For instance, a place for you to store your bags out of sight. The ultimate in luxury and privacy. Makanyi’s seven luxury suites have floor to ceiling glass and glass doors opening onto a private deck overlooking the dam. The rooms are spacious and feature an oversized bed, a lounge area with fireplace and a beautiful bathroom with a large shower and separate bathtub. Of course for there is also an outdoor shower. Premium amenities, complimentary Wi-Fi, telephone, hair dryer, mini bar, and a Nespresso coffee machine and tea making facilities are found in every room.


In 2017, Makanyi built a new two-bedroom villa. This is a totally self-contained lodge, complete with a full kitchen, large living area, private deck and pool and even a private boma. You will have your own safari vehicle that loads right outside the back of the villa. Perfect for two couples or a family it is truly a wonderful addition to the Makanyi lodge.

bedroom bathtub pool


TThe main lodge area features windows along the length of the lodge with Glass doors opening onto the deck and swimming pool area. The lounge area features several areas of comfy furniture with a nice fireplace to take the chill away on a cool evening.
The dining room is at one end of the lodge with an impressive large very inviting table. The bar is at the other end and is outstanding. There is an area to sit at the bar and a large circular room that can have furniture arranged so a group can visit together or individuals have enough room for privacy.
There is a loft area that is being converted into a photographic studio. Here staff will assist you in improving your pictures. They have the ability to take your favorite pictures and print large canvas copies suitable for framing. These are rolled up in a tube that you can carry home with you. The colors are warm and inviting and it has a very luxurious but relaxed atmosphere.

entrance bar main lodge

Game Drives and Other Activities

land rover

Game viewing here is excellent. Timbavati has always enjoyed outstanding game, the big five along with many other species. There is even a chance of seeing the famous Timbavati white lions in this reserve. A maximum of 6 people per vehicle ensure everyone a “window seat”. There are also special photography safaris offered here for no more than 4 people. Accompanied by an experienced photographer who will discuss settings, composition and shooting techniques such as panning, backlighting, side lighting and action shots. Helping you improve your photographic skills both in the vehicle and back at the lodge.

Makanyi also arranges visits to many of the wonderful attractions of this area from helicopter to scenic flights and hot air balloon rides. They also offer nature experiences such as Moholoholo a rehabilitation center caring for injured and poisoned animals. Elephant Whispers where you can interact and learn about the magnificent African elephant; as well as, Jessica, the friendly hippo.

Dining and Wines

Makanyi is inclusive of great food and wines and the warm hospitality is evident when you stay at Makanyi. The food is all locally sourced and of the highest quality. While they feature the best of South African cuisine, they also have an international flair in their menus. If you wish, You can enjoy a romantic dinner in the privacy of your own room. Makanyi offers premium South African wines and a selection of international liqueurs and spirits.

dining cuisine bartender

Spa, Internet and Laundry

There is a relaxing spa, and a well-equipped gym and curio shop. Internet in the rooms and laundry services are available for guests on a complimentary basis.

massage gym spa

Website: Makanyi Private Game Lodge