Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge
River Suites at Makanyane Safari Lodge Located by the river, animals in camp
River Suites at Makanyane Safari Lodge
Located by the river, animals in camp

Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge

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


South Africa


Sanctuary Makanyane has earned an enviable reputation for friendly, personal service, outstanding cuisine and an excellent wine cellar. Fine wines from the award-winning wine list complement the exceptional cuisine, an exciting fusion of local and international dishes prepared using the finest and freshest local and imported ingredients.

Need to Know

SANCTUARY RETREATS PHILANTHROPY (SRP) Sanctuary Makanyane actively supports local community development initiatives. Guests at the lodge can also participate, either financially or practically, in assisting impoverished local communities through various projects and programmes, thereby also supporting the Madikwe Reserve. Guests are also given the opportunity to give back to conservation while being able to interact directly with wildlife. By supporting various projects within the reserve, guests are able to accompany Madikwe Game Reserve conservation and veterinary staff during various conservation activities for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.


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.

Wildlife HighlightsWildlife Highlights

One of South Africa’s premier game-viewing destinations, the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve is home to the “Big 5” (lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard), the rare African wild dog (called “Makanyane” in the Tswana language) as well as cheetah, giraffe, hyena, and a host of other game species.

Local ActivitiesLocal Activities

Game Drives, Game Walks, Spa treatments


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
Health and beauty treatment centre and lookout point with magnificent views


Sanctuary Makanyane has eight luxurious and secluded air-conditioned suites


January to 30 April - Low Season 01 May to 31 August - Shoulder Season 01 September to 31 December - High Season

Average StayAverage Stay

3 nights

Average PriceAverage Room Prices

(per person per night unless otherwise stated)

US$540 Per person per night sharing

Children PolicyChild Policy

The suites are large enough to comfortably accommodate two extra sleeper-beds for children.

2015: Children under the age of 12 are welcome at the lodge on the following dates or when the lodge is booked exclusively:
1 - 31st August
15th - 31st October
10th December - 31st December
A maximum of two children are able to share a suite with their parents.
Children 0 to 2 years pay 25% of adult rate; 2 to 17 years pay 50% of the adult rate

2016: Children aged 12 and over are welcome. A maximum of two children aged 12-17 are able to share a suite with their parents. Children 12 to 17 years pay 50% of adult rate. Children under 12 years are welcome when the lodge is booked exclusively.

Contact and Social Media

To find out more call us on +44 (0)1865 982290 or email us at enquiries at

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