Gretchen is currently enjoying a visit to South Africa and Botswana, and one of the camps she is visiting is Makanyane Safari Lodge in South Africa’s malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve. We thought we’d outline a brief profile of the camp and share more details upon Gretchen’s return.
Makanyane Safari Lodge was designed by a team of award-winning architects to effortlessly blend with the surrounding bush. The lodge consists of a beautiful main building and eight stunning suites, which lie hidden in the lush forest, offering spectacular views over the tranquil Marico River. Situated on 4,500 acres of private ground within the 185,000 acre Madikwe Game Reserve, the lodge has accommodation for a maximum of sixteen guests, ensuring that each guest has privacy and individual attention.
Activities at Makanyane revolve around relaxing your body and mind and experiencing the rich details of your surroundings. There is a secluded swimming pool, a bush spa, a gym (which after day 5 or 6 of safari, we usually really love), as well as a library.
To experience the vibrant bush life around Makanyane offers both walking and vehicle safaris. There are bush hides overlooking a waterhole or facing plains that stretch to the horizon. Makanyane also offers a sleep out under the stars while nocturnal life hums around their secure, elevated deck.
Established in 1991, Madikwe was the site of operation Phoenix – the largest translocation of game ever undertaken – with over 10,000 animals reintroduced into the reserve. Madikwe Game Reserve is more than just an incredible malaria-free safari destination, it is an internationally significant conservation initiative.
The species that populate Madikwe include lion, leopard, black rhino and white rhino as well as large herds of elephant and buffalo. The rare African wild dog (in the Tswana language, “Makanyane”), cheetah, spotted and brown hyena, giraffe, zebra and numerous antelope species also roam the reserve.
Over 340 bird species also make their home in Madikwe which sprawls across richly varied eco-zones, from rocky peaks, across open grasslands, to verdant valleys, each zone with its own distinctive inhabitants.
We can’t wait to hear what Gretchen has seen during her stay!