Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge, Madikwe Game Reserve

With luxurious and stylish accommodation, fantastic cuisine and world-class safari guides, Makanyane is our favorite five-star pick in the Madikwe Game Reserve. This luxurious accommodation melts perfectly into its surroundings. No wonder then that the animals love to drop by.


Madikwe is South Africa’s second-largest game reserve, and Makanyane is nestled within 1,800 hectares of private ground right inside the reserve. Everything from lions and elephants to the rarer white rhinos and African wild dogs can be found here to ensure a rare and breathtaking safari experience.

Your room

We can’t imagine a better place to relax after a thrilling day out in the bush. The bedrooms have glass walls for unbeatable, uninterrupted views of the river and surrounding wildlife from the comfort of your pillow. Not bad. The lounges are ideal for unwinding with a massage or aromatherapy on your own private deck or you can curl up by your fireplace after a soak in the freestanding bathtub. The bathrooms even have heated floors. They really do pay attention to every little detail.

Why we like it

The Makanyane completely blends into its surroundings. So much so, that the local wildlife has no problem wandering through the grounds. We love sitting back on the private deck or watching through the glass bedroom walls as hippos, impalas and perhaps a warthog or two pass by. You’ll come back everyday to something new; trust us, you’ll never be bored.