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Makumu Private Game Lodge

Welcome to the ‘home of endless views’ on the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve, one of the largest privately owned nature reserves in South AfricaTuesday, July 30, 2019

By Makumu Private Game Lodge
Makumu Private Game Lodge

Welcome to the ‘home of endless views’ on the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve, one of the largest privately owned nature reserves in South Africa, covering almost 150,000 acres, and part of the greater Kruger National Park.

With the Klaserie River bisecting the reserve on its way to the Olifants River and Mozambique, this unfenced, untamed wilderness has it all: spectacular scenery, an amazing array of wildlife and an abundance of bird species.

Makumu Private Game Lodge is an intimate oasis surrounded by the harshness, unpredictability and unspoiled appeal of the African bushveld. Six luxurious and beautifully appointed suites in three villas, accommodating a maximum of 12 guests, ensure an exclusive blend of comfort, style and privacy.

Inspired by the Bushman, Ndebele and Zulu tribes of Africa, the suites are decorated to provide their own unique character. Each is large and spacious, to reflect the open air and space of the African bush. Guests can choose from one of the larger King Suites or the smaller Impi Suites. The en suite bathrooms have an indoor and outdoor shower, while the King Suites feature a ‘tub with a view’. Furthermore, the wooden decks of the King Suites each boast a hammock — perfect for those lazy afternoons.

Game viewing at Makumu is opportunistic, with no time constraints or schedules. The ranger and tracker team offer day and night game drives, as well as quiet observation from a hide — all part of the Makumu wilderness experience.

The rock pool overlooking the nearby watering hole provides an ideal spot to cool off while looking out for game. Shaded loungers beckon guests for an afternoon siesta before they set out in an open Land Rover. Pearl-spotted owlets, giraffes, zebras, lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos and buffalos are among the frequent visitors
— not forgetting various types of antelope.

Back at the lodge, the wooden-decked boma provides the perfect spot for evening dining. Under the vast African skies, guests can listen to the far-off roar of lions while tucking into their meals and sipping wine.

DON'T MISS

While the lodge has minimal electricity and is lit entirely by candlelight come nightfall, all rooms have fans and plug points

NEED TO KNOW

KEY FACILITIES
• Game drives
• Boma deck
• Swimming pool
• Nearby waterhole
• Indoor lounge with fireplace  
• Games
• Bush braai

KEY ACTIVITIES
• Twice-daily safari drives
• Tracking big game on foot
• Guided bush walks
• Reptile demonstrations
• Massages


GET IN TOUCH
makumu.com
T: +27 87 057 4512
E: reservations@makumu.com

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