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Makanyane Safari Lodge
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Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge


... is located in the Madikwe game reserve in the North of South Africa.

Upsides ...

Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge is a very high quality and stylish option set in an private conservancy to the east of the main Madikwe Reserve. It offers a mature safari experience, with just 8 very comfortable guest suites and, notably, with a reputation for fine dining. Children 0-12 years are not permitted. The main activities here are vehicle safaris and modest walking safaris. Service levels are very high. One of the better non-malarial safari lodge options in Africa.

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Downsides ...

The main potential downsides for this property relate to the inherent weaknesses of the location, the lack of truly dramatic scenery and the potential difficulty in finding and viewing the wildlife. Also the lodge is quite pricey and operates shared safari activities for the guests in the main rooms.

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When to visit ...

Madikwe has a similar climate to other safari areas in this region but, importantly, it gets a great deal less rain than Kruger, so can be a much more attractive during the key rainy season months of November to March ...

Apr/Oct ... is the long dry season in the reserve, the best time for wildlife viewing. Although it can get very cold at night in May/Jun/Jul and very hot and humid in October.

Nov/Mar ... is the long green season in Madikwe, when relatively light and sporadic rains freshen the landscapes, but can occasionally become prolonged. As the season progresses, the increase in grass and foliage cover can make wildlife viewing more of a challenge.

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A few words about prices ...

We are specialists in helping our guests to build the very best and most suitable safaris for the lowest possible prices. A safari can be a very expensive undertaking and we always do everything we can to meet your target budget.

Further up this page you will see our guide price for Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge. This is the high season rate per person per night sharing a double room. For most people this should represent a worst case scenario, since various discounts usually apply at other times of year.

We guarantee that the prices we charge will be the same or, more often than not, considerably less than if you were to book directly with the owner. We also guarantee to match or beat any legitimate competitive quotations. Additionally, all our itineraries have fully itemised pricing, so that you can see exactly how much each element costs, which should provide you with great reassurance and help you to make decisions when fine-tuning your trip.

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How we like to include Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge in trips ...

Madikwe is the best non-malarial safari area in Africa and is therefore best suited to children, pregnant women and older guests who are keen to avoid taking anti-malarial drugs.

But the reserve does falls short of many of the main malarial reserves in terms of scenery and wildlife, so we only tend to recommend it to those people who specifically need to stay clear of malarial areas.

Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge is one of the most polished options in the reserve, we tend to recommend it most to couples who are looking for elegance in their surroundings, high quality dining and relatively gentle safari activities.

The usual stay duration is 3 to 5 nights.

Madikwe is usually visited in combination with other non-malarial options, most commonly options in the Western Cape including maybe 4 to 6 nights in Cape Town and 1 to 3 nights in the Cape Winelands, amongst other locations.

It is also possible to combine it with non-malarial tropical beach options such as Mauritius or the Seychelles.

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