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Makutsi Springs
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Makutsi Safari Springs


... is located in the Karongwe Reserve in the Kruger Private Reserves area in the Northeast of South Africa.

+ large private reserve
+ fantastic riverside location
+ important conservation project
+ unique guest length stay.
+ intimate lodge
+ full range of wildlife
+ very quiet surroundings
+ individually themed rooms
+ low visitor traffic
+ reasonably cheap
+ good range of activities in the vicinity

This place is really rather unique in the safari world in that it specialises in long stays, with guests typically taking up residence for one to six week periods. The camp itself is generally rather simple, with relatively basic communal areas and guest accommodation in over a dozen pleasant thatched bandas. Facilities include internet room, pool, volleyball and tennis court. Long stay packages include daily vehicle and walking safaris in the reserve and excursions to Kruger, Blyde Canyon and various other places of interest.

- fenced reserve
- proximity to human habitation
- proximity to the main road
- only accessible from the main R40 road
- reclaimed farmland
- not particularly wild
- basic rooms

On the downside, this is a fenced reserve and right on the western periphery of the Kruger area, which some guests may find subtracts somewhat from the sense of wilderness.

Makutsi Safari Springs is a really interesting option for people who like to travel at a much slower pace and get to know a particular location. In some respects it is a relatively simple offering, but compared with most other private concession lodges it is also incredibly low cost.
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