• The luxury Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge is set in a 1800 hectare private concession, within the renowned Big Five Madikwe Game Reserve. This exceptional retreat offers 8 magnificent suites that blend effortlessly into a surrounding forest. Each suite is made from local stone, wood and thatch and is encased in wrap-around glass walls, affording breathtaking views of the wilderness. Guests can unwind in an open-fronted sitting room that leads onto a private sundeck and can take advantage of a beautiful ensuite bathroom with both indoor and al fresco showers.
  • The main guest areas include a sparkling infinity pool, perfect for cooling off after a successful day of adventures, a fitness centre and a spa, which offers spectacularly soothing treatments.
  • When it comes to dining, the lodge offers a selection of truly mouth-watering menus that are inspired by local and international flavours, whilst an award-winning wine list completes your decadent dining experience.
  • Adventures include twice-daily game drives as well as interpretive, guided walking safaris.
  • Spend an evening under a blanket of stars in a two-storey hide, complete with a sleep deck, in a remote and secure wilderness location within the reserve.


We negotiate rates & benefits for our clients directly with the hotels’ senior management. Our rates match or in many cases are lower than the best online rate for the property. Our clients also enjoy a suite of extra VIP privileges and recognition while staying at a partner hotel.

  • Complimentary room upgrade on arrival.
  • Daily complimentary buffet breakfast for two.
  • Up to $100 dining or spa credit per stay, and or in-house dining / spa discounts.
  • Welcome amenities (wine/chocolates/fruit) and card from the GM.
  • Complimentary private airport transfers.
  • Complimentary roll-away bed if required.
  • Early check-in and late check-out.
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi.
  • Enhanced recognition through VIP status at all touch points in the guest experience.

A complete or partial suite of VIP benefits will be offered, subject to the property T&C, including availability, category of room & length of stay.


Game Drives

Lion, elephant, black and white rhino, buffalo and leopard are all here in abundance, as well as cheetah, giraffe and both spotted and brown hyena and you have the chance of seeing any of these species. Madikwe is also the one of the best places in Southern Africa to watch the elusive and rare wild dog, a fascinating species on the brink of extinction. Travelling through Makanyane’s completely private 1,800 hectares and the 75,000 hectares of the magnificent Madikwe Game Reserve, your guide will share their wealth of knowledge with you, from the fascinating private life of the dung beetle to the intricacies of the wild dog’s social system. There are two daily game drives at Makanyane, timed to make the most of the periods when the game is the most active, one in the early morning and another in the late afternoon. The afternoon drive, after a brief stop to enjoy sundowners, continues into the night, a shielded spotlight revealing the nocturnal wildlife of the bush.

Game Walks

For an even more in-depth exploration of the bush, a game walk is essential. A highly educational and uniquely enlightening experience, your armed and experienced guide will lead you along game paths in the footsteps of the animals, allowing you to feel the thrill of walking through this wild environment. Away from the noise and disturbance of the game drive vehicle, guests are able to experience the more subtle nuances of the bush – the sounds, smells and textures of the surroundings can be appreciated. The walks are planned according to the interests and abilities of the guests and are a highly recommended experience!

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Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge Suite

Luxurious accommodation, exceptional cuisine, welcoming service and thrilling game viewing combine to create an unforgettable luxury safari experience at the malaria free Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge in the Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa. Situated on private ground within the malaria free, “Big 5” Madikwe Game Reserve in South Africa’s North West Province, the lodge caters for just sixteen guests, ensuring personal attention and exclusivity. Accommodation at Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge comprises eight luxurious, secluded suites, each overlooking the Marico River. Each suite has spectacular glass-walled bedrooms and a spacious bathroom, offering uninterrupted views of the surrounding forest and the river. The stylish main lodge is on the edge of a ravine overlooking a waterhole frequently visited by game and has a spacious lounge and dining area.

Fine wines from the award-winning wine list complement exceptional cuisine created by the team of internationally trained chefs. There is also a spa, an air-conditioned gym and heated infinity swimming pool. The main lodge provides complimentary Wi-Fi, as well as a curio shop, a library area, and an upstairs den. Discover this wonderful malaria-free environment on the edge of the Kalahari with knowledgable guides and trackers in open-sided game viewing vehicles. Madikwe is Big 5 country and morning, afternoon and evening game drives are offered as are guided bush walks, Viewing hides that overlook well-frequented waterholes and even open-air sleep-outs on a raised sleeping platform.

Designed to have minimal environmental impact, constructed from local stone, wood and thatch and blending effortlessly with the bush, the lodge allows guests to continuously experience the natural beauty of their surroundings. Hidden in riverside forest, the eight luxurious suites, each with glass-walled bedrooms, overlook the Marico River, offering uninterrupted views of the surrounding bush.The suites have open-fronted lounges, private sundecks and spacious bathrooms that can be opened to the forest. The lodge has an infinity-edge swimming pool, gym, health and beauty treatment centre and lookout point with magnificent views.

Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge luxury Exterior

Luxury Safari Lodge

Sanctuary Makanyane has 8 luxurious and secluded air-conditioned suites.The wrap-around glass walls allow guests spectacular views of the river, the surrounding bush and its many inhabitants.The bathrooms are spacious and opulent with roll top baths, inside and outside showers and sliding doors that open the bathroom to the bush.The suites also have an outside lounge area and private game-viewing sun deck

Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge starbed

Sleep Out Under The Stars

Hidden deep in the bush on the lodge’s private ground is a secure, raised hide with a second-storey sleeping deck. Here guests are given the unique opportunity to spend a romantic night under the African sky, surrounded only by lanterns and the African bush, an unforgettable experience! Available for 2 guests. The Hide is seasonal and not available in June and July.

Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge Bedroom

Luxury Suite

The eight luxurious, secluded suites, each overlook the Marico River. Each suite has spectacular glass-walled bedrooms, offering uninterrupted views of the surrounding forest and the river. The suites all have open-fronted lounges, private sundecks and spacious bathrooms with indoor and outdoor showers. The entire front of the ensuite bathroom can be opened to the bush. Each suite has a private lounge as well as a private viewing deck with a spectacular view of the bush.

Makanyane prides itself on the exceptional quality of its food and wines, adding another memorable dimension to your stay with us. Our meals are skilfully prepared by our executive chef, Mauritz Greef.Growing up in Cape Town, the food capital of South Africa, Mauritz gravitated to the gourmet food industry from a young age. Beginning his career under the tutelage of one of South Africa’s best known chefs, Pete Goffe-Wood, Mauritz discovered he had a talent and passion for creating unique and refined dishes.

Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge bar

Award-Winning Wine List

Sanctuary Makanyane has earned an enviable reputation for friendly, personal service, outstanding cuisine and an excellent wine cellar. Fine wines from the award-winning wine list complement the exceptional cuisine, an exciting fusion of local and international dishes prepared using the finest and freshest local and imported ingredients.

Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge restaurant dinner

Meals At Sanctuary Makanyane

We are renowned for our excellent cuisine. Breakfasts are taken with your guide and any other guests sharing your game-drive vehicles so that you can discuss your safari adventures! The remaining meals are typically private meals, with buffet lunches afternoon teas and a la carte three course dinners where you have a choice of main course. Given prior notice, we cater to most dietary needs and requirements. All the water is filtered and safe for drinking, complimentary bottled water is provided in all the suites and on the game drives. All house wines are included in the rate.

The stylish main lodge is on the edge of a ravine overlooking a waterhole frequently visited by game and has a spacious lounge and dining area which opens out onto a wide wooden outdoor deck, with spectacular views. The boma, an open air dining area enclosed by trees and a perfect place to enjoy dinner next to a blazing fire, is situated conveniently close to the main lodge. Fine wines from the award-winning wine list complement exceptional cuisine created by the team of internationally trained chefs.

Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge Pool


Heated infinity swimming pool.


An ideal way to soothe away the stress and strain of everyday life is to let our highly trained health and beauty therapist pamper you. We have a comprehensive list of Health and Beauty treatments, from massage, aromatherapy and hot stone treatments right through to facials and manicures, to ensure that there is something to appeal to everyone.Guests can enjoy their treatments in the secluded bush spa, on the deck of their suite, or in a variety of locations, such as our look-out point, where the views can be enjoyed during the treatment

Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge gym

Fitness center

An air-conditioned gym

Area & Location

Area, Country
Madikwe,South Africa
Nearest Airport
O. R. Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg
Local Currency
South African Rand (ZAR)
Time Change
GMT +2
Afrikaans, English
Best time to go
Best visited between September through May.

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