The Home of Endless Views

In the Xitsonga language, the word “Makumu” refers to an intangible explanation of an open space, an uncluttered lookout over distant horizons, or an endless view. The breathtaking views and location of the lodge complement a deeply inspiring sense of space and place, leaving visitors rejuvenated with the ancient spirit of African wilderness.

The ‘Big Five’ Klaserie Private Nature Reserve is one of the largest privately owned nature reserves in South Africa, covering some 60 000 hectares and forming part of the greater Kruger National Park. Makumu Private Game Lodge is an intimate oasis in this vast wilderness, surrounded by the harshness, unpredictability and unspoiled appeal of the African bushveld. Six luxurious and beautifully appointed suites, accommodating a maximum of twelve guests, ensure an exclusive blend of absolute comfort, style and privacy. 

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The ‘Big Five’ Klaserie Private Nature Reserve is one of the largest privately owned nature reserves in South Africa, covering some 60 000 hectares and forming part of the greater Kruger National Park. Makumu Private Game Lodge is an intimate oasis in this vast wilderness, surrounded by the harshness, unpredictability and unspoiled appeal of the African bushveld. Six luxurious and beautifully appointed suites, accommodating a maximum of twelve guests, ensure an exclusive blend of absolute comfort, style and privacy. 

From our guests

  • Royalty redefined What a weekend! Cherie, Adrian and Alistair catered to needs that we never knew we had! From the collection point, through to the room, with every touch you could imagine (hot water bottles and a foam bath included) through game drives (encountering the full big 5 within 24 hours of arrival) they never spared one moment to not treat us like royalty. Food cannot be described here,... Read More

    Paul & Exelda

  • Done Many Safaris, Hands-down Makumu is the Best Over many years we have done multiple safaris, from budget to luxury, from National Parks to Sabie Sands, and Makumu is the standout for us. The staff were amazing, they really made us feel welcome, like family. They joined us for dinner every evening and brunch every morning. Dinner around the fire in the boma was a real highlight. The main... Read More

    Linda, Chad & Arwen

  • We spent 2 nights at Makumu Private Game Lodge at the end of July. Accommodation in the Zulu King Suite. The all-round experience was fantastic. The entire team is very enthusiastic, competent and friendly, while being open and unobtrusive at the same time. Starting with Cherie at the reception, our guide Adrian and Tracker Sibu to the other guide Alistair to the kitchen staff and gardeners. Adrian has a... Read More

    Johannes & Kirsten

  • Makumu - what an unbelievable experience! It's hard to put it all into words, just WOW. The lodge location, the team, food and game drives are made up for one of the most amazing times. (We will still be speaking of this place for many, many years). Thank you for everything. Your whole teams makes it feel like home staying here.

    Sonja, Julia, Klaus

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