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 endless views. 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.

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This is Makumu

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

  • Life-changing safari experience! Words and pictures could never do this place justice. Absolutely beautiful lodge, excellent food, and amazing views. What sets this apart from all other places is the staff. My husband and I had never experienced this level of attentiveness—ever, despite having traveled extensively, until coming to Makumu. They get to know you personally, anticipating your needs before you do! The attention to detail is exceptional and... Read this review

    Kelly & Jason

  • Where to start... Makumu will forever hold a very special spot in our hearts. Absolutely everything about Makumu from start to finish is perfect. The lodge itself, the lovely people behind it, the food, the rooms, the atmosphere, the game drives, everything is immaculate. The lodge radiates luxury, but also blends seamlessly with the bushveld. The sweeping views, the candlelight and the attentive care everyone lays to ensure that... Read this review


  • Makumu is a small family run game reserve in Klaserie. The views, and tranquility make this a place of reflection and calm. It was without doubtbthe best Safari ever! I went with my family to celebrate a big birthday. What a gift it was. We saw all the big 5 and more. Wild dogs, jackals, hippos. Adrian was the most knowledgable of rangers and his wife Sherri a warm,... Read this review

    Christine Martens

  • We spent 3 nights at Makumu during our honeymoon trip. The experience was fantastic!!! We felt as a family while our stay. The Lodge is small, with few rooms and that helps to build an intimate and close relation between hosts and rangers. The day to day Safaris with Ruan and the tracker team was marvelous. We learnt many things about animal behavior and living. We also appreciate that... Read this review

    Belén & Mikel

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