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National Geographic Traveller

Posted on Wed February 20, 2019 in Press and Awards.

The perfect place for a fun-filled safari, this luxury lodge is situated in the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve, one of the largest privately owned reserves in South Africa, where visitors can spot the Big Five.

The reserve forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park, where a fenceless boundary allows wildlife to run free, with the Klaserie River the true lifeblood of the reserve, supplying countless numbers of game with lifesustaining water, especially in the drier winter months.

The decor at Makumu is sleek and individualistic while remaining true to the lodge’s heritage, with each suite drawing inspiration from a South African tribe. Whether a room reflects the colourful geometric patterns of the Ndebele people, the clean, simplistic lines of the Bushman, or the earthy tones of the Zulu, there’s no doubt that the lodge is authentically South African.

Guests can take a refreshing swim in the pool, which blends in with the surrounding bush veld and overlooks a watering hole, or watch the goings on from the hide — the ideal place to spend time during the early-afternoon heat with a book, gin and tonic and a pair of binoculars.

Game-viewing opportunities abound at Makumu. From the early-morning birdlife to the warthog family that frequents the lodge lawns in the day and the elephant herds that quench their thirst in the swimming pool, there’s always the possibility of a sighting.

Guests can go in search of wildlife with a ranger and tracker in the early mornings and late afternoons which includes a short night safari, giving guests an opportunity to view the nocturnal wildlife. For the adventurous choosing to stay a little longer, the lodge offers the chance to camp in the wild, staying in tents erected at a watering hole. In addition to the mammals, the area is home to prolific birdlife, including vultures.

Every evening, guests enjoy sundowners, drink fine African wines and dine by candlelight in the open under the spectacular canopy of the southern night sky, feasting on dishes often created on the braai (barbecue).

While the lodge is all-inclusive, there are optional extras such as massages and reptile/snake demonstrations. And while Makumu may be ideal for couples, it also welcomes guests of all ages, enabling visitors to experience the magic of safari as a family.

• Game drives
• Boma deck (evening dining)
• Swimming pool overlooking a
watering hole
• Indoor lounge with fireplace
• Games
• Bush braai (barbecue)
• Complimentary wi-fi
• Fans in all rooms
• Reptile demonstrations
• Pre-arranged Massages

T: +27 83 308 2460/ +27 83 391 9241
E: [email protected]

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