What a beautiful creation you are, Makumu. I love you where the skies are blue, orange and pink. The people are unique and filled with inner kindness. You are an endless memory in my heart that I hold dearly.
Our first trip to SA and the site of the Lodge was overwhelmingly beautiful and serene. The room was cozy, romantic and perfect for the location. Open viewing to the local animals. All driven by candle light (perfect), comfortable bed with mosquito netting. The safaris were awesome, even with getting up at 4:30am (trust me, is worth it!). The small group communal meals made the trip more memorable. But best of all was the staff - the Ranger, Tracker, staff, Owner!, all of them - they made you feel as if you were the only and most important person there. Good food, clean space, great views (I don't have space to talk about the animals you get to see!). Our Ranger was more than just the guide, he was our educator as well. A good safari is meaningless if you don't learn about the areas and animals. If you want a non commercial true lodge safari experience, this is the Lodge to stay at. Saving for the next trip back!
The biggest thank you to everyone in the Makumu family! We couldn't have asked for a better three days to finish our first trip to South Africa. You have something very special here, which we will remember forever!
Fondest wishes and hope to see you and the animals in the veld again one day.
- Marloes & Nathan
Dear Makumu Visitors,
This place is amazing!
You will feel like you have another family.
Thanks so much to all!
Stefan, Karin, Melissa, Morné, Joyce, Lisa (perfect smile), Sibu (perfect tracker) - you are all awesome!
P.S. Say hi and thanks to all staff members for this magical stay we had, memories for a lifetime!
- André & Leanne
From the bottom of our hearts thank you so much for this very special experience.
Makumu is warm, light hearted and adventurous - what more do we need?
Thank you to everybody here, especially Melissa & Morné, the sweet ladies in the kitchen and the best teacher, Sebu!
And thanks to the Aardvark for popping out - even though we didn't understand how special it was!
Best wishes for the future and we will see you again!
- Trine & Cooper
Dear Makumu Team,
We appreciated our stay at Makumu!
This is a wonderful place and you re the heart bringing it to life! We loved this time and it's hard to leave since it feels like home. You do a fantastic job and could read our wishes from our lips before we could even say it out loud.
For us it won't be the last time at Makumu - coming back soon!
All the best.
- Kahle & Kristina
Dear Makumu Team,
We wanted to say thank you for making our stay just perfect.
This place really feels like home and all the staff members were lovely!
This was an amazing experience for us and its all thanks to you guys.
The place is perfect and we hope to come again in the future!
- Shai & Daniel
Dear Makumu Staff,
Thank you for a brilliant time.
We enjoyed game drives, meals, the pool, etc.
We had a great honeymoon trip here.
Hope to see you again.
- Ryonei & Keiko
Makumu Private Game Lodge is in a league of its own. It started with being picked up from Hoedspruit airport and driving an hour and a half away into the bush, far away from the rest of humanity.
When we arrived at the lodge, we were greeted with wet towels to freshen up, a nice touch that would be repeated every time we returned from our game drives throughout our time there. Melissa, the general manager, took us on a quick tour of the property.
Thankfully, we arrived just in time to join the 4 pm game drive. You'll be treated to two game drives per day - one at 6 am, one at 4 pm - with rangers and trackers who are simply outstanding in their knowledge and hospitality focus. Our ranger, Reynard, and our trackers, Richard and Sebi, made each game drive so exciting, personalized to our interests, and informative.
Each night, we dined together as a small group (the lodge hosts no more than 12 guests per night) including the rangers and Melissa and Morné, Melissa's husband/co-GM/ranger. Amazing South African wine and delicious food every time. Each morning, after the 6-9 am game drive, we were treated to delicious brunches. On each game drive, we stopped halfway through to enjoy either coffee/tea (AM) or beer/wine (PM) and snacks.
In between and before and after game drives and meals, we swam in the pool overlooking the "endless view" for which Makumu is named. We used spotlights to scan the area at night, spotting elephants, baboons, hyenas, impalas, and warthogs all roaming near (or on) the lodge grounds. We relaxed around the fire. We took naps. We took a bath in front of a huge floor-to-ceiling window overlooking the savannah.
One surprisingly nice touch - the lack of lights and AC was actually a positive. We could see the stars and hear the sounds of hyenas. The room had screen doors on two sides, and a ceiling fan in the middle, so the airflow was plenty to keep the room cool without drowning out nature's soundtrack. I'm usually a big baby when it comes to temperature, but I was so exhausted at the end of every day, and the breeze through the room was plenty to keep me comfortable.
This was my first trip to South Africa, and thus my first trip to Makumu, but after such and amazing trip I can attest that it will not be my last. Thank you, Makumu family, for such an outstanding vacation.
- Rickey, D.
Thank you, it was a wonderful time in your accommodation and the views were fantastic. We loved our time here and would be happy to come back one day. Los of nice cats you got! :)
All the best!
- Rainer & Margerita
To the Makumu Family,
Thank you for making our time here so amazing! The team was perfect - 100% dedicated to making us feel like family. Leaving here feels more like leaving. relative's house than "checking out" of a lodge.
We loved it and we will return!
- Ricky & Danielle
Washington DC, USA
Dear Makumu Team,
Dear Ryan, dear Shelley,
We had an absolutely amazing stay with you!
The game drives were so special and can't find words. We learned so much, experience so much, talked and laughed so much...
We will remember you always :)
Thanks for everything, especially making us feel like family!
All the best for the future.
- Phillip & Nicole
Makumu exceeded all four expectations and it was an absolute (hopefully not) once in a lifetime experience.
Humbling animal encounters, amazing, friendly, professional staff who made us feel like family and truly beautiful sunsets, where to start...
Thank you so much for everything, especially Shelley Ryan and aaaaaall the others!
- Dana & Stephan
Dear Makumu Team
Thank you for this amazing time. It's been so special for us to be here again. We hope to come back in the future.
The private dinner was amazing and a nice surprise.
Next time we'll be prepared for the impala-poo-spitting-contest :)
Take care and see you soon!
- Balz, H.
De l’accueil, au départ tout était parfait, mais en plus de cela toute l’équipe fait attention au besoin de chaque clients..
petite lodge (pas plus de 12 personnes) avec safari matin, après midi, des Rangers formidable, une responsable formidable, des cuisinières formidables, du service formidable tout était superbe. Le prix payé vaut la peine, et effectivement la « perfection existe ». La lodge est situé sur une petite colline, avec piscine à débordement et vue sur un point d’eau ou des animaux viennent boire. Les chambres sont magnifique, grande, baie vitrée, ils préparent 3/4 fois la chambre par jour.. tout est impeccable. Le petit déjeuné un choix énorme et tout est fait maison, des madeleines, des petits pains.. le soir se retrouver autour du boma (feu) est superbe, avec vin, bière etc. Le repas du soir est servis comme dans un restaurant gastronomique, là saveurs sont excellente encore une fois.. Vous payez, mais tout est compris, boisson à gogo, tous les snacks fais maison, un service et prise en charge impeccable.. Wouhaaaaa merci nous reviendrons soyez en sûr.
PS : merci pour le dîner priver et gâteau pour ma fiancée.
- Katja & Marc
Um sonho! Lugar sensacional e encantador. Foi tudo mágico, desde a chegada até a hora da saída. Tem amor em cada detalhe. Todos que trabalham no Makumu são atenciosos e carinhosos. Os safáris foram incríveis, nosso ranger Wiann e nosso tracker Sibu deram um show a cada game drive, com muita experiência e atenção. Nota 1000 para eles! Com certeza, Makumu foi o melhor lugar que já estivemos. É surreal!!
Les mots ne sauraient rendre justice à la beauté et la magie de Makumu
Moment rendu encore plus incroyable grâce à toute l'équipe de ce lodge
Des amours de cuisinières
Rangers et trackers passionnants
Hôtes d'une grande serviabilité et très sympathiques
Le plus bel endroit de notre séjour
Merci à toute l'équipe de Makumu
According to the people who manage Makumu staying at the lodge is meant to feel like staying at a friend's home, and they certainly achieve that aim. Everyone who works there is unfailingly warm and welcoming, and the fact that the lodge is set up with just six rooms means that it is cosy and private and easy to get to know all the other guests. We appreciated being able to walk into the kitchen to help ourselves to drinks and snacks at any time.
The rooms are spacious and very comfortable and come with outdoor patios that overlook the surrounding wilderness. The pool area is stunning and perfect for lounging in the heat of the late morning and early afternoon in between game drives, and it is delightful bliss to alternate between basking in the sun and plunging into cold water. The entire place from the rooms to the kitchen and the other communal areas is beautifully furnished. The food was uniformly very good and the staff were diligent in accommodating dietary restrictions and preferences.
The game drives were excellent. We frequently saw antelope, giraffes and elephants, and we were fortunate enough to see leopards, lions, wild dogs, jackals and hyenas. It must be borne in mind that when it comes to spotting the bigger carnivores there is a lot of luck involved and it can be hit-and-miss: we did six game drives and we saw leopards, lions and/or wild dogs on every one of the first three but not at all on the last three. But Makumu's location in Klaserie private wildlife reserve carries with it three important benefits that greatly enhance the quality of game drives: the first is that the safari experience is refreshingly uncrowded, the second is that one can get very close to the animals, and the third is that one can spend a lot of time with them. For instance, on our first game drive we spent more than an hour observing two leopards, one of which climbed a tree to finish off what was left of an antelope carcass, as well as a hyena waiting under that tree for scraps, from less than 10 metres away, and throughout that time there was no one else around except for the two safari vehicles from Makumu.
The terrain around Makumu is undulating in parts and there is a substantial amount of vegetation, which means it is more challenging to spot animals than on flat open grassland, but the staff who act as wildlife-spotters are incredibly good at what they do and so one can rest assured that they will see an animal if it is there. The last part of the afternoon game drives take place in darkness after the sun has set, and on two such occasions the spotter in our vehicle (Richard) somehow managed to see chameleons in trees despite their camouflage.
All in all our three nights at Makumu were wonderful and we were very reluctant indeed to leave. We certainly hope that we will have occasion to return in the future.
Foi uma experiência incrível!!! Desde a recepção no aeroporto até a despedida... o cuidado que Shelly e Ruan tiveram conosco foi incrível!!! O tempo todo preocupados com o nosso bem estar e se estava tudo em conformidade...todo o staff é super simpático e atencioso!!! O hotel é muito confortável, agradável e com luxo na medida certa!!! ! Proposta é se sentir em casa e foi exatamente isso!!! O Ruan conduziu os Safaris com muita atenção e cuidado... sempre respeitando a natureza e explicando pra gente!!!! Se quer ter uma experiência incrível, esse é o lugar!!!!
From the time you arrive at Makuma you are made to feel like you are at home with their warm hospitality.
Food is plentiful. The Lodge and suites are comfortable. The amazing Game Drives to see the wildlife each morning and evening in their natural environment was fantastic. We weren't rushed in seeing the animals and to the see the Big 5.
Thank you to everyone especially Morne and Melissa. We've come away with so many happy memories. Our stay at Mukumu was a memorable experience which we will never forget.
- Anna, B.
From the accommodation and service levels(including incredible food) through to the safaris, it is rare that any property exceeds everything that they advertise. This was very much the case at Makumu, where accomodation actually added to our African experience. Put it on the top of your list!
Everything about Makumu and its staff, tour guide and transfer were fantastic. Shelley and Ruan are keepers and excellent hosts. Thank you for everything and keep up the good stuff.
- Matthew - African Safari Guru
We had such a wonderful stay at Makumu! Shelley and the house crew were excellent, the food was amazing, the wine was flowing, and of course our game drives were outstanding. Richard has a keen eye and Sean has a wealth of knowledge. We would, hands down, recommend Makumu to anyone! Thank you so much!
- Laura Schmidt
What a wonderful, wonderful time! Very memorable stay, food is delicious and staff wonderful!
- Linda Greenwald
Thank you for making my experience so great. Better than one could ever imagine. Would love to bring my grandchildren.
- Susan Schafer
We are extremely grateful for this incredible time we get here. This will be a lifetime memory and we will be back!
- Le Bourdon Family
Each day started with coffee before a morning safari which included a stop for coffee and snacks followed by a huge breakfast back at the lodge which i cider 10 different options that were never the same and cooked to order. Then we had the afternoon off where we could sit by the pool and elephants would come and drink from. Then we had high tea with appetizers and then an afternoon safari which lasted another three or four hours and during the afternoon safari we stopped for drinks and snacks. Then we would return back to the lodge for drinks by the fire before a three course dinner paired with wine.
We fell in love with the staff who have an impressive resume. Raun and Sibu our guides had answers to every question we had. We saw the big five within 24 hours and we spent no less than 35 to 40 minutes with each animal getting to know them and learning all about their life in the bush. The fact that we were the only car out our trip felt really personal and intimate.
Shelly, Rauns fiancé and the house staff felt like family. They bent over backwards to make sure we felt at home during our stay. The entire staff hugged us goodbye and waved us off on to our next adventure. It didn’t feel forced or corny, you could tell they actually cared about us. No meal is cooked twice and they never prepare the same meal more than once a month which is very impressive. Also all alcohol is included they they have the pantry open at all times to take what we want.
The entire property is lit by candlelight at night and each room only has one outlet for cell
Phone or camera charging. They give you flashlights to walk around the property for better seeing. The rooms were huge with a large bathroom.
All and all I would recommend this lodge to anyone traveling on a safari, as we couldn’t have asked for a better experience.
- Brian, D.
Thank you to everyone for making our stay and our honeymoon absolutely unforgettable! We had the best time and the team at Makumu makes it a very unique experience. We hope to come back again soon!
Thank you for everything!
- Steve & Haley
Thank you for the amazing stay. An experience to never forget.
Amazing views, great wildlife, great food.
Thank you so much for everything that you have given to use.
- The Buck Family
Liebes Makumu team. Vielen dank für die tolle zeit = die familiare atmosphate war einmalig bei euch. Wir kommes auf jedeu fall wieder!
- Vivien & Damien
Wiir hatten eine fantastische zeit bei euch. Vielen dank für alles. Gant besonderen dank fur das tolle chamaleon und die "Big Five". Wir welden diese reise nie vergessen
- Lea & Thomas
To the lovely staff, managers, guides, rangers, trackers of Makumu Lodge:
Thank you so much for an absolutely breathtaking and beautiful stay.
Quite apart form the special encounters wer had here with the leopards, lions, elephants and more, an exciting fuel leak incident, we enjoyed our stay here to much. The rooms are so beautiful and comfortable, the food and drink so abundant and frequent and delicious, the pool with a view of the watering hole which made time pass quickly, the cozy lounging areas and the kitchen that felt like home, we enjoyed all of it and can't bear to leave.
Everyone was so friendly and hospitable, made us feel like family the whole time. And all the nice touches like the blankets, private dinners, hot water bottles - we loved it all.
Thank you so much, we won't forget!
- Rachel and Wen
An unforgettable stay surrounded by abolutely beautiful people. The tracker and ranger were top. It was a stay of dreams. Thank you Makumu
- Stephe & Dan
Foi a nossa primeira experiência em um safaria, então não tenho muita base de comparação. É sem dúvida um lugar incrível e sensacional, com vistas sem limites para a savana, fazendo jus ao significado da palavra "makumu". Avistamos vários animais nas poças de água próximas ao lodge. As acomodações são muito espaçosas e confortáveis. O banheiro é um espetáculo à parte, com uma ótima ducha e uma banheira com vista para a savana. Ficamos no quarto king da suíte zulu. Não há energia elétrica nos quartos a não ser em uma tomada utilizada para recarregar os aparelhos eletrônicos. As noites são iluminadas à luz de velas. Isso permite nos desconectar e nos integrar ao ambiente da savana. As refeições oferecidas são sensacionais, sempre muito saborosas. Destaque para os lanches servidos antes do safari da tarde (comi o melhor wrap da minha vida). Toda a equipe do lodge é muito simpática e faz de tudo para o hóspede se sentir em casa. As jantas geralmente são realizadas em conjunto com os demais hóspedes em com a equipe do lodge, o que torna a experiência ainda mais enriquecedora. Durante os três dias que passamos no Makumu, tivemos um carro de safari exclusivo para nós durante quase todos os dias, porque o lodge não estava lotado. Merecem elogios especiais nosso ranger Reinhard e nossos trackers Richard e Sibu. Se esforçaram ao máximo para encontrar os animais mais raros (pudemos ver dois rinocerontes negros) e sempre nos posicionar no melhor local para as melhores fotos. Uma viagem ao Makumu vale cada centavo. É a experiência de uma vida em poucos dias.
We spent a wonderful time at Makumu. We enjoyed incredible animal sightings, relaxing moments at the fireplace. We would like to thank you for letting us be a part of this amazing place in the middle of nature.
Hopefully we will have the chance to come back!
- Andrea, Luke, Matt, Ingrid
A great experience of Africa and its animals.
All the best.
- David, H.
Out of the hundreds of properties in Southern Africa, we chose Makumu and what a wonderful choice we made.
The staff, the facilities and food were excellent and I can highly recommend Makumu Lodge to anyone.
'Es war Lecker!'
- Beatrice & Familie
We had a great time here.
Thanks for everything!
- Carol e Fernando
Die Lodge war authentic und nicht stereotyp afrikanisch mit einem hohen Mass an Individualität... und es hatte einfach Klasse!
Da gibt es nichts, ausser dass der aufwnthalf viel zu schnell vorbei war..
- Jens, S.
Thank you so much for the lovely time we spent together! You are the best!
In just 2 days we saw a lot and we really enjoyed our stay.
- The Gewehr Family
Thank you for the great hospitality!
We had a great time the past 3 days and it was in fact the best time we had for our whole trip!!
We were very happy that we got to see almost all the animals we hoped to see!! (Special thanks to Ruan and Richard!!)
- Bahirah & Fathullah
Overall an amazing and truly special and unique experience. we felt like family not guests (a big thank you to the whole staff, especially Ruan and Shelley) and at home for our time spent there. Initially, you had to leave your car at Klaserie Headquarters (approx. a 1 hour drive from the nearest Kruger gate to get there). An open jeep picked us up and brought us to the lodge (approx. 40 mins drive) - definitely the beginning of the adventure. The lodge itself is perfectly situated near a waterhole, with a wonderful outlook on the surroundings, a nice pool to relax in hours between game drives and a spacious room. Accommodates a max. no. of 12 people. the rooms were big and interior was very nice and authentic. There is no electricity (other than power outlets obviously), the whole room (as is the lodge) is lit up by hundreds of candles at night. Game drives were perfectly organised and executed (e.g. hot water bottles and blankets, snacks and drinks for a short stop). We totally fell in love with the animals and the overall experience (my wife even had to cry out of happiness- #foodporn : brunch after the game drives had everything you could dream of and was just amazing. Dinner was held beside the open fireplace, where the managers of the lodge would sit together with us and share their stories of animal/nature encounters. Dinner was accustomed to our needs and very delicious. P.S. A very big thank you for our wedding anniversary surprise, we loved it :-)
It was all perfect. The only regret we had was staying only two days. We wish we could have stayed longer. There are no words to describe the entire Makumu team that made the experience even more special
Thanks for all the fun, the kind attention and the love that we have received. You are awesome. The place is super beautiful, the people are super nice and the game drives are unforgettable. We have learned a lot. Special thanks to our ranger and tracker.
See you again!
- Mariana & Miguel
Our first holiday in Africa - a dream!
Makumu was the best start on our vacation, that could ever exist.
Fantastic lodge, great people and pure nature.
Thank you for the great time.
See you next time
- Martina, Martin & Clara
Le lodge superbement décoré et équipé est magnifiquement situé au milieu de la savane; l'éclairage le soir à la lampe à pétrole ajoute au charme; l'équipe est formidable, tout est fait pour mettre tout le monde à l'aise; tracker et driver sont expérimentés et font vivre une expérience unique à la rencontre des animaux
Dear Makumu Team,
Thank you SO SO much for an incredible stay.
The rooms were lovely,
The staff were lovely,
The food was lovely,
The lodge was lovely.
Most importantly the game drives were AMAZING. We saw the Big Five :D
Thank you Shelley, Ryan, Joyce, Maggy, Sibu, Richard and everyone else!
We had an amazing stay and an amazing experience.
We had an amazing time and really enjoyed ourselves!
We don't want to leave!
Thank you so much
- Alex & Ashley
Fabuleuse expérience !!!! Je recommande ce lodge ! À faire absolument si vous allez en Afrique du Sud !!! Personnel incroyable !!! Merci à Shelley, Juan et à tous ... C’est un paradis sur terre !
Fabulous experience !!!! I recommand this lodge if you travel in this country !!!! Staff incredible ! Thanks to Shelley and Juan and all ... It’s a paradise on earth !
- Stéphane, D.
Thank you very much for this amazing experience and for your kindness. Thank you for all the things we've learned about animals and South Africa.
Bisous des Belges
- Deneumoustier Family
Makumu, we had the most enjoyable time with you. I appreciate your extreme kindness, generosity and love. We particularly enjoyed the special elements of the stay.
The brunch dining by the tree, the private night dinner.
The food preparation was magnificent.
To Ruan and Shelley, we wish you the best in your wedding plans and in life.
May God bless you and be with you and plant you by the river of life and bless you with family and prosperity.
- Tom & Sandy
Thank you for such a wonderful experience. We will treasure the memories made here for the rest of our lives!
Your entire team was fantastic, thank you all very much!
- Francia & Mark
My wife and I are very happy. Thank you for making this experience unique and incredible.
We had a great time during our stay.
I don't think this is a good bye but a see you soon on our next trip (maybe with our 4 kids).
- Camilla & Caio
Dear Makumu Team,
We had 2 perfect nights and 3 perfect days here. This place is a perfect mixture of nice people, good sightings and a familiar atmosphere.
Also thanks to Mr Breuer to share is dream with us.
- Kathrin & Roman
Dear Makumu Friends,
Thank you sooooo very much for this truly amazing, unforgettable experience. We had an amazing time learning about all these beautiful animals and enjoying the landscape, and staying in this incredible lodge. Thank you again and we hope to be back!
- Navid & Nika
We say thank you, mercy & Danke for this wonderful stay, the unique experience, so many nice conservations and just an unforgettable memory!
- Gabrielle & Gabi
The Hermann family had an amazing time at Makumu Lodge. The staff were very accommodating and we would stay forever if we could!
Thank you so much for the incredible food, the adventurous safari and the informative bush walk. I believe it's safe to say that all of us feel comfortable tracking lions now :)
The lodging and facilities are absolutely beautiful!
This is a vacation we will never forget!
- Hermann Family
Big thanks to the team for making our stay so nice. They were all so helpful and accommodating with the kids. Ruan was so patient with all the questions, even about penguins!
Beautiful views and lodge, perfect relaxing time!
- Barty, Benita, Aaliyah and Kallen
With much happiness in the celebration of my birthday. We have memories to carry us through to our return visit. Thank you Morné, Melissa, et al. for a fabulous experience. And thank you Richard for spotting those elephants!
- Thomas & Greg
With full hearts and many many lifetime memories, we sadly depart from beautiful Makumu and its wonderful, gracious and ever-helpful and welcoming staff. We couldn't have asked for anything more in such a wonderful visit and vacation for our family's first visit to Africa.Our kids (14,12) will carry this experience throughout their lives!
Thank you so very much.
- Jennifer and Tracy
USA & Canada
Thank you for a life-changing experience! And most of all for allowing us to be a part of the Makumu Family. We are so blessed to have met all the staff, and especially Morné and Melissa. We cannot wait to be back, God bless you and your family.
- Kyle, S.
Thank you for the most wonderfully magical stay! We are already making plans to come back for another anniversary trip. Everything has been absolutely perfect and we will remember every small detail, big meal and beautiful sight for the rest of our lives!
- Kat, S.
Dear Makumu Team,
Thanks for everything. Our stay with you was just wonderful. We enjoyed every minute - but especially the game drives and the food.
We will miss you and the lodge and who knows, perhaps we will see each other again.
- Nina & Emanuel
Dear Makumu Team,
Thank you so much for this wonderful experience we had when staying with you! It was magical - candlelight at night, beautiful night sky and even falling stars. Thanks for welcoming us to your beautiful home and make us feel part of the family instead of just guests. We'll be thinking back many times for sure - probably also when watching the Lion King remake :) Thanks especially for the great drives! I doubt we'll find another ranger as knowledgeable as you Morné! It was really amazing.
All the best for you and your families!
We hope to be back!
- Nora & Dennis
I really want to thank you for this unique experience.
I will come back!
Dear Makumu Team,
We are leaving speechless!
Thank you so much! This will be unforgotten - wish you all the best!
- Nicole & Alex
Makumu is a little paradise on earth and the whole Makumu team made our stay and our wedding unforgettable.
Makumu is located in the beautiful Klaserie Private Nature Reserve and even if you just sit on your balcony you can see the elephants crossing the river. In the night the whole lodge is lighted just with candles, so you can see the stars while the lions roar in the bush. It is an amazing memory.
The whole team and the owners, Stefan and Karin, are so friendly in a heartfelt way that, after four days we didn't want to leave.
The Game Drives with the tracker Richard and the rangers Matt and Morné were fantastic. All of them had such a profound knowledge that you can learn something new on each Game Drive. During our stay we were lucky to see lions, leopards, giraffes and elephants as well as a pack of wild dogs directly at the lodge. The food was delicious and served either at the floating boma or under a tree in the bush.
But besides all these wonderful experiences we would like to thank the whole Makumu team, especially Melissa and Morné that you made our wedding in the bush to such an unforgettable memory. It was perfect and we never imagined in our dreams that we can have such a romantic and wonderful wedding. The place you had chosen for the ceremony was overwhelming. The traditional song and dance of the Makumu team was awesome. We even had a wedding cake in the bush - amazing. Thank you for the wonderful time. We surely will see you again soon.
Katja & Clemens
- Katja & Clemens
We appreciate the affection of the whole team. The lodge is incredible. But the most precious thing is the people who work here.
Thank you for the wonderful stay!
- Faboio & Fernanda
Dear Makumu Team,
Thank you so much for this wonderful experience we had when staying with you!
It was magical - candlelight at night, beautiful night sky and even falling stars! Thanks for welcoming us to your beautiful home and make us feel part of the family instead of just guests. We'll be thinking back many times for sure - probably also when watching the Lion King remake :)
Thanks especially for the great drives, I doubt we will find another ranger as knowledgeable as you Morné! It was really amazing!
All the best for you and your families!
We hope to be back!
- Dennis & Nora
To the amazing Makumu Team!
What a truly special place this is from the food, the lodge and all of you who make up the team.
I feel like you have all set the standard incredibly high for my first safari experience and it will be hard to beat.
I hope not too far in the future I will return to make some more memories in the bush.
To all of the Makumu team
I cannot express how amazing the trip has been! From the amazing tours to the delivious food and most importantly all the happy faces.
Everything has been perfect!!
Look forward to our return and hopefully send family and friends also!
All my love,
There are no words to describe the wonderful time we spent with you guys at Makumu!
Every minute spent in this wonderful place, the amazing game drives filled with interesting facts, stories, breathtaking views and wonderful encounters with the animals, the sunrise and sunset, super delicious cuisine and especially the whole staff will remain in our memories forever.
We hope to be back soon again. Thank you for your great hospitality, we felt like at home.
Liebes Makumu Team
Liebe Karin, Lieber Stefan,
Was Ihr hier geschaffen habt ist einfach unglaublich. Es fehlen einen die worte. vielen Dank fur alles!
- Stephan & Karin, Otto & Ella
Stefan, Karin, Melissa and Morné and the whole Makumu family,
What can we say!!!! What a truly unforgettable experience. Your village is so welcoming, we felt at home!
The game drives were unbelievable, I cannot believe the amazing things we saw! Stefan, Morné and of course Cyril - what a fantastic team! We could keep going out on the drives for days!
The food, the rooms, the pool, all of it was beautiful and completed a wonderful holiday for us.
We will be back one day! We have a lion to see.
Much love, Anna and Christian
- Christian & Ann
We stayed at Makumu five days and four nights, that will stay with me forever. First the most important thing about Makumu, and the reason you would most likely go on a safari, the animals. We were able to see the big five (and wild dogs) thanks to are incredible guide Matt and tracker Rich. There teamwork, knowledge of the bush, attentiveness, and friendly attitude made the morning and evening safari rides, to put it simply, magical. Because you can spend seven to eight hours a day with them, there importance can not be overlooked. Matt’s knowledge and passion for African wildlife is infectious. His ability to rattle off answers helps pull you into this foreign world. You leave with a greater understanding of the animals you witnessed and the overall ecosystem that is the Klaserie.
The lodge itself is a beautifully designed oasis. Sitting on a small outcrop, it wows you with views of the bush. When you first walk into the upstairs and witness the landscape, it may best be described as an emotional experience. The architecture of the lodge helps to show off the true masterpiece, the scenery.
I want to include the owners Stefan and partner Karin with the overall staff. This is where Makumu separates itself from anything I have experienced with any other stay. I may have luck describing it like this… imagine you had cousins you never met before and they happen to own a lodge in South Africa. When you visit you are instantly treated like long lost family. You catch up on each others life over drinks and delicious meals while gathered around a fire. Everyone is attentive to your every need with a warm familiarity that normally comes from being family. The entire staff feels like the greater extended family. What has been accomplished here is more than special, it is perfection.
OK, so I loved it but, if you are looking to drive around a zoo, this is not for you. This is the open wilderness and nothing is guaranteed. We were very lucky to see three different leopards and eleven different lions, plus the rare wild dogs. However, that does not guarantee you will see all that. I recommend staying at least three days. Also, it is lit by candles in the evening. My wife and I loved that, not everyone might. This is a magical place that will leave memories that will last a lifetime for most people. I hope if you are reading this that includes you.
- Dave, C.
Dear Makumu Team
We will never forget these incredible days at Makumu, full of endless views, delicious meals and so many unique moments.
Mostly - Stefan on game drives that let us see, understand and especially feel the bush life...
A dream come true through all these moments of being so close with elephants, giraffes and our shy friends!
We will never forget your hospitality and promise to take this unique spirit and invite with our stories to tell the next guest coming to Makumu
- Stefanie and Dominik
We recently booked Makumu through Go2Africa. We spent three nights at Makumu and another three nights at another lodge in Sabi Sands. Go2Africa was really helpful in planning our trip and arranging all our transfers. We highly recommend!
There is something truly special about Makumu. The owners, Stefan and Karin, welcomed us into their home and treated us like family. All the staff cared about making our experience unique and special. They even baked me a birthday cake!
The rooms here are amazing and beautifully decorated. The food was delicious. Loved tea time before the evening game drive! Wifi is available everywhere. Bonus - elephants visiting to drink water out of the pool right beside our room!
As Makumu is a smaller lodge, you get a more personal and intimate experience. This is truly the best part of this place! Words cannot express how beautiful it is. It is so peaceful and relaxing.
Our safari guides were Matt and Morris. They were awesome and we learned so much from them. We had some great sightings and even tracked lions on foot (five of them to be exact!).
Makumu is a refreshing change from the typical hotel/lodge experience. We wished we could've stayed longer and will definitely be back! Thank you Team Makumu -- you made our honeymoon unforgettable!
- Neelu, T.
Words or pictures cannot express the real experience of staying at Makumu. The staff made all efforts to make us feel at home! Great food from Nellys and Grace's kitchen, each day a different course (loved the Impala, amazing) - and I even cooked a Brazilian special sweet myself (so special). We basically had the entire lounge to ourselves and couldn't have felt more spoiled. The game drives were amazing and even though we didn't get to see all the big five, the tracker (Morris) and the rangers (Alan and Morne) made sure we had an unforgettable experience. Rooms are beautifully decorated and super comfortable, with big windows from which you can see the savanna and be welcomed by Impalas (or if you're lucky, an even wilder animal). And the fact that there is no electricity AT ALL makes it even more special at night (don't worry, their WiFi works just fine). Melissa, the manager is the sweetest - always thoughtful and making sure we were getting the best treatment (even when we were least expecting). Last but not least, the owners Karin and Stefan are so open, friendly and nice that you'll never feel like leaving. This was definitely an experience remember and hopefully to repeat.
A 3 day visit to this beautifully appointed Private Game Reserve turned into an unforgettable experience of fascinating event filled game drives, luxurious accommodation set up on the hill with panoramic endless views; sights, sounds and smells of everything a visit to the bush should entail, and coupled with exquisite hospitality ensuring that your every wish will be accommodated. The roar of lions, the laugh of hyenas, the cackling of wild dogs, the trumpeting of elephants were but a few of the sounds and sights to be heard. The knowledge and sensitivity of the rangers, Matt and Morné, brought a reality to the experiences with their endless pursuit to present an authentic viewing of the world within the Klassiere Game region, and aided by their extraordinary tracker, Morris, who seemed to see things long before anyone else in the party. Our guides wives, Francé and Melissa, ensured hospitality that made you feel so totally at home, that by the end of every game drive you couldn’t wait to fall into the relaxing atmosphere they worked so beautifully to create. Exquisite cuisine, totally unexpected for a bush experience, simply added the cherry to this symphony of delights. Two of our party being vegans were suberbly catered for with imaginative and tasty alternatives, whilst the remainder of the group salivated over the choice of cheeses and meats on offer, exciting main courses and desserts, presented with delightful wines from the top shelf. Our hosts, Stefan and Karin, have gone to extreme lengths to ensure their guests do not look forward to their date of departure, only dreaming of how soon they can return. Makunu is a must for the discerning visitor looking for the ultimate game viewing experience whilst enjoying total luxury, friendliness and professionalism.
Jean-Pierre Pfeiffer and family
- JP, P.
I am someone who was bitten by the "safari bug" 3 years ago after my first game drive, and this is the 6th lodge we've been to in many African countries so I believe I am a good judge of quality. I must say this is one of my favorite places I've ever stayed at and my husband and I will definitely return. First of all the property is stunning and so tastefully decorated and built into nature. The views are endless, just as the name "Makumu" means, with multiple areas to relax and enjoy the magnificence! The rooms are big with wonderful amenities. The only downside is the lack of air conditioning, as it was very hot when we were there and the fans didn't help much.
Luckily the pool was close by and always available. Staff are extremely friendly in a heartfelt, genuine way and this was much appreciated. By the end of 3 nights, it felt like we were leaving family, and I must say I had never experienced this before at any lodge. Another bonus is the total quiet, serenity, and sense of privacy. We really enjoyed this aspect!! With only a total of 12 guests possible, this is a definite bonus of this lodge. This privacy also follows into the game drives. Morne and Ceril (? spelling) were amazing and what I enjoyed most about Morne was not only his 19 year wealth of experiential knowledge but also his passionate love and respect for nature. We were able to spend good quality time with the animals we were blessed to encounter which for us, was a beautiful male leopard "Question Mark" and the herd of African dogs with hyenas. We even saw all of the big 5 but also amazing birds which I enjoyed, as well as the plants, flowers, and vegetation. This was my first time being able to really be given the time on a game drive to "sit" and observe animal behavior, which I greatly enjoy. Nothing ever felt rushed. The experience was priceless, unforgettable, and will be in my memory forever. If you're reading this as a new safari explorer, this is of utmost importance as many lodges have multiple jeeps and people. This is another bonus of this private lodge. Now, moving on to talk about the food, let's just say my stomach anxiously anticipated each meal, including lunch, which I normally do not eat. The food is superb with quality ingredients cooked with care and love in the recipe. I agree with another post that the scale moved up after leaving. I also must give a shout out to Melissa, the manager. She pays great attention to detail in making your stay perfect while enveloping the lodge in a sense of caring kindness combined with efficiency. For this we are most grateful. Make your booking now because once this gem becomes known, it will fill up quickly!
- Stephanie, Y.
I picked the place based on its rating and didn't know what to expect.
I knew i made the right choice the moment i was picked up at Hoedspruit Airport by "Morne", the property manager and then was greeted by the owner "Stefan".
Our stay was nothing short of amazing, from the rooms, service, and surrounding area.
They made us feel like we were guests at their home
Definitely going there again
- Ali & Abir
This was one of the best stays of our lives. We felt like at home since our arrival when Stefan, the owner, picked us up at the airport and drove us through the park on the way to the lodge. We were welcomed by the Makumu staff who took care of every single detail to make our stay so amazing until our departure. We’ll definitely go back as soon as we can.
Liebe Makumu Team
Wir verlebten zwei herrliche Tafe mitten in Afrikanischeu Busch. Die Lodge engebettet in die Natur, bis ins kleinste Derail konzeguent Afrikanisch und sehr Liebevoll auf hochsten Niveau ausgestattet - EINMELIG UND UNVERGESSEN.
DasTeam hat uns jedeu Wunsch von den Aufen abgelesen und uns umsorgt.
Jede Buschtour war ein besonderes Erlebnis und wurde von den Ranger hervorrageud betreut.
- Urban Group
We simply loved the 2 nights we stayed here!
For sure we'll never forget such awesome people and special moments lived!
Thanks for the endless memories and hopefully we'll be coming back soon!
"Já estamos com saudodes"
- A'lia and Felipe
To Stefan and Karin, Morne and Melissa, RIchard, Grace, Nellys and all the other wonderful staff here - thank you from the bottom of my heart for the incredible experience!!! I'll treasure the memories for the rest of my life!
That was a very unique marvelous homey experience.
Thank you Morné, Melissa, Karin and Stefan.
Thanks to all the helpful, pleasant people here.
Our time at Makumu was wonderful and full of adventure.
The guides are fantastic, the staff are the friendliest, the food is amazing and the owners are incredibly welcoming.
We hope that this lodge lives on for many generations to come. Hopefully we can come back one day for a longer stay and maybe spot the elusive lions and leopards.
Big thanks to: Matt (our favourite guide, full of knowledge and passion for the bush), Morris (the best tracker of SA), France and Melissa (who provided the best receptions and great company), Morné (the best stories and awesome friendliness), Stefan and Karin (fun drives and great passion for Africa) and all the staff (friendly, genuine and hard-working).
- Louis-Pierre Pfeiffer & Benjamin Pfeiffer
Nothing short of amazing, the location, staff, room, facilities, it was the most welcoming place I've stayed at.
Our experience at Makumu was fantastic! Sophistication, quality and care with details are present in everything. On the other hand, there is a very pleasant atmosphere of informality, in so many trips that we have already made, it was the first time that the concept of "feeling at home" was actually experienced by us. As there are not many rooms, the integration between guests occurs naturally, we meet great people. The hotel is all-inclusive and generous in relation to drinks. The safaris were note 10. Both ranger and tracker showed great experience, we learned a lot! We saw man animals, very often. And it is a delightful experience to be able to see giraffes, zebras and elephants from the hotel's balcony. I recommend at least 3 nights, each safari brings a new discovery, a new learning. The park borders the Kruger and has no fence, the ambiance is authentic. If you are lucky enough to meet the hosts Karin and Stefan, even better. We miss. There is only one small discomfort but it has no relevance: there is no electric light in the rooms, only the plugs to charge the electronics. In the evenings the room is illuminated by candles, as well as various environments of the hotel. This is precisely for a more organic integration of the environment. Better that way.
- Iracema Nehmi
Words or pictures cannot express the real experience of staying at Makumu. The staff made all efforts to make us feel at home! Great food from Nellys and Grace's kitchen, each day a different course (loved the Impala, amazing) - and I even cooked a Brazilian special sweet myself (so special). We basically had the intire lounge to ourselves and couldn't have felt more spoiled. The game drives were amazing and even though we didn't get to see all the big five, the tracker (Morris) and the rangers (Alan and Morne) made sure we had an unforgettable experience. Rooms are beautifully decorated and super comfortable, with big windows from which you can see the savanna and be welcomed by Impalas (or if you're lucky, an even wilder animal). And the fact that there is no electricity AT ALL makes it even more special at night (don't worry, their WiFi works just fine). Melissa, the manager is the sweetest - always thoughtful and making sure we were getting the best treatment (even when we were least unexpecting). Last but not least, the owners Karin and Stefan are so open, friendly and nice that you'll never feel like leaving. This was definitely an experience remember and hopefully to repeat.
- Adriana Raffaelli Do Valle
Beyond 5 star. Exceptionally well appointed suites with thoughtful, tasteful and high quality finishing touches throughout. Gracious and friendly assistance all the time. All our meals were a joy, fine dining in a family friendly atmosphere of sharing and fellowship.
Of course, the game viewing was special, especially from the deck, the hammock, the pool and our bed. A brief but completely energizing interlude, food for the soul.
- Helen T
After having stayed in 5 different lodges in different countries , Makumu is definetely on top of the list .
The game drives in the evening are absolutely fascinating , coming across a group of elephants or rhinos under the stars is an amazing experience .
The hosts Stephan and Karin ready know how to give you a treat , the food , the staff , the comfortable beds and the fine drinks are just part of s memorable week at their lodge .
They sure know how to do it .
Thanks to the fabulous staff with smiles and beautiful voices .
We will be back to see the lion ..
- Amanda Warshaw-Hoejsgaard
One week in Makumu was the highlight of our vacation in SA. Everything was outstanding: the food, the room, the staff, the sightings...
I highly recommend this lodge to everyone who wants to have an authentic safari experience without having lots of other tourists around.
Thanks again Matt and France and the Family Breuer and everyone who made it so special for us. We hope to see you soon!
- Sarah Schnell
Staying at Makumu was the best part of our vacation.
It’s a beautiful and clean lodge that offers astonishing views and the chance to experience the bush away from regular tourism. Animals come very close and the game drives are individual and always an adventure.
The lodge is located in a peaceful area and the atmosphere is very special. We have never felt so relaxed after such a short time. The staff is professional and simply amazing and the food was more than delicious. It deserves more than 5 stars. Sarah and Allan were wonderful and perfect hosts - we already miss them and their positive energy. For us, it was the best experience. We will come back!
- Kate Kep
I’ll never forget this incredible time with you. We enjoyed it so much, especially the game drives. Your knowledge and skills were a true blessing and especially reassuring while facing down a herd of angry elephants. It was such an unbelievable experience for us and we are very sad, to leave. I never ate such good food in my life.
- Birgit Schrowange