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