Johan, Ilse and Hannes
Magic @ Makumu private game lodge
I don't usually share reviews but this time I make an exception as our trip to South Africa became magic thx to our stay in Makumu. From the moment we arrived, we became part of the Makumu family! We only needed to enjoy and relax all the beautiful adventures: fabulous safaris, great sights of lions eating their prey only 2 meters away, a fantastic day in the photographic bunker, with lots of birds, zebras & giraffes at the pool, all nicely guided by Julia. We loved the breakfast, high teas and especially the fantastic dinners, together with the Makumu team. As my son stated: a dream became true! Thx to all team for a once in a lifetime experience!
A fine experience
Excellent lodgings, superb staff. Breakfasts and dinners were enjoyable: fine food, fine company. The ranger and tracker were the best I have had in several safaris I have taken over the years. Among the highlights was encountering 2 different prides of lions on separate days. My only regret is not arranging to have stayed a couple days longer
Mirella, Christian & Larissa
Exceptional Game Lodge experience
This is the 2nd trip & didnt disappoint in any imaginable way. Cherie & AD and their teams made every wish possible. From the comfortable & stunning suites to the breakfasts & BOMA fires…..
Such am amazing team !
The safari walk was a highlight this time round (last time the helicopter flight).
The services are exceptionally professional with particular attention to detail. A real familiar & homely feeling. A visit to this lodge is a definite MUST
I have done 5 safaris in S Africa. Makumu is by far the nicest property. Fronting out to a river (dry now, in their winter), the view is spectacular - hence the lodge's name. Ruan is a very knowledgeable ranger, and Richard's ability to detect recent prints on the dirt road is truly impressive. Excellent full breakfasts and tasty dinners (inside or around the fire), fresh coffee/tea early in the morning, all nice touches. Rooms were impeccably built and furnished, with indoor/outdoor showers, A/C, comfy bed, excellent wifi etc. Saw big 5 in short order. Game was a little sparser than at Sabi Sands but the location and isolation make up for that. I am grateful that owner Stefan has given the public a chance to experience this fabulous lodge that he built.
Andrew, Dee & Elke
My 60th birthday should have been 8yrs ago, but I needed a couple of major spinal surgeries and haven't been up to the planned celebration Safari trip until recently. We chose Makumu as our 1st lodge and are extremely happy we did.
They literally could not have done more to give us the experience of a lifetime. The lodge is stunning; luxurious but authentic and the staff looked after us exceptionally well. Ruan as our ranger/guide and Clyde as our tracker enabled us to see so many beautiful animals up close. Ruan has obviously established the trust of many of these wild animals in the Klaserie region of the greater Kruger National Park, and that allowed us to observe them up close in an amazingly relaxed way. It was such a privilege to see these glorious creatures in their natural environment and it was an experience I will never forget. If you have any qualms about booking Makumu,
ignore them, because you'll have the experience of a lifetime. Everything that needs to be is very professional and intelligently run and the rest of it is pure heart and soul; all the people at Makumu are just beautiful. After only 3 nights we felt like part of the family and will remember our time there forever.
Matthew & Tracy
We absolutely LOVED our stay at Makumu. When we were searching for lodges - we knew we wanted a lodge that limited the number of guests because we wanted that more intimate experience. The staff is phenomenal - from the house staff to the guides and trackers - everyone was personable and made you feel at home in the beautiful lodge. All the meals and snacks were 5 star! We felt spoiled at every turn - morning coffee time and sundowners on the games drives were such a special extra touch. We had fabulous experiences on the game drives - our tracker, Richard and guide Adrien were knowledgeable and gave us many up close viewings of wildlife. This was such a memorable trip for us. I would not hesitate to recommend choosing Makumu for a safari vacation.
Joanne & Johan
A taste of paradise……
From the moment we arrived to journey on to Makumu lodge at their HQ, We were welcomed by staff who gave us ponchos to journey in the safari jeep as it was raining.
Once we arrived at the stunning location of Makumu we were greeted by more staff with friendly smiles and a huge welcome to their Makumu family. The lodge itself is just amazing with fantastic views and the rooms stunning, clean and welcoming.
The lodge only uses candles to light it at night which is beautiful torches to go to your rooms are provided. The game drives were early morning for 3 hours then time to rest in the day and another game drive in the afternoon for another 3 hours with very experienced trackers and rangers.
Although an early start we were given warm hot-water bottles and blankets to keep us warm.
Seeing so many animals in their natural habitat was just breathtakingly spectacular!
Each morning and afternoon we would stop during the game drive and tasty refreshments served.
After our morning drive, brunch was served which was a freshly cooked feast.
Dinner in the Evening was fresh and incredibly varied & delicious, we had BBQs and meals around the fire as being May it could be chilly.
All staff were kind, Professional and friendly and went out of their way to listen and made us feel special and welcomed.
It was our 30th wedding anniversary for my husband and me this was noted and we were surprised one evening!
This lodge is more than 5 stars, their attention to detail was impeccable.
I hope this review radiates a feeling of Utter joy from our time at Makumu and is an encouragement to go ……you will be overwhelmed and know you made the right choice.
Neel & Shivani
Where do I start with Makumu?! For anyone that is hesitating to book, you will not regret it. This place is magical and it genuinely felt like a home away from home.
The lodges themselves are absolutely stunning - beautifully decorated, and the common areas such as the pool are also beautiful. My husband and I spent most of our free time playing pool and watching the elephants in the distance! As we were on our honeymoon, we were truly spoilt, and were able to enjoy private dinners which was a lovely experience.
The staff are all incredibly friendly and accommodating. Each day, the food was made with so much love and felt home-cooked. They went above and beyond to also meet our dietary requirements.
The game rides themselves were very exciting - we managed to see everything except rhinos, and the rangers and trackers were extremely knowledgeable and made the entire experience really enjoyable. A particular shout out to Julie and Richard!
This was by far the highlight of our honeymoon. It was an extremely special place and no review can do it justice. Thank you all! Shivani and Neel xx
Grant & Moira
Our stay at Makumu was, without doubt, one of the highlights of our lives. Basically, everything you have read about it is true. Even without seeing any animals (but see below), this place would be simply incredible.
We had driven from Johannesburg, and were picked up at Klaserie park headquarters and taken on the 45 minute journey to the lodge itself. The place is stunning: the views are incredible, the lodge is beautifully laid out, and the air-conditioned bedrooms are huge.
There are a maximum of 12 guests there at any one time, and you eat communally, along, sometimes, with the managers and guides from the lodge itself. The feeling I can best describe is like visiting friends who happen to have own a beautiful property in the middle of a national park. If you are looking for an impersonal hotel experience, this isn't for you.
The day starts at 5am with a wake up call, followed by a quick coffee in the lodge and the morning game drive. We tended to get back at around 9.30; breakfast is at 1030 and you then have a few hours to yourself where you can catch up on sleep, use the pool, or just relax with a book on your balcony. The lodge also has a pool table, table football, and a couple of pieces of gym equipment. At 230pm it's lunch. You then gather with the rest of the guests at 4pm for tea and the afternoon game drive. You stop for sundowners towards the end, then it's back to the lodge for dinner. Then bed time. Rinse and repeat.
The staff are amazing. All of them are super kind and friendly. Indeed you are treated like friends. The guides and trackers are very knowledgeable, whether it's about the largest mammal or the smallest insect. The food is great, and the drinks - including alcohol - are all free. It really does feel like a home from home.
Oh and the animals? Well, if you are the sort of person who simply MUST see the Big 5, then, again, this probably isn't the place for you: it's instead somewhere to get in touch with nature, admire the amazing scenery, and just see what the day brings. But we saw leopards, lions. elephants, buffalo, rhino, hippo, hyenas, hunting dogs, giraffes, zebras, jackals, crocodiles, wild boar, you name it. The absolute highlight was sitting still in the safari vehicle at night while a pride of lions walked right past. Simply amazing.
But please don't just go for the animals. Go for the views, the hospitality, the friends you'll make, and for the sense of how incredible nature is. And whatever you do, just go.
Alan & ZhenKun
Memorable and Enjoyable holiday. We were enjoying every minute of it. Our ranger and tracker are so knowledgeable about the nature surrounding - animals, birds, insects, plantations.... their respect for and their “communications” with animals which we encountered are truly impressive and unbelievable. All the staff are very professional and friendly.
Ian & Sam
This place was the most amazing experience ever! The attention to detail was exceptional! Cheri, Adrian, Maggie and the rest of the staff were incredible and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this lodge for a complete safari experience.
Luke & Max
We spent two nights at the lodge and had the most unbelievable time. From the moment we were picked up everyone was so attentive, friendly and helpful. The lodge itself is without a doubt one of the most beautiful places we’ve ever stayed and the attention to detail throughout is exceptional. The staff were all brilliant and our guide Thomas was fantastic - knowledgeable, engaged and really went out of his way to give us a brilliant Safari experience. All in all I could recommend Makumu enough, it was an amazing trip and something we’ll never forget. Thank you!
Tanya & Samuel
The most incredible place to stay and receive the best of the best in terms of service, food, guides and facilities.
The views are breathtaking and even from the lodge you get visits from elephants, monkeys and giraffes.
Cherie and Adrian were the best hosts and together ensured the four of us experienced the holiday of a lifetime.
Nothing was too much. They made us feel truly welcome.
Will definitely be back.
André & Ana
We were looking for the real thing, this is the place. An authentic and very good taste lodge to spend some safari days in the beautiful Klaserie reserve. The food is outstanding (so is the drinks’ availability), the rooms are elegant, beautiful and comfortable. The only complaint? I didn’t see the Black Mamba! Jokes aside, it’s hard to find a better experience.
Julia & Malte
Best place to be!
We had a wonderful stay with our family (2 adults, 2 kids) and we felt like being part of this wonderful family lodge.
Perfect hosts, good food and a warm atmosphere. It was a wonderful stay and we will definitely be coming back.
Silke & Klaus
Makumu - Es war wie im Traum und bleibt für immer in unseren Herzen !! Danke !!
Es ist sehr schwer in Worte zu fassen was uns an dem Aufenthalt in Makumu so besonders gefallen hat. Man könnte es kurz und knapp mit folgendem Kommentar zusammenfassen : Alles, aber auch Alles war der absolute "Hammer" !!
Es begann schon mit der Abholung am Flughafen Eastgate durch unseren späteren Tracker Richard, ausgerüstet mit Basecaps und einer riesigen und gekühlten Getränkeauswahl.
Die 1,5 Stunden Fahrt zur Lodge war bereits der erste Gamedrive mit unzähligen Tiersichtungen und Richards kompetenten Erklärungen. Bei der Ankunft folgte ein super herzlicher Empfang durch das Makumu-Team. Cherie zeigte und erklärte uns alles in der Lodge und speziell in unserer Suite. Die Zimmer sind geräumig und sehr schön eingerichtet, mit ganz viel Liebe zum Detail. Und genau diese Liebe zum Detail zeichnet Makumu besonders aus. Man sollte sich während des Aufenthalts einige Minuten Zeit nehmen, um das zu entdecken und zu genießen. Zwischen den Gamedrives bietet sich der wunderschöne Pool zum entspannen an und mit viel Glück kommt auch mal ein Elefant zum Trinken vorbei.
Ganz besonders an Makumu ist die Rückkehr nach dem Abend Gamedrive, wenn die Lodge ausschließlich mit Kerzen und Laternen erleuchtet ist.
Das Essen ist hervorragend, die Getränkeauswahl ist sehr gut und es werden alle Wünsche erfüllt.
Ganz besonders möchte ich zum Schluß die überwältigenden Gamedrives mit Adrian und Richard und den Bushwalk mit Adrian erwähnen. Es war jedes Mal ein Genuss für uns mit den kompetenten und liebevollen Erläuterungen, aus denen man die Liebe unserer Begleiter zur Natur und zu Makumu heraushören konnte. Die Big Five zu sehen war kein Problem. Besonders schön und aufregend waren die Momente mitten im Löwenrudel oder in der Elefantenherde und als am letzten Abend ein friedlicher Elefantenbulle uns beim Sundowner besuchte. Bei all diesen tollen Erlebnissen fühlte man sich immer sicher und geborgen in der Obhut von Adrian und Richard.
Bei einer Sache kann man sich sicher sein in Makumu, das Team wird alles menschenmögliche Tun um alle Wünsche zu erfüllen, damit der Aufenthalt zu einem besonderen Erlebnis wird. Makumu lebt von seinen freundlichen und kompetenten Mitarbeitern. Es ist wirklich alles genauso wie es auf der Homepage im Makumu-Video gezeigt wird.
Danke nochmal für die Geburtstagsüberraschung !!!
Wir werden sicherlich einmal wiederkommen !!!
Liebe Grüße Silke und Klaus
Lindsey & Larene
Stop your search and book here
There are not enough positive words to describe the staff and facilities at Makumu. From the initial greeting at the airport in the range rover with beers, to every game drive, family-style meal, mid-safari snack/drink stops, every detail of the stay was considered. I personally loved that the lodge only holds 12 guests, so the staff and guests all get to know each other well. The lodge has a house type feel where people can gather, making it feel like we were staying with family and friends, rather than at a hotel. Although it is never guaranteed to see all the animals, the rangers and trackers were amazing at finding wildlife in the area. We ended up seeing 4 of the big 5, but the most special was seeing a herd of elephants from the bunker one morning during a coffee break. They were close enough you could have reached out and touched one; definitely a surreal and magical experience. One evening, during our happy hour stop on the game drive, the owners were in town and threw the guests a little party by the watering hole. The food was excellent and there was so much of it! The rooms were spectacular, including candle lighting at night when you returned from the drive. This was my first safari, however, several in the group had been on many others and said this was by far their favorite. I couldn't recommend Makumu more, they are the best!
Truly, it was the trip of a lifetime! At Makumu, you feel like guests in someone’s beautiful home, surrounded by amazing people ….. who quickly begin to feel like family. We saw the big 5 quickly. Words cannot describe how incredible each of the two daily safaris were. Our tracker and ranger (Richard and Keith) provided the most incredible experience out in the bush. Their knowledge is astounding. Shelley, Maggie, and the whole entire team… thank you! We can’t wait to come back!!!
Menno & Gabi
Dear Stefan, Shelly, Ruan and all staff members of Makumu,
We can not thank you enough for the great time we spend at Makumu. Your service and eye for detail were amazing. We will never forget our two nights in your lovely home. Makumu will always be in our hearts and for sure we will be back another time.
The last few days we kept talking about the family vibe at Makumu and we regret, we could not stay any longer.
So with all our heart, thank you…thank you…thank you.
Thank you for the support with the proposal. Thank you for the family vibes, the amazing Game drives, the great dinners, lunches and breakfasts, beautiful wines, decoration in our room, best service, eye for detail and so on…
We love you all.
Menno and Gabi
Stefan & Mario
Our stay at Makumu Lodge was the absolute highlight of our trip to South Africa. Already the drive from the airport to the lodge by jeep was unforgettable. We have seen so many animals along the way. Upon arrival at the lodge, we were warmly welcomed by the owners and staff. We immediately felt comfortable. The lodge with the main building, guest apartments, pool and fire pit with sun loungers is luxurious and beautiful. We had a very nice apartment with a bathtub and a hammock on the terrace, from where we had a fantastic view of the countryside. Again and again z. B. zebras, giraffes and elephants. What an experience. In the morning and in the evening we went on game drives lasting several hours. The staff were so nice and experienced and provided a lot of entertainment. Every ride was something very special. Already after the first ride, we had seen the top 5. During the day and in the evening we were spoiled with first-class food and drinks. The wishes of each individual guest were taken into account. A perfect service and a top kitchen. During the day we relaxed by the pool, in the main building with open living rooms and in our apartment. There was even air conditioning, which kept the room cool. After dinner, our apartment was always lit with candles. Absolutely romantic. Staying at Makumu Lodge was the best part of our vacation. A very clear recommendation. We will be back definitely.
Hugh & Kasia
Makumu – Endless views, endless hospitality.
Our visit to the Maasai Mara a few years earlier had already ticked, “Going on Safari” off our Bucket List. For this reason, when choosing another as “The Main Course” of our visit to South Africa, our son had to be very diligent, if he were to surprise us. He forbade us to do any research so, we arrived at Makumu Private Game Lodge free of any preconceptions.
And … We were bowled over!
To such an extent, a new entry was added to and ticked off our Bucket List.
“Go on safari to Klaserie Private Game Reserve in Kruger National Park - as guests of Makumu Private Game Lodge!”
From greeting us at the airport to the final farewell by the entire team, including Stefan the owner, our four days and three nights here were perfectly magical.
We enjoyed driving through the bushveld just after dawn and dusk on fascinating, event-filled game drives looking for big five game viewing and much more. Many thanks to our Ranger Ruan and tracker Richard for their professionalism. With them in charge, we saw so much! Their professionalism meant we always felt completely at ease. Even when a super pride of thirteen lions was splashing across the Klaserie River just a metre or two in front of us with Richard perched in his tracker’s seat on the Land Rover’s front fender. He could have reached out and touched them!
Makumu Private Game Lodge is a place where you can experience the pure African wilderness. For us, it was an adventure combined with the feeling we were experiencing Karen Blixen’s Out of Africa. Especially when we saw the entire property lit only by candles after our first evening game drive. It is a place where every little detail is thought of, including the luxurious scents. A place where guests are treated with extreme warmth and cordiality.
Someone mentioned that hosts, Stefan and Karin, went to extreme lengths to ensure their guests do not look forward to saying goodbye. I might add, for a very good reason.
Thank you, Stefan, Karin, Ruan, AD, Richard, Shelly, Cherie, and the lovely ladies of the Makumu hospitality team. This was one of the best stays of our lives.
Hugh and Kasia
Morné & Nadine
Amazing Bushveld Experience
We love the Bush and we were looking for something special for our Honeymoon. Makumu really blew us away and we really felt so content on arrival and during our stay. The stay at Makumu was relaxing and homey and we felt part of a big family. The game drives were special and the Ranger (Ruan) provided us with such interesting insights. We were spoilt with romantic candle lit dinners and a turndown and don't have words to describe how special it felt. The place was filled with good company and laughter and was also balanced with privacy and time to relax on our own. The staff were gentle in assisting us and we did not feel disturbed by them. Makumu elevated the bush experience for us and we are so grateful. We will definitely see you again! Much love, Nadine and Morné
Nigel & Ruth
Wonderful experience at Makumu
We had a once in a lifetime experience on our holiday at Makumu. Great place to stay with wonderful staff looking after you. We saw all of with big five plus packs of wild dog. We had plenty of opportunity to take great photos.
Safari travel report, Makumu private game lodge, the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve, South Africa
Those who are not into long travel reports should not read to the end. Actually, I'm not the type to write so much and in detail, but this time it had to be.
So here's the short version first:
What Should I Say ... It was simply a wonderful vacation!
From start to finish everything was just perfect.
From the cute little airport pick-up to the loving goodbye that didn’t hold me back for a “few” tears. You are incredibly open and warmly welcomed and treated. From the first minute, you feel at "home". The atmosphere, the team, the facilities, the food, the safaris, just all a dream.
Picked us up at Hoedspruit airport and drove straight to the lodge (a good hour if you drive through and don't stop at every animal as we did). The trip there was already the first safari where we could already see zebras, giraffes and a lot more.
We were absolutely welcomed by all the team at the lodge and were given a drink. Cherie, one of the managers, then showed and explained everything to us. We immediately felt super taken care of, we were treated very lovingly and likely from the first second.
Lodge and Rooms:
The lodge is rather luxurious but comfortable and traditional. The facility is mega nice, not too much and not shabby at all.
Besides the main house, which includes the kitchen, sitting area, large balcony with great views, pool table and sports equipment, there are 3 bungalows, each comprising two rooms, a king suite and an impi suite. Connected to the main house there is another terrace built on stilts with a cosy fireplace and table for dining outside. Also, the lodge has a beautiful naturally kept pool with fantastic views of the bush and the water hole. The lodge can accommodate 12 people in total.
All rooms are traditionally furnished with lots of wood and details, huge wardrobes, and lots of storage, have a great view and make you feel at home immediately. The king suites also have a large bathtub, a balcony hammock and two sinks. Every room has a hair dryer.
I've never slept in such a comfortable bed!
The lodge is very idyllic, on the river and a water hole where you can often watch animals from the balcony. Good to know: Per room, there is only one power corner for 2 EU plugs, this one is not on the bed either.
Otherwise, there is no power, the lodge is lit up with well over 200 candles every evening, which just makes it a very special feeling again. Also, flashlights will be handed out every evening.
There is no TV either, we enjoyed this break so much and there was no shortage of time, although unfortunately, we are more media junkies. Wi-Fi is available.
Food and Beverage:
If you want to lose weight on vacation, you should look for another travel destination. You get spoiled so much, be it the delicious breakfast with fresh fruit, granola, fresh and various cooked eggs etc, the snacks in the morning and evening on the drive as well as the sweet and hearty things you prepare before the evening drive w earth.... In the evening you can usually choose between 2 dishes, at first you are asked if you have an intolerance or do not like certain things. This is always taken into account. The food was really always very tasty, super prepared and varied. And I'm actually very picky about food.
We found the meal times perfectly divided. Brunch after the morning drive and dinner is usually eaten together, meaning all guests and the manager are in pairs (in our case it was Cherie and AD). Actually always a nice and fun round! If the weather or wind allowed, we ate outside and before that, we sat together by the fire bowl and talked. It was really nice and cosy.
There was a huge selection of drinks too. If you want something special at a sundowner on the drive, you can just let me know and it will be taken every day. The lodge has a beverage chamber where you can serve yourself at any time. Wine, Beer, hard liquor, water, soft drinks, juices, ice cream machine.. All that the heart desires. The lovely ladies in the kitchen also do cocktails or gin tonic o. A before. Wine and water are also ready in the room in the evening.
Some have declared us crazy for staying in a lodge so long but honestly, 10 days was still far too short. We have been discovering new areas and new animals every day until the last day.
Within the first 2 days, we saw the big 5, and after 10 days we also had the ugly five, secret five halfway through and cutest five (except for the bush baby).
We could have gone on forever...
I believe spending just a few days in a lodge brings on other demands and expectations. We were able to take it easy every day and never have any stress, now have to see any animal quickly before we drive.
The drivers and trackers are very experienced and love what they do - you can tell right away! They would never hunt or harass an animal unnecessarily just to do the guests a favor. Always with necessary respect and distance, and conveying interesting things to the guests, whether it's about the animals, trees and plants or tracks.
Indescribably loving, kind, funny and dedicated staff.
You really can't emphasize anyone in particular - everyone was great in their own way without exception. We have rarely experienced such an extreme! We're already missing the team...
I'll just say one thing... Elephants!
Makumu lodge has a photo bunker by the water hole which gives a great view of the animals. We actually wanted to stay for 2h, then we had already seen a lot and great photos in the box. However, when we drove back, a herd of elephants met us heading towards the waterhole and we promptly turned around. What Should I Say ... Probably the greatest experience of our lives and will be remembered forever. 30-40 elephants of all ages rushed to the water, played, drank, filled up... Maybe half a meter next to us.. We were all covered in mud afterwards and just over the moon. It was unbelievable
Last night we then had a private dinner outside by the fire where the elephants also joined us. Who can claim that they can spend their dinner with elephants as table neighbors?
The surprise breakfast in the middle of the bush was also a dream!
Honestly, there isn't any...
Maybe it’s because it was our first safari holiday but my grandparents who accompanied us fly to South Africa at least 1x a year for over 30 years and have experienced and been to various regions and accommodations and still absolutely delighted with Makumu.
We would come back anytime and already planning our next vacation
I can really recommend the Makumu Private Game Lodge to everyone!
Liliane & Joel
Makumu was the absolute highlight of our 2022 South Africa trip. After a 2-year break due to Corona, we were able to enjoy the bush again. Makumu endless views ... it was more than this endless expanse, it was more than just a safari and it was more than a gigantic starry sky. You only have to watch the new video of the lodge and you will understand the spirit that this unique accommodation radiates. There are lodges that want to stand out with pompous luxury and almost excessive service. Makumu beats these lodges by far with natural friendliness, a family atmosphere and spectacular but not excessive facilities. Thanks to Ruan , Shelley, AD and Cherie , thanks to all Makumu employees and last but not least thanks that there are such visionaries as Stefan Breuer who shares his love for Africa with others... Unfortunately he and his wife stayed in Europe, maybe we'll see each other next time :-) MbG. Liliane & Joel
Mathew & Natalie
I am still blown away at my experience at Makumu. I'd could write so much about the animals we saw but what set this place about for me was the staff. They took the time to get to know us and then a created a experience I will never forget it. Thank you!!! . . 3 Night Stay, couple from the states
Kathryn & Aaron
Thanks so much to Cherie, AD, Shelley and Ruan for making our first safari a trip of a lifetime!
The lodge was built by the owner for his family and has a really nice family vibe with brunch, afternoon tea and dinner eaten together with other guests, we got to meet other people from all over the world! As well as listening to lions, hyenas and monkeys in the bush whilst we were eating outside!
Our Ranger, AD was fantastic and very knowledgeable. We spotted the Big Five and so much more, and he made such a big effort to make sure we tracked down the animals we wanted to see.
Since the Klaserie is shared with just a few other lodges, the safari was very tranquil and did not feel commercial at all. We were able to track down animals and would only see another 1-3 cars throughout the whole game drive.
We were torn between a 3 and a 4 night stay. So glad we went with 4 nights and we could have stayed for so much longer! The whole team is very hospitable and we loved hearing their stories from the bush!
Tyler & Mackenzie
Thank you so much for such a wonderful time here. We hope we are able to come back at some point. Everyone was absolutely wonderful.
Birgit & Holger
One of the most beautiful places we have ever seen. The best hosts we have ever experienced. Simply fantastic! Many thanks to the whole Makumu team. See you next year.
Christoph & Melina
Incredibly good service and super friendly and trained staff!
The lodges are furnished with great attention to detail and the food is excellent!
Pool with a view of the waterhole and game drives with professional trackers and rangers make for unforgettable experiences.
Fernando & Adriana
Una Experiencia Inolvidable
Los días que hemos pasado mi esposa y yo en Makumu nos han dejado un recuerdo imborrable. El entorno donde se encuentra el Lodge te permite estar inmerso en la naturaleza del corazón de la sabana y te da la oportunidad de ver a los animales en su hábitat natural. Nosotros tuvimos la suerte de poder ver a los Big 5 varias veces, las increíbles fotos que sacamos son prueba de ello. Si a todo esto le sumas el trato que te dan y la calidad de las instalaciones de Makumu, la experiencia se convierte en inolvidable. Se hacen dos salidas al día para avistar animales, la primera en el amanecer y la segunda en la tarde unas horas antes de la puesta del sol, vas acompañado en todo momento por un equipo muy profesional que nos hicieron sentir como en casa, atendiendo cualquier pregunta o solicitud que tuviéramos. Las habitaciones son espaciosas con un cama muy confortable y unas vistas espectaculares, un baño equipado muy amplio y vestidor. Los alimentos y el servicio de primera calidad, el trato extraordinario. En fin, como decía anteriormente, una experiencia inolvidable. ¡¡¡Muchas gracias MAKUMU!!!
Heike & Hans
Wir hatten eine unvergessliche Zeit auf Makumu, was nicht zuletzt Stefan und Karin mit ihrem aussergewöhnlich tollen Team zu verdanken ist.
Die Gamedrives ein unvergessliches Erlebnis, die Ranger und Tracker absolute Profis und auch die Zeit auf der Lodge war jede Minute ein Genuss .
Absolut zu empfehlen für jeden, der einen aussergewöhnlichen Urlaub an einem aussergewöhnlich schönen und familären Ort erleben möchte.
Wir kommen wieder!!! Sobald wie möglich 😀
Vielen lieben Dank für alles
Adriana & Fernando
One of my best experiences ever , 5 nights in this lodge with such amazing staff, always there to meet your needs and smiling all the time . Owners take so good care of you and game drives are incredible with amazing and well prepared guides . Food and treats are great and you feel part of this great family. The rooms are so comfortable, pretty with so much space and details are everywhere . They will do more than their best to meet your expectations and needs. You are so well taken care of.
Mario & Nini
Stunning!! Everything perfect and even better!! We are speechless. Everything was just perfect, from the first to the last minute. The endless view (Makumu), the silence, this stunning African style house, every detail in every corner of the house and the beautiful rooms. When we saw the entire property lit only by candles after the evening game drive, we got goosebumps once more. The lodge is by far the most beautiful that we have seen and experienced on our many travels. Of course, the catering, from morning coffee to sundowners, before and during the game drives, brunch at the majestic table, and dinner by the fire on the boma was exceptionally good and simply fantastic. During the drives, all our wishes were met and the rangers and trackers tried so hard and explained and told us a lot of exciting and instructive things in addition to the many animal sightings (lion families, herds of elephants, leopards with cubs, wild dogs, rhinos, etc.). However, we were incredibly lucky to be the only guests during our stay. Nice that we also had the opportunity to meet the owner, Stefan and his lovely wife Karin. Many thanks to the entire Makumu team. You are amazing and we will never forget these beautiful days. We'll be back as soon as possible! :)
There are not many things in life that took my breath away. One for sure, is staying for three nights at this wonderful lodge in the heart of the Klaserie Nature Reserve. The place is just gorgeous. A wonderful array of villas (those are not just 6 rooms) bundled together in a unique atmosphere which gets even better when all of the 250 oil lamps are lit up at dusk. Everything that matters could be found at Makumu, from a luxurious in-suite bathroom to the astounding terrace which guarantees an endless view of the park and of the animals which happen to pass by. Game rides are just flawless under the wise directions of both the guide and the tracker. We were lucky enough to find most of the wildlife we were looking for and the amount of knowledge we learned is absolutely unparalleled. Every detail is taken care of in subtle, elegant fashion from the refreshening towel given to you while back from a ride to the heartwarming service during a sundown "Aperitivo" in the bush. Food is just what I would expect from a journey into the wild that resembles both the culture and the spirit of this land. Quality is great. The kitchen staff is there for you at all times. Everything you want or need is simply there when you want it and the warm welcome you get form the owners, which are pretty much always there for and with you, as well as the managing staff, is just effortless and unique. There was unfortunately only one sad occurrence of our stay at Makumu: we had to come home. But we will be back. For sure. Thank You all, the owners, the managers and all of Makumu Family. It has been great.
Francesco & Mara
We had the chance to spend 10 days in Makumu! I do not know where to start ! The lodge is magnificent without any fuss, ultra cozy and comfortable! the view is magnificent and the water points just below have been the source of incredible observations. (elephant giraffes lycaons, lions ...) I still have the chills. the atmosphere is very relaxed and warm. No frills but excellent food with excuse a little French cheese at Brunch! the staff are attentive and really make you feel at home! safaris: we were very lucky but regardless of that the region is very beautiful with very variable topographic conditions and the presence of many rivers! just sumptuous! Anyway go ahead, we'll be back Deb and Christian from Switzerland
Deb & Christian
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, not enough space..... We have a strict "never return to the same place twice" policy, and this time we will be ignoring our own policy soon..... thank you guys!
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 lodge really feels like a luxurious home, it's gorgeous, warm and accommodating. It really embraces the romance of the African bush experience. The rooms were beautiful, the candles and lanterns at night were gorgeous and it was beyond what we expected.
The food was phenomenal and they really listened to and made sure to accommodate our likes and dislikes.
Ruan the main ranger was possibly the best safari guide we have ever had. He was knowledgeable, passionate and really listened to what we wanted to get out of the experience. We saw everything from little spiders to bee eaters and lions at a kill. We did safari drives and a morning walk.
We would return to Makumu in a heartbeat and highly recommend it.
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 wealth of knowledge even for those who are experienced in safari, which he passes on in a factual and interesting way without bragging (not only on the animal world, but also on the plant world). Sibu has young, sharp eyes and excellent hearing, which he uses profitably (see below: Localization of a pride of lions via the sound of breaking bones while eating).
We would warmly recommend the lodge to all people who are enthusiastic about peace, seclusion, concentration on the essentials and intense bush experiences that are not just about the Big 5. Why?
On the one hand, the luxurious rooms are excellent: generously proportioned, structurally and in a state of preservation of the best quality, extremely tasteful and decorated to a high standard. All suites have a view of the wide, hilly landscape, you can see animals coming to the waterhole again and again and at night you have an unrestricted view of the starry sky. The quality of the rooms stands out again compared to other high-quality lodges that we know.
Furthermore, the main building offers everything you need without ever giving the impression of being a hotel; as described by Makumu himself: a very familiar and personal approach in which individual care is very important. The main building also shines with very tasteful decoration, spaciousness and airiness, great seating around an internal fire bowl and boma. It is spread over two floors with wonderful views over the almost untouched bush (no signs of "civilization" disturb the view) up to the Drakensberg.
Last but not least - the main argument for travelers who enjoy the bush - the lodge is located deep inside the Klaserie Private Game Reserve and shares an area of around 110 square kilometers with only three other relatively small accommodations (there are also short-term negotiated access rights in other sub-areas for very special observations). On the rustic bush slopes and off the slopes you hardly ever see other cars, interesting animal sightings are never overcrowded. The landscape is varied and hilly, traversed by the Klaserie River (still had water) and numerous dried up drainage channels, some of which are passable. There is no wide grassland, but there are some very beautiful trees on the river.
As with other safari destinations, the wildlife here offers no guarantee of certain sightings. Nevertheless, on four trips we had many interesting scenes of various kinds and were able to enjoy them all with the background of extensive safari experiences. Two highlights were seeing a leopard in the best light directly from the lodge in the early afternoon of the day of arrival (we then drove there spontaneously, aborting the lodge briefing - this is called flexibility!); We found this leopard again in the dark while eating a small antelope. The second highlight was a pride of lions of at least 18 animals (although we were very close, counting turned out to be difficult), which ate intensely on a medium-sized elephant that was probably torn during the night.
All in all, luxurious accommodation paired with a real bush feeling in a warm, attentive atmosphere. Great!
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
Baie dankie vir 'n onvergeetlike vakansie. Julle gasvryheid is merkwaardig en ons het elk oomblik daarvan geniet.
Baie hartseer om huistoe te gaan, want alles hier is perfek!
Personeel is almal vriendelik en behulpsaam, en die kos smullekker!
Dankie vir die ekstra moeite :)
Ons is bly om 'n groot dag in ons lewe met julle to kon deel.
Sien elle hopenlik binnekort weer!
Ruan & Nandi
To everyone at Makumu,
Thank you so much for the wonderful stay. Everyone was so welcoming. Fantastic place to stay for a quick honeymoon.
Jessie & Anthony
Our footprints in the Bush might have gone already with the morning breeze, but our memories collected in your amazing Makumu surely will stay with us for a lifetime.
Never lose your passion and faith in your mission to show people what really matters in life!
Zsolt & Gregory
Thank you all so much for the generous and warm hospitality! We had an incredible time staying with you all. We cant wait to come back and enjoy your home again soon!
All the best!
Christina, Charlotte, Katherine and Jason - USA
Thank you all so much for the generous and warm hospitality! We had an incredible time staying with you all. We cant wait to come back and enjoy your home again soon!
All the best!
Christina, Charlotte, Katherine and Jason
Merci Beaucoup pour ce séjour extraodinaire!
Thank you for the stay, all was wonderful! Peaceful, Authentic, Restful and all surrounded by adorable staff.
It was great to meet you all, special thanks for the honeymoon attentions.
We hope to come back one day.
Marion & Anthony
Es war weider wunderschön in der Natur zu leben! Wir werden Euer Paradies im nächsten Jahr auf jeden fall wieder besuchen. Danke fur alles!
Barbara & Wolfgang
Was fur ein unvergesslicher Ort. Vielen dank fur due wunderschöne tage und die herzliche Atmosphäre.
Tara & Stephan
Our stay at Makumu was above and beyond any expectations we had.
From the staff to the owners and the camp itself it was just overall outstanding.
We would happily come back and recommend it to all we come across.
So thank you all again a thousand times over!
Sadi & Crysern
How wonderful to stay with friends!
Makumu is delightfully uncommercialised and we have enjoyed every minute. Lovely company, good food, good game drives. Who could ask for more?
We shall be back!
Sandy & Cedric M
Wir durften bei eine wunderbare zeit verbringen im Familiären Atmosphäre.
Ganz vielen dank dafür an alle!
Die Safari's werden fur uns unvergesslich blieben!
Sabine & Alfred
Wow, where do we start?!
We had the most incredible stay at Makumu & felt at home from the moment we arrived. Thank you for making us feel so welcome! It was our first safari experience and it definitely lived up to our expectations. We learnt so much from Ruan & Richard not only from animal behaviour from big to small, but also for the respect and appreciation for nature.
We've been overwhelmed by the hospitality provided by Shelley, Melina and the great team here at Makumu - from the food, the birthday cake and helping out when one of us was a little under the weather! It felt like everyone cared, which is why we felt so at home. Stefan and Karin you have the most magical place here but also an amazing team.
We hope to be back very shortly!
P.S. Thank you for the most amazing Valentine's Day!!
Charlotte & Nick
Die tage auf Makumu waren traumhaft und wir haben es sehr genossen.
Die tierwelt is fantastisch.
Auf der lodge wurden wir aufs beste zeit.
Vielen herlzlichen dank an Karin & Stefan und die Crew.
Marianne, Max, Kathrin and Adrrae
Vielen Dank, waren sehr schone tage. Kommen gerne wieder.
Oxana & Vrs
Dear Makumu Family!
It is not only the view breath taking; all your love and effort makes it complete!
Thank you very much for all these nice memories you made for us.
Felix Metaillier Laurent
Tausend Dank fur eure herzliche Freundschaft. Momente mit den wilden Tieren im Busch. Wir kommen wieder. In Freundschaft und liebe.
Dear all @ Makumu,
Devastate we have to go, it has been the most amazing time and we really could not have asked for better.
You are all wonderful at what you do; so friendly, welcoming, knowledgeable and skilled - it really is a 'home away from home'.. but better!
Thank you so much, for everything.
Hope so much that we come back in future (I will start saving now)
Michelle & Joe S.
We had a fabulous time here. Thank you so much to all of you. You made our stay a perfect one. All the best for all of you!
Julie & Gilbert
Thank you so much to everyone at Makumu.
We loved our stay here - it was absolutely perfect!
Honey and Sebastian
We had an amazing stay - highlights include the herd of elephants, amazing lion sightings, the wild dogs, tracking the rhinos and of course the leopard tortoise. The staff were incredibly thoughtful and caring. Lucky to have had the opportunity to stay here. Thank you for everything.
Maya and Jenny
Wonderful, fantastic, stunning, beautiful, relaxing, friendly and exciting... what more can we say - this was simply an amazing experience. Thank you!
In addition the service was great, the food was amazing and the rooms were very nice. Thank you for the wonderful time we had it was the best vacation.
The Belchez Family
Thank you very much to the Makumu Lodge and its wonderful staff for providing the experience of a lifetime. The setting is spectacular, the food and service outstanding, and of course the safaris - incredible!
Until next time...
Genevieve and Mark, Ashley and Sam - Canada
Thank you for your great facilities
To all the terrific staff at Makumu,
Thank you for the most incredible stay and making our trip to South Africa a trip of a lifetime!
We are so grateful for your amazing hospitality. The safaris were truly spectacular - beyond expectations on all fronts. All the best for the new decade - we look forward to returning one day and telling our family and friends about our wonderful experience at Makumu!
The Solomon Family - Canada
We enjoyed of (course we did!) despite temperatures around or even above 40 degrees!
All was good - no complaints!
Just the lions were missing, but that's nature (the reason why we came here!)
Martina - Munich
We had an amazing experience with wildlife and going on a journey in the bush.
We recommend having Richard as your tracker - a kind and wonderful man. Also Chris as the ranger - he is extremely knowledgeable and funny. A true heart.
Thanks for everything.
Sophia, Stephanie - Dubai
Eine fantastische Lodge mit super freundlichen Menschen! Absolute tolle Lage mitten im Busch. Tolle Game Drives mit tollen Guides. Sehr familäre Atmosphäre. Die Suite sind perfekt ausgestattet. Es mutet zunächst etwas seltsam an, dass es kein elektrisches Licht gibt aber wenn man abends in die mit Kerzen beleuchtete Suite kommt, ist das super romantisch. Wir waren schon in einigen Game Lodges und Makumu ist definitiv oberste Liga. Vielen Dank für die tolle Zeit an alle!
arniepedi - Germany
Thanks for great memories!
We'll remember this trip forever!
Rena & Yujino
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.
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 - Germany
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 - 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 - Germany
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 - Germany
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!
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.
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!
What a wonderful, wonderful time! Very memorable stay, food is delicious and staff wonderful!
Thank you for making my experience so great. Better than one could ever imagine. Would love to bring my grandchildren.
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.
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 - USA
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 - Germany
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 - Singapore
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.
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 - Brazil
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..
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
Anonymous - Belgium
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 !
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
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 - Brazil
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 - Austria
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!
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 - USA
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.
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!
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 - Brazil
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 - Germany
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. - USA
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!
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
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!
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 - Germany
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.
Abir - Egypt
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.
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.
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 ..
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!
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!
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.