Nothing short of amazing, the location, staff, room, facilities, it was the most welcoming place I've stayed at.
Our experience at Makumu was fantastic! Sophistication, quality and care with details are present in everything. On the other hand, there is a very pleasant atmosphere of informality, in so many trips that we have already made, it was the first time that the concept of "feeling at home" was actually experienced by us. As there are not many rooms, the integration between guests occurs naturally, we meet great people. The hotel is all-inclusive and generous in relation to drinks. The safaris were note 10. Both ranger and tracker showed great experience, we learned a lot! We saw man animals, very often. And it is a delightful experience to be able to see giraffes, zebras and elephants from the hotel's balcony. I recommend at least 3 nights, each safari brings a new discovery, a new learning. The park borders the Kruger and has no fence, the ambiance is authentic. If you are lucky enough to meet the hosts Karin and Stefan, even better. We miss. There is only one small discomfort but it has no relevance: there is no electric light in the rooms, only the plugs to charge the electronics. In the evenings the room is illuminated by candles, as well as various environments of the hotel. This is precisely for a more organic integration of the environment. Better that way.
- Iracema Nehmi
Words or pictures cannot express the real experience of staying at Makumu. The staff made all efforts to make us feel at home! Great food from Nellys and Grace's kitchen, each day a different course (loved the Impala, amazing) - and I even cooked a Brazilian special sweet myself (so special). We basically had the intire lounge to ourselves and couldn't have felt more spoiled. The game drives were amazing and even though we didn't get to see all the big five, the tracker (Morris) and the rangers (Alan and Morne) made sure we had an unforgettable experience. Rooms are beautifully decorated and super comfortable, with big windows from which you can see the savanna and be welcomed by Impalas (or if you're lucky, an even wilder animal). And the fact that there is no electricity AT ALL makes it even more special at night (don't worry, their WiFi works just fine). Melissa, the manager is the sweetest - always thoughtful and making sure we were getting the best treatment (even when we were least unexpecting). Last but not least, the owners Karin and Stefan are so open, friendly and nice that you'll never feel like leaving. This was definitely an experience remember and hopefully to repeat.
- Adriana Raffaelli Do Valle
Beyond 5 star. Exceptionally well appointed suites with thoughtful, tasteful and high quality finishing touches throughout. Gracious and friendly assistance all the time. All our meals were a joy, fine dining in a family friendly atmosphere of sharing and fellowship.
Of course, the game viewing was special, especially from the deck, the hammock, the pool and our bed. A brief but completely energizing interlude, food for the soul.
- Helen T
After having stayed in 5 different lodges in different countries , Makumu is definetely on top of the list .
The game drives in the evening are absolutely fascinating , coming across a group of elephants or rhinos under the stars is an amazing experience .
The hosts Stephan and Karin ready know how to give you a treat , the food , the staff , the comfortable beds and the fine drinks are just part of s memorable week at their lodge .
They sure know how to do it .
Thanks to the fabulous staff with smiles and beautiful voices .
We will be back to see the lion ..
- Amanda Warshaw-Hoejsgaard
One week in Makumu was the highlight of our vacation in SA. Everything was outstanding: the food, the room, the staff, the sightings...
I highly recommend this lodge to everyone who wants to have an authentic safari experience without having lots of other tourists around.
Thanks again Matt and France and the Family Breuer and everyone who made it so special for us. We hope to see you soon!
- Sarah Schnell
Staying at Makumu was the best part of our vacation.
It’s a beautiful and clean lodge that offers astonishing views and the chance to experience the bush away from regular tourism. Animals come very close and the game drives are individual and always an adventure.
The lodge is located in a peaceful area and the atmosphere is very special. We have never felt so relaxed after such a short time. The staff is professional and simply amazing and the food was more than delicious. It deserves more than 5 stars. Sarah and Allan were wonderful and perfect hosts - we already miss them and their positive energy. For us, it was the best experience. We will come back!
- Kate Kep
I’ll never forget this incredible time with you. We enjoyed it so much, especially the game drives. Your knowledge and skills were a true blessing and especially reassuring while facing down a herd of angry elephants. It was such an unbelievable experience for us and we are very sad, to leave. I never ate such good food in my life.
- Birgit Schrowange