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Philip lives in South Africa and has authored many guidebooks to African destinations, including the Rough Guide to Game Parks of South Africa.
Philip lives in South Africa and has authored many Africa guidebooks, including the Rough Guide to Game Parks of South Africa.
Philip is the author of many Africa guidebooks, including the Rough Guide to Game Parks of South Africa.
Philip is author of the Rough Guide to Game Parks of South Africa.
Makalali is a fenced, private game reserve with two luxury lodges. The 4-star Main Lodge consists of 30 comfortable rooms and the 5-star River Lodge consists of 3 exclusive private camps of six luxury suites each. Both lodges are renowned for their fine dining and excellent service. All of the Big Five and other safari animals are easily spotted.
Makalali boasts the Big Five and other wildlife including cheetah, wild dog, greater kudu, zebra and giraffe. Because of the relatively small fenced area, numbers of any species are limited, and sightings become slightly predictable, especially if your stay is longer than a few days.
The main habitats in the parks are savannah woodland and grassland. The lodge is situated on the banks of the Makhitswi River and boasts great views of the Drakensberg escarpment.
Weather & Climate
During winter (May-September), temperatures hover between 25°C/77°F and 28°C/82°F on average during the daytime. It is generally dry. Remember to bring a warm jacket for chilly early morning game drives. The rain sweeps through in summer (October-April) when temperatures soar, and the humidity can be oppresive.
The prime time for spotting wildlife in Makalali is from May to September, as climatic conditions are far more pleasant. Also, the vegetation thins, so smaller animals are more easily seen. This coincides with the low season.
Philip is an acclaimed travel writer and author of many guidebooks, including the Bradt guides to Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya and South Africa.
Canned game viewing
I can’t say that I liked Makalali much. Taken on its own terms, it is a great set-up. The accommodation, in spacious bush camps overlooking a waterhole, is superb, as is the food and wine and you are almost certain to see all the Big...