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Ipswich, United Kingdom

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5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Makalali River lodge made a dream come true. From start to finsh they really make you feel welcome. The drives it's self are amazing the team really go that extra mile to find what you would like to see and teach you about things you wouldn't no. The food fantastic, service is great. The Lodge it's self is beautiful to great comfort sleep and bath looking over the trees trying to spot animals. What makes this place is the special touchs. The staff really go beyond expectations. They deserve full credit. The river lodge in makalali will be a place I will never forget and I will return. Thanks again
Date of stay: May 2024
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Thank you for taking the time to share your experience from your visit at aha Makalali Private Game Lodge. We pride ourselves in the exceptional customer service we give to all our valued guests and it is always a pleasure to receive such a wonderful review. Kind Regards,aha Makalali Private Game Lodge.
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude for the exceptional hospitality and services you provided during my stay. Your dedication and professionalism made my experience truly memorable. Thank you for going above and beyond to ensure my comfort and satisfaction.

Date of stay: May 2024
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Du Madi, General Manager at aha Makalali Private Game Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Medinamem
Thank you for taking the time to share your experience from your visit at aha Makalali Private Game Lodge. We pride ourselves in the exceptional customer service we give to all our valued guests and it is always a pleasure to receive such a wonderful review. Kind Regards,aha Makalali Private Game Lodge.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had the best mothers day at Makalali Private Game Lodge 2day... keep up the good work...not to mention the bushfire dinner I am speachless. Best interesting game drives with Emanuel and Oshel. Lovedelia best hospitality service.

Date of stay: May 2024
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Du Madi, General Manager at aha Makalali Private Game Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Yenzy
Thank you for taking the time to share your experience from your visit at aha Makalali Private Game Lodge. We pride ourselves in the exceptional customer service we give to all our valued guests and it is always a pleasure to receive such a wonderful review. Kind Regards,aha Makalali Private Game Lodge.

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Reviewed 4 May 2024

the Makalali Lodge in the Makalali Private Game Reserve offers a well-rounded experience of the South African wild synonymous with the northern part of the country. The lodge offers a realistic setting that is really remote, away from the beaten track and over-hyped experiences offered by the big-name tourist attractions of the lowveld.
The setting is well laid out and offers all the amenities to be expected, but in a way that blends well with the environment.
it is a well run establishment with first class staff and wildlife in abundance. With the lodge not fenced in, the proximity of wildlife makes for a very special visit and experience of the wildlife.
Quite a different experience!!

Date of stay: May 2024
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Du Madi, General Manager at aha Makalali Private Game Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Iouiskirstein
Thank you for taking the time to share your experience from your visit at aha Makalali Private Game Lodge. We pride ourselves in the exceptional customer service we give to all our valued guests and it is always a pleasure to receive such a wonderful review. Kind Regards,aha Makalali Private Game Lodge.

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Reviewed 14 April 2024

Thanks to our experienced guides Elias and Leonard we saw the Magnificent Seven! The rooms were clean and luxurious. The staff are friendly and helpful. Thanks for a great weekend!
On the Saturday evening we were treated to a delicious meal in the boma area along with some traditional songs and dancing.

Room tip: The food and catering can do with a few minor improvements.
Date of stay: April 2024
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Du Madi, General Manager at aha Makalali Private Game Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 16 April 2024

Dear MarliBritz
Thank you for taking the time to share your experience from your visit at aha Makalali Private Game Lodge. We pride ourselves in the exceptional customer service we give to all our valued guests and it is always a pleasure to receive such a wonderful review. We will share this feedback with the team so that they keep up the good work.
Kind Regards,aha Makalali Private Game Lodge.

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Reviewed 4 April 2024

DON'T GO here! It's like a 2 star lodge, not a 5 star lodge. Main problems: FOOD is NOT good-overcooked, served cold, unimaginative. Some days its even awful. It is prepped in a central kitchen for all the 3 different lodges and driven over to the small river lodge. So its cooked long before its served. And there is no chef at the river lodge kitchen. FURNISHINGS in the main building are worn and old. ALL all soft cushions had been taken off the terrace chairs so there was no back support or softness, and the website showed about 8 cushions on each terrace chair!. The Lounge only had 2 couches and 2 soft cushions, where the website shows 2 couches, 2 soft lounge chairs, 2 ottomans and 7 soft cushions! Its NOT worth the money. The staff, our guide and the bush and animals were lovely, and the bedroom was good too- but the food, and main building furnishings RUIN IT ALL! IT is the owner and senior management's problems: they need to put money in and replace the furniture, and hire proper cooks with budgets to make good food.

Date of stay: March 2024
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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