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Aha Makalali Private Game Reserve

All-inclusive hotel in Hoedspruit with 4 outdoor pools and safari

  • Free English breakfast, free WiFi in lobby, and free parking
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$235

Restrictions related to your trip

This destination may have COVID-19 travel restrictions in place, including specific restrictions for lodging. Check any national, local, and health advisories for this destination before you book.

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1 / 73Aha Makalali Private Game Reserve
Limpopo, Hoedspruit, 6191, Limpopo, South Africa
9.2.Superb.
  • The customer service was absolutely above and beyond. You are treated like family. Room…

    Jan 1, 2019

  • Beautiful facilities, super comfortable room, great staff, food was ok but not a…

    Dec 26, 2017

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Enhanced health and safety measures

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Staff wears personal protective equipment
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Shield between guests and staff in main contact areas
  • Social distancing measures are in place
  • Gap period enforced between guest stays - 24 hours
  • Contactless check-in is available
  • Protective clothing is available to guests
  • Masks are available to guests
  • Gloves are available to guests
  • Individually-wrapped food options are available
  • Guests are provided with free hand sanitizer
  • Free breakfast
  • Free parking
  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Airport transfer
  • Non-smoking

Property highlights

Main amenities

  • Daily housekeeping
  • Restaurant and bar/lounge
  • 4 outdoor pools
  • Spa services
  • Conference center
  • Airport shuttle

For families

  • In-room childcare (surcharge)
  • Babysitting or childcare (surcharge)
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available
  • Private bathroom
  • Separate bathtub and shower
  • Free toiletries

What’s around

  • In a provincial park
  • Makalali Game Reserve - 1 min walk
  • Balule Game Reserve - 7.6 mi / 12.2 km
  • Hoedspruit Wildlife Estate - 22 mi / 35.4 km
  • Klaserie Nature Reserve - 23.6 mi / 38 km
  • Kapama Game Reserve - 25.8 mi / 41.6 km

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Enter dates for 2 guests

Guests
  • River Lodge Thatched Suites
  • Main Lodge Superior Room
  • Family Suite

What’s around

Landmarks

  • In a provincial park
  • Makalali Game Reserve - 1 min walk
  • Balule Game Reserve - 7.6 mi / 12.2 km
  • Hoedspruit Wildlife Estate - 22 mi / 35.4 km
  • Klaserie Nature Reserve - 23.6 mi / 38 km
  • Kapama Game Reserve - 25.8 mi / 41.6 km
  • Jessica the Hippo - 32.3 mi / 51.9 km
  • Grietjie Game Reserve - 26.9 mi / 43.3 km
  • Boabab Tree at Leydsdorp - 30.5 mi / 49.1 km

Getting around

  • Hoedspruit (HDS) - 89 min drive
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)
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Limpopo, Hoedspruit, 6191, Limpopo, South Africa

At a glance

Hotel size

  • This hotel has 24 rooms

Arriving/leaving

  • Check-in time 2:00 PM-6:00 PM
  • Check-out time is 10:00 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • This destination may have COVID-19 travel restrictions in place, including specific restrictions for lodging. Check any national, local, and health advisories for this destination before you book.

Special check-in instructions

This property offers transfers from the airport (surcharges may apply). To arrange pick-up, guests must contact the property 72 hours prior to arrival, using the contact information on the booking confirmation. The front desk is open daily from 7:00 AM - 10:00 PM. Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18

Children

  • No cribs (infant beds)
  • Babysitting*

Pets

  • No pets or service animals allowed

Internet

  • Free WiFi in public areas

Transfers

  • Airport shuttle (available on request)*

Parking

  • Free covered onsite self parking
  • Free onsite RV/bus/truck parking

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
*See fees and policies for additional details or extra charges

In the hotel

Taking the kids?

  • In-room childcare (surcharge)

Food and drink

  • Free English breakfast daily
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service (during limited hours)

Things to do

  • Number of outdoor pools - 1
  • Pool sun loungers
  • Spa services on site
  • Ecotours on site
  • Pool umbrellas

Working away

  • Conference center

Services

  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Concierge services
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Porter/bellhop

Facilities

  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Library
  • Fireplace in lobby

Languages Spoken

  • English

In the room

Home comforts

  • Air conditioning
  • Ceiling fan
  • Bathrobes
  • Iron/ironing board (on request)

Sleep well

  • Soundproofed rooms
  • Premium bedding

Things to enjoy

  • In-room massage available
  • Individually decorated
  • Individually furnished

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Separate bathtub and shower
  • Designer toiletries
  • Hair dryer

Stay connected

  • Desk
  • Phone

Food and drink

  • Free bottled water

More

  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available

Special features

All inclusive

This hotel is all-inclusive. Onsite food and beverages are included in the room price (some restrictions may apply).
Food and beverages
  • All buffet meals and snacks included
  • In-room minibar (all beverages included)

Not included
  • Gratuities

Spa

Guests can pamper themselves by indulging in the onsite spa services. Services include massages.

Dining

Onsite venue - This theme restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Fees & policies

Mandatory feesPay at property

You'll be asked to pay the following charges by the property at check-in or check-out:

  • Destination fee: ZAR 280 per person, per night. This fee does not apply to children under 6 years of age.

Optional extras

  • Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge

Children and extra bedsPay at property

You'll be asked to pay the following charges by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out:
  • In-room babysitting is available for an extra charge

Pool, spa, and gym (if applicable)Pay at property

You'll be asked to pay the following charges by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out:
  • Pool access available from 7 AM to 5 PM
  • Reservations are required for massage services and can be made by contacting the property before arrival at the number on the booking confirmation

Hygiene and cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Personal protective equipment, including masks and gloves, will be available to guests.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; a shield is in place between staff and guests in main contact areas; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; temperature checks are available to guests; guests are provided with hand sanitizer.

Contactless check-in and contactless check-out are available.

Individually-wrapped food options are available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and also through room service.

Each guestroom is kept vacant for a minimum of 24 hours between bookings.

Policies

The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.

Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.

This property does not have elevators.

The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation.

This property accepts credit cards and debit cards. Cash is not accepted.

Also known as

  • Makalali Game
  • Aha Makalali Private Game Reserve Hotel
  • Aha Makalali Private Game Reserve Hoedspruit
  • Aha Makalali Private Game Reserve All Inclusive
  • Aha Makalali Private Game Reserve Hotel Hoedspruit
  • Makalali Private Game Reserve Hoedspruit
  • Makalali Private Game Reserve Lodge Hoedspruit

*See fees and policies for additional details or extra charges

FAQs

  • Yes, Aha Makalali Private Game Reserve does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
  • This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitizer, social distancing measures are in place, and staff are given personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
  • Yes, there's free self parking. Free RV/bus/truck parking is available.
  • Yes, there are 4 outdoor pools. Guests have pool access from 7 AM to 5 PM.
  • Sorry, pets and service animals aren't allowed.
  • You can check in from 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM. Check-out time is 10:00 AM. Contactless check-in and check-out are available.
  • Yes, there's an onsite restaurant.
  • Yes, an airport shuttle is available.
  • Onsite recreation at Aha Makalali Private Game Reserve includes ecotours, game viewing, and a wildlife and game drive. Enjoy a swim in one of the 4 outdoor swimming pools or use the hotel's other amenities, which include spa services and a garden.
9.2.Superb.
  • 8.0.Very Good

    Room with and African view

    The lodge accommodation and room layout is fantastic with a beautiful large and very comfortable bed with a fantastic view out of a floor to roof window and a wonderful fire in the room. The outdoor shower was a great way to wake up. The staff is very accommodating and friendly and unobtrusive. The food had many good ideas and the dinning areas are beautiful while the service was more than satisfactory, but I do think that they could have done better when it comes to the taste. It was almost as if the preparation was rushed. The game drives are really good and the guides are very knowledgeable, but i would have liked a bit more attention to the smaller things like birds, reptiles and insects and maybe a bit of time by a watering hole instead of the constant drive to see the big 5.

    Fred, Other trip, Aug 18, 2013

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  • 8.0.Very Good

    Great Experience!

    Over all experience was excellent! Location of the lodge is in the middle of the jungle without fence, you can see animals like Elephant or Impalas walking pass your room. It was a great experience! The location, room, game drives and the staff are the main points of the lodge. Only few flaws. I wish there is more vareity on the food, dining areas should have separate tables in case guest would like to dine separated from other guests and when it says 'all inclusive' the staff should inform the guests what are chargeable and what are not so you dont get surprised when you check out. All in all, we had a fantastic time.

    Kfran, Romance trip, Oct 27, 2013

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Superb African experience staying at the lodge

    I stayed this November for a few days at the Makalali Game Reserve/Lodge. Everything from start to finish I enjoyed fully. From check in by Caroline to Ranger Lawrence was flawless including viewing all of the animals. The separate rooms are in their own buildings along the side of a dry river bed and allow you to view out from you room, front deck or outdoor shower. You walk along a path to where breakfast/lunch are served in African style. I weather permits you are fed dinner outside in a group setting under the stars. If you have Ranger Lawrence for your guide (he has 20 years of experience) sometime along the safari ask him to give you a "Lawrence African Tale"

    Dave, Other trip, Nov 9, 2015

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Best reserve

    A+ Great property, great service

    Joseph, Family trip, Mar 31, 2016

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Excellent for big 5

    Excellent for bush lovers

    Zaheer, 1 night family trip, Jan 2, 2021

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Great new hotel - super rooms

    We spent a long weekend at this reserve - two adults and a teen. The hotel was lovely - new rooms and well-designed open, communal spaces. We booked two rooms and it was a bonus that they could be made to be interleading. The hotel rooms are exactly that - hotel rooms - and maybe lacking some of the charm of free-standing lodge units but very comfortable and well-appointed. The guide and tracker were friendly and knowledgeable and we enjoyed our game drives. It was great to be able to go off-road to get closer to rhino and cheetah. Whilst this is a big 5 reserve, you do travel the same roads quite a bit but the guide made an effort to vary things up on each drive and to go look for specific animals. The food was nice - and not as "conference-like" as the bigger Ivory Tree Aha resort - but not knock-your-socks-off amazing. The downside of a smaller lodge is slightly less variety and choice - but to me still better than endless buffets. Aha is running some specials where kids stay free. What this meant was that over the long weekend there were lots of noisy children in the pool and running around at the boma dinner. The hotel manager did make a plan for us to go to the quieter pool at the nearby smaller lodge which was very kind of her. Unfortunately though listening to a child play a loud game on a phone all the way through the boma dinner compromised the "peace of the bush" experience. Overall - we would go again. We had a great stay and thought it was good value.

    Carl, 2 night family trip, Sep 23, 2020

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Great hotel and game park, not so good food

    Overall the stay was excellent based on the accommodation and the rangers taking us to see the most amazing array of wild animals. The only downside were the quality of the food and too many over attentive waiters and waitresses who must learn to be not so keen to remove your drink or plate, especially when you or your dining partner are still eating!

    Antony, 3 night trip, Mar 8, 2020

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Safarimazing

    We had an amazing stay, all the staff were extremely friendly and it was amazing to be living in the bush with all of the luxury conveniences in a very clean and organised lodge. Shout out to Lovedeliah (camp host), Stanley (game drive tracker), and Louise (game drive guide). The wifi was very weak around the property but you're in the bush so it was ok to be off the grid for a few days!

    Alan, 3 night romance trip, Oct 4, 2018

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  • 4.0.Fair

    It has seen its days ... but they are over!

    We are repeat guests that will not come back again. The offerings of activities beside game Drives i s zero, food is good prepared but basic (Pap and Chicken and Wors) Far to expensive for what is offered, there is not even a mini bar, the shampoo stinks and the whole lodge has been due for maintennance for more than five years.

    Ralph M, Romance trip, Apr 13, 2016

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  • 8.0.Very Good

    Dedicated rangers

    Really nice private safari experience. Rangers worked hard to track down the animals and get really right up close.

    Wai, Other trip, Feb 25, 2015

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