Aha Makalali Private Game Reserve

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

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Aha Makalali Private Game Reserve

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4 outdoor pools, open 7 AM to 5 PM, pool umbrellas, sun loungers
View from room
Meeting facility
Separate tub and shower, free toiletries, hair dryer, towels

Overview of Aha Makalali Private Game Reserve

9.2 out of 10 Superb
9.2/10 Superb

Property highlights

  • Pool
  • Free breakfast
  • Airport transfer
  • Free parking
  • Internet access
  • Free WiFi
The price is $269
Price available on 9/25/2023
Limpopo, Hoedspruit, Limpopo, 6191
Main amenities
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Restaurant and bar/lounge
  • 4 outdoor pools
  • In-room childcare
  • Conference center
  • Airport shuttle
  • Terrace
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Coffee/tea in a common area
  • Air conditioning
  • Garden
  • Library
For families
  • Babysitting (surcharge)
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available
  • Private bathroom
  • Separate bathtub and shower
  • Garden
  • Terrace

Room options

Main Lodge Superior Room

  • 409 sq ft
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 Large Twin Beds OR 1 King Bed

River Lodge Thatched Suites

  • 549 sq ft
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 Large Twin Beds OR 1 King Bed

About this area

Getting around

  • Hoedspruit (HDS) - 148 min drive
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)

About this property

Aha Makalali Private Game Reserve

Aha Makalali Private Game Reserve offers an airport shuttle (available on request). Guests can take a dip in one of 4 outdoor pools or grab a bite to eat at Makalali Dining Hall, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A bar/lounge, a terrace, and a garden are other highlights at this all-inclusive hotel.

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)


Afrikaans, English

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C/140°F or hotter

Social distancing

Contactless check-in and check-out
Protective shields in place at main contact areas
Guest rooms kept vacant for 24 hours between stays
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Temperature checks given to staff
Temperature checks available for guests
Masks and gloves available
Hand sanitizer provided
Individually-wrapped food options available for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and through room service
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 30 rooms
  • Arranged over 2 floors


  • Check-in time from 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
  • Minimum check-in age: 18
  • Check-out time is 10:00 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions.

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
  • Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
  • This property doesn't offer after-hours check-in

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


  • Babysitting*


  • No pets or service animals allowed


  • Free WiFi and wired Internet access in public areas
  • Free wired Internet access in rooms


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


  • Airport shuttle (available on request)*

Other information

  • Designated smoking areas

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Free continental breakfast each morning 8:30 AM–9:30 AM
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Coffee/tea in a common area
  • Free reception (select days)

Traveling with children

  • Childcare in room (surcharge)

What to do

  • Ecotours
  • Safari

Working away

  • Conference center


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Laundry facilities
  • Multilingual staff
  • Porter/bellhop
  • Pool loungers
  • Pool umbrellas


  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Library
  • Communal living room
  • 4 outdoor pools
  • Reception hall

Room amenities

Home comfort

  • Air conditioning and heating
  • Ceiling fan
  • Electric kettle

Sleep well

  • Blackout drapes/curtains
  • Turndown service
  • Premium bedding
  • Pillowtop mattress

What to enjoy

  • Deck or patio
  • Individually furnished and decorated

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Separate bathtub and shower
  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer
  • Towels
  • Toilet paper

Stay connected

  • Desk
  • Free wired internet
  • Phone

Food and drink

  • Free tea bags/instant coffee


  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available
  • Guidebooks/recommendations
  • Local maps
  • Restaurant dining guide

Special features


Makalali Dining Hall - This restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Fees & policies

Mandatory fees

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 & extra beds

  • In-room babysitting is available for an extra charge

Pool, spa, & gym (if applicable)

  • Pool access available from 7 AM to 5 PM

Hygiene & 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.


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
Makalali Private Game Reserve Hoedspruit
Makalali Private Game Reserve Lodge Hoedspruit
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

Frequently asked questions

Does Aha Makalali Private Game Reserve offer free cancellation for a full refund?
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.
How much does it cost to stay at Aha Makalali Private Game Reserve?
As of Sep 24, 2023, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at Aha Makalali Private Game Reserve on Sep 25, 2023 start from $269, excluding taxes and fees. This price is based on the lowest nightly price found in the last 24 hours for stays in the next 30 days. Prices are subject to change. Choose your dates for more accurate prices.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at Aha Makalali Private Game Reserve?
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.
Is there a pool at Aha Makalali Private Game Reserve?
Yes, there are 4 outdoor pools. Guests have pool access from 7 AM to 5 PM.
Are pets allowed at Aha Makalali Private Game Reserve?
Sorry, pets and service animals aren't allowed.
Is parking offered on site at Aha Makalali Private Game Reserve?
Yes, there's free self parking. Free RV/bus/truck parking is available.
Is airport shuttle service offered by Aha Makalali Private Game Reserve?
Yes, an airport shuttle is available.
What are the check-in and check-out times at Aha Makalali Private Game Reserve?
You can check in from 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM. Check-out time is 10:00 AM. Contactless check-in and check-out are available.
What is there to do at Aha Makalali Private Game Reserve and nearby?
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 a garden.
Are there restaurants at or near Aha Makalali Private Game Reserve?
Yes, there's an onsite restaurant, Makalali Dining Hall.
Does Aha Makalali Private Game Reserve have any outdoor private spaces?
Yes, every room features a deck or patio.







Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities




10/10 Exceptional

Excellent for big 5
Excellent for bush lovers
Zaheer, 1-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Tumelo, 3-night trip
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10/10 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
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10/10 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
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10/10 Exceptional

2-night trip
Verified Expedia guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Best customer service
The customer service was absolutely above and beyond. You are treated like family. Room and lodge area is absolutely beautiful and the food was amazing. I will definitely book at Makalali again for my next visit!
Brooke, 2-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

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
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10/10 Exceptional

Beautiful place to stay
Beautiful facilities, super comfortable room, great staff, food was ok but not a highlight. We got to see most animals from very up close on the safari however most of the time we are just driving thru the bushes, I can’t compare to other areas but I guess it’s normal. Only weird thing is paying a lot for an all inclusive resort and having to pay separately for water :/
Mariana, 2-night family trip
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4/10 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.
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10/10 Exceptional

Best reserve
A+ Great property, great service
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