Makalali, meaning `place of rest’ in the Shangaan language, is set on 22 000 hectares of Lowveld Acacia and open savanna grassland. Guests can look forward to seeing the Big 5 as well as Cheetah, Giraffe, Zebra, Kudu and many other species roam freely on this private conservancy.
Makalali Game Lodge in Limpopo, South Africa offers a flamboyant delight in a unique thatched design, with natural rock walkways and traditional earthen walled structures, situated in a lush and shady setting along the river.
The distance from Johannesburg to Makalali is 506km (313.72 Miles).
Take the N1 North towards Pretoria.
Take the N4 east to eMalahleni (previously Witbank) and onwards to Belfast [Pretoria to Belfast ± 240km (148.8 Miles)].
Turn left off the highway to Belfast.
In Belfast, turn right at Belfast Toyota onto the Dullstroom / Mashishing (previously Lydenberg) road (R540).
At the T-Junction (R540 & R36) turn left to Mashishing (previously Lydenberg).
In Mashishing (previously Lydenberg), at the Ohrigstad sign, turn left and follow the main road of Mashishing ( De Clerq Street) on the Ohrigstad road (R36).
Follow the R36 through Ohrigstad and through the Strijdom Tunnel.
Turn left towards Tzaneen at the next T-junction (still R36). There is a Total garage on your left – This is also your last petrol stop before the lodge.
Follow the road over the Olifants River, past the Oaks (local village) and past Phalaborwa / Mica turnoff (± 10 km / 6.2 Miles) and follow Makalali signs.
Turn right at Gravelotte turnoff (D202), this road becomes a gravel road. Go through the boom gate.
Travel ± 17km (10.54 Miles) on the gravel road to the Makalali Main Gate on your right-hand side.