Makweti Safari Lodge is secluded among the indigenous forests lining the slopes of Welgevonden Game Reserve’s Makweti gorge. This exclusive Lodge can accommodate up to 10 guests in five ultra-luxurious thatched suites and caters to the discerning wildlife aficionado. With its commitment to living in harmony with nature clearly at the heart of its design, Makweti has been built from natural rock with teak decks. The resulting elevated exposure and sweeping views over Welgevonden’s pristine bushveld are sure to take your breath away.
The elegant thatch-and- stone suites are raised up on teak platforms and positioned for optimal privacy with access via winding pathways. Each boutique suite is individually decorated with antique treasures and plush furnishings, conjuring up an era when brave explorers dominated the “dark” continent of Africa. Amenities include a king-size bed, Victorian bathtub, indoor and outdoor showers, open fireplace, mini-bar, tea and coffee making facilities plus an expansive private deck with all but one of suites offering a plunge pool.
Makweti’s refined style is also evident throughout the main lodge where the tasteful Afro-chic décor and collection of artifacts creates an authentic safari ambience and perfectly complements the stunning wilderness backdrop.
With two open 4X4 safari vehicles and three expert guides per maximum of 10 guests, Makweti’s game drives are geared to take full advantage of the best times of the day for game viewing; dawn and dusk.
A typical day at Makweti starts with an early morning game drive, followed by breakfast.
Lunch tends to be a light affair. Toward late afternoon, the second game drive commences, timed to catch the more nocturnal species – including the big cats – as they prepare for the night hunt.
Guided walking safaris are also available on request during which the inspection of insect rituals, the identification of animal tracks, and a visit to the ancient Bushman rock art are among the myriad up-close- and-personal wildlife encounters on the menu.
As Makweti is not fenced off from the main reserve area, you can expect to see the Big Five, zebra, wildebeest, and a host of other iconic species that call Welgevonden home freely wandering the immediate surrounds, with the Lodge’s stream-fed waterhole a favourite haunt.
Whether you’re soaking up the panoramic views from open-air viewing deck, sipping evening cocktails in the Zebra Bar or perusing a book of African stories in the library, sheer relaxation is inevitable as the Lodge’s ever-attentive staff see to your every need.
And as Makweti is a member of the by-invitation- only Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, you can rest assured every meal will be an exquisite culinary event inspired by the local culture and created using locally sourced ingredients. Makweti’s wine list, featuring the best of South Africa’s famed vineyard estates, offers the perfect accompaniment to your meal.
Dinner is usually served in the candlelit dining room, but on balmy, star-lit nights, the Lodge’s outdoor boma with its glowing log-fires makes an unforgettable dining venue.
If you’re looking to enjoy the ultimate in authentic five-star wilderness adventures, Makweti Safari Lodge is bound to exceed your expectations.
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Rates inclusive of 14% V.A.T. • South African Rand • Subject to Availability
|Pool Suite ( 2 nights or less)||
6 790.00 ZAR
|Pool Suite ( 3 nights stay)||
5 800.00 ZAR
|Pool Suite ( 4 nights or more)||
5 090.00 ZAR
|Pool Suite (Standby)||
3 810.00 ZAR
|Suite no Pool ( 2 nights or less)||
6 295.00 ZAR
|Suite no Pool ( 3 nights stay)||
5 365.00 ZAR
|Suite no Pool ( 4 nights or more)||4 710.00 ZAR|
|Suite no Pool (Standby)||3 810.00 ZAR|
- Rates are quoted per person per night sharing and include 14% VAT and tourism levy
- Children over 12 are welcome whereupon full rate will be charged
- 50% Single Supplement applies
- Accommodation in luxury suites, all meals
- teas and coffee refreshments
- 2 safari activities per day including game drives in open vehicles and walking safaris with a Makweti guide
- return scheduled transfers (13:00) from Welgevonden Game Reserve Main Gate or the Welgevonden Airstrip to Makweti Safari Lodge
- Rates are subject to change without prior notice.
- Beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), cigars, and items of a personal nature.
- Conservation levy charged per bed night @ R80.00 ZAR (collected on departure from all guests).
- Gratuities are not included.
IN CASE OF A CANCELLATION
Cancellation of any booking must be received in writing.
The following cancellation penalties apply:
From reservation date to
- 30 days prior to travel date : 25% of the total cost is forfeited
- 30 - 15 days prior to travel date : 50% of the total cost is forfeited
- 14 - 0 days prior to travel date : 100% of the total cost is forfeited
Suites are individually built from thatch and stone. Access is via winding pathways
- 5 suites, 4 of which have private plunge pools, and an expansive private deck - Each suite accommodates 2 guests
- Each suite offers a king size (or can be made up as a twin with 2 three quarter beds)
- Indoor and ourdoor showers - Victorian bath tub
- Minibar and tea and coffee making facilities
- Air conditioners for hot or cold air
- Open fire place
Elegance and authenticity define Makweti’s cuisine. Each meal is a graceful culinary event, featuring African-inspired themes, locally sourced ingredients, and a wine list that nods to the best of South Africa’s famed vineyard estates.
Dinner is usually served – with a good helping of colonial charm – in our candlelit dining room. But on nights when the African cosmos shines with particular brilliance, we dine in the outdoor boma (a traditional enclosure) around glowing log-fires.
Makweti is, incidentally, a member of the by-invitation- only Chaîne des Rôtisseurs – the global hallmark of excellence in cuisine and culinary service
2 vehicles, 3 guides for just 10- guests
Delightful safari experiences at Makweti are assured by an astounding diversity of wild species, including the “Big Five”; by natural densities of wildlife; and by superbly qualified guides.
Makweti’s guides are, moreover, mature experts, proven in their dedication to introducing you to our wildlife, ecology, and the African folk-wisdom imbued in our environment.
While most of our safaris are conducted in an open vehicle, walking safaris can be tailored, to your pecial wildlife or ecological interests. All bush walks would be by prior arrangement and are subject to availability.
Getting to Makweti Safari Lodge
Guests are now able to fly to Vaalwater, located just 15 minutes from the Welgevonden Game Reserve.
There are also flight connections from Vaalwater to Madikwe Game Reserve, and or the Kruger region.
Safari Air Wing www.safariairwing.com Tel: +27 (0) 11 465 7262 or Cell +27 (0) 83 326 4735
Travelling by road to Makweti is easy and comfortable, whichever way you come. Typically, a transfer service will collect you in Johannesburg, from your airport arrival-point or hotel. After a journey of some three hours on regular freeways and roads, you will enter the main gate to our wilderness reserve. Here a
safari vehicle will collect you, to bring you through big game country to the Lodge. (This last leg of the journey is about half an hour’s drive on a bush road.) Should you wish to drive yourself to Makweti, please click here for road directions via the N1, South Africa’s major national roadway. A note of reassurance to self-drivers: the national freeways and feeder roads to Makweti are mostly “world class”, with well-maintained tar surfaces. They are entirely suitable for a standard rental sedan or hatchback.
You will park your rented or private car in our highly secure main gate compound, and then (as with guests who use our shuttle service) be driven by safari vehicle to the Lodge.
Logistics: (Map offers a link to Google Maps)
OR Tambo International Airport 275 km’s or just on 3 hours drive Map
Central Sandton (Gautrain station) 279 Km’s or just on three hours drive Map
From the rail station 236 km’s just short of three hours drive Map
Centre of the town, 249km’s about three hours drive Map
Centre of town, 342 km’s, about 3 and a half hours drive Map
From Marataba Safari Lodge
70 km’s or and hours drive map
From Madikwe Game Reserve (depending where in the Madikwe Game Reserve)
230 km’s or just over 3 hours drive map
You are able to make use of the location icon on our website (home page top left corner) for alternative directions. www.makweti.com
Our transfer companies of choice are Wilro Tours www.wilro.co.za or Saddlebag Shuttles
The onus is on all guests to ensure that they have adequate travel insurance to cover themselves in the event of a cancellation
: Will I need to take preventive medication for malaria, or for any other tropical disease?
A: Makweti Safari Lodge is located in an area that is considered very low-risk for malaria and other tropical diseases. However, before travelling (to Makweti or to any other location in Africa) please consult your medical practitioner about any special medication that you might require. We also encourage you to
check, with your health department or travel clinic, whether there have been any recent changes in the health-status of the areas you plan to travel to.
Q: Weather-wise, which season is the most pleasant (and the best for game-viewing)?
A: Makweti enjoys a wonderfully temperate climate – for the most part, it’s pleasant all year round. Our game-viewing, likewise, is good across any season. This said, please be aware that our cooler, dry-season months are April through to September, while our warmer, wet-season months are October to
March. (And do please read our advice – below – about apparel!)
Q: What apparel should I bring?
A: We recommend a sensible, broad brimmed hat and high protection factor sunscreen. Evenings can be cool at any time of the year (especially in an open safari vehicle at sundown), so bring a warm, windproof jacket and trousers. From April to September, temperate sunny spells can turn suddenly into very cold
ones; in these months pack a couple of winter essentials, such as a sweater and scarf. If you plan to do a walking safari, bring your hiking or trail shoes.
Q: What does a typical day on safari hold?
A: Game viewing is best in the early morning and late afternoon, when wild animals are most active. You may also wish to see our more nocturnal species (which include the big cats) on the move. So your typical day will include an early morning safari drive, followed by breakfast or brunch, and later by lunch
or a light mid-afternoon repast. Toward late afternoon, you’ll set off on a second safari drive, and return to the Lodge after sunset – whereupon, dinner will be served.
Q: Am I guaranteed to see all the “Big Five” (elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard)?
A: On an authentic safari, no sighting is ever “guaranteed”. The element of surprise is what makes the experience exciting – you never know what wildlife action you might see! Your chances of encountering the wild species that most appeal to you are improved, of course, by the immense expertise of our guides.
Q: Are the roads to Makweti suitable for driving oneself (from, say, Johannesburg to Makweti)?
A: The national freeways and feeder roads to Makweti are mostly “world class”, with well maintained tar surfaces. A standard rental sedan or hatchback will be entirely suitable for the drive to Makweti’s main gate. (For more, see getting to Makweti…)
Q: Does the Lodge have power points (for charging laptops, camera batteries and suchlike)?
A: Yes, the Lodge is fully electrified. However, we recommend that before you travel, you do a quick internet check on South African voltage and plug specifications relative to your own electrical equipment. (Generally, suitable converter plugs are available at international airports, including Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport.)
Q: How safe is your tap water?
A: Although we provide bottled drinking water, our tap water is of good quality, and perfectly safe for bathing, mouth-rinsing, freezing into ice cubes, and so on.
Q: What type of insurance do I need?
A: Your insurance should cover you for any kind of medical eventuality, and also for all the standard travel concerns (such as flight cancellation, baggage-loss and theft).
Q: What bathroom amenities are provided?
A: Your room is stocked with a range of bathroom amenities, including shower gels, shampoos, body lotions and a blow-dryer.