With a diverse and undulating landscape, offering panoramic and breathtaking views, Makalali Conservancy, is one of South Africa’s major privately-owned conservation areas. Just an hour west of Kruger National Park, Makalali, has excellent game viewing, few other visitors and the chance to experience bush walks, a bush bath and a night sleeping out under the stars.
The word ‘Makalali,’ means place of rest in Shangaan and the conservancy was originally created to re-establish the traditional wildlife migration routes linking the Kruger National Park in the east, to the Drakensburg Mountains in the west. Since then, a mixture of wildlife has been reintroduced, including lion, leopard, elephant, cheetah, buffalo and rhino, making Makalali a Big Five destination. The conservation work is on-going and it is worth noting that the buffalo are kept within a boma (enclosed) area.
Guests can discover the wildlife on dawn and dusk game drives led by experienced guides. As well as traditional driving safaris, we’d also recommend taking a bush walk, which is a thrilling way to experience the wildlife. Or for something extra special, we suggest you try a bush bath, or even a bush sleep, a once-in-a-lifetime experience of sleeping out under the stars of an African night sky.