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This Safari break is designed as a self drive, year round option for the wildlife enthusiast who would just like to experience the South African bush alone or with their partner.

Although we recommend a 3 night break we can offer any number of nights as preferred.

Makalali Conservancy is famous for its ground-breaking research on elephant contraception as a humane alternative to culling (killing to reduce population numbers).

TOUR COST 2016 (Subject to confirmation at time of Booking)

3 nights – 4 days   /    US$775             ~  Euro  695=           ~  GB £ 610             per person   /     As required subject to availability

Considered one of the leading pioneers in ecotourism in South Africa, Makalali Private Game Reserve is home to over one thousand wild animals including Africa’s “Big Five”. Experienced guides will take you on open air game drives or on guided bush walks and introduce you to a whole new world of bush lore and animal habits.

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This 3 night / 4 day Safari at Makalali Game Reserve offers a unique opportunity for the wildlife enthusiast to experience the big five in the Makalali Conservancy – famous for its ground-breaking research on elephant contraception as a humane alternative to culling (killing to reduce population numbers).

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For groups we can arrange for our specialist guide – Audrey Delsink-Kettles to share her profound knowledge and her research with the resident elephant herds at Makalali. This is an experience that the elephant enthusiast does not want to miss and we can combine this Makalali experience as part of longer custom designed itineraries to suit the group’s requirements.

You could encounter the “Big Five” and an abundance of wildlife and birdlife on your game drives which are conducted in open landrover’s twice daily. An experienced tracker will impart his knowledge of the bush, wildlife and birdlife to enhance your game drive. Coffee and rusks are provided on the morning game drives and guest can enjoy sundowners on the evening game drives.



Click on the video below for more information about Audrey Delsink’s research

Game Drive times fluctuate through the year depending on the temperatures, but are generally as follows:
SUMMER – 05h30-08h30 | 16h30-19h30         WINTER – 6h30-09h30 | 15h30-18h30

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Accommodation at Makalali is in luxury Suites each with an en-suite bathroom plus an outdoor shower, fireplace and a raised, private, timber viewing deck (sala) set amongst the Jackalberry trees.

Rooms are individually decorated in African design styles with sculptured metalwork lamp shades, taps and ceramic basins and Mosquito nets.


Dining at Makalali is very casual and relaxed, but where the emphasis is on mouth-watering cuisine, which will tempt even the most jaded appetite. Resident chefs prepare a variety of African dishes, where the accent is on a fusion of flavours, from the popular South African ‘braai’ (barbeque) to the traditional potjiekos. You can also experience a traditional boma dinner, around a fire under the African stars or a delicious bush breakfast to start your day.


Makalali, unlike most game reserves, is very child-friendly, and offers a range of activities and kiddies menu, aimed specifically at entertaining and caring for our younger guests.

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Makalali is situated in a malaria area and precautions are recommended. We recommend long sleeved shirts and trousers for game drives and the evening. Mosquito nets and insect repellent are provided in your room.

We suggest comfortable, light clothing, walking shoes, sun hats and sunscreen plus a swimsuit in summer and warm clothing for game drives in winter.

Situated in Limpopo Province near the foot of the great Drakensberg Mountain range and the town of Hoedspruit it is easily accessible by air or road from Johannesburg.

  • 3 nights accommodation at Makalali Private Game Reserve including lunch, dinner and bed & breakfast
  • Morning and afternoon guided Safari Drives in open vehicles with Makalali Ranger
  • Conservation Fees
  • International or domestic flights
  • Transfers to and from Makalali (These can be arranged if required)
  • Car Hire (We will quote car hire rates on request)
  • Meals and drinks other than specified in the Itinerary
  • Any items of a personal nature such as laundry, telephone etc.
  • Cancellation, Travel, Baggage and Medical Insurance
  • Visa Fees where relevant for entry into southern Africa
We recommend that you visit our Terms & Conditions page on the In-Spirit Journeys website at

Specific Terms and Conditions for this itinerary are as follows:

  • To book this Safari a deposit of 30% of the Tour Price is required at time of reservation. The Balance is due 60 days prior to arrival.
  • Payment to be made via Telegraphic Transfer. Credit Card payments can be made via Paypal but these will be subject to a 5% admin fee.
  • Cancellations after payments have been made are subject to the following penalties:

– Up to 60 days before tour begins a full refund less an admin fee of US$100 will be made to the client

– Less than 60 days prior to commencement of the tour – Cancellations will attract a penalty equal to 50% of the tour price.

– For Cancellations less than 31 days prior to commencement of the tour a penalty of 100% of the tour price will apply

– Should the guest fail to arrive for the tour for whatever reason, including airline delays and missed connections the relevant cancellation policy will apply.

  • Guests are strongly recommended to take out adequate travel insurance to cover Cancellation, Travel, Medical Insurance Curtailment and Default, Baggage and Flight insurance for the duration of their trip.
  • We cannot be held responsible for any guest traveling without insurance. We strongly recommend tour participants take out personal travel insurance.
  • The onus is upon the person traveling to ensure that their personal documentation is in order, including: a valid passport with at least 3 blank pages and visa´s if applicable.
  • The price quoted is subject to change in the event of any unforeseen increases in fuel costs including currency fluctuations (relevant to aircraft or transfer services) and/or Government levies/taxes.