In the Xitsonga language, the word “Makumu” refers to an intangible explanation of an open space, an uncluttered lookout over distant horizons, or endless views. The breathtaking views and location of the lodge complement a deeply inspiring sense of space and place, leaving visitors rejuvenated with the ancient spirit of African wilderness.
The ‘Big Five’ Klaserie Private Nature Reserve is one of the largest privately owned nature reserves in South Africa, covering some 60 000 hectares and forming part of the greater Kruger National Park. Makumu Private Game Lodge is an intimate oasis in this vast wilderness, surrounded by the harshness, unpredictability and unspoiled appeal of the African bushveld. Six luxurious and beautifully appointed suites, accommodating a maximum of twelve guests, ensure an exclusive blend of absolute comfort, style and privacy.
Makumu Private Game Lodge is situated on a hill, providing an elevated position and uninterrupted views over the bushveld landscape. Six luxurious and beautifully appointed suites, accommodating a maximum of twelve guests, ensure an exclusive blend of absolute comfort, style and privacy. Inspired by the tribes of Africa, each suite is decorated with a unique character.
Of the six suites, three are King Suites and three are Impi Suites. Each set of a King and an Impi Suite is designed according to one of three African tribes – the Bushman, Ndebele and Zulu tribes of South Africa.
Conducted twice daily or as you prefer, in open Land Rovers with an armed ranger and a tracker, normally conducted early morning and late afternoon to search for the more elusive and nocturnal animals by spotlight.
TRACKING BIG GAME ON FOOT
“On foot, the pulse of Africa comes through your boot. You are an animal among others, chary of the shadowed places, of sudden quiet in the air” – Peter Matthiessen, The Tree Where Man Was Born
Join our highly skilled guides on foot to track big game in the surrounds, from antelope to elephant and experience the ultimate feeling of being one with the African bushveld. A fresh footprint in the dust, the faint sound of a breaking branch, wet mud rubbed on a tree, the presence of birds or a sudden quiet in the air are all part of the tracking experience. The senses are heightened searching for clues, sounds or smells to indicate an animal is nearby.
Looking for a different photographic perspective? Makumu’s ground-level photographic bunker offers the opportunity to be at eye level with the water to take spectacular shots of wildlife visiting the watering hole. Nicknamed iThumbela, loosely translated meaning “place to hide” in the Shangaan language, this is the perfect vantage point for the perfect shot!
Spend quiet time in our hide overlooking the watering hole and watch as the wildlife come and go to quench their thirst in the hot African sun. For the more adventurous, the treehouse also provides guests with endless views of the Klaserie as well as the opportunity to spot wildlife from up high!
Enjoy observing or imaging celestial objects in the sky at Makumu. Stargazing naturally occurs during game drives when we are out in the bush underneath the stars or during dinner at the boma. With little to no unnatural lighting at Makumu, guests are sure to experience the magnificent night sky…and if lucky, you might see a shooting star!
OPTIONAL ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCES
ECO CHILDREN VISIT
Visit a local NPO community initiative that Makumu actively supports. This activity includes a visit to an adopted school and seeing some projects in action, as well as a guided tour of the Eco Village, Library and more. Valid for stays of 4 nights or longer.
Learn more about various reptiles that occur around the area as well as the conservation and protection of various species.
Enjoy a flying safari with Blyde River Canyon Scenic Flight or Microlights with Leading Edge Flight School
Makumu offers guests basic exercise equipment for those who may miss their daily trip to the gym.
With stunning views and luxurious surroundings, a massage will provide guests with the ultimate relaxation.
ULTRA PREMIER WINE TASTING
For exclusive use bookings, guests have the option of adding a private wine tasting experience to their itinerary.