Lion pride at Makanyi in the Timbavati

Spectacular Big 5 lodge

Makanyi is a spectacular and well-received new lodge in the heart of the Timbavati. It is a fabulous location for game, and has delivered almost daily sightings of Big Five animals with its good-sized traversing area of 5,000 hectares kept mostly to itself.

Wild dogs at Makanyi, Timbavati


The epic plains of the Timbavati are famed for their herds of elephant. The wide open spaces suit the hunting strategy of the wild dog, who can be seen here in packs.

Buffalo herd on Makanyi road


Large herds of buffalo are characteristic of the area, and it is ancestral home to the fabled white lion.

Luxurious suite at Makanyi

Luxury suites

Seven luxury suites overlook the magnificent dam. High spec suites have an extra large bed, a relaxing sitting area with fireplace, and a beautiful bathroom with spacious shower and separate tub. There is also a private deck with loungers and an outdoor shower.

Makanyi Suite at dusk

Honeymoon suites

Two honeymoon suites are located furthest from the main lodge with the greatest privacy to enjoy the plunge pool on the deck, as well as romantic four poster beds.

Viewing deck & pool

There is a pool with bush view and sun loungers. The cosy loft serves as a quiet reading area or as a lounge to enjoy TV or movies. Dine on the deck by the pool or sip a cocktail to the sounds of lions  nearby. Large sofas by the roaring fireplace keep you warm on a chilly evening.

Makanyi photographic safaris

Photographic safaris

Photographic safaris can be arranged for individuals or groups of up to 4. Equipment is available for hire. A dedicated private vehicle (with supports, bean bags and space for lenses) is used. Specific subjects are taught and images are reviewed at the lodge.

Makanyi Lion, Rico Demetriou
Rico Demetriou

Skills in situ

Practical and technical tuition is offered both at the lodge and in the field, including settings, composition and techniques such as panning, back-lighting, side-lighting and action shots. Basic advice covers shutter speeds, ISO and aperture, and specific lighting conditions.

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Core traverse of 5,000 hectares
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Mega herd of buffalo at reservoir
Suite 8 for privacy
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