Makutsi Safari Springs

Makutsi Safari Springs is a private reserve which encompasses a number of thermal springs providing valuable water for wildlife and for lodge guests.

Family-owned and operated, Makutsi Safari Springs is a private reserve which has a very similar ecosystem to neighbouring Kruger National Park. This delightful property encompasses a number of thermal springs which provide valuable water for wildlife and for lodge guests, filling the two large and lovely swimming pools found at Makutsi Main Camp.

Guests at Makutsi Main Camp are accommodated in thatched rondavels which feature ceiling fans and beds romantically draped with mosquito netting. Private terraces provide a place for quiet gameviewing or a relaxing afternoon cuppa. Should you wish to sleep out in the wild, Makutsi Tented Camp sleeps up to 8 people in 4 thatched suites with canvas walls. This rustic campsite is situated on 3,000 exclusive hectares and can be incorporated into a multi-day walking safari.

In addition to walks, guests at Makutsi enjoy classic open-vehicle game drives in the morning and evening. They can also take excursions to scenic Blyde River Canyon and the dramatic Drakensberg Mountains or participate in wildlife conservation and anti-poaching programs.  

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How to get to Makutsi Safari Springs

The most convenient way to reach Makutsi Safari Springs is to fly from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport (approximately 1 hour). The lodge is just over an hour from the terminal by road.

Activities at Makutsi Safari Springs

  • Game drives morning and afternoon
  • Guided bush walks
  • Sleepouts at Makutsi Tented Camp
  • Wildlife conservation experiences
  • Excursions to Blyde River Canyon and Drakensberg Mountains

*Some activities are available at extra cost.

Makutsi Safari Springs Highlights

  • An idyllic private reserve one hour west of Kruger National Park
  • With a series of natural thermal springs
  • Offering a relaxed atmosphere and personalised service
  • A comfortable main lodge with thatched guest chalets
  • Option of sleepouts at the much smaller, secluded tented camp

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Below are some of our preferred tented camps and lodges in the Kruger, Sabi Sands and surrounding regions. Please contact us to tailor accommodation options to suit the style of your trip and your budget.

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Dulini Lodge

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Greenfire Game Lodge

Situated on the 50,000 hectare privately owned Balule Nature Reserve, this small luxury safari lodge virtually guarantees good game sightings.

Idube Game Lodge

Idube is a classic safari lodge that offers all the wildlife found in South Africa's celebrated Kruger National Park with none of the crowds.

Kings Camp

In the Timbavati Private Reserve which shares a boundary with Kruger National Park, Kings Camp faces a waterhole visited by an endless parade of wildlife.

Leadwood Lodge

Stunning Leadwood Lodge sits in a grove of ancient hardwood trees at the confluence of the Sand and Mabrak rivers in the exclusive Sabi Sand Private Game Reserves.

Londolozi Founders Camp

This relaxed safari lodge nestles in ancient forest along the Sand River, offering activities for all the family from yoga to an entertaining kids' program.

Londolozi Pioneer Camp

Luxurious Londolozi Pioneer Camp consists of 3 secluded suites in the heart of the famous Sabi Sand Game Reserve near Kruger National Park.

Londolozi Private Granite Suites

Londolozi’s adults-only Private Granite Suites are set amid great boulders and large trees, natural features which have influenced the property’s interiors and organic colour palette.

Londolozi Tree Camp

Londolozi’s adults-only Tree Camp is a super-stylish luxury safari camp set deep within a thicket of leadwood trees

Londolozi Varty Camp

The Londolozi Private Game Reserve’s spiritual heart, Varty Camp is casual and relaxed in atmosphere making it a wonderful choice for families on safari.

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Itineraries

The following tours are private, independent and can be easily customised to suit your personal travelling requirements. Please contact us to begin designing your personalised South Africa experience.

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South Africa Overview

Why travel to South Africa? 
Described as “a world in one country” South Africa is more than just a safari destination. The wildlife of Kruger and the many private reserves throughout the country are complemented by South Africa’s fascinating history and diverse cultures, the beautiful coastline and majestic landscapes of the Cape. 

 When is the best time to view animals in South Africa?
Gameviewing is best during the dry season (May-Oct); however the summer months are good for general touring and sightseeing. 

What is the culture of South Africa? 
There are many different cultures including Zulu, Swazi, Xhosa, Indian, Cape Malay and European. As a result, there are many unique culinary dishes as well as distinct music and dance. Elegant Cape Dutch architecture is also a highlight of South Africa’s cape. 

What is the climate in South Africa? 
The inland plateau has a temperate climate (17°-30°C), whilst the coast is subtropical and more humid (22°-30°C). The seasons are the same as Australia, however most of the rain falls in summer. Winters are dry and sunny, but nights can be very cold. The Western Cape is the exception, with a “Mediterranean” climate – cool, wet winters and warm dry summers (17°-24°C). 

What can I combine South Africa with?
South Africa is easily combined with neighbouring Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Mozambique, Zambia or the nearby tropical island of Mauritius. Johannesburg is a very popular gateway to most of southern and eastern Africa.  

How to get to South Africa?
Many major airlines including South African Airways, Qantas, Etihad, Emirates, Kenya Airways, Qatar, Singapore Airways and British Airways fly into Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport. There are also many regional and domestic carriers that service local cities such as Cape Town and the Kruger National Park area. 

US – South African Airways fly’s directly to east coast cities including New York and Washington. Delta Airlines is another option to consider flying directly to Johannesburg from Atlanta.  

UK / Europe – There are direct flights to OR Tambo International Airport with South African Airways from London-Heathrow, Frankfurt and Munich. Major European Airlines flying directly into Johannesburg include British Airways, Air France, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Lufthansa and Swiss International Airlines.  

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