Makalali Game Reserve Travel Guide

Map of Makalali Game Reserve

South Africa is at the forefront of eco-conservation and is always looking at new ways of bringing the green open spaces back to the country. Makalali Game Reserve is an example of a conservation initiative to re-establish the ancient traditional wildlife migration routes that once linked the famous Kruger Park in the east to the lush Drakensberg Mountains in the west.


Makalali Game Reserve comprises an amazing 61,000 acres (including a 5,000 acre clean buffalo breeding camp) in the Lowveld region of the Limpopo Province of South Africa, a short distance from the world-renowned Kruger National Park.


Over the past decade, Makalali Game Reserve has reintroduced a variety of wildlife onto the reserve, including lion, cheetah, leopard, elephant and rhino, making Makalali home to Africa’s “Big Five.” In the process of relocating wildlife, Makalali has consistently contributed to conservation efforts to protect endangered species. Elephants were relocated from Kruger sparing them from annual culling.


Makalali, meaning “Place of Rest” in Shangaan is the perfect place to relax and do just that!


Top things to do at the Makalali Game Reserve:  


  • Spot the Big Five!
  • Go on a game drive in an open air 4 x 4 safari vehicle with a knowledgeable game ranger
  • Get closer to nature on a guided bush walk
  • Learn about the local flora, fauna and African Wildlife
  • Relax and let the surrounding nature restore your spirits!