River Lodge

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  • African thatched-roof suites
  • Great for honeymooners
  • Big Five safari near Kruger National Park

River Lodge At Aha Makalali Private Game Reserve


On the banks of the seasonal Makhutswi River, this luxurious lodge is an utterly romantic bush hideaway.

Escape into the bushveld where a romantic treehouse awaits. Perched by the banks of the seasonal Makhutswi River, aha Makalali River Lodge is a great-value choice for rustic accommodation and Big Five game viewing. It’s just 50 miles west of Kruger National Park in the Greater Makalali Game Reserve where you can track herds of elephant, packs of wild dog and stealthy lion on game drives in the untamed bush. Sit outside on your camp’s viewing deck and gaze out at the bushveld from a cosy sofa. After a thrilling day on safari, gather with your fellow guests under the stars at the outdoor boma and taste amazing home-made African cuisine.

There are 18 suites in total, split between three camps and thoughtfully spread out so each one feels secluded. Each Luxury Suite is like an enchanting treehouse – the thatched roofs and raised timber viewing decks bring the lodge’s modern luxury feel back to nature, while the addition of oil lamps and a fireplace make it a romantic space worthy of a rustic honeymoon. To top it off, the floor-to-ceiling windows means you’ll be fully immersed in the bush.

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Key information

Part of aha Makalali Private Safari Lodge in the Greater Makalali Game Reserve, west of Kruger National Park

Airport transfer time: Approx. 1½ hour’s drive from Hoedspruit airport
Rooms: 18

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Accommodation information

18 thatched-roof suites across 3 camps


• Head out on twice-daily game drives • Spot local wildlife at the watering hole from your private balcony.



What's included

Lodge package • All meals • Minibar replenished daily with beer, wine, soft drinks and water • Twice-daily game drives and a range of other activities

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