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Makalali Private Game Reserve

Listed under Small Hotels in Northern Transvaal, South Africa.

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Extraordinary oasis of ethnic chic adorning the banks of the Makhutswi River with breathtaking views of the Drakensbergs

Set in a 25,000-acre private reserve near the Kruger National Park and Drakensberg Mountains, Makalali offers a deliciously romantic bush retreat coupled with excellent game viewing. American owner Charles Smith and Italian architect Silvio Rech have created a striking juxtaposition of opulence and wilderness, while maintaining a strong commitment to protecting the environment and wildlife.

Moody interiors blend with indigenous and modern design to offer a sumptuous haven far away from the crowds. Drawing upon tribal influences from across Africa (soaring uncut thatch roofs meet magical mud turrets), Makalali has been described as the most innovatively designed hotel in the world. After being greeted with iced tea at the entrance, a tortuous jeep ride takes you through the bush to your camp. Once you arrive the cosseting and pampering begins...

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