Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge SOUTH AFRICA
FROM CAPE TOWN AND THE GARDEN ROUTE TO WINERIES AND SOME OF THE WORLD’S most spectacular safaris, South Africa needs no introduction. And for 2019, Turquoise has chosen Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge as its top honeymoon safari spot.
On the border of Botswana and the northern part of South Africa’s Madikwe Game Reserve, it’s tucked away in 4,500 acres of private land home to rocky peaks, verdant valleys, open savannah and dams, all teeming with wildlife. It’s also perfectly placed by the Marico River, overlooking a busy waterhole.
‘The lodge houses just 16 guests, making for a small and intimate set-up that’s just perfect for honeymooners.
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Architects have cleverly balanced sense of place with design wow factor. Made from local stone, wood and thatch, the eight suites are unmistakably African but come with glass-walled bedrooms and bathrooms that open out into the riverine forest (watch out for passing elephants). Another highlight is the food – you won’t eat better anywhere else in the bush. The meals cleverly blend European and African flavours and you dine by candlelight either at the riverside boma or at a bush braai.
You don’t have to move very far to see wildlife, but be sure to take one (or both) of the twice-daily game drives. The reserve is home to the Big Five, so there’s a high chance of spotting leopard, lion, buffalo, elephant and rhino. Game walks are a must, getting you up close with nature for a real walk on the wild side. For the ultimate romantic experience, book the complimentary sleep-out-under-the-stars experience in the Lodge’s hide and be at one with the great wilderness.
Everything about the place, the people, the animals and the food makes Makanyane one of those very special after you’ve had to say your goodbyes.
• Three nights in a Suite on an all-inclusive basis from £2,115 per person, including international flights and transfers. Honeymooners will also enjoy complimentary beauty treatments, plus sparkling wine and a fruit basket on arrival.
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