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I know have been home for 2 month and wanted you to know how pleased i was with my trip to Makutsi.

I finally got to experience one of the dreams I have had for many years. Getting to go on safari to South Africa, it was a fantastic trip, you are amazing! The area, accommodation, food, guides and you who run this amazing place. What warmth and always with a smile.

I also had the good fortune to experience the big five on the tour to the Kruger Park and a little extra excitement then we got car problem inside a pack of lions … fortunately our guide Jonas was calm (although we all probably had a little extra pulse for a while there) I will absolutely return to this paradise.

The accommodation at the tent camp was a separate trial of strength for me as I traveled alone and to sleep by myself in the tent at night with a lot of new sounds….scary…. I am incredibly proud that I did it. 

Please send a wintry greeting from Sweden to Nikky (who live up there at the tented camp and work as a “ranger”)  he made me feel safe. If You could let him know i said HI it would make me happy! 

…. Hope to see you all soon again.

Love, Susanne from Sweden!



We absolutely loved staying at Makutsi – this was the highlight for us; especially all the safari options and the friendly, genuine service that was offered to all guests. The walking safari was exceptionally good too!! We loved the accommodation style (quite laid back/simplistic…but with the animals coming in and out of the park at any time – thrilling!). I could go on and on but I’m sure you get this type of feed back all the time. We cant wait to go back in a few years!

Lisa and David Boyd


Dear Karen, Heike and other Makutsi people.

Back in Australia now and reflecting on our WONDERFUL stay at Makutsi Safari Springs in October. We have been broadcasting to all our friends how much we enjoyed our stay and how well organised  the whole program  was run.
Attached are some staff photos which we promised to send to your people. I  hope you have time to share with  them as they were very special to us. Also a couple of animal shots … feel free to use for publicity.
thanks again
Sydney, Australia


Dear Makutsi, management and staff

I had the great pleasure of staying with you all the week before last, my workmates are starting to get bored of me singing your praises. From my arrival to departure, the experience was tremendous, the family and all the staff from front desk, guide and hospitality were amazing and in between it all the Game Drives were unbelievable, I managed to see all the Big ones, on my first day, with my Cheetah drive an absolutely fantastic experience. People will not believe I stood about 5-6 metres from the male, taking photos.

Your food was top quality and unpretentious, bar prices were amazing in comparison to NZ. Here I pay R75 for a can of beer! The dining room staff were more than helpful, especially, when I felt unwell, Maria, fussed over me when I asked for a hot lemon drink with honey, before I retired to my bed, to be miserable for the day.

The facilities, ie pools, shop, internet access & general ground were impeccably presented and maintained. Your guides were first rate, knowledgeable, polite and humorous and all with their own fields of expertise. Tell Werner, he is forgiven for passing that bug to me (It is still hanging around even now).

I will certainly be entertaining the idea of returning to partake of your unique hospitality, mind first I have to holiday in Sweden and catch up with Marianne !!

Thank you all once again, now I am trying to convince my daughter and husband to visit. I have some lovely photos but there again I imagine you have thousands to from already.

See you one day soon


Hi everyone at Makutsi

We are almost at the end of our African adventure which began with an amazing week at Makutsi. We were very spoilt there and nothing else has really compared to our experiences at Makutsi – it is such a comfortable feeling and we had a great time!!!

We met some lovely people as well and were hoping that you could pass on our message to Claudia and Marie from Germany – we were hoping that they would be able to send us some pics of the leopard cubs which we were so lucky to see but were unable to get a good pic of.

Thanks again and we certainly hope to be back one day to experience it all again!!

Melissa and Judith


Hi there Karl and ALL of the team at Makutsi.  

We want you to know how much we enjoyed out visit to you and have shown proudly our photos to family and friends who are amazed at our “finds” and are very keen to see and hear more from our wonderful experiences. Have returned to W.A. 2 weeks ago, via Victoria Falls and Singapore and are enjoying holding dinner parties/drinks (of course) to show the pics and chat about our wonderful holiday.  Easy to recommend you as a preferred choice. You are all passionate with your endeavours and care at Makutsi as a wonderful big family.

Thank you from us Aussies.
Tricia and Graeme Smith

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Hi all at Makutsi
Firstly, thank you warmly for the many happy memories of Makutsi.  We had a fabulous time, an amazing adventure, a unique experience that we enjoyed very much as a family.  We have not stopped recommending Makutsi safari and its exciting game drives and other attractions to our families and friends since our return to Melbourne!
We hope to revisit soon and would like to share with you our memories of our safari holiday with you and Megan (Flight Centre, Sydney).
Hi Megan
Thank you so much for booking our safari experience with Makutsi.   The staff was very friendly, professional, knowledgeable and expert with the wildlife and the surrounds.   Makutsi operated “hands-on” by family members is a warm and friendly place to experience the safari.  A great place to enjoy the relaxing and beautiful gardens when not “chasing” the animals on the game drives!   It has been a memorable holiday!  Thanks again!
Karen Ng – VIC, Australia


Group feedback – Singelresor, Sweden

Many thanks for a great experience! A typical beach holiday takes a few days before you relax, Makutsi took 5 minutes literally. All staff are passionate about their job and it shows clearly. Absolutely outstanding! / Johan

The trip was absolutely amazing, it was full of as many experiences as you could ever want. Makutsi lodge was absolutely stunning with accommodation, food and staff. Safari tours were amazing we saw leopard, lions, elephants, giraffes and more. Tented Camp was quite magical. It was so you had to pinch yourself in the skin. Knowledgeable and friendly guides. I am more than happy, nostalgic. / Carina

Oh, what a wonderful trip in every way. Makutsi had everything one could wish for. I was completely in love with the place and the people. Safari tours were so exciting to sit in the open Land Rover in the middle of nature and just enjoy, excitement when large elephant came towards us and the lions that were 5 feet from us busy eating their prey. Tented Camp was absolutely wonderful with the luxury of having your own chef for 7 people and what food she cooked! Could easily be able to stay 1-2 weeks. Should I go back to a place it will be there. / Annelie

I am delighted with the trip to Makutsi: many very fine animal experiences, really knowledgeable guides, friendly and professional attitude throughout. / Erik

It was a super trip! We were a very good group that held together a lot during “free time.” The response of Makutsi exceeded expectations, everyone was genuinely nice and service minded. The guides extremely knowledgeable and happy to share their knowledge and answered questions. I’m impressed! / Karin


Dear Jasmine and Karl,

We had a wonderful time at Makutsi.The staff were efficient and welcoming,the guides were very knowledgeable and were so happy to share their knowledge. The highlight for me was going out with Natalie to track down the cheetah and her cubs. To stand so close that we could hear her purring and to see the cubs interact with her was a privilege. You have a very special place there. Being able to show your guests the beauty of South Africa and to be able to give so much support to the local communities is really great.

All the best to all the staff. Hope one day to get back there. Regards June and Vince Jones