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Our trip to Africa was fabulous and Makutsi Springs was a great part of the whole experience. Makutsi exceeded all expectations; the property, the accommodation, the managers, the staff and the activities. We were made to feel so welcome and everyone was focused on giving us the best experience possible. It was clear that everyone there really cares about what they do. A six-night stay wasn’t enough to see everything that the place had to offer. The game drives were wonderful – but so were all the other activities. I doubt that many places could provide the same mixture of things to see and places to visit. We were also impressed by Makutsi Springs’ support for the local school. We’ve recommended Makutsi to all our friends.

Peter and Vicki Morris, Valentine NSW Australia.



We recently stayed at Makutsi and had a fantastic time. All the staff are really friendly, and it just seemed no trouble for everyone to look after us. Our guides were great, the meals yummy, and the included trips are excellent. We also did the cheetah tracking which was great, as that was the only main animal we had not seen in our previous travels.

Blyde River Canyon must be one of S.A.’s best kept secrets! The Makutsi pool is large and lovely. We stayed an extra day, and we could see why some guests had been there up to 5 weeks. What a special place!

Thanks Karen, Jesco, and eveyone.

Richard and Heather Hallum / Christchurch / New Zealand


Dear Gerhard and staff,

Your hard work over several years has certainly materialized and offers your visitors a wonderful experience. The programms on television pertaining to wildlife drew our attention over the years, which made us seek this holiday. The form your staff gave us to fill in about the dangers of staying at our own risk brought out the reality of living amidst the wild animals on your reserve. Words cannot express our awesome experience on our schedules safaris watching the various animals in their natural habitat – like the pride of Lions devowing their prey. We were also fortunate to encounter elephants, giraffe, blue wildebeest, kudu, impala, cheetah etc. just to name some of the animals we saw.. Now the main topic of your spontaneous friendliness you and your staff extended with facilities and services made us feel special and relaxed thereby enjoying our holiday which we did not dream of. You certainly deserve more exposure and advertising for people around the world to know what Makutsi Safari Springs offers. We thank you and your friendly staff for this memorable experience which we take back to Australia and sincerely hope that many other visitors worldwide will come and enjoy „Paradise“ in Makutsi.

Thanking you once again, your friends from Room 54 Gilbert & Marilyn Pinto Australia


Hello Makutsi team,

My family and I recently spent a week in Makutsi and enjoyed every moment of it. Our experience with the game drive, the excursions to tribal village, Blyde river canyon, Kruger national park and the cheetah walk were full of excitement and very well catered for. The guides (Tris, Dave, Yesko, “Dutchman” and Karl) were very professionals and helpful. So did others in the office and kitchen. Since arriving back home, we have been telling our relatives and friend about your camp and hopefully someone will make a visit. Once again, thank you MAKUTSI team for all for the experience which we will treasure it for ever. Say hello to Mr Weber (owner). By the way I have included some photographs. Please put them into your web site, if you chose to.

Cheers, Jeyendren family from Sydney, Australia


Karl, we are safe back to Sweden after a fantastic holiday in South Africa, we really enjoyed everything. Our stay at Makutsi was overwhelming, Christina and I are part of your fan club and will do as much marketing for Makutsi as we can. The house we stayed in, the food, the whole atmosphere, your and Dave’s skills as guides made our stay perfect. All fantastic memories will stay for the rest of our life. Please thank all, your father and sisters and all others from us. Whenever any of you comes to Sweden please see our homes as your Swedish Lodge!

Best Regards Kjell Nilson & Christina Hugstad Göteborg Sweden


Good morning Makutsi,

In September, our family, Scott, Simone, Morgan and Mason, travelled from Australia and stayed at Makutsi, for our son Morgan’s Make A Wish.

We would like to thank the Makutsi family and staff for making our visit to South Africa to be very special and a very memorable one. Morgan & Mason were deeply touched by this experience and were sad to leave, having been able to drive through the beautiful landscape and of course all the wonderful African animals we were able to see.

We felt very comfortable and relaxed during our stay at Makutsi and enjoyed all the exciting sounds and sights that we got to experience.

Thank you for being part of a very special wish for one very special boy.

Once again, thank you for such a special experience.

Kind regards, / The Marshall Family / Scott, Simone, Morgan and Mason.


To all our “Newfound” friends at Makutsi!

Well, what can we say? What an excellent facility to make our family most welcome. We truly appreciate the attention to us and attentiveness shown to our daughter. We felt we crammed in quite a good slice of South Africa; its’ truly magnificent Fauna and Flora, its’ magically breathtaking mountains and diverse cultural stance – all at, or nearby to MAKUTSI. We are able to brag – we experienced the “Big5”. Our highlight is quite possibly our last evening where we discovered 3 cheetah close to the Makutsi Entrance Gate, and our entertainment by the female staff with traditional song and dance. All experienced in 7 days! We are ever grateful for our informative hosts and guides, our fantabulous meals (and the experience of wild/native game) and the unique surrounds by which we were accommodated in at Makutsi.

Much love Stefani, Trevor and Madeleine Hall Australia


Dear Makutsi staff,

We are still deeply impressed  by the many nice impressions we got in the last two weeks. It was wonderful to stay with you and we have seen and learnt so much. The kids would like to come back next week 🙂 Again many thanks to all of you for your great hospitality. Makutsi  garden lodge and the animals are a small paradise and we hope that you can remain this. We would be delighted to get a chance to come back in future. With warm regards from cold and rainy Berlin

Clara, Clemens, Robert, Christiane and Rainer Erdmann


The green of the bush,
The stillness and complete silence.
Africa speaks to me in soft sounds
Makutsi whispers the song of the bush
Elephants rumble and trumpet and astound you,
The Lion sits quietly and yawns at the
Idea of all of the excitement,
The young Rhino dances and prances
and all the while the statuesque Giraffe oversees the happenings of the day.
African women break into song and dance to celebrate a birthday
And bring great delight to all.
Africa where the stars outshine us all and I am home again.

Poem written by Barbara Sisson form Adelaide whilst on Makutsi in April 2010


Mr Koch

Ce petit message pour vous remercier. Nous rentrons à peine de notre voyage en Afrique du sud et notamment de notre séjour dans la réserve Makutsi. Nous avons passé un séjour mémorable. Nous avons bénéficié d’un accueil extrêmement sympathique, et avons profité de scènes fantastiques au contact (parfois immédiat) des animaux de la réserve. Ce voyage comptera sans aucun doute parmi les plus beaux que nous ayons faits, ou à venir. Merci donc de transmettre une nouvelle fois tous nos remerciements à l’équipe du Makutsi (Karen, Heike, Karl, Jasmine et les différents guides), sans oublier les parents de la famille Weber.

Sincères salutations / Famille Ledoux