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Makanyane Safari Lodge is ideally situated overlooking the Marico River in a secluded corner of the north-eastern part of the Madikwe Game Reserve.

Located on 1,800 hectares of privately owned ground reserved exclusively for the use of guests at Makanyane, the lodge does also own full traversing rights over the entire 75,000 hectare Madikwe Reserve.

Madikwe Game Reserve is approximately 45 minutes by air from Johannesburg. There are daily shuttle flights between the reserve and Oliver Tambo (Johannesburg) International Airport.

Driving time by road from Johannesburg is approximately 3.5 hours using a route via Sun City and 5 hours using an alternative route via Rustenburg and Zeerust.



There are two routes by road from Johannesburg International Airport to Makanyane

The first route (approximately 3.5 hours driving time) travels via Sun City to the Makanyane private entrance. This route travels over approximately 20 km of gravel road. Detailed directions and map are available on request.

The second route (about 5 hours driving time) travels via the towns of Rustenburg and Zeerust. Detailed directions and map are available on request.

Makanyane’s private gate will be attended in anticipation of guest’s arrival. Please advise the lodge of your estimated time of arrival when making your booking. If possible, it would be greatly appreciated if you could confirm your time of arrival while en-route to the lodge.

Makanyane is approximately 60 kilometres from Gaborone, Botswana.



Federal Air provides daily scheduled return flights between Oliver Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg International Airport) in Johannesburg and Madikwe Game Reserve.

O.R. Tambo International to Madikwe Game Reserve:
Departs from O.R. Tambo at 13:00 and arrives in Madikwe Game Reserve at 14:00 at the latest.

Passengers must check in for the flight by 12:00. (Check in opens at 09:30)

Madikwe Game Reserve to O.R. Tambo International

Departs from Madikwe Game Reserve at 11:15 and arrives at O.R. Tambo at 12:15.

(Federal Air advises that no onward International flights that depart from O.R. Tambo before 16:30 and no onward Domestic flights that depart from O.R. Tambo before 15:00 should be booked.)

Your guide will meet you at the airstrip on arrival and take you back to the airstrip for your departure.



Madikwe Game Reserve has a 1200 metre, all-weather, gravel airstrip approximately 10 kilometres south of Makanyane. Transfers to and from the lodge are free of charge.

  • Co-ordinates: 24°44’00” S and 26°24’27” E
  • Elevation: 3200 Ft
  • Runway direction: East/West 11/290

Please note that all private pilots wishing to make use of the Madikwe airstrip must sign a pilot indemnity form before doing so.



  • Flight times are subject to change and there is a restriction on luggage of a maximum of 20kg of soft luggage.
  • Free excess bag storage is available if required.
  • Bookings for single passengers carry a single supplement charge.
  • Makanyane can book flights for guests flying into the reserve, please contact for more information and rates.
  • Federal Air can be contacted at: Tel: +27 (0) 11 395 9000 – Email: – Website:
  • Transfers from the Madikwe Game Reserve airstrip to Makanyane Safari Lodge are provided at no cost.
  • Charter flights to the Madikwe Game Reserve can also be arranged. Please contact for further details and quotes.