Luxury Private Big 5 Safari Camp
Lowveld, Limpopo, South Africa
A classic African wilderness experience awaits you at Clive's Camp, a luxury exclusive-use lodge in the Greater Makalali Nature Reserve near the famous Kruger National Park.
This camp is the ideal getaway spot for small groups looking to enjoy full immersion in the African bush while relaxing in comfort and style.
Enjoy two game drives daily in an open safari vehicle with a qualified guide. The morning drive includes a coffee/tea stop whilst the evening drive pauses for sundowners under awe-inspiring sunset skies and glorious views of the Drakensberg mountains.
Bush picnic's and bush walks can be organised upon request.
The reserve is home to the "Big 5" - lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard - as well as cheetah, hyena, wild dog and many other species. The Makhutswi river (a tributary to the Olifants river) bisects the reserve, providing excellent game-viewing and birdwatching opportunities. Makalali is less well known than the nearby Timbavati, Klaserie and Sabi Sands private reserves, giving it a lower density of owners and lodges. This results in a more exclusive wildlife experience.
The camp sleeps 10 in five luxury en-suite chalets with their own decks, fans and air conditioning. Two chalets can accommodate an extra child. The camp is surrounded by a low 'Kenya style' fence, keeping larger game out without getting in the way of the views.
- Communal area with open plan kitchen, dining, lounge and bar area
- Two TV's with DSTV (Satellite TV)
- Swimming pool
- Two outdoor Braai (BBQ) areas
- Two outdoor bomas, one with a mini kitchen and dining area
Camp staff include two cleaning ladies, a camp hand and a qualified guide, available to take care of everything.
Contact us for up to date rates, minimum charge will be for 4 people with a maximum capacity of 10 adults.
Additional charge of ZAR 380 per person will be added to cover the reserve conservation levy
Semi-catered or full catering options avilable by prior arrangement and at extra cost
Min Stay 2 Nights
Suitable for Families and Groups
- Daily Housekeeping
- One bag of firewood a day
- Morning and afternoon drives with drink stops
Your visit to the reserve will help support various programmes aimed at restoring and maintaining populations of endangered and vulnerable animals.
Below are only some of the projects that are supported by the income generated from responsible tourism. When you stay at the camp you are not just having a fabulous getaway - you are contributing to wildlife conservation and the livelihoods of local communities. Visit soon and be a part of the sustainable and regenerative tourism movement.
The reserve has joined the Wild Dog Range Expansion Project, aiming to reintroduce African wild dogs to the area and to reverse the decline of wild dogs globally - currently the second most endangered carnivore on the African continent. They are under severe pressure from snaring, poaching, disease, moto vehicles and habitat loss.
The Scott family, owners of Clive's Camp, are actively involved in supporting the wild dog initiative.
The GMNR is part of the Cheetah Metapopulation Project, coordinated by the Endangered Wildlife Trust. The project works to increase cheetah numbers where they are under threat to ensure genetic diversity in the population.
A disease-free buffalo breeding project was started over a decade ago in a boma bordering the south of the reserve. In 2019 the fences were dropped and these buffalo released into the open system. This released completed the 'big 5' in the reserve's open system and marked the firt time in more than half a century that all the big five have roamed freely in the area.
The rhino in the Greater Kruger areas are under constant threat of poaching, and there is a dedicated team of anti-poaching rangers who patrol the GMNR 24/7.
The reserve is home to the endangered ground hornbill and many threatened vulture and raptor species.