The 35,000 hectare Greater Makalali Private Game Reserve (also known as the Makalali Conservancy) is ultimately intended to recreate the wildlife migration corridor linking the Kruger National Park to the Drakensburg Mountains in the west. The Makhutswi River flows through the reserve of lowveld acacia bush and open savanna grassland interspersed with occasional marula, knobthorn and jackalberry trees. It lies an hour’s drive westward from the Phalaborwa Gate of the Kruger National Park. The Shangaan translation of Makalali is ‘place of rest’ and the concept of the luxurious lodge retreats is to experience the African bush in an unhurried manner. Game drives and walks are on offer, but also outdoor candlelit bush baths and sleep outs – a very special experience where one is left with a bed under the African Sky, with only a net between you and the sounds of the night.