I stayed this November for a few days at the Makalali Game Reserve/Lodge. Everything from start to finish I enjoyed fully. From check in by Caroline to Ranger Lawrence was flawless including viewing all of the animals. The separate rooms are in their own buildings along the side of a dry river bed and allow you to view out from you room, front deck or outdoor shower. You walk along a path to where breakfast/lunch are served in African style. I weather permits you are fed dinner outside in a group setting under the stars. If you have Ranger Lawrence for your guide (he has 20 years of experience) sometime along the safari ask him to give you a "Lawrence African Tale"
If you are booking a trip to Mpumalanga - Limpopo and hoping to find Expedia-listed accommodations in Phalaborwa, there are a few alternatives. There are 2 accommodation options here that suit your needs.
Expedia-listed hotels that are within driving distance of Phalaborwa include the Kaia Tani and Sunbird Lodge - Guest House.
The Ezulwini Game Lodges and the Sefapane Lodge and Safaris are two places to base yourself that are that may suit your needs and budget. The Ezulwini Game Lodges is located 20 miles from downtown Phalaborwa while the Sefapane Lodge and Safaris can be found 7 miles away. The Hippo Pools Resort lies 20 miles away from the heart of Phalaborwa and is another worthy alternative.
If you are traveling into or out of Hendrik Van Eck Airport and are looking to stay nearby try Sefapane Lodge and Safaris or Kaia Tani.