Madikwe Safari Lodge
Madikwe Game Reserve is a 75 000 hectare reserve located northwest of Johannesburg along the Botswana border. The malaria-free reserve boasts more than 60 mammal species including the Big Five. Everything about it is vast - its landscapes, its heavens, its wildlife. Spend your days enjoying game drives in open 4x4 vehicles, on specialised walking trails with qualified guides or birding safaris. Choose between two luxury accommodations - Madikwe Safari Lodge or Makanyane Safari Lodge. See the itinerary for more details on these wonderful lodges.
Madikwe Safari Lodge Madikwe Safari Lodge offers three luxury lodges, Lelapa, Kopano and Dithaba Lodge each with its own appeal. Lelapa (meaning 'family' in the local Setswana language) has 12 Deluxe Suites (including family rooms) which are spacious & comfortable, with wood-burning fireplaces, private plunge pools and outdoor showers. Kopano Lodge comprises just 4 Suites (each with private plunge pool) which share a magnificent common area. This Lodge is ideal for the person looking for something more intimate, or for smaller groups of friends. Children older than 16 welcome. Dithaba Lodge has a spectacular view over the open plains. With only 4 Suites (each with private plunge pool), this Lodge is well suited to a group of friends or family members making it their own while on safari. Or for those who simply prefer the sound of nature and little else. Children of all ages welcome (if the Lodge is booked exclusively).
Activities at all lodges • Two daily game drives, including refreshments and snacks • Morning bush walks • Bush breakfasts • Stargazing • Wildlife lectures • Early morning safari with small groups • Bush dinners with a buffet and barbeque under lantern-lit skies. • Mack & Madi Kids' Adventure Safari Club for the little ones • Picnic Lunches • Obakeng Village Tour (additional cost) - play games, serve lunch, or get your hands dirty with the kids at Basha Creche and Motshabaesi Primary School
Lelapa Lodge Lelapa, with its friendly staff and open guest areas, has an atmosphere of easy sociability. The main lodge invites enlivened gatherings, while the individual accommodations provide the perfect retreat for tranquil privacy. Four of the lodge Suites are for families, and give you and your kids your own space to enjoy time together - kept stress-free, with every comfort and convenience provided. Each Family Suite gives children their own bunk bedroom. It's perfectly kitted out just for them with toys and games, gown and slipper sets, bedside hot-chocolate mugs, and stories put onto their pillows at night.
Kopano Lodge Those who prefer their own space will appreciate the small, intimate environment of Kopano Lodge. With just four Suites, you are promised a very personal experience. Book an individual Suite or the whole lodge out exclusively. Either way, the main lodge's living spaces "“ a dining area, fireplace lounge with library, generously furnished deck, and boma raised above the bush "“ are yours to enjoy, along with resplendent views over the savannah.
Private Luxury suites have a private lounge, viewing deck, open-air shower and plunge pool "“ ideal positions from where to spot the wildlife out on the plain. Reclined on your lounger with a spritzer from the minibar or enjoying an outdoor spa treatment, it seems as if you are completely alone "“ save for the odd giraffe passer-by. From your Suite's raised viewing deck, you can happily stare out at the plains, drinks and snacks within reach, for hours "“ we call this 'bush TV' and its riveting. During your stay, you should see elephant, giraffe, zebra and various buck make appearances. Feel like a change of scenery? The more social Lelapa guest pool gives you the rare opportunity to take a poolside safari, with the waterhole just in front of it attracting wildlife from across the reserve.
Dithaba Lodge With just four luxury Suites, Dithaba Lodge strikes a balance between the exclusivity of your own retreat and warm, attentive hospitality "“ ideal if you're after me time or quality time with your nearest and dearest. Either way, you'll find the main lodge's shared guest areas great for gatherings, with sundowners on the Star Deck and festive bush dinners around the boma fire. It's a casually luxurious lodge, where reed-thatch Suites "“ each featuring a comfortable lounge, elevated deck, private plunge pool, and outdoor shower "“ come with panoramic views across the savannah. Pull up the loungers to sunbathe, while looking out for animals, or stargaze "“ clear nights and a wide horizon provide the perfect conditions. Your Suite is a personal haven where you can enjoy reading in front of the fire, taking a long bath, lying at the pool, yoga on the deck, a spa massage, and the view"¦ at your leisure. Should you feel like mixing with others, the bar lounge is always popular "“ as is Lelapa's main pool"¦ Take a poolside safari from your lounger, positioned just in front of a busy wildlife watering hole.
Game Drives Lion, elephant, black and white rhino, buffalo and leopard are all here in abundance, as well as cheetah, giraffe and both spotted and brown hyena and you have the chance of seeing any of these species. Madikwe is also the one of the best places in Southern Africa to watch the elusive and rare wild dog, a fascinating species on the brink of extinction. Travelling through Makanyane's completely private 1,800 hectares and the 75,000 hectares of the magnificent Madikwe Game Reserve, your guide will share their wealth of knowledge with you, from the fascinating private life of the dung beetle to the intricacies of the wild dog's social system. There are two daily game drives at Makanyane, timed to make the most of the periods when the game is the most active, one in the early morning and another in the late afternoon. The afternoon drive, after a brief stop to enjoy sundowners, continues into the night, a shielded spotlight revealing the nocturnal wildlife of the bush.
Game Walks For an even more in-depth exploration of the bush, a game walk is essential. A highly educational and uniquely enlightening experience, your armed and experienced guide will lead you along game paths in the footsteps of the animals, allowing you to feel the thrill of walking through this wild environment. Away from the noise and disturbance of the game drive vehicle, guests are able to experience the more subtle nuances of the bush - the sounds, smells and textures of the surroundings can be appreciated. The walks are planned according to the interests and abilities of the guests and are a highly recommended experience! (Please note that guests under the age of 16 years are not permitted on walks. Guests over the age of 60 are required to produce a medical certificate stating that they are fit for such an activity.)
Spa An ideal way to soothe away the stress and strain of everyday life is to let the highly trained health and beauty therapists of Makanyane pamper you. Makanyane has a comprehensive list of Health and Beauty treatments, from massage, aromatherapy and hot stone treatments right through to facials and manicures, to ensure that there is something to appeal to everyone.
• Accommodation in your choice of Lodge • All meals including selected snacks • Scheduled safari activities including game drives & bush walks • Beverages including teas & coffees, soft drinks, selection of beers, spirits and house wines • At Madikwe Safari Lodge you can also enjoy astronomy & wildlife lectures, bush breakfasts, picnic lunches & bush dinners
Pricing (per person) $NZD
Booking conditions Transfers to and from Madikwe & Johannesburg are not included as we can arrange private transfers, rental vehicles and light aircraft flight options. National Park fees are not included. Ask us about the best options and rates for family groups.
Transfers to and from Madikwe & Johannesburg are not included as we can arrange private transfers, rental vehicles and light aircraft flight options. National Park fees are not included. Ask us about the best options and rates for family groups.