Our 3 night stay at Etali Safari Lodge started from the minute we entered the main gate to the reserve. There was so much wildlife on the drive to the lodge, it almost felt like we were on a game drive. On arrival at the lodge were warmly greeted by Tshepi and our bags were taken to our room while we took in the scene of elephants having a midday drink at the lodge's watering hole. The room itself is great with a heated plunge pool that we took full advantage of. Lazarus (ranger) and Darius (tracker) were very helpful and kept us entertained with recounts of stories from the years that they have worked at Madikwe. Both have great knowledge of the animals and they are like walking encyclopedias when it comes to animals and nature. They would go totally out of their way to find game that was on our "wish list". The food was really good too and plentiful. We loved the personal touch and never felt like any request was too much for any members of the team. I would like to make special mention of the following people who made our stay a memorable one: Lazarus, Darius, Tshepi, Dinah, chef and Thato. There were others behind the scenes that we didn't meet (such as housekeeping etc) too... thank you!!! Would not hesitate to recommend Etali Safari Lodge to anyone... we loved every minute we were there... can't wait to go back…
First of all we want to say that we had the best rangers ever! Special thanks to Doctor & Alfred. The lodge itself was fantastic, very clean and beautiful. The staff very friendly!! Perfect! Thank you
This is a top destination in Madikwe if you are looking for the best trackers and game drive. Though it is a small park compared to Serengeti in Tanzania it will be one of the best in South Africa. Etali lodge has friendly staff and some excellent rooms (No 7) where we stayed for 3 nights. Doctor and Prince and the other guides are excellent! I would recommend the park for an exclusive Safari without big crowds and Etali guides are among the very best in the park where you will spot animals close to the vehicle and they drive really off road.
Etali is an absolutely fantastic place. The lodge and suites are stunning, with great design and fantastic views. Hospitality of all the staff is outstanding, and you simply want to go back. It was the first time in Madikwe and the game drives really exceeded expectations. Etali's bush guides are highly experienced and share a wealth of knowledge. A destination to surely visit again.
There are no words to describe how wonderful the experience was, with private plunge pools, outdoor showers, individual units with breathtaking views. The staff service is personalised and exemplary, and the food made by a true chef! Highly recommended for individuals, couples or families..