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Wonderboom Gate, Madikwe Game Reserve 2740 South Africa
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  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
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Updated 20/08/10 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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#7 of 23 Speciality lodging in Madikwe Game Reserve
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Safari isn’t just safari anymore…. And game lodges aren’t all alike. Every visit really does need to be special and every moment something to be remembered forever.The Bush House is not your typical Game lodge. The Lodge is set in the malaria free Madikwe Game Reserve. It is an old farmhouse that after years of family laughter and happiness has been transformed into an inviting and relaxing residence that encourages guests to kick off their shoes and unwind.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Board games / puzzles
Books, DVDs, music for children
Children's television networks
Airport transportation
Secured parking
Pool / beach towels
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Breakfast available
Kids' meals
Special diet menus
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
Express check-in / check-out
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Non-smoking rooms
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Languages Spoken
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Wonderboom Gate, Madikwe Game Reserve 2740 South Africa
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Lanseria Airport219 kmSee all flights
Sir Seretse Khama Intl Airport35 kmSee all flights
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Ross M wrote a review May 2021
Pretoria, South Africa54 contributions3 helpful votes
A truly wonderful experience in the Bush. Lizelle and lodge staff are attentive and friendly, nothing is too much for them. Guides (Daimon and Patrick) are very knowledgeable and amazing in the bush. Rooms are spacious and comfortable and the game viewing hide gives a fantastic unique view on the animals at the water hole. A really amazing weekend away and will definitely be back.
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from Sue Morrison, Owner at The Bush House
Responded 17 May 2021
We are delighted that you enjoyed your time with us and had such amazing sightings both in camp and out on drive. Many thanks for your great photographs.
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patricia v wrote a review May 2021
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The Bush House has a very unique feature that I have yet to experience at other game lodges. They have excellent views of a watering hole that allows for very good sightings of elephants, rhinos, zebras, wart hogs, wildebeests, etc. throughout the day and night. They also have an elephant hide that allows you to get very close views of elephants without them noticing. That was magical. The service was also exceptional with great attention to detail and making guests feel at home. I highly recommend this game reserve and am thinking about going back.
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Date of stay: September 2020
Response from Sue Morrison, Owner at The Bush House
Responded 09 May 2021
We are so pleased that you enjoyed the underground hide and the amazing sightings you are able to get whilst there. Thank you for your kind review and we would love to have you visit us again.
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Pioneer596051 wrote a review May 2021
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My 4 th visit to The Bush House Madikwe, and it never fails. A fantastic setting, staff go above and beyond in every way. Outstanding game viewing experience, rhino, elephant, lion and wild dogs, to name but a few, making use of the floodlight waterhole. Game drives also excellent, with knowledgeable rangers. Total rest and relaxation during our 3 night stay. Thank you Sue and Gordon for our wonderful stay, we will be back.
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from Sue Morrison, Owner at The Bush House
Responded 02 May 2021
It was absolute pleasure to have you back at The Bush House and thank you so much for spending time with us. We are delughted that you enjoyed you stay and appreciate your very kind review . Here's to the next visit !
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Inspire89014 wrote a review Apr 2021
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Great experience, beyond expectations. Very nice staff, lovely rooms, excellent food. We got an upgrade to 2 single rooms, even though we booked a twin room to share. Waterhole on the estate provides constant viewing of animals, making it a great place for the whole family - elderly or small children. Highly recommended!
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Date of stay: March 2021
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Room Tip: all rooms look great
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Response from Sue Morrison, Owner at The Bush House
Responded 08 Apr 2021
Thank you very much for your kind feedback on your recent stay. So pleased that you enjoyed your time with us.
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Pranjal D wrote a review Apr 2021
Johannesburg, South Africa5 contributions4 helpful votes
We stayed at The Bush House during the Easter weekend and what an amazing time we had! I travelled here with my wife and 7 year old son and couldn’t have asked for a better "family friendly lodge" in all of Madikwe. I had started getting good vibes about the place when I was communicating with Sue to secure my booking at the lodge. Just a day before, I was about to travel, something prompted me to check the weather at Madikwe and the forecast was horrific. It was showing the heavy showers for next 3 days. My 1st reaction was how will we able to spot the animals in that kind of weather and since it was too late to change the booking, whether The Bush House team will agree to change the booking dates. I messaged Sue and she was extremely kind enough to postpone our travel dates without charging us extra money for changing the dates at the 11th hour. Came Easter, 2021 long weekend and we started our road trip to the Madikwe game reserve from Johannesburg. I have to mention here, the road to reach the reserve and in particular, to reach The Bush House is very good (Unlike some other major game reserves in SA, including Sabi Sands). We reached The Bush House an hour before our check in time of 1400 hrs but we still got our room without any delay. Lizelle, the lodge manager was very welcoming and briefed us about the daily schedule, as is the norm at all the game reserves. The reason we chose The Bush House for this trip was because it’s family friendly and they have an underground hide overlooking the MOST ACTIVE WATERHOLE, I have ever seen in any of the umpteen game reserves I have been to. Lizelle wasn’t even finished briefing us about the daily schedule and came the herd (Or memory 😊) of 25+ elephants to quench their thirst at the waterhole. We sprinted towards the underground hide and got some really amazing shots of elephants and zebras from there. I have to admit this hide gives a whole new dimension to the animal viewing. One has to see it to believe it. The hide is so well managed by The Bush House team. It has got everything one needs – A fridge stocked up with drinks and water, insect repellent, bean bags for cameras, lights, flash light, carpeted floor, chairs and a screen to close if one ever feels threatened by any of the wild animals. At one point the elephants and warthogs came so close to us that we could have actually stretched our hands and touched them. That’s how amazing this hide is. The families with children are especially going to enjoy the place as it has got so much stuff for kids to play. Right from the board games to cards to cricket to football to rugby to what not. The availability of all this stuff for kids takes a lot of burden away from the parents, as the kids can keep themselves busy for hours. The garden is big enough for the kids to play cricket or soccer and we made it a point to have at least a couple of games of cricket every afternoon. Also, since the lodge is fenced, the parents can leave their kids in the garden without worrying about their safety. Now coming to the game viewing. The game viewing is simply breathtaking at Madikwe. Apart from the regulars like lions, rhinos, buffalos, hyenas, jackals, giraffes, elephants and the antelopes, we managed to see the cheetahs and the wild dogs as well. Seeing the wild dogs killing an impala was amazing. Our ranger Patrick was very knowledgeable and ensured we got to see as much varied wildlife as possible. The reserve in itself did not seem crowded which took the game viewing experience to the next level (Possibly, the lesser number of visitors was because of the COVID pandemic). The food at the lodge was really nice and Lizelle was very careful in ensuring all our dietary requirements are met. We never had to remind her once about our dietary requirements. She ensured we get what we had requested for. Also one thing which really stood out about Lizelle was that she addressed every child with her/ his name which, in my opinion, gives a very nice personal touch to the entire customer service experience. Keep it up Lizelle! Apparently, the lodge has a private nature trail which we unfortunately couldn't do due to the lack of time but hopefully will do it the next time. Last but far from the least, The Bush House gave me a huge surprise by arranging a birthday cake for me during one of the game drives. We took a break for the sundowners during our afternoon safari and Patrick (Our game ranger) had brought a nice chocolate cake for me. Celebrating the birthday in the African jungle in the midst of sprinting impalas and giraffes looking at us behind the tall trees was an unforgettable experience. A BIG thank you to The Bush House team for making my birthday so memorable. I would definitely like to visit this place again. Highly recommended.
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Date of stay: April 2021
Room Tip: Should ask for a waterhole facing room
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Response from Sue Morrison, Owner at The Bush House
Responded 07 Apr 2021
We are extremely grateful for your detailed and very thorough feedback on your recent stay at The Bush House. This means a great deal to us and we are , above all else, thrilled that you and the family enjoyed your time with us. Madikwe offers incredible sightings and all the animals seen at the lodge waterhole round off the experience. Our underground hide is our pride and joy for what it offers all visitors irrespective of photographic skill. Our small team is hugely proud of what we do and we all look forward to your next visit.
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US$483 - US$725 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
South AfricaNorth-West ProvinceMadikwe Game Reserve
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Bush House
Which popular attractions are close to The Bush House?
Nearby attractions include Madikwe Nature Reserve (6.8 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Bush House?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
What food & drink options are available at The Bush House?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, a lounge, and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at The Bush House?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Bush House?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does The Bush House have an airport shuttle?
Yes, The Bush House offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Bush House?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Afrikaans.
Is The Bush House accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.