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Madikwe River Lodge

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#18 of 22 lodges in Madikwe Game Reserve
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Madikwe River Lodge is positioned in the heart of Madikwe Game Reserve and offers attractive comfort in sixteen split level suites with an outdoor dining boma located on a central Island,accessed by a wooden bridge,this luxurious Lodge invites guests to enjoy the sights & sounds in mother Africa's land of brilliance. Surrounded by 75 000 hectares of malaria-free African sand veld.Each suites is individually decorated to create a rich African feel,and offers en-suites bathroom with a full range of guests amenities as well as a private wooden viewing deck overlooking the river. Madikwe Game Reserve, is world of breathtaking scenery and endless African bush. At Madikwe River Lodge the guided game drivers and trails are thrilling to be a part of with Africa offering you and incomparable experience in the wild.
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Free parking
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Free breakfast
Non-smoking hotel
Sun terrace
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Outdoor pool
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Breakfast buffet
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5.0 of 5 stars
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River View
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R24, Madikwe Game Reserve 2876 South Africa
Madikwe River Lodge
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Sir Seretse Khama Intl Airport
53.3 km
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Lanseria Airport
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Steph M wrote a review Mar 2024
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Our stay was amazing, we had an incredible time! The staff could not do enough for you, the food was beautiful every single meal was 5*, the game drives were amazing we saw everything we wanted to plus more, our game driver jerry was great and the reserve itself was fab, the room was lovely and cleaned /tidied twice daily and the staff even decorated the room for our anniversary! We would recommend this lodge to anybody!! Thank you so much!
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Date of stay: March 2024
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Kruger2Kalahari wrote a review Feb 2024
Johannesburg, South Africa142 contributions111 helpful votes
We have stayed 6 times at Madikwe River Lodge - that says a lot! There are about 21 commercial lodges in Madikwe and we have stayed ar 12 of them and we keep going back to Madikwe River Lodge. In order to enjoy a safari many things must come together - the food, rooms, staff member's attitudes and the game drives - Madike River Lodge excels in all areas! Our field guide Charles is amazing - we gte to see the big five plus cheetah, wild dogs and even aardwolf!
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Ed A wrote a review Dec 2023
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Thank you for making our stay in Morukuruh River Lodge in the 2nd week of November a superb one. Your efforts in making our stay in the lodge a wonderfull one have succeeded. The situation of finishing a safari day and moving to the log fire and on to a meal, wine and general repartee, and joining with the staff and the rangers , mean't so much to us all. The rooms are fully restyled since our last stay in 2016 and superbly appointed, the lodge itself as well as the hosts, are pure charm. Every one of us was blown away by your hospitality that went way beyond the call of duty. I can speak for everyone of us when I say, thanks again and we'll never forget this fantastic peace of paradise and the whole Morukuru crew. You have made all the difference to the best family holiday. We will recommend a stay at Morukuru and her crew to as many as we can and we hope to see you all again. This little touch of paradise we never would have want to miss it !
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Date of stay: November 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
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tweetiepie47 wrote a review Nov 2023
Ipswich, United Kingdom168 contributions94 helpful votes
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We spent a week at Madikwe River Lodge and loved every minute. We stayed here over 20 years ago and wondered if it would still be as good. We needn’t have worried at all, it was just as good if not better. This lodge is the oldest lodge in the reserve and she is beginning to show her age a bit however everything else makes up for some of the slightly tired appearance. All the staff are absolutely wonderful and nothing is too much trouble. Even our vehicle was cleaned without us asking. Our room was very comfortable and had lots of storage space, comfy chairs to sit on, a balcony overlooking the river and all was kept spotlessly clean and a pleasure to return to after each game run. We enjoyed every meal and the food was of a very high standard. Being keen birdwatchers there were lots of birds around the lodge to keep us happy and each game run was different and expertly guided by Amos who was great fun to spend time with and extremely knowledgeable. I highly recommend this lodge to anyone that enjoys wildlife and relaxation you will not be disappointed.
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Date of stay: November 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Barry M wrote a review Sept 2023
Jerusalem, Israel5 contributions3 helpful votes
Clean, fun, unique, and the best guides on the market. Charlie has been serving reserves for 40+ years. Whether in regard to anti-poaching or tracking, he has enough knowledge about the bush to ensure you leave completely satisfied. Highly recommended.
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Date of stay: August 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Make sure to pack really warm clothing for the winter times there....also if you can afford it...
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NHaacke wrote a review May 2023
Johannesburg, South Africa266 contributions43 helpful votes
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The Lodge is very well positioned in the reserve. The river is an extra bonus. The game drives were amazing. We had a great guide very knowledgeable. The food was tasty too. Well done to all staff. Definitely one of our favorite lodges in Madikwe.
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Date of stay: April 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Nicki E wrote a review Mar 2023
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Gosh if you like a comfortable bed, this is it! Usually when I go away the bed or pillows let it down and I can't sleep or have crippling backache but the beds here were fabulous...which meant I was happy, pain free and ready for the day. In fact the whole experience at Madikwe is outstanding and we just didn't want to leave, the food is great, the lodges were homely and we were looked after so well we felt like family! Our ranger was awesome - Charles. Overall we felt absolutely worth the wait - as we'd booked this holiday 3 years ago before COVID and has to postpone twice, 100% worth waiting for, we will be back for sure.
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Date of stay: February 2023
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HelsBells8601 wrote a review Mar 2023
London, United Kingdom40 contributions16 helpful votes
We had a wonderful time at Madikwe River Lodge. The staff were all very friendly and accommodating, with the chefs going out of their way to make sure my partner's vegetarian diet was catered for. Our room was cool and comfortable despite the very hot weather, and the rock pool was a treat. As for our twice daily game drives, our ranger, Charles, was a real expert, getting us close enough to touch the animals (and getting us out of the way quickly when one particular lion took too much interest in us!) I would revisit Madikwe River Lodge in a heart-beat.
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Date of stay: March 2023
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Room Tip: You'll be extremely well-fed with three big meals a day plus high-tea - so come with plenty of...
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JapieCla wrote a review Mar 2022
Beaufort West, South Africa14 contributions3 helpful votes
I had a booking with Madikwe River Lodge for overseas clients. Due to Covid they have to cancel trip and with all other things in SA they are not interested to come to SA any more. But now I struggle for more than a year to get the deposit back. The GM just answer emails when she wants and there are always excuses. Wonder if someone knows who is owner that I can get in contact with them
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Travelled on business
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kmanhuwa wrote a review Oct 2021
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If you want a relaxing hide out with a potential to see all the big five plus a bonus for the magnificent 7, then Madikwe is t place. The food was just delicious, Can’t wait for our 2nd anniversary, we are definitely going back.
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Date of stay: October 2021
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LOCATION
South AfricaNorth-West ProvinceMadikwe Game Reserve
NUMBER OF ROOMS
16
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Frequently Asked Questions about Madikwe River Lodge
What are some of the property amenities at Madikwe River Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Madikwe River Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Madikwe River Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Madikwe River Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Madikwe River Lodge have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the river view available here.