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Madikwe Safari Lodge

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#9 of 22 lodges in Madikwe Game Reserve
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The rich red timbres of the African earth are reflected in the warm tones of Madikwe Safari Lodge. Cradled between rolling hills, overlooking game-filled plains intersected by the Marico River and framed by the Dwarsberg Hills, just 20 suites are clustered in three intimate camps. With circular fireplaces at the heart of every suite, and big glass doors to blur the boundary between inside and out, Madikwe embodies the warm, bold heart of this spectacularly rugged corner of Africa. Spacious wooden decks embrace inviting plunge pools, and book-filled shelves in quiet corners entice and captivate, while large pizza ovens add a fun twist to meal times.
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Free parking
Free internet
Pool
Free breakfast
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Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Airport transportation
Secured parking
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Private pool
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Kids' meals
Special diet menus
Kids club
Highchairs available
Spa
Facial treatments
Massage
Baggage storage
Concierge
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
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Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
24-hour front desk
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Air conditioning
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Private balcony
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Extra long beds
Walk-in shower
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Safe
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Private bathrooms
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Minibar
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HOTEL CLASS
5.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Family
Luxury
Languages Spoken
English, Afrikaans

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Madikwe Game Reserve 0116 South Africa
Madikwe Safari Lodge
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Sir Seretse Khama Intl Airport
54.5 km
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Lanseria Airport
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MATODZI TOURS wrote a review 14 Apr
Johannesburg, South Africa869 contributions12 helpful votes
From JNB Airport to Madikwe Lelapa Lodge we had a relaxing drive of 5:30hrs . From JNB AIrport to Madikwe Abjaterskop gate it is a very fine road straight forward road . The adventurous road start now when u are driving inside the game reserve . You will have about 17 KM on the mini concrete road than have about 5 KM of dead road . Dont forget as u still locating the lodge alongside the road u will be seeing wild animal rooming around grassing and others crossing the road , wild animals like Elephant , Rhino , Giraffee and Zebras .
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Date of stay: July 2023Trip type: Travelled on business
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suephillipson wrote a review Mar 2024
Lichfield, United Kingdom1 contribution
I enjoyed a visit to Madikwe some years ago and found that standards had not slipped. All staff went out of their way to make my stay comfortable and the game watching was as good as on the previous visit.
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Date of stay: March 2024
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Richa wrote a review Mar 2024
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This was our first African safari after thoroughly enjoying a luxury safari stay in Sri Lanka, and Madikwe Safari Lodge was incredible! We were picked up from Jo'burg airport and transferred to the lodge, the drive took 4.5 hours and was a mini safari in itself! We saw so many animals on the way, and the driver would frequently stop while we enjoyed the show! I'd highly recommend the transfer as it's super comfortable, professional and the sightings are amazing. We stayed in Dithaba, since Lelapa was being renovated. Dithaba was incredibly peaceful and felt so exclusive. The communal pool there was also a bonus as we didn't realise it had one, and although much smaller than the Lelapa pool (which overlooks a watering hole), it was lovely and overlooked the Savannah. Mr T gave us a super warm welcome and our first impression was Wow! The rooms were so gorgeous, we loved how they were so rounded (like a hobbit house!) and all the special touches put in to it are so thoughtful. The food was delicious and nourishing with lots of plant based options too. We had such a laugh with Priscilla who made our stay so memorable, and all the staff make such an effort to make you feel at home. Our guide was Petrus who was incredibly knowledgeable, super considerate and shared so much of his wisdom. He really loves what he does and this just shines through! We had some incredible sightings and plenty unusual ones too! We're definitely turning into Safari addicts now.
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Date of stay: March 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Kurt H wrote a review Mar 2024
Salt Lake City, Utah441 contributions191 helpful votes
Second memorable trip to Madikwe's Dithaba. Oodles of things to note, especially the food, the cooks (esp. Emihle), and Nic our ranger/guide. And of course, the wildlife :) This time, we flew in from JoBurg instead of driving. The drive was just too long last time due to construction, traffic etc.. although having done it once was good, as it provides the wider view of what the lay of the land is. Flying was much more pleasant and worth the modestly added expense, plus getting there at a more reasonable time of day. On balance, would probably recommend flying in for first timers too. Madikwe is a large semi-arid reserve, so not as lush as say Kruger-area reserves. This provides some significant advantages of easier to see animals, more likely to be at watering holes which are not numerous, etc. compared with Kruger-area. Rhinos still have their horns here. :) Nic was spectacular as a guide! Simply wonderful, knowledgeable and willing to share his vast info. We saw anything/everything, including wild dogs, cheetah. Ask him (or anyone else who deals with people at safaris for that matter) about the crazy tourist stories. Lodging was excellent, attractive, and very quiet. We also went to the neighboring lodge, Madikwe Safari Lodge for both gift shop purchases plus sitting by the watering hole to watch the giraffes and zebras drink. MSL is the better option for families with kids, as more to do for them and Dithaba is considerably quieter. The dining was wonderful as before at Dithaba. Emihle is quite the talented chef! All staff were kind and helpful. Would eagerly return again.
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Date of stay: November 2023
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SnooperTheBeagle wrote a review Mar 2024
Hessle, United Kingdom23 contributions40 helpful votes
We had an amazing four night stay at the Lelapa lodge. We weren't sure what to expect as this was our first luxury holiday destination. It was a very relaxing experience, and the food was of a very high standard. The view of the waterhole from the pool area, and the many animals visiting it during the day, was a particular highlight. The only minor criticism is that some aspects of the facility, particularly the accomodation, are showing their age and could do with some refurbishment. However, the main reason for visiting is of course the twice daily game drives and these were exceptional and very rewarding. This was made possible by our amazing guide, Petrus, who's knowledge of the natural world far exceeded what was necessary for the game reserve. There was a 7 year old on our game drives, and no weird question from him ever phased Petrus who always had an answer! I'm sure all of the guides are knowledgeable, but if you get Petrus as your guide, you're in for a very special experience.
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Devlin C wrote a review Jan 2024
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We stayed at Madikwe Safari Lodge in the ‘family villa’ and what an experience it was. The beds are super comfortable, the living area full of leathery luxury, a refreshing pool to cool down and a fire pit that reminds me of a love island villa. The staff are friendly, helpful and sport a great attitude. The bush is teeming with life and the guides may as well be Google they’re so clued up. Don’t think twice about it. This is a special set up and the only regret you will have is not going.
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Date of stay: January 2024Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Jon I wrote a review Jan 2024
Bedfordshire, United Kingdom30 contributions23 helpful votes
We stayed at Lelapa Lodge, which is excellent with fantastic staff. It’s typically African in style, and everything is to a high standard, and totally relaxing. The food is of a very good standard, and the game drives are awesome, so many animals our ranger Brendin was extremely knowledgeable. The main meals area looks out towards the pleasant pool, and the waterhole beyond. At times you could just sit there and watch large numbers of game just wandering up including many elephant, wildebeest, impala, rhino and giraffe - plus of course the adorable warthogs. It was a long 4 hour drive from Jo’Burg, so in future I would try and fly into their airstrip, and I would go back without hesitation, our three days went by way too quickly, we felt we could stay for longer, and would definitely consider going back.
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Date of stay: January 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Try to fly fron Jo’Burg if you can to avoid a four hour drive.
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Passport06828936007 wrote a review Dec 2023
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Madikwe Safari Lodge will always have a special place in mine and my Partner's heart. I have travelled to quite a few places in South Africa and I can confidently say none can quite compare to the experience we had at Madikwe! The rooms were amazing and clean, a place where you can truly relax and call home for a couple of days. The location of the lodge is positioned beautifully in the heart of Madikwe Game Reserve and you have quick and easy access to rest of the Safari. The views from the lodge were spectacular and the dining area was at the center of it all, where you have an amazing view of the watering hole. The lodge had also assisted me with making arrangements for my proposal and made it special in everyway. It is and will always be unforgettable moment for both of us. Thank you! On top of all this, I would say it was the staff that made the trip the most enjoyable with Emry and Henny checking up on us to ensure we are having good time and assisting where they can, Pricilla "Queen of the Desert" always bringing out her bright smile on the coldest day and making you feel welcomed and to our amazing game drivers Ryan, Mitchell and Billy for making every excursion out to the safari something unique and amazing. This is only a handful of the amazing staff they have at Madikwe that we had the pleasure to interact with. I could not recommend this place enough, especially if you are coming from overseas! We will be definitely coming back, as soon as we can! Thank you again for this amazing experience!
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Date of stay: December 2023
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Room Tip: Prioritize getting up early to go on the morning game drives. You will not regret it.
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KatieEJ wrote a review Nov 2023
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From the time we arrived at Madikwe to the time we left, we were in paradise! It really was the holiday of a lifetime and was absolutely perfect in every way! The lodge itself is stunning, and immaculate and you immediately feel at home. The staff are AMAZING and can't do enough to assist and make your stay relaxing and fun. I thought I would struggle with the 5am wake ups for the morning safari drives but when you see the beautiful sunrise you quickly forget any tiredness and there is coffee and muffins to get you going! We went as a family of four and we all had such a brilliant time. Although there is a great programme of activities for kids, our boys were a bit too old for it but it didn't matter as they had both the main pool (with the nearby watering hole that attracts the elephants!) and the private plunge pool to keep them occupied and it was great to spend some family time playing board games and card games when we weren't out seeing cheetahs, lions, elephants, giraffes and rhinos with Mike, our wonderful game driver. The game drives were spectacular and we saw so many amazing animals up close on every drive. The accommodation was sublime and really luxurious. The indoor and outdoor showers were so powerful and were the best way to wake you up before the early game drive. They make our home power shower feel like a dribble!! The kids loved the enormous bath too! The food was also out of this world. Really beautifully presented with lots of choice. They also have a kids menu which is great for fussy eaters! Whilst we didn't want to leave, at least we know we can always come back. Something to look forward to!
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Date of stay: October 2023
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rgbasque wrote a review Oct 2023
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The Madikwe experience was amazing. The arrangements were easy to make and everything happened as expected. The lodge and rooms are beautiful, the food was amazing and the staff are wonderful. Most enjoyable were the game drives - amazing sights.
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Date of stay: October 2023
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LOCATION
South AfricaNorth-West ProvinceMadikwe Game Reserve
NUMBER OF ROOMS
20
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Frequently Asked Questions about Madikwe Safari Lodge
What are some of the property amenities at Madikwe Safari Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Madikwe Safari Lodge?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and extra long beds.
What food & drink options are available at Madikwe Safari Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Madikwe Safari Lodge?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Madikwe Safari Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Madikwe Safari Lodge have airport transportation?
Yes, Madikwe Safari Lodge offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Madikwe Safari Lodge?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Madikwe Safari Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Afrikaans.
Is Madikwe Safari Lodge accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms and facilities for disabled guests. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.