My husband and I spent four nights at Etali last week and cannot say enough nice things about this place. I've been to a few other reserves and lodges in South Africa and Namibia, so far this is my favorite.
We were greeted upon arrival with welcome drinks and given an excellent room with a view of the waterhole. The room was spotless and beautiful. Our favorite part was the deck, outdoor shower, and plunge pool which were great for relaxing between game drives. We had turn down service nightly and since we had mentioned that this was our honeymoon they had rose petals on the bed one night and arranged a private dinner on our deck another night.
The food is delicious and you will not go hungry while staying here! They provide coffee/tea with light snacks before morning drives, breakfast cooked to your liking after the drive, lunch at whatever time you would like, afternoon tea before evening drives, and finally dinner after that drive. On our last morning they arranged a breakfast cooked out in the bush after our game drive which was a really lovely way to end the trip.
The best part of our stay was definitely the game drives. Madikwe Game Reserve has some of the better game viewing I've experienced while in South Africa. Our guide, Reinhardt, and tracker, Matthews, were absolutely amazing and had so much knowledge to share about even the tiniest of animals. They made sure to ask us if there was anything in particular we were keen on seeing and did their best to make sure it happened. We had the most amazing hyena and wild dog viewings, both of which you rarely get to see! And we both left with a new appreciation for birding, thanks Reinhardt! All of the staff at Etali were so friendly and nice and really made our stay special.
Originally we had only planned on staying for three nights but had such a great experience that we extended by a night. Needless to say I highly recommend a stay at Etali!
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- Also Known As:
- Etali Safari Hotel Madikwe Game Reserve