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“Perfect Safari Getaway”
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Etali Safari Lodge
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California
Level 1 Contributor
2 reviews
“Perfect Safari Getaway”
Reviewed 21 January 2017

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!

Room Tip: Room 7 was very private with an awesome view of the waterhole
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  • Stayed January 2017, travelled as a couple
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Etali-Safari, Owner at Etali Safari Lodge, responded to this review, 22 January 2017
Dear Erica,

Thank you very much for your detailed and thoughtful review and strong endorsement. It is always welcome when guests enjoy their stay so much that they choose to extend it!

We look forward to seeing you again at the lodge!

Kind Regards,
Koos and the Etali Team
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Reviewed 19 January 2017

Clearly one of the best places to go for game drives: we saw all big 5 in only two days! Service is amazing and the location just stunning! Would clearly come back and recommend to anyone who looks for an alternative to other game ressorts!

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Etali-Safari, Owner at Etali Safari Lodge, responded to this review, 21 January 2017
Dear Sascha,

Thank you for the kind review and endorsement. Seeing the big 5 is always a memorable experience for our guests and we look forward to hosting you again!

Kind regards,
Koos and the Etali Team
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Madikwe Game Reserve
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Reviewed 18 January 2017

Everything was amazing from the greeeting at our arrival to our departure. The food was awesome and delicious. Service was outstanding and all the staff were helpful and had great attitudes. My sons (in their mid-twenties) loved it and would like to go back. My husband and I will definitely be going back as soon as we can.

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Etali-Safari, Owner at Etali Safari Lodge, responded to this review, 21 January 2017
Dear Ursula,

Thank you for the kind review, we are always glad to hear that our service meals and Etali Experience have guests planning their return before even leaving the lodge! We look forward to hosting you again!

Kind Regards,
Koos and the Etali Team
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Jersey, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 January 2017

My self and my partner recently stayed at Etali at the end of our SA trip for a 4 days Safari.
The staff were fantastic, helpful, friendly, chatty, always nice to be able to chat to the staff and get to know more about local customs etc.
Accomodation was spotless, beUtuful room and very comfortable.
The fiord was excellent, I don't eat a lot of meat and they were happy and willing to prepare me a fish dish each day, very tasty.
Patrick and Herman the Safari guys were brilliant, Herman could spot everything, especially the Leopard that took everyone else a little while to see. And both knew so much about the animals. Ask for a bush walk, not many do, but that was an experience, thanks John D.
Only thing that we felt let us down was that at the evening sitting we were seated at the far end of the eating area which was remote from others, especially as we were only 2, a family would probably be better suited., and the last evening due to rain we were sitting again on our own in the TV area where children were running in and out, we were moved, but to the bar area, again on our own, we wanted to be part of the family atmosphere especially as the staff were putting on a singing show. This is the only reason that we have rated service and value slightly down. Staff member Bongali came to our rescue and kept us entertained, we are thankful to him, otherwise Etali you are dong a great job!!

  • Stayed January 2017, travelled as a couple
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Etali-Safari, Owner at Etali Safari Lodge, responded to this review, 21 January 2017
Dear Maciel,

Thank you for taking the time to write such a positive review of all the aspects of your stay.

I would like to take the opportunity to address your concerns regarding the dinner arrangements during your stay. We take note of your concerns regarding the position of your table and the presence of some younger guests, and the isolation you felt in our bar area. We are currently adapting the main lodge by expanding the main dining area. This should eliminate the need for guests to be placed in either our bar or sitting room area when the lodge is full, as happened during your stay. We hope that this didn't detract from your stay, and we are glad to hear that the Team took the time to make certain that you were also entertained where you were seated.

We hope you return soon to the lodge and look forward to hosting you again!

Kind Regards,
Koos and the Etali Team
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Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

After 2 personal recommendations we came to this lodge. About 5hrs drive from JNB. You can drive to the park in around 4.5hrs. Inside the park very confusing 1hr drive on mixture gravel/tar roads with no signs we could see. Recommend you get a driver or fly. Once you are here very high quality food and service. All inclusive apart from foreign beers and premium wines. Our guide jacks was excellent, knowledgeable and friendly . We stayed 4 days and took 6 game drives in which we saw all the big 5 (not on the same day) best we got was 4 of 5 on 1st day with this being only sighting of leopard . Tip: get room 6 it has direct view of watering hole where all the animals come to drink. (It rained 1st 2 days so they didn't visit when we were there)

Stayed January 2017, travelled as a couple
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Etali-Safari, Owner at Etali Safari Lodge, responded to this review, 21 January 2017
Dear Stevey,

Thank you for the positive review of your stay at the lodge. I would like to take the opportunity to address some of your concerns regarding reaching the lodge.

Within the Madikwe Game Reserve, ​the amount of road signage has been limited to reduce the footprint they leave on the surrounding environment. However, signage is posted throughout the reserve outlining directions to the main gates, along with more direct signs to Etali from the main access road to the lodge. We have also provided detailed driving directions on our website and encourage guests to make use of these or contact the lodge for additional assistance. Finally, our website details road & air transfer options which we advise for guests who feel uncomfortable driving themselves on the gravel roads to the lodge. Our reservations department can also assist with arrangments for transfers with one of our approved suppliers.

We hope that your initial difficulty in reaching the lodge did not detract from your stay and we look forward to hosting you again!

Kind regards,
Koos and the Etali Team
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Property: Etali Safari Lodge
Address: Madikwe Game Reserve, Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa
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Region: South Africa > North-West Province > Madikwe Game Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 23 Speciality Lodging in Madikwe Game Reserve
Price range (per night): R10 395 - R16 963
Hotel Class:5 star — Etali Safari Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 10
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