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“Incredible service”
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Etali Safari Lodge
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Melbourne, Australia
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Incredible service”
Reviewed 29 January 2017

Our stay at Etali was absolutely memorable in every way. From the moment we arrived we were treated in a way I have rarely experienced while travelling. Every staff member went out of their way to make our stay as comfortable as possible, meeting all our needs and demands on call. Despite the torrential rain that blanketed our time there, we saw every animal we came to see - up so close we could almost touch them. The suites were so well decked out it was difficult to leave them for the game drives. The lodge is situated in a beautiful spot with views out to the savannah, making for gorgeous sunset gazing from the decks, either from the suites or the restaurant. We came with another family and had five kids amongst us who were all made to feel welcome and included at all times. I would highly recommend Etali as a perfect safari experience in South Africa.

Room Tip: All suites have excellent views though some are a little larger for families if required
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  • Stayed January 2017, travelled with family
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Etali-Safari, Owner at Etali Safari Lodge, responded to this review, 30 January 2017
Dear Janine,

Thank you for taking the time to share your incredible experience with our Tripadvisor community. I was an absolute pleasure hosting your family, and we hope to see you again at the lodge soon.

Kind Regards,
Koos and the Etali Team
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Reviewed 26 January 2017

Another lovely and relaxing stay at this wonderful place. Etali is a small and very personally run lodge with a lovely atmosphere, great rooms and game drives that are worth every minute.

it must be god if we have returned three times!

  • Stayed January 2017, travelled as a couple
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Etali-Safari, Owner at Etali Safari Lodge, responded to this review, 27 January 2017
Dear Peter,

Thank you very much for taking the time to review your third visit to the lodge. We really do feel that our many return guests form part of our Etali Family and act as a testimony to the great success of the Etali Team. We hope to see you back again soon for visit number 4!

Kind Regards,
Koos and the Etali Team
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California
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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!

  • Stayed January 2017, travelled with family
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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.

  • Stayed January 2017, travelled with family
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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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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 #4 of 23 Speciality Lodging in Madikwe Game Reserve
Price range (per night): R10 223 - R15 322
Hotel Class:5 star — Etali Safari Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 10
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