I have spent a great deal of,time visiting many different luxury lodges in different reserves of South Africa over many years. I was anxious to go to Madikwe and I chose Etali. The lodge has some attractive features but, in general, it is corporate in feeling. It is impossible to find any intimate spot on the property. The rooms have all the 5star comforts but there is nothing artistic or native about them. The decor could be found anywhere in the world. The restaurant is large and also has a very corporate feel.
The food was good, by no means outstanding.
I did like the topography of the preserve very much and our ranger was excellent. Once again, the reserve has so many vehicles that they have to line up to view special,animals and often they cannot get a place in the queue. This also,gives the entire area a more commercial feel.
I wish they could send the multitude of vehicles in different directions on any given game run so that the guests have more of a feeling of intimacy with nature.
The fact that this reserve is so close to Johannesburg probably accounts for the aspects of it that I did not like.More
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