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Reviewed 21 March 2018 via mobile

The lodge is situated on a breathtakingly beautiful spot on a hill with amazing views of the Madikwe Game Reserve. It's small and quaint serving only 20 odd guests. The rooms are huge at 150m2 and truly luxurious with all the modern amenities expected of a 5 star lodge. With outside plunge pool on the deck, and a really cool outside shower. Food was beyond amazing and there was no shortage of it, luckily there is a gym if you feel like burning off some calories. It truly is such a magical peaceful spot that will completely clear your mind of all your worries of your world. The most romantic place for a couple with candlelit dinners to rose pettles around your bubble bath. Game drives were amazing and the reserve is gorgeous and open. Each game drive was filled with some action and excitement. Thanks again to Hannes the lodge manager and his team they were all extremely professional, friendly and attentive. I would highly recommend this place and we were sad to leave. Will be back again soon.

Date of stay: March 2018
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank MJRaddall
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HannesMadikweHills, General Manager at Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 22 March 2018

Dear MJRaddall,

Thank you very much for your kind and descriptive review! It was a real pleasure to have you here and we hope to see you again soon.

Regards,

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Reviewed 19 March 2018 via mobile

My husband and I spent two wonderful nights at the Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge. After a short drive up the hill we reached the stunning facade of the lodge. We were greeted with a warm towel and a delicious drink. Our room was gorgeous and massive. It included a sitting area, bedroom, huge bathroom, deck, and plunge pool, all decorated beautifully. From our window we could watch the elephants drinking from a water hole. We had two drives a day, led by our amazing and knowledgeable guide Althi and excellent tracker Sidney. They made sure we were treated to seeing many animals, including zebras, elephants, giraffes, lions, cheetahs, and more. Each drive included a break with drinks and snacks. The food was very good. The service excellent. All in all, a memorable experience in South Africa.

Date of stay: March 2018
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank zellaludwig
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HannesMadikweHills, General Manager at Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 20 March 2018

Dear zellaludwig,

Thank you very much for your review!
A gin and tonic out in the bushveld just tastes so much better than anywhere else!

We hope to see you again soon.

Regards,

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Reviewed 22 February 2018

Our first Safari as a family of 6 and WOW! WOW! WOW!

This place is incredible and in my experience beyond comparison.

With only 24 guests, cavernous beautiful accommodation fit for Kings, truly amazing staff, I don't think this can be beaten.

And we have been to some nice places!

Situated in Madikwe and home to over 10,000 animals including the Big 5 AND the rare Wild Dogs, Hannes and his team took care of our every need with skill and kindness like you can only find in your own home.

Too many superlatives to mention...

Food and drink outstanding
Service Incredible
Safari drives brilliant and not just tick the box, but amazing behaviours
BOMA wonderful
Milky Way like I have never seen before (or will likely see again)

A huge thank you to Hannes and the team, and a special shout out to Jaces our Ranger and Max our Tracker.

Brilliant!

Date of stay: February 2018
Thank TheHipki
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HannesMadikweHills, General Manager at Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 14 March 2018

Dear TheHipki,

Thank you so much for all the compliments! When people enjoy it as much as you do then it makes it so much more fun for us as well!
We hope to see you again soon.

Regards,

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Reviewed 21 February 2018

This place is a gem. Not far from Joburg (opt for the flight there; it's exciting) and simply stunning. Our villa had a private pool and the villa was so large I frankly got lost. The safaris were the best in South Africa - the staff is more excited that the guests at time to find animals to view. Best vacation ever.

Date of stay: March 2017
Thank ugagrad
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HannesMadikweHills, General Manager at Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 14 March 2018

Dear ugagrad,

Hehehe, it is easy to be excited when one loves what one does!
Thank you for your lovely review and we hope to see you again soon!

Regards,

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Reviewed 12 February 2018 via mobile

From the moment we arrived we never wanted to leave. The staff were absolutely fantastic and everyone went out of their way to ensure we stayed in absolute luxury and never wanted for anything. The rooms were completely private, even down to the individual pools outside each room and beautifully appointed- every little detail had been thought about. Althi, our guide made sure we didn’t spend too much time lazing around in the rooms, with the early morning call at 4.45 am but once we got out on game drives watching the sunrise and spotting game she was soon forgiven! She and her spotter, Sidney, ensured that we saw a vast array of game - we even got to see the wild dogs hunting. We just have to come back to find a leopard...
The food was delicious - there was always a good selection and plenty of it - we could have eaten about 10 times a day so no chance of anyone going hungry. In fact it was just as well we had access to the gym.
We have done glamping before which was exciting but this was definitely the way to “do” safari if you don’t want to be quite so close to the animals but still hear them right outside.
Thank you very much Hanes and your team. You gave us an amazing and unforgettable experience.

Date of stay: January 2018
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Thank Fiona B
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HannesMadikweHills, General Manager at Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 13 February 2018

Dear Fiona,

Thank you very much for your kind review and all the compliments!

4h45 is indeed early, but definitely worth it! And then you can have a nice siesta after breakfast!

We hope to see you again soon!

Regards,

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