Madikwe Safari Lodge

The name Madikwe translates as ‘place of blood’, ‘the crocodile’ and ‘wealth’ in the indigenous languages of the area, and as such is synonymous with wilderness. Madikwe has a rich heritage, being first home to the ancient San people, and then to Nguni tribes migrating south. Later, missionaries and cattle farmers settled in the area and eked out an existence in the rugged terrain. In the 19th century, Madikwe was part of the Bechuanaland protectorate, and the land, which now forms the reserve, saw action during the Anglo-Boer War of 1899 – 1902. All these myriad histories and experiences linger at Madikwe, making it a unique space in the Southern African landscape. Today, the reserve is an abundant habitat for flora and fauna, which thrive in this wilderness. The rich red timbres of the African earth are reflected in the warm tones of Madikwe Safari Lodge. Cradled between rolling hills, the suites are clustered in three intimate camps. What has been created is a Lodge which blends with the natural landscape. 

    Suite

    Each spacious suite features a sitting area, a bedroom with circular fireplace, a dressing area with personal bar, and a bathroom with twin hand basins, large bathtub, indoor and outdoor shower, and private w.c. French doors opening onto wooden decking lead to inviting plunge pools. The rooms are organic in design and woven copper screens add intriguing detail.

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    Dithaba Lodge Exclusive Villa

    Every villa features a spacious sitting area, a bedroom with circular fireplace, a dressing area with personal bar, and a bathroom with twin hand basins, large bathtub, indoor and outdoor shower, and private w.c. French doors opening onto wooden decking lead to inviting plunge pools. The rooms are organic in design and woven copper screens add intriguing detail. Triple rooms feature a sofa bed.

      Paid Stay

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      Lelapa Lodge Suite

      Lelapa which means family in the local dialect is exactly that. It has the spirit and comfort of being at a home and is the Lodge where they allow guests of all ages to stay. Each spacious suite features a sitting area, a bedroom with circular fireplace, a dressing area with personal bar, and a bathroom with twin hand basins, large bathtub, indoor and outdoor shower, and private w.c. French doors opening onto wooden decking lead to inviting plunge pools. The rooms are organic in design and woven copper screens add intriguing detail. Triple rooms feature a sofa bed.

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      Kopano Lodge Suite

      Kopano which means “small gathering” comprises only four suites with a beautiful common area offering an intermit and private experience. Each spacious suite features a sitting area, a bedroom with circular fireplace, a dressing area with personal bar, and a bathroom with twin hand basins, large bathtub, indoor and outdoor shower, and private w.c. French doors opening onto wooden decking lead to inviting plunge pools. The rooms are organic in design and woven copper screens add intriguing detail.

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      Dithaba Lodge Suite

      Dithaba, meaning mountain in the local dialect, is located slightly higher up on the mountain and has incredible views over the open plains. This Lodge has only 4 suites. Each spacious suite features a sitting area, a bedroom with circular fireplace, a dressing area with personal bar, and a bathroom with twin hand basins, large bathtub, indoor and outdoor shower, and private w.c. French doors opening onto wooden decking lead to inviting plunge pools. The rooms are organic in design and woven copper screens add intriguing detail.

        Madikwe Safari Lodge Restaurants

        All meals served in the lodge.

          Madikwe Safari Lodge Activities

          Madikwe’s game viewing is of a very high standard, aided by the fact that all guides are in radio contact with one another, and provides regular sightings of zebra, Impala, wildebeest, giraffe, warthog, white rhino, lion, wild dog, elephant, white rhino, brown hyena, and spotted hyena. Along with Buffalo and Black Rhino, Leopard are now seen fairly regularly in the reserve. Sightings in both areas are generally limited to a maximum of 3 vehicles in order to maintain the feeling of exclusivity and to ensure the animals’ well-being. Twice daily game drives - explore a network of tracks that leads through the reserve's various habitats on early morning and late afternoon / evening game drives accompanied by a ranger. The rangers have a deep knowledge of the local wildlife and their habits, and will do their best to cater for guests' specific interests. Track the endangered wild dog or the rarely seen brown hyena. Some of these secretive animals have become accustomed to game drive vehicles and provide regular sightings. Late afternoon game drives often encounter wildlife around the many dams on the reserve. The acacia savanna of Madikwe attracts bushbabies, which can often be spotted leaping from branch to branch on night drives.

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          Lelapa Lodge Family Safaris

          There are many activities available for children including: Family safari drives, bush orientation, bug CSI, dung tracking, track pack with plaster of Paris, baking in the kitchen, making pizzas in the boma, star gazing, games night and much more. For everyone's safety and best interests, there are a few rules that you need to be aware of, and comply with. But we are confident that these will not take anything away from an incredible safari experience for the entire family. No walks for kids under 16 years of age; Unfortunately no safari drives for kids under the age of two years and kids between two and six are only allowed on the late morning family safari drives; The family safari drives for ages two and older depart at 11:00 in winter and 10:00 in summer with duration of approximately two hours.

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