Madikwe Safari Lodge

Madikwe Safari Lodge

Madikwe Game Reserve

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Madikwe Safari Lodge

Madikwe Game Reserve


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Madikwe Safari Lodge is situated in the heart of the malaria-free 75,000 hectare Madikwe Game Reserve. As well as elephant, lion, leopard, rhino and buffalo, the reserve is also home to wild dog, cheetah, plains game including gemsbok, springbok, zebra and giraffe, and over 340 species of birds.

Professional and skilled rangers deliver a world-class interpretive experience of the bush on morning and afternoon game-drives with no more than 8 guests in open safari vehicles.

Set on a gentle slope nestled between 2 rolling hills and overlooking Madikwe's game-filled plains, Madikwe Safari Lodge comprises of 3 separate, intimate lodges - Kopano, Lepala and Dithaba. Kopano Lodge is made up of just 4 suites, and is ideal for couples who want to enjoy their time on safari in seclusion. Lelapa Lodge has 12 suites (including family suites), and Dithaba Lodge is located on a hillside offering spectacular views over the open plains from each of the 4 suites here and can be booked on an exclusive basis with a minimum of 6 guests.

Each suite features a sitting area, a bedroom with circular fireplace, a spacious dressing area with personal bar, and an en-suite bathroom. French doors opening onto wooden decking lead to inviting private plunge pools.

The main guest areas in each camp feature cosy sitting and dining areas, as well as expansive viewing decks. In the evenings, dozens of lanterns cast a romantic light over these intimate and simply sophisticated areas.  Meals can be taken in the dining room, out on the deck, in the boma area or within the wilds of the bush. Romantic private dining experiences can be arranged or dinner can be a social occasion with guests eating around the large communal dining table.

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Our standard rates for a Family Suite (Lepala Lodge)
DatesPriceBasisTypeNights
1 May 2020 to 31 August 2020 GBP 433 USD 546 ZAR 8,882 EUR 477 per person sharingStandard Rate (1-3)1 to 3 nights
1 May 2020 to 31 August 2020 GBP 433 USD 546 ZAR 8,882 EUR 477 per person sharingStay Pay (4/3)4+ nights
1 September 2020 to 30 November 2020 GBP 566 USD 713 ZAR 11,608 EUR 623 per person sharingStandard Rate (1-3)1 to 3 nights
1 September 2020 to 30 November 2020 GBP 566 USD 713 ZAR 11,608 EUR 623 per person sharingStay Pay (4/3)4+ nights
1 December 2020 to 19 December 2020 GBP 433 USD 546 ZAR 8,882 EUR 477 per person sharingStandard Rate (1-3)1 to 3 nights
1 December 2020 to 19 December 2020 GBP 433 USD 546 ZAR 8,882 EUR 477 per person sharingStay Pay (4/3)4+ nights
20 December 2020 to 3 January 2021 GBP 708 USD 892 ZAR 14,513 EUR 779 per person sharingStandard Rate3+ nights
4 January 2021 to 30 April 2021 GBP 541 USD 681 ZAR 11,081 EUR 595 per person sharingStandard Rate (1-3)1 to 3 nights
4 January 2021 to 30 April 2021 GBP 541 USD 681 ZAR 11,081 EUR 595 per person sharingStay Pay (4/3)4+ nights
1 May 2021 to 31 August 2021 GBP 459 USD 579 ZAR 9,414 EUR 505 per person sharingStandard Rate (1-3)1 to 3 nights
1 May 2021 to 31 August 2021 GBP 459 USD 579 ZAR 9,414 EUR 505 per person sharingStay Pay (4/3)4+ nights
1 September 2021 to 30 November 2021 GBP 600 USD 756 ZAR 12,304 EUR 660 per person sharingStandard Rate (1-3)1 to 3 nights
1 September 2021 to 30 November 2021 GBP 600 USD 756 ZAR 12,304 EUR 660 per person sharingStay Pay (4/3)4+ nights
1 December 2021 to 19 December 2021 GBP 459 USD 579 ZAR 9,414 EUR 505 per person sharingStandard Rate (1-3)1 to 3 nights
1 December 2021 to 19 December 2021 GBP 459 USD 579 ZAR 9,414 EUR 505 per person sharingStay Pay (4/3)4+ nights
20 December 2021 to 31 December 2021 GBP 750 USD 946 ZAR 15,385 EUR 826 per person sharingStandard Rate3+ nights

Prices are on a per person sharing basis (pps).

Special offers for longer stays or when booked as part of a longer itinerary may apply - details on request.

In addition to the room rate, guests will also be charged the Madikwe Conservation Levy (pppn)
DatesPriceBasisTypeNights
1 January 2020 to 31 December 2021 GBP 8 USD 10 ZAR 165 EUR 9 per person per nightStandard1+ nights

In addition to the room rate, guests will also be charged the Madikwe Gate Entrance Fee (pp per entry)
DatesPriceBasisTypeNights
1 January 2019 to 31 December 2020 GBP 10 USD 13 ZAR 210 EUR 11 pp per entryStandard1+ nights

In addition to the room rate, guests will also be charged the Madikwe Landing/Departure Fee (per person) only if arriving/leaving by air
DatesPriceBasisTypeNights
1 January 2020 to 31 December 2021 GBP 14 USD 17 ZAR 280 EUR 15 per personStandard1+ nights

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Rates Include

All meals; tea/coffee; the Madikwe Conservation Levy; the Madikwe Gate entry fee/FedAir landing/departure fee (if applicable); 2 daily scheduled shared game drives; optional daily bush walks; house wines, local branded spirits and beers, soft drinks and bottled water; and a laundry service are included.


Children Policy

Lelapa Lodge: Children of any age are welcome. Dithaba and Kopano Lodge: Children aged 16 years and older are welcome, unless the lodge is booked exclusively then children of all ages are welcome. Children under 6 are not allowed on game drives, but shortened game drives (FOC) may be arranged with the lodge subject to availability of Land Rovers and rangers. Children aged 6 to 11 are allowed on game drives at the Lodge Manager's discretion. Babysitting services are available.


Bush Walks / Walking Safaris

Children under the age of 16 years are not permitted on guided walks in the reserve.  Guests over 60 years old wishing to join a guided walk are required to have a letter or certificate from their doctor confirming they are in good health and are physically fit to do the walk. A  guided walk can last a couple of hours and involve walking over uneven terrain that may contain dangerous wildlife in potentially high temperatures. Guests may need to move quickly and for a sustained period through rough bush terrain if instructed to do so by their guide.

Regardless of age or the provision of a doctors certificate, the final decision on whether a guest can join a guided walk remains with the guide and lodge manager.


Special Offers

 

Madikwe Safari Lodge: LoveMORE Honeymoon Offer

Honeymoon Deal
Madikwe Safari Lodge: LoveMORE Honeymoon Offer Gomo Gomo Game Lodge

Code: SAF-04977


Stay for 3 nights at Madikwe Safari Lodge on honeymoon and one of the happy couple will receive 20% off their accommodation.

Valid:   1 April 2020  -  30 April 2022.

Book Before:   27 April 2022.

Applicable for newlyweds on their honeymoon. Offer is valid for a year after date of marriage, marriage certificate to be provided. Promotions cannot be combined. Not available for travel from 20 December2020 to 03 January 2021 and 20 December 2021 to 03 January 2022.

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Madikwe Safari Lodge will welcome your family with open arms. You will be shown to your family's accommodation, and you can get settled into your room.

From then on, Madikwe Safari Lodge offers a host of fascinating and entertaining activities for children, bringing alive the magic of a safari. Every minute is supervised by rangers and camp staff, who provide hours of amusement and invaluable information to the children in their care.

Your children will each receive a Planet Manager backpack, filled with surprises and containing an Eco-guide - a fantastic interactive booklet that encourages the conservation of the planet's precious natural resources. Throughout your stay at the lodge, your ranger will help the children to complete their guides, taking them out into the bush to collect feathers, pods, insects and leaves. At the end of your stay, the children will each receive a certificate declaring them official Planet Managers.

Children will witness the regions's rich wildlife, including the famous Big 5 (from a distance, not close to) and the not-so-famous Little 5, and they will try their luck at spotting the lodges's 10 'Star birds'. The children will also learn why elephants have long noses, and why giraffes have long necks !

After lunch, the children will be invited to the kitchen to help cookies for afternoon tea, and the chef will encourage them to get stuck in, be creative and have fun. In the meantime, parents can indulge in an afternoon siesta !

Dinners are a true highlight, with an abundance of flavours and textures on offer. Early meals can be arranged, with a specialised children's menu - chicken skewers, sausage and mash, homemade pasta with fresh tomato sauce, and ice cream with hot toffee sauce. Delicious Pan African dinner platters are served in the dining area or perhaps in an outdoor boma under starry African skies. A special children's table is set aside in the boma, where children can share their own campfire complete with marshmallows for roasting - always under the ranger's watchful eye.

The children will be enchanted by an abundance of adventures suited to their unique likes and dislikes. The ranger can take them on fishing or frogging safaris to explore some of the small wonders of the bush, or they can go on a bark-rubbing expedition and a bug hunt. They can visit the workshop to oversee maintenance to the safari vehicles, or they can learn how to make recycled paper, or spend time in the sun painting. Or perhaps they would enjoy a guided 'Pooh' walk to indentify animal droppings, spoor, animal species, trees and vegetation. Or go on a special children's picnic.

The options really are endless !


All of the holidays we prepare are tailor-made, but this might give you an idea of how Madikwe Safari Lodge can be included in you own dream holiday.

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Destination: South Africa and Mauritius.

The honeymoon starts as soon as you hop aboard a light aircraft and fly directly into the heart of the Madikwe Game Reserve for a 3 night safari. Madikwe’s wooded hills give way to savannah and Kalahari plains, roamed by all of the Big Five and countless other mammals. Look up and you will see hundreds of resident and migrant birds gracing its skies. Coupled with the reserve being malaria-free, this all makes for a special place to explore before you head to Mauritius to enjoy a week relaxing on the beach where you can escape back through time and enjoy the romance of yesteryear at your 5* hotel. 

This is a 11 night itinerary including Madikwe Game Reserve, Johannesburg and Mauritius.

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*Prices are per person and are based on today's exchange rates. Exchange rates are subject to change and are updated daily.

Prices exclude international flights - ask us if you would like to include these.




Guest Rating: 4.8 / 5.0 based on 11 ratings




Start TestimonialThe Madikwe Safari Lodge was just the most stunning place and dare I say well worth the money. I would recommend it in a heartbeat! The level of service was exceptional, game drives were incredible and the effort the lodge put in making us feel special and introduce a warm and romantic atmosphere (including bush dinners, romantic dinners and various surprises) was really special. We saw 4 out of the Big 5 and despite the leopard and the painted dogs being elusive we did see a cheetah and a price of lions with their prey. Unforgettable experience! End Testimonial

A MACZAK

Start TestimonialMadikwe was magical. The level of service and the facilities were as good as anything either of us has ever experienced.End Testimonial

P BOUCHER

Start TestimonialWe had a fantastic holiday and Madikwe Safari Lodge was definitely the shining star - our ranger was simply brilliant with the children and we were made to feel completely at home from the moment we arrived.End Testimonial

A MCGILL

Start TestimonialMadikwe was our favourite place - it was beautiful (a lovely place to be in even without the animals). We had a fantastic ranger (Ken), who made the whole safari exciting, special and he did not give up finding different animals and birds and in different situations. The staff there worked as a team and they never stopped surprising us with little extras. Absolutely fabulous. End Testimonial

G MILNER

Start TestimonialMadikwe Safari Lodge was incredible! Highly recommended.End Testimonial

R HILDEBRAND

Start TestimonialOur holiday was absolutely fantastic! Madikwe Safari Lodge was lovely, the service was impeccable, and the staff couldn’t do enough to make sure we enjoyed ourselves. Our ranger was brilliant, and we saw so many animals. The safari was by far the best part of our holiday, thank you so much for organizing our trip to Madikwe, everything was exactly as promised, but better.End Testimonial

J ERENS

Start TestimonialI wanted to thank you very much for your assistance with my recent trip to Madikwe Safari Lodge. We had a marvellous time. I was very impressed with the accuracy and care in your recommending the lodge, internal flights and with your attentiveness generally, which was much appreciated.End Testimonial

M BARNES

Start TestimonialThanks for the welcome back to soggy, dull, miserable & chilly England. All the arrangements you made for us went perfectly; from being met at the airport, to our transfer back. I don't think you could have possibly suggested a better place for us than Madikwe, nor a more wonderful lodge and company than CC Africa's Madikwe Safari Lodge. Truly, truly fantastic & memorable experience. Thank you for all your invaluable help and advice.End Testimonial

M ALLCOCK

Start TestimonialI am just returning your email to say what a wonderful holiday we had both at the Palace Hotel but especially at Madikwe Safari Lodge. We were so well looked after and every need catered for, we saw all animals except a leopard but that will have to be next time! The transfers were good and all on time. The Palace was as good as i remembered it and as I said Madikwe was delightful and would be difficult to surpass. On that note we are open to suggestions for future years? Once again thanks for all your help towards a memorable visit.End Testimonial

R MILLER

Start TestimonialJust a short note the thanks you for organising what turned out to be the best holiday we have ever had. Madikwe Safari Lodge was perfect. Annette’s birthday could not have been made more special, never mind the cake, they brought in a choir for her, she was in tears. The next day when we checked out they brought out the choir again and I nearly was. Klein Oliphants was brilliant. Cape Grace was fabulous as was our meal in Baia. I could get used to this. Please rest assured that we will be singing your praises and recommending your services every chance that we get.End Testimonial

J KRAFT


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Madikwe Safari Lodge Location.

Directions For Drivers

PLEASE NOTE: The main gates open at 06:00 and close at 21:00. Guests who arrive after sunset will not be allowed to self-drive to the lodge. The lodge will send a representative to escort guests to the lodge at an additional cost. SUGGESTION: Refuel at Sun Village/Zeerust as there is no fuel available inside the reserve. DO NOT follow your GPS after Zeerust/Sun City - it will take you on the wrong roads.

From Johannesburg Airport via N4 tar road: Follow the R21 north, to Pretoria (Tshwane) through Kempton Park. After 40 km follow N1 north to Pretoria (Tshwane), Pietersburg (Polokwane). After about 12 km, take N4 west into Pretoria (Tshwane), to Rustenburg or Hartebeespoort Dam. Follow the N4 to Hartebeespoort Dam.

Take the N4 to Zeerust past Brits, Rustenberg, and Swartruggens. Zeerust is approximately 220 km from Pretoria. In Zeerust turn right on the R47/R49 to Gaborone/Madikwe Game Reserve. After +/- 90 km you will see a sign on the right for the Abjaterskop Gate of the Madikwe Game Reserve.

Once you are in the reserve, follow the signs to the lodge. Allow about 30-60 minutes to drive from the gate to the lodge.

Do not get out of your car until you reach the lodge. You may see some wildlife on your way - if you do, slow down and maintain a good distance. Do not drive off-road in any circumstances.

From Sun City via N4 tar road: Turn right from as you leave Sun City onto the R565. After a few km you will come to a junction with the R565 to the left, and the R556 signposted straight ahead. Turn left here to keep on the R565 signposted Phokeng and Rustenberg, and it is 38 km from here to the junction with the N4 tar road.

When you reach the N4, turn right onto the road (signposted Swartruggens and Zeerust) and continue for around 130 km on this road to Zeerust. In Zeerust turn right on the R47/R49 and follow the directions as above.

From Johannesburg or Sun City via gravel roads: There is a gravel road from Sun City to Madikwe - this route is a lot shorter than the current tar road route, however as the roads are gravel and the signs to Madikwe are rather inconsistent, we would not really recommend this route to customers.

Should you wish to return to Sun City or Johannesburg using the gravel roads, the lodge will be able to supply you with a map and directions.



General Information For Guests

All rooms have a fan, an outdoor and indoor shower, air conditioning, a fireplace, telephone, room safe, minibar, and a hair dryer.

Satellite television is available in all camps - in the main guest areas only.

Only Lelapa Lodge has complimentary Wi-Fi (public areas only).

Activities available include game drives (6 guests per vehicle), bush walks, wildlife lectures, stargazing and local community experiences.

Visa, MasterCard and Diners credit cards are accepted.

A laundry service is available.

If you are arriving/departing via FedAir, the lodge is a 10 minute drive away from the airstrip.


Lelapa Lodge - Consists of 12 suites each with a private plunge pool. The Family Suites have a second bedroom with bunk beds and sleeper couch. The main lodge area has a communal pool. The lodge is suitable for children of all ages and for disabled travellers (with assistance). Children activities and babysitting services are available.

Kopano Lodge - 4 suites each with a private plunge pool. No communal pool area. The main lodge area has an open plan lounge and dining area. Children of 16 years and over are welcome. Not suitable for disabled travellers. Only 6 people per game viewing vehicle.

Dithaba Lodge - 4 suites each with a private plunge pool. Best suited to a group of friends or family members. The main lodge area has an open plan lounge and dining area. Children of 16 and over are welcome unless the lodge is booked exclusively. Not suitable for disabled travellers. Only 6 people per game viewing vehicle.


Please be advised that the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), terrestrial UAVs, as well as aerial UAVs (or drones) is prohibited. This policy includes the lodge's own staff as well as professional photographers.


Bush Walks / Walking Safaris

Children under the age of 16 years are not permitted on guided walks in the reserve.  Guests over 60 years old wishing to join a guided walk are required to have a letter or certificate from their doctor confirming they are in good health and are physically fit to do the walk. A  guided walk can last a couple of hours and involve walking over uneven terrain that may contain dangerous wildlife in potentially high temperatures. Guests may need to move quickly and for a sustained period through rough bush terrain if instructed to do so by their guide.

Regardless of age or the provision of a doctors certificate, the final decision on whether a guest can join a guided walk remains with the guide and lodge manager.


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