Madikwe Safari Lodge
Madikwe Game Reserve
Madikwe Safari Lodge is situated in the heart of the malaria-free 76,000 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.
Set on a gentle slope nestled between 2 rolling hills, Madikwe Safari Lodge comprises of 3 separate, intimate camps - West, North and East. Professional and skilled rangers deliver a world-class interpretive experience of the bush on morning and afternoon game-drives in open safari vehicles.
Overlooking Madikwe's game-filled plains, 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.
The nearby boma is the setting for evocative starlit dinners, with delicious and unique regional cuisine, simply prepared with an African flavour.
There are 17 chalets, split between the North and East camps. Each chalet 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 very private West Camp, which consists of just 4 suites, can be booked on an exclusive basis, which is ideal for friends or families travelling together.
|Our standard rates for a Chalet|
|1 September 2014 to 18 December 2014||GBP £ 321 US$ 527 ZAR 5,700 EUR 408||pps||Standard Rate||1+ nights|
|19 December 2014 to 4 January 2015||GBP £ 369 US$ 605 ZAR 6,550 EUR 469||pps||Standard Rate||3+ nights|
|5 January 2015 to 11 January 2015||GBP £ 321 US$ 527 ZAR 5,700 EUR 408||pps||Standard Rate||1+ 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.
All meals, tea/coffee, 2 scheduled game drives, house wines, local brand spirits and beers, soft drinks and bottled water and a laundry service are included. PLEASE NOTE: For self-drive visitors, the cash entrance fee of R150 per adult and R100 per child (subject to change) to enter the reserve is NOT included. For guests arriving and departing via FedAir, the landing/departure fees are also excluded and are payable directly to the lodge (rates on request).
Children of any age are welcome. Rates available on request. 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. Children under 12 are not allowed on bush walks. Babysitting services are available.
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.
This deluxe 12-day holiday is a sophisticated slice of South Africa's highlights. It's a really varied journey, giving you everything from city culture to picturesque vineyards, coastal villages and a Big Five safari.
After relaxing in the stunning countryside of the Cape Winelands and looking out for whale pods and playful dolphins from the cliffs of Hermanus, you'll spend 3 nights in Cape Town, where you'll fall in love with the laid back atmosphere and natural beauty of the city. Then, you'll step aboard the magnificent Blue Train for an overnight that's out-of-this-world. When you arrive, you'll head for the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve, nestled against the border with Botswana, where you'll stay in a luxury lodge overlooking the wildlife-filled plains.
12 day itinerary.
*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 6 ratings
Madikwe 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.
Madikwe Safari Lodge was incredible! Highly recommended.
Our 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.
I 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.
Thanks 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.
I 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.
Just 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.
General Information For Guests
Children 5 years and younger cannot participate in the regular game drives nor nature walks outside the boundaries of the lodge. Children 6 to 11 years of age will be permitted to participate in the regular game drives at the discretion of the lodge manager and/or ranger, but cannot participate in nature walks outside the boundaries of the lodge. Shortened game drives may be arranged (FOC) with the lodge subject to availability of land rovers and rangers. These services cannot be pre-booked.
Early dinners for children are always available.
Child minders are available in the evenings as well as during game-drives but must be booked on the day of arrival at the lodge and payment is made directly to the lodge on departure.
SUGGESTION: Refuel at Sun Village/Zeerust as there is no fuel available inside the reserve.
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. You will have to pay a cash entrance fee of R150 per adult and R100 per child (subject to change) to enter the 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.
Madikwe Safari Lodge Map
This map was supplied by Madikwe Safari Lodge.
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