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Madikwe River Lodge

Madikwe Game Reserve

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Surrounded by 75,000 hectares of malaria-free African bushveld, Madikwe River Lodge is ideally positioned on the Groot Marico River in the heart of the 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.

Madikwe River Lodge is a child-friendly establishment, and children of all ages are welcome. The main lodge has a beautiful swimming pool with sun deck, a rock pool, and a curio shop. For guests, the African adventure here is both rewarding and relaxing.

Game drives and bush walks are conducted daily, and although children under the age of 8 years are not permitted on the standard game drives, specialised Children's Drives are offered. The experienced game rangers share their intimate knowledge of the bush, allowing guests to discover the mystery of the acacia bushveld, enjoy a myriad of birdlife and experience the thrill of observing the majestic Big 5 in their natural habitat.

Madikwe River Lodge offers comfortable accommodation in 16 split-level thatched chalets.

Each chalet is individually decorated to create a rich African feel, and offer an en-suite bathroom and shower, ceiling fans, and a private wooden viewing deck overlooking the river.

The family rooms have twin beds and an additional sleeper couch. Cots are available on request, as well as a babysitting service.

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Our standard rates for a Standard Family Room
1 October 2020 to 31 March 2021 GBP 278 USD 350 ZAR 5,698 EUR 306 per person sharingStandard Rate1+ nights
1 April 2021 to 30 September 2021 GBP 221 USD 279 ZAR 4,537 EUR 243 per person sharingStandard Rate1+ nights
1 October 2021 to 31 December 2021 GBP 278 USD 350 ZAR 5,698 EUR 306 per person sharingStandard Rate1+ 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)
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)
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
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; the Madikwe Conservation Levy; the Madikwe Gate entry fee/FedAir landing/departure fee (if applicable);and morning/afternoon shared game drives are included.

Children Policy

Children of any age are welcome. Rates available on request. Children under the age of 6 years are not permitted on the standard game drives, but special children's drives are offered. Babysitting services are available.

Guest Rating: 4.5 / 5.0 based on 4 ratings

Start TestimonialMadikwe River Lodge was spot on for families, although the cot was old and they did not have any highchair for dining - a bit disappointed but the manager has assured me that they will buy them soon. A bit late for us. Otherwise, the staff were friendly and the safari trips were great.End Testimonial


Start TestimonialMadikwe River Lodge - friendly, knowledgeable staff, excellent rooms and food. Travel Butlers - Very friendly, personalised advice and very prompt reply to queries. We thoroughly enjoyed our trip and I would happily recommend Travel Butlers and Madikwe River Lodge!End Testimonial


Start TestimonialExcellent service from Travel Butlers. Accommodation was very good; safari at Madikwe memorable made all the better by our guide/ranger Sharle; Le Franschhoek 5 star with superb food. Recommending you to a colleague who is planning a trip to SA - they may contact you within next few weeks.End Testimonial


Start TestimonialI would like to just say a huge THANK YOU for recommending Madikwe River Lodge as we had the most fantastic holiday ever!!! Sun City was great and the accommodation was lovely. The game drives were spectacular - so many lions, impala, giraffe.......the list goes on. We saw 4 out of the Big 5, with the leopard being the shyest. I didn't expect to see it so I wasn't disappointed - the giraffe more than made up for it. Anyway, thanks once again for all your help in organising our trip of a lifetime - I just wish that we could go again real soon.End Testimonial


Start TestimonialJust wanted to let you know we had a fantastic holiday & thank you for your help arranging the safari and accommodation. The safari in particular was superb & I would definitely recommend the Madikwe River Lodge to anyone. It was excellent in every way - rooms, food, staff and game drives. We were so well looked after and they were very accommodating with the children who all had a ball.End Testimonial


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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. 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. Turn right here and enter the Reserve.

Via Abjaterskop Gate: Enter the reserve through this gate, and the gate guards will give you directions to the lodge. Once in the reserve, follow the Derdepoort Gate signs for just over 32 km, and then you will see the signs for Madikwe River Lodge. Turn right, and then follow the road for 3 km to the lodge entrance gate. The gate guards will also contact the lodge so they know that you are on your way and are prepared for your arrival.

From Kopfontein Border Post: After you have completed the border formalities and crossed into South Africa, continue on the R49 for just over 16 km and then turn left into the Abjaterskop Gate. From here, follow the directions above.

From Pioneer Gate/Skilpadshek Border Post: Once you have completed the border formalities and crossed into South Africa, continue on the N4 for 51 km all the way to Zeerust. Once you have entered Zeerust, turn left on the R49 to Gaborone/Madikwe Game Reserve, and continue on this road for around 84 km before turning right into the Abjaterskop Gate. From here, follow the directions above.

General Information For Guests

Madikwe River lodge provides accommodation in 16 split-level, secluded, thatched chalets situated on the banks of the Groot Marico River.

Each luxury chalet has air conditioning, en-suite bathroom with shower and bath, private deck, mini bar and tea/coffee making facilities.

There is a swimming pool.

Wi-Fi is available in the reception area only.

Outdoor catering is a main part of life at Madikwe River Lodge, and, weather permitting, meals are usually served outdoors. Dinner is served in the Island Boma or in the lodge dining room, lunch is served on the main lodge deck, whilst breakfast is served in the dining room or outdoor deck. The summer months allow for the added experience of bush dinners and bush breakfasts, which can be arranged on request.

Activities that are available include morning/afternoon game drives and bird watching. 

Guided bush walks can also be arranged on request (additional cost).

If you are arriving/departing via FedAir, the lodge is a 20 minute drive away from the airstrip.

Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Diners Club credit cards are accepted.

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