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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 in open safari vehicles.

Set on a gentle slope nestled between 2 rolling hills and 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 boma is the setting for evocative starlit dinners, with delicious and unique regional cuisine, simply prepared with an African flavour.

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 is 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.

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Our standard rates for a Family Suite (Lepala Lodge)
DatesPriceBasisRate NameNights
1 September 2017 to 30 November 2017 GBP £ 491 US$ 644 ZAR 8,475 EUR 545 ppsStandard Rate1+ nights
1 December 2017 to 17 December 2017 GBP £ 376 US$ 492 ZAR 6,485 EUR 417 ppsStandard Rate (1-2)1 to 2 nights
1 December 2017 to 17 December 2017 GBP £ 376 US$ 492 ZAR 6,485 EUR 417 ppsStay Pay (3/2)3+ nights
18 December 2017 to 3 January 2018 GBP £ 565 US$ 740 ZAR 9,750 EUR 627 ppsStandard Rate3+ nights
4 January 2018 to 10 January 2018 GBP £ 491 US$ 644 ZAR 8,475 EUR 545 ppsStandard Rate1+ nights
11 January 2018 to 30 April 2018 GBP £ 500 US$ 655 ZAR 8,620 EUR 555 ppsStandard Rate1+ nights
1 May 2018 to 31 August 2018 GBP £ 425 US$ 557 ZAR 7,330 EUR 472 ppsStay Pay (4/3)4+ nights
1 May 2018 to 31 August 2018 GBP £ 425 US$ 557 ZAR 7,330 EUR 472 ppsStandard Rate (1-3)1 to 3 nights
1 September 2018 to 30 November 2018 GBP £ 555 US$ 727 ZAR 9,575 EUR 616 ppsStandard Rate1+ nights
1 December 2018 to 17 December 2018 GBP £ 425 US$ 557 ZAR 7,330 EUR 472 ppsStandard Rate1+ nights
18 December 2018 to 31 December 2018 GBP £ 639 US$ 837 ZAR 11,015 EUR 709 ppsStandard Rate3+ nights
18 December 2018 to 3 January 2019 GBP £ 639 US$ 837 ZAR 11,015 EUR 709 ppsStandard Rate3+ nights
4 January 2019 to 30 April 2019 GBP £ 575 US$ 753 ZAR 9,915 EUR 638 ppsStandard 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.

All meals; tea/coffee; the Madikwe Guest Conservation Contribution; 2 daily scheduled shared game drives; house wines, local branded spirits and beers, soft drinks and bottled water; and a laundry service are included. PLEASE NOTE: For guests arriving by FedAir, the landing fees are not included and are payable directly to the lodge - currently ZAR 55 per person but subject to change.

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.

Suggested Itineraries

South Africa Splendour

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.

12 day itinerary including The Blue Train, Madikwe Game Reserve, The Cape Winelands, Hermanus, Cape Town and Pretoria.


Prices from pp*
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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 10 ratings

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Madikwe Safari Lodge Location

Directions For Drivers

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. You will have to pay a cash entrance fee of R180 per adult and R80 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.

General Information For Guests

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

A laundry service is available (additional cost).

Wi-Fi is available in the main guest areas only.

Visa, MasterCard and Diners credit cards are accepted.

Please be advised that the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), terrestrial UAVs, as well as aerial UAVs (or drones) is prohibited for the following reasons:-

1. The lodge is committed to ensuring that all guests and wildlife are not disturbed, where practically possible, by artificial mechanisms of any kind;
2. Security concerns around rhino poaching;
3. The use of recreational drones is prohibited in terms of Section101 of SA Civil Aviation Regulations 2015.

This policy includes the lodge's own staff as well as professional photographers.

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