Royal Madikwe Safari Lodge

Royal Madikwe Safari Lodge

Madikwe Game Reserve

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Royal Madikwe Safari Lodge

Madikwe Game Reserve


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Royal Madikwe is a luxury lodge catering to discerning families and groups of friends, in the heart of the Madikwe Game Reserve overlooking a busy waterhole.

Herds of buffalo and elephant, prides of lion, solitary rhino (black and white), illusive leopard and great antelope roam the reserve untroubled, whilst wildlife fanatics will delight in seeing more rare and unusual species, such as the brown hyena and aardvark.

Given the exclusive use nature of the property, daily activities are entirely driven by guest preferences and schedules. Experienced rangers guide safari activities in open 4x4 vehicles, and recommend an early morning and evening excursions for the optimum opportunity to spot the resident game. In addition, bush walks, photographic trips, star gazing evenings or cultural tours of Gaborone can be arranged.

Royal Madikwe can accommodate up to 10 guests and there is the option to book either individual rooms (over non-peak periods only) OR the entire lodge. The stunning main lodge is an open-sided, thatched area with a stylish lounge, magnificent dining room, well appointed library and broad elevated decks from which to view the mighty savannah beyond.

All of the rooms boast spacious en-suite bathrooms with large bathtubs and rain showers, along with a peaceful alfresco lounge, private viewing deck, a sunken plunge pool, and outdoor showers with views of the reserve.

The Lenyalo Suite overlooks a nearby waterhole, and is an excellent option for couples celebrating their honeymoon, an anniversary, or those simply in search of a special getaway.

The 2 bedroom Emperor Suite and Royal Villa are ideal for families with younger children. They each have their own private dining area and comfortable lounges allowing flexibility throughout your stay.

Exclusive to just 6 guests, the Sovereign House is perfect for either groups of friends or families. In addition to a sophisticated glass cellar with a selection of award winning wines, the house features 3 luxurious bedrooms, open living areas, viewing decks, an outdoor dining area, and a crystal clear plunge pool surrounded by lounging spaces and daybeds.

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Our standard rates for a Luxury Suite
DatesPriceBasisTypeNights
1 February 2020 to 31 January 2021 GBP 519 USD 679 ZAR 10,632 EUR 596 per person sharingStandard Rate2+ nights
1 February 2020 to 31 January 2021 GBP 519 USD 679 ZAR 10,632 EUR 596 per person sharingStandard Rate (2-2)2 nights
1 February 2020 to 31 January 2021 GBP 519 USD 679 ZAR 10,632 EUR 596 per person sharingStay Pay (3/2)3+ 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 2020 GBP 8 USD 11 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 12 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 2020 GBP 14 USD 18 ZAR 280 EUR 16 per personStandard1+ nights

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Rates Include

All meals (breakfast, lunch or high tea and dinner); bottled water; tea/coffee; fresh juices with breakfast; game drive beverages and snacks; the Madikwe Conservation Levy; the Madikwe Gate entry fee/FedAir landing/departure fee (if applicable); transfers to/from Madikwe Western Airstrip; 2 game drives daily; and bush walks if in place of game drives are included. PLEASE NOTE: All other drinks are NOT included.


Children Policy

Children of any age are welcome. Rates available on request. Special childrens activities and facilities are offered.


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.


Royal Madikwe is unlike other luxury safari destinations and welcomes families with children of all ages. Due to the exclusivity that the lodge offers, families can relax and feel at home. Children are stimulated, educated and entertained by their African Bush surroundings and by the warm, friendly team.

Royal Madikwe encourages family game drives rather than separate kiddie's drives, as a safari is the perfect family experience for all to share and game drives can be designed to suit all interests and wishes. The knowledgeable rangers are very personable and will assess and evaluate which sightings the children would enjoy. Many safari lodges do not offer the Big 5 experience to younger children but as each Safari Kid is different the lodge prefers not to::presume but rather to wait and see.

However the lodge knows that Mum and Dad may want to enjoy some solitude during the long and languid Madikwe afternoons, so they offer a nanny to keep the Safari Kids entertained with educational, interactive and fun activities.

Meals are discussed on a daily basis with the chefs and menus are designed to suit even the choosiest of appetites. Earlier meal times can be arranged for children, and during Mum and Dad's dinner the kids can be taken care of with cookies and story telling to unwind after their eventful bush day.

No set itinerary is offered but rather decided upon arrival at Royal Madikwe. Some of the fun activities & games offered at the lodge include face painting, African beading and jewellery making, T-shirt painting, bush baking, identifying different animal tracks, board games, educational reading books and wildlife DVDs.

Any special requests other than the above should be arranged prior to arrival.

A nanny is available in between game drives and during meal times but should guests require a full time nanny, the lodge would need to be informed prior to arrival. Nannies accommodation is available should guests prefer to bring their own nanny.


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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. 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. 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.

Continue on this road past the Abjaterskop Gate for 7 km. You will find a small thatched gate (Wonderboom Gate) on the right into the reserve - turn in here.

Once you are in the reserve, follow the signs to the lodge. Allow between 20-30 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 of the suites/villas are en-suite with rain showers, large bathtub and outdoor showers. They each have a viewing deck, lounge area, a plunge pool/jacuzzi, air conditioning/heating, a hairdryer, dressing gowns, mosquito nets, Bluetooth speaker, in-room safe, mini bar and tea/coffee making facilities.

The Sovereign House has 3 bathrooms with rain showers and one bathtub. It also has one shared outside shower.

The Emperor Suite has a private dining space, comfortable TV lounge and an elegant sunken lounge. There is no outside deck.

The Royal Villa has an alfresco lounge, a kitchen, dining room with a fireplace and a TV lounge.

The lodge has a restaurant, bar, library and TV room, a swimming pool and private dining areas.

There is a shaded outdoor area with limited exercise equipment.

Complimentary Wi-Fi is provided. There is mobile/cell phone connectivity.

Activities that are available include game drives and bush walks.

Bush walks must be pre-booked and are dependent on availability.

Activities that are available at an additional cost include traditional drumming and dancing, star gazing, and cultural tours of Gabarone (Pre-booking essential).

In-room massages can also be arranged (additional cost).

A laundry service is available (additional cost).

American Express, Visa and MasterCard credit cards are accepted.

If you are arriving/departing via FedAir, the lodge is a 30 minute drive away from the airstrip.


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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