Tau Game Lodge

Tau Game Lodge

Madikwe Game Reserve

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Tau Game Lodge

Madikwe Game Reserve


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Madikwe Game Reserve is the country's 4th largest game reserve. It is situated in the North West Province and is bordered by Botswana in the north, the spectacular Dwarsberg Mountains to the south, the Marico River to the east. Breeding herds of elephant, white and black rhino, lion, cheetah, spotted and brown hyena, buffalo, leopard, zebra, the endangered wild dogs, giraffe and various antelope species are among the magnificent animals that roam the Reserve. Madikwe is also home to a bird population of over 250 different species.

Tau Game Lodge overlooks a vast natural waterhole, which attracts a variety of game. The lodge was designed to reflect the natural surroundings and makes use of the natural resources wherever possible. The lodge has a comfortable lounge, bar and dining-room which overlook the waterhole. There is also a veranda next to the plunge pool, where delicious buffet breakfasts and lunches are sometimes served, and dinner is served in a cosy boma under the stars.

Thirty luxury thatched chalets are spread out in U-formation on either side of the lodge, offering excellent views of animals approaching the water from the opposite bank. All chalets have views of the game approaching the water hole. Each chalet ensures privacy with its own viewing deck, en-suite bathroom and open-air shower. The décor and furnishings are Africa-inspired and the rooms are also equipped with both air-conditioning and ceiling fans.

The Standard Chalets can only accommodate 2 adults or a single adult. The more spacious Deluxe Chalets, with comfortable seating areas, can accommodate parents and children wishing to share the same room. The sliding doors allow for spectacular views of the breathtaking beautiful tranquillity of the rugged surroundings of the diverse bushveld. The Family Suite and Family Unit both consist of 2 bedrooms which are semi inter-leading and share a comfortable lounge.

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Our standard rates for a Standard Chalet
DatesPriceBasisTypeNights
1 May 2019 to 30 September 2019 GBP 203 USD 246 ZAR 3,712 EUR 222 per person sharingStandard Rate1+ nights
1 October 2019 to 31 October 2019 GBP 273 USD 330 ZAR 4,975 EUR 297 per person sharingStandard Rate1+ nights
1 November 2019 to 31 December 2019 GBP 302 USD 366 ZAR 5,516 EUR 329 per person sharingStandard Rate1+ nights
1 November 2019 to 30 April 2020 GBP 302 USD 366 ZAR 5,516 EUR 329 per person sharingStandard Rate1+ nights
1 May 2020 to 30 September 2020 GBP 226 USD 273 ZAR 4,120 EUR 246 per person sharingStandard Rate1+ nights
1 October 2020 to 31 October 2020 GBP 302 USD 366 ZAR 5,516 EUR 329 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)
DatesPriceBasisTypeNights
1 January 2019 to 31 December 2019 GBP 8 USD 10 ZAR 152 EUR 9 per person per nightStandard1+ nights
1 January 2020 to 31 December 2020 GBP 9 USD 11 ZAR 165 EUR 10 per person per nightStandard1+ nights

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Rates Include

All meals; the Madikwe Conservation Levy; morning and afternoon/evening shared game drives in open Land Rovers; guided safari walks; and tea/coffee are included. IN ADDITION: For self-drive guests, the gate entry fee of R210 per adult/R105 per child (subject to change and payable in cash) to enter the reserve is NOT included. For guests travelling by FedAir, the Madikwe airstrip transfers are included but the landing/departure fees are payable directly to the lodge (currently R280 per adult/R140 per child and subject to change).


Children Policy

Children of any age are welcome. Rates available on request. Children under 6 are not allowed on game drives. 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.


Tau Game Lodge offers a family-friendly children's programme.

Children aged 0-2 years sharing with parents stay free and baby-sitting services are on offer at an extra charge.

Children aged 3 to 5 years old sharing with parents automatically become members of the Tau Cubz Club, which is great fun and includes a short game drive after breakfast just for the kids. After their game drive, children are entertained with treasure hunts and arts and crafts activities. The children are provided with their own Cubz Club backpacks, which are filled with a wildlife activity booklet, which includes an animal sticker checklist, a deputy ranger sticker badge and certificate, (which is signed off by their personal ranger) as well as a special Tau T-shirt.

Further additional Cubz entertainment options are for sale in the Tau Curio Shop, including a Tau Game Lodge Puzzle, animal puzzles, spacious all-purpose children's backpacks, an interactive CD, and board games.

A large playroom is also reserved for children's arts and crafts and other supervised activities.

The chef offers additional child-friendly food to complement the adult meals, including plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables.

Children between 6 and 11 years old can join the adult safaris, they will however also be issued with a special Cubz Club activity booklet and are welcome to join their siblings during the Cubz club activities. ::


Guest Rating: 5.0 / 5.0 based on 18 ratings




Start TestimonialTau - could not fault this lodge, excellent accommodation, food, setting, staff and game drives - we have never seen so much and Ernest our tracker was brilliant always lining up the truck for the best camera shots. Lions feeding and a wild dog kill in front of our deck. Room number 7 was excellent on edge of main dam with the majority of animals coming to the less watered area in front of our room - the only negative was that we could not read as there was too much animal action! End Testimonial

S RIDDICK

Start TestimonialTau Game Lodge at Madikwe Reserve was absolutely superb. Great rooms, very obliging staff, excellent game viewings, everything we could have hoped for.End Testimonial

H MOHER


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Directions For Drivers

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 into the Madikwe Game Reserve. Go past this gate and follow the road past the Wonderboom Gate and the town of Supingstad to the Derdepoort turning on the right. Turn right here and follow the road for approximately 10 km to the Tau Game Lodge Gate. You will have to pay a gate entrance fee of R210 per adult/R105 per child (subject to change and payable in cash) to enter the reserve.

Once you are in the reserve, follow the signs to the lodge. Allow about 10-20 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

The Standard Chalets have an en-suite bathroom and private balcony overlooking the waterhole, and are suitable for solo travellers or 2 adults sharing.

The Deluxe Chalets are suitable for 3 adults or 2 adults and a child and have an en-suite bathroom and private balcony.

The Family Unit consists of 2 chalets which are joined by a communal lounge. Both chalets have en-suite bathrooms. This unit is suitable for parents with children or for 2 couples travelling together.

All rooms have air conditioning, a fan, fridge, tea/coffee making facilities, and a room safe.

The main lodge has a bar, library, pool and a dining room. There is mobile connectivity and internet access.

A laundry service is offered (additional cost).

Credit cards are accepted.

The Tau Spa Oasis offers a range of therapies designed to replenish and soothe body, mind and soul (additional cost).

The Tau Foundation was set up with an eye to funding community development and is delivering tangible results. Guests visiting the lodge are offered the opportunity to visit the local village of Supingstad with a community officer.

Guests also have the opportunity to plant protected tree species and to learn a little about the trees that they are planting, thereby playing an active role in conservation via the Tau Tree Fund.

If you are arriving/departing via FedAir, the lodge is a 45 minute drive away from the airstrip.

If there is an emergency, please call the lodge on +27 (0) 83 262 2013.


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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