About Madikwe Game Reserve


It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the official website of the Madikwe Game Reserve.

As CEO of North West Parks and Tourism, it is important for me that all of the jewels in our crown are as accessible and friendly digitally, as they are in the real world. The information and pictures contained in this site, beautiful as they are, are but a shallow reflection of the real Madikwe, and I hope that the site will whet your appetite for the real thing.

Madikwe is one of the largest reserves in South Africa – 75 000 hectares of pristine, malaria-free bushveld located in the North West Province, just a three-and-a-half hour drive from Johannesburg or Pretoria. The reserve is run as a three-way partnership between the State (represented by the North West Parks and Tourism Board), local communities and the private sector.

The pioneering approach to people-based wildlife conservation undertaken in this partnership is a first in South Africa, with local communities benefiting significantly from conservation and related activities within the reserve. We are extremely proud of the contribution we make to the upliftment of the local communities, and the close co-operation between all three sectors reflects in the way that the park is run.

The accommodation on offer in Madikwe is unparalleled – visitors have a choice of 21 different lodges, all with their own unique bush identity. Madikwe lodges are committed to excellent service, and providing accommodation that matches the beauty provided by their natural bush surroundings.

— Allan Losaba

The Madikwe Community


The Madikwe Game Reserve is managed by the North West Parks Board (formerly Bophuthatswana Parks Board), a conservation organisation that is world-renowned for its pioneering approach to people-based wildlife conservation.

Unlike almost all state-owned game reserves in Africa, the approach towards conservation adopted at Madikwe puts the needs of people before that of wildlife and conservation.

  • Ownership

    Madikwe is run as a three-way partnership between the State (represented by the North West Parks Board), local communities and the private sector.


  • Involvement/ Projects

    A portion of the revenue generated is paid to local communities to help finance a variety of the ongoing community-based development projects.


  • Vital partnership

    The private sector generates profits, jobs and businesses are created, communities are developed and valuable foreign exchange is brought into the country.


  • People-focused

    People-based wildlife conservation should be considered as a viable development option elsewhere in South Africa, and in developing countries in general.


Our Lodges


  • Jaci's Lodges

    Welcome to Jaci’s Lodges. We promise personal attention to detail from friendly staff, each individually committed to outstanding service and ensuring you enjoy a superb African safari with memories to…

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    Why visit Jaci's Lodges?

    • Specialised safaris – photographic, birding, walking and conservation
    • Owner-managed and operated by Jan and Jaci van Heteren
    • Jaci's Staff Trust owns 27% of the company shares
    • Ideal for romantic safaris and urban escapes
    • Exceptional service and smiles always guaranteed!

    Jaci’s promises personal attention to detail from friendly staff, each individually committed to outstanding service and united in ensuring you enjoy a superb African safari with memories to be cherished forever.

    Jaci's Safari Lodge – with only eight “tents” and two exclusive family suites – features eclectic combinations of vibrant colour, earthy canvas, stone and shaggy thatch. Safari dreaming come true!

    Jaci's Tree Lodge, with breathtaking raised walkways and eight private “tree houses”, each hidden among the ancient riverine trees, ensures the ultimate, luxurious forest hideaway for you and your partner.

    The lodges are complemented by daily game drives in the outstanding Madikwe Game Reserve, conducted by knowledgable and attentive guides, making for unforgettable wildlife sightings and memories.

    Enjoy fire-cooked meals prepared under the stars – heaven indeed! Perfect for romantic safaris, weddings, families and all those who are wild at heart ...

    Rates - Jaci's Lodges

    All prices are quoted in South African rands and are inclusive of 14% VAT.

    Our rates are seasonal, starting at R2 970 per person per night sharing.

    Please contact us for more information.

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  • Tuningi Safari Lodge

    Tuningi Safari Lodge is set in a valley on the western side of the Madikwe Game Reserve, and has four luxury suites and two family units, each consisting of two…

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    Tuningi Safari Lodge is set in a valley on the western side of the Madikwe Game Reserve, one of the largest game reserves in South Africa, traversing over 75 000 hectares of plains.

    The lodge has four luxury suites and two family units, each consisting of two rooms with a lounge, kitchenette and dining room separating the two rooms. The interior is “Colonial African Chic” and the main thatched lodge offers beautiful indoor and outdoor lounges, an elegant dining room and a magnificent rim-flow pool that overlooks a waterhole.

    All accommodation at Tuningi have air-conditioning, ceiling fans, fireplaces, en suite bathrooms, beautiful double baths, outdoor showers, and private wraparound wooden decks for enjoying the pristine bush and wildlife on view.

    Why visit Tuningi Safari Lodge?

    • We cater for children of all ages and provide an excellent, educational and fun children’s programme
    • We have highly qualified game rangers, with advanced photographic skills and equipment, who will gladly share their knowledge
    • Our food is of the highest standard, with fresh herbs and vegetables picked daily in our organic gardens.
    • Unforgettable boma dinners under our 300-year-old fig tree, next to the lodge’s waterhole and covered with a blanket of millions of stars
    • In-room massage treatments

    Rates - Tuningi Safari Lodge

    All prices are quoted in South African rands and are inclusive of 14% VAT.

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  • Impodimo Game Lodge

    Impodimo Game Lodge is set along a rocky ridge commanding stunning vistas of the reserve. It is also located at the source of a natural spring, which provides the lodge…

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    Impodimo Game Lodge is set along a rocky ridge commanding stunning vistas of the reserve. It is also located at the source of a natural spring, which provides the lodge with elevated views as well as riverine serenity.

    The lodge offers dawn and dusk safaris from open, custom-built vehicles, and bush walks. The safaris are carefully timed to ensure optimal seasonal comfort. While Impodimo has 10 suites, its capacity is 20 guests, including a safari villa. Each of the suites have been carefully positioned to ensure absolute privacy.

    Spacious in design, each includes a closed system fireplace, climate control air conditioner, mini-bar fridge, tea- and coffee-making facilities, and full en-suite bathroom and outside shower. Your private deck allows uninterrupted views of the Madikwe Game Reserve. Sumptuous meals are prepared by skilled chefs, and are presented at a variety of locations.

    Why visit Impodimo Game Lodge?

    • Highly experienced Shangaan trackers team up with qualified rangers to ensure frequent Big 5 sightings
    • The Safari Villa provides an intimate and exclusive safari option for discerning guests or families
    • The lodge features a number of secluded spaces, providing guests with complete tranquility
    • Variety in dining locations including the dining room, pool deck, boma and bush dinner site
    • Tailor-made safaris designed to accommodate a wide variety of special interests.

    Rates - Impodimo Game Lodge

    Rate includes all meals, accommodation, game drives and walks

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  • Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge

    Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge is the first wholly owned community-based safari lodge to be developed in South Africa. The main lodge is spectacularly located on two tiers of the Tweedepoort…

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    Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge is the first wholly owned community-based safari lodge to be developed in South Africa. The lodge is an ecotourism partnership between North West Parks and Tourism Board, the Balete Ba Lekgophung community and the operator, Nature Workshop.

    The community has a 45-year lease to operate a commercial lodge with traversing rights across the Madikwe reserve. The concept is unique in South Africa in that the community owns the development, with substantial benefits accruing back to the community itself.

    Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge is situated on the Tweedepoort Ridge overlooking the plains and inselbergs (isolated hills) of the western section of Madikwe Game Reserve. The lodge has eight suites, each with their own viewing deck, offering a very private and luxurious experience. The thatched suites, with sliding doors, allow the guest to experience a “oneness” with the bushveld.

    The main lodge is spectacularly located on two tiers of the ridge, accessed via a wooden bridge that crosses a ravine surrounded by rock figs. Each of the living areas has its own character, mood and style, providing guests with a choice of stunning views and tranquil spaces.

    Whether you are relaxing in the lounge, on the lower or upper deck areas, or at the pool, you will find a space that suits your mood.

    Madikwe is home to a tremendous diversity of fauna and flora, including both black and white rhino, buffalo, elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah and wild dog. The lodge is a superb wildlife destination where guests are accompanied by well-trained and informative rangers who are able to interpret the many encounters while on safari.

    Why visit Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge?

    • Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge is the first wholly owned community safari lodge in South Africa
    • The community plays an integral part in the lodge and its day-to-day management on a sustainable basis
    • Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge is reputed to have one of the best kitchens in Madikwe, ensuring high quality cuisine
    • Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge guides have a unique understanding of the cultural history of the area, which adds to the quality of the safari offering
    • Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge offers a lodge experience that is warm, comfortable and genuine

    Rates - Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge

    All prices are quoted in South African rands and are inclusive of 14% VAT.

    Rates include:
    All meals
    Teas and coffees with meals
    Game drives and safari activities

    Rates exclude:
    Bar services
    Room levy of R10 per person per night paid in camp
    Park entrance fee of R150 per person per stay

    Payment details
    In order to confirm your booking, a 50% deposit is required. Please note that your booking will only be confirmed on receipt of your deposit. Balance is due 30 days prior to arrival. All credit cards welcome.

    Should the reservation be cancelled
    If a booking is cancelled after confirmation, the deposit will be forfeited. In addition, the following fees will be levied, and the scale of charges expressed as a percentage of the total price is as follows:
    •   Four weeks before arrival – 75% of the total amount
    •   Two weeks before arrival –100% of the total amount

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  • Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge

    Set on a hilltop amongst huge boulders and age-old Tamboti trees in the middle of the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve and overlooks the endless bushveld, where the plains teem with…

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    Set on a hilltop among huge boulders and age-old Tamboti trees, Madikwe Hills overlooks the endless bushveld of the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve, where the plains teem with game. Its majestic beauty will enchant you.

    Each suite has a private deck with plunge pool, while floor-to-ceiling glass-fronted suites allow uninterrupted panoramic views. The suites are individually designed for absolute privacy.

    Madikwe Hills also has a family friendly camp called Little Madikwe, which is a two-bedroom suite about ±390m² in size.  An additional two luxury suites could be reserved to form a completely private camp accommodating up to eight guests.

    Highly qualified rangers and trackers accompany guests on game drives.

    There are 10 secluded glass-fronted suites (±150m2), which include:

    • Air conditioning
    • Fans
    • Fireplaces
    • Fully stocked mini-bars
    • Mosquito nets
    • Private lounge

    There is also something special about a wedding in the heart of the African bushveld! Small, intimate weddings are catered for – from two to 24 guests.

    Rates - Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge

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  • Mosetlha Bush Camp & Eco Lodge

    Mosetlha is the little (unpolished!) gem in Madikwe’s crown, and the only authentic bush camp and genuine eco lodge in the entire reserve.

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    From its humble beginnings in 1995, Mosetlha Bush Camp & Eco Lodge now holds its own as a highly successful lodge in the magnificent Madikwe Game Reserve. Nestled at its very heart, and probably its best-kept secret, Mosetlha is the little (unpolished!) gem in Madikwe’s crown, and the only authentic bush camp and genuine eco lodge in the entire reserve.

    Unfenced, rustic and intimate, Mosetlha promises a genuine wilderness experience and a true safari adventure.

    Enjoy the simplicity of comfortable beds in raised wooden cabins, traditional bush fare prepared on the open fire, oil lamps, donkey boilers and hot safari showers offering the perfect mix of home comforts and the rusticity of the African bushveld.

    Discover the rich and fascinating secrets of the African bushveld with skilled field guides, who offer you the chance to experience spectacular, up-close-and-personal sightings of the Big Five, Madikwe’s famous wild dogs, cheetah and most other SA predators, a multitude of fat and healthy plains game, and 350 bird species.

    Very affordable rates (from only R1 495 per person per night sharing) include all meals and snacks and two fantastic game-viewing activities a day – an early-morning game drive or guided bush walk, and an afternoon drive going into the evening.

    If your requirements for a bush getaway are to really experience nature, feed your soul and have fantastic, up-close-and-personal sightings of the Big Five plus, this is where it’s at. Come and enjoy the magic of Madikwe with us at Mosetlha, the little lodge at the heart of the reserve where you really get the dust of Africa on your feet …

    Why visit Mosetlha Bush Camp & Eco Lodge?

    • Authentic bush camp – rustic, unfenced, intimate. Only 16 beds guarantees personal attention
    • Genuine eco lodge – minimal environmental impact and appealing to responsible travellers
    • Realistic rates – lowest in the reserve
    • Excellent field guides – highly qualified, skilled and experienced with true bush knowledge and ethics
    • Located in the middle of the reserve

    Rates - Mosetlha Bush Camp & Eco Lodge

    Please contact the lodge directly for the lowest rates in Madikwe.

    Tel: +27 (0) 11 444 9345 or Email: info@thebushcamp.com

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  • Etali Safari Lodge

    Etali Safari Lodge aims to provide guests with only the best in accommodation, dining, game viewing, relaxation and service during their stay in the bush. Why not contact us today…

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    Etali Safari Lodge aims to provide guests with only the best in accommodation, dining, game viewing, relaxation and service during their stay in the bush. Why not contact us today for more information on availability and seasonal rates.

    Accommodation

    Etali's accommodation emphasises a direct connection to nature while welcoming guests with a spacious and minimalist sense of luxury. Our eight suites each have their own super king-size bed, ensuite bathroom, private game-viewing deck, outdoor shower and heated whirlpool. We also have two back-to-back family suites available in the same style as the rest of our rooms, but designed to accommodate family groups.

    Dining

    Etali has been named one of the 100 best restaurants in South Africa under the lodge section. We offer multiple dining experiences including fine dining, traditional meals in a traditional Tswana enclosure next to our waterhole and bush-based breakfasts, dinners or picnics. All meals are inclusive and we cater for all dietary needs including Kosher, Halaal, Vegetarian and Vegan.

    Game Drives

    Accommodation at Etali includes daily game drives in the Madikwe reserve with experienced game rangers, who work with trackers to find game. Guests can also arrange for game walks.

    Wellness Centre

    Etali has an award winning wellness centre with fully qualified therapists, offering a wide range of treatments using products from the area containing marula, rooibos tea, aloe vera and African potato. Guests also have access to our gym and steam room included with their accommodation.

    Wheelchair Accessibility

    For guests in wheelchairs or those with limited mobility, we have a suite equipped with roll-in shower and toilet facilities, and ramp-based access. We have very successfully hosted many guests in wheelchairs at Etali, with the best care and their requirements in mind.

    Why visit Etali Safari Lodge?

    • The best food you will find
    • Experienced rangers working with trackers to find game, and who are also qualified to offer you a walk should you wish to do that
    • A heated whirlpool
    • A wellness centre with fully qualified therapists, offering a wide range of treatments using products from the area containing marula, rooibos tea, aloe vera and African potato
    • Professional yet personal attention

    Rates - Etali Safari Lodge

    All prices are quoted in South African rands and are inclusive of 14% VAT.

    Please see our website for rate enquiries.

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  • Mateya Safari Lodge

    Mateya Safari Lodge is among the most prestigious game lodges of its kind, and certainly one of the most exclusive in Southern Africa.

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    Mateya Safari Lodge, located in the spectacular 75 000-hectare Madikwe Game Reserve, is among the most prestigious game lodges of its kind, and certainly one of the most exclusive in Southern Africa. The reserve is home to the Super 7 (lion, buffalo, cheetah, elephant, leopard, black and white rhino, and wild dog), plains game and over 350 species of birds.

    Accompanied by experienced rangers and trackers, guests can venture on game drives in custom-built 4x4 vehicles, or track on guided walking safaris through the reserve. Each adventure will be planned around guests’ specific interests, with a maximum of four guests per vehicle. This ensures the fulfilment of their ideal safari experience.

    The lodge accommodates 10 guests in five individually designed, air-conditioned luxury suites, beautifully blended with their natural surroundings. Each suite offers en-suite bathrooms with an open-air shower and a private pool deck. Guests can enjoy the luxury of total privacy, savouring the wonderful sights and sounds of their own secluded slice of Africa.

    Mateya offers a bush boardroom with Internet facilities, a curio boutique, gym and health spa. Guests can relax in the lounge, elevated deck areas and African interest library, while admiring a superb collection of African art.

    Whether soaking up the afternoon haze from their private rim-flow pool deck, or taking their place at the spectacular Fire Core dining venue for an evening of fine cuisine, accompanied by wines selected from the 8 000-bottle wine cellar, each and every feature of our guests’ visit will leave them with the indelible pleasure of having indulged in a memorable experience.

    Why stay at Mateya Safari Lodge?

    • Did you know that Madikwe Game Reserve, where Mateya Safari Lodge is situated, is one of the best places to see wild dogs?
    • Mateya Safari Lodge is based in the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve
    • All game drives are in open 4X4 vehicles, with  maximum of four guests per vehicle
    • Because of the geographical location of Mateya Safari Lodge, we boast among the greatest diversity of mammals and bird life in South Africa
    • An 8000-bottle wine cellar and one of the largest privately owned African art collections

    Rates - Mateya Safari Lodge

    All prices are quoted in South African rands and are inclusive of 14% VAT.

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  • Tau Game Lodge

    Tau Game Lodge is situated on the far north of the Madikwe Game Reserve and overlooks a natural waterhole, which attracts a large variety of game.

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    Tau Game Lodge is situated on the far north of the Madikwe Game Reserve and overlooks a natural waterhole, which attracts a large variety of game.

    Thirty luxury chalets are spread out in U-formation on either side of the lodge, offering excellent views of animals approaching the waterhole from the opposite bank. The lodge has a five-star rating and chalets are equipped with both air-conditioning and ceiling fans, mini-bars, safe, tea and coffee facilities, and en suite bathroom with open-air shower. Each has its own private deck, allowing one to experience the bush in privacy.

    The main lodge is two-levelled and has a curio shop, an impressive reception hall and a comfortable upstairs lounge, as well as a semi open-air bar and dining room, all decorated with African artefacts and overlooking the waterhole.

    Delicious breakfasts and lunches are generally served in the main lodge dining room overlooking the waterhole or on the verandah next to the plunge pool, while dinner is served in one of the bomas built in traditional style around an open central fireplace, in the cosy sheltered lapa or at our adventurous bush dinner venue under a canopy of stars.

    Sumptuous meals are served with the sights, smells and sounds of the African bush to tantalise your senses, and warm African hospitality to make your experience a truly memorable one.

    Twenty Standard chalets can accommodate two adults sharing, while 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, tranquil views of the breathtakingly beautiful tranquillity of the rugged surroundings of the diverse bushveld

    Twice daily our expert guides will take you on a game viewing safari in an open vehicle to let you experience Madikwe’s many wonders.

    Why visit Tau Game Lodge? 

    • The lodge and chalets offer excellent views of animals approaching the waterhole from the opposite bank
    • Our state-of-the-art convention centre is equipped with high quality equipment, offering the ideal conference venue
    • The Tau Spa Oasis is a sanctuary that reflects the soul of Africa, with its natural surroundings enhancing your experience
    • Families with children are welcome, and the Tau Cubz Club programme is in place for their entertainment
    • We offer unsurpassed, warm African hospitality in uniquely African surroundings

    Rates - Tau Game Lodge

    All prices are quoted in South African rands and are inclusive of 14% VAT.

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  • The Bush House

    The Bush House is small and intimate, accommodating 10 guests. Owner-managed by Gordon and Sue Morrison, the lodge has a relaxed and informal style.

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    The Bush House is small and intimate, accommodating 10 guests. Owner-managed by Gordon and Sue Morrison, the lodge has a relaxed and informal style.

    It has a four-star TGCSA rating, and is a member of Portfolio Collection and member of Greenwood Guides.

    There are six en suite rooms. Four of them have private verandahs where you can sit and contemplate the world; one overlooks the garden and waterhole, and another boasts the soothing sounds of a water feature outside the sliding door. All of the rooms are part of the main lodge, so there are no unnecessary long walks to and fro.

    The rooms are tastefully furnished, with percale bed linen and fluffy towels. The rooms have air-conditioners and fans, hairdryers, and coffee and tea facilities. The bathrooms have separate baths and showers with a variety of toiletries. 220v electricity, cellphone signal and unlimited wifi are provided.

    There is a lounge, cosy pub and reading area, with DStv television (full bouquet) and many DVDs for the children. Meals are served in the breezeway, garden or stunning boma. There is an inside dining area for inclement weather.

    The lodge and large, shady garden overlook a very active waterhole. An exciting underground hide at the waterhole can be accessed 24/7 from the lodge garden.

    Children of all ages are welcomed, and babysitting facilities are offered. Children under six years of age are not permitted on adult game drives unless the lodge is booked out by one group. “Kiddies Bumble” is offered after breakfast each day for the small children at no extra charge.

    Why visit the Bush House?

    • An owner-managed lodge, where our focus is on attention to detail, resulting in our guests feeling genuinely sad to leave
    • Children of all ages are welcome, with the camp and gardens being safely secured by an electrified fence
    • A unique underground hide that borders on a very active large, floodlit waterhole, offering guests extraordinary photographic opportunities
    • A small and intimate lodge that lends itself to either family group bookings, or individual couples, in warm and welcoming surroundings
    • Not a typical lodge, this is an old farmhouse that has been converted into a relaxed, inviting and unpretentious residence

    Rates - The Bush House

    Rates include:

    • All meals, teas and coffees
    • Welcome drink on arrival after game drives
    • Two game drives daily
    • Accommodation
    • Unlimited Internet

    Rates exclude:

    • Drinks at the lodge and on game drive
    • Laundry service
    • Curio purchases, babysitting, gate entrance fees

    Children sharing with parents:

    Children under 3 years – no charge

    Children 3 to 5 years old – R750

    ** This is not commissionable **

    Children 6-11 years old – half rate

    Children 12 years and older – full rate

    **Road shuttle and flights into the reserve can be arranged (please contact)

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  • Madikwe Safari Lodge

    Our three lodges, Lelapa, Dithaba and Kopano are each unique and give guests a choice to stay together as a group of family and friends, or to have a more…

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    Our three lodges, Lelapa, Dithaba and Kopano are each unique and give guests a choice to stay together as a group of family and friends, or to have a more private bush experience as a couple. Our staff know exactly how to make you feel welcome, comfortable and relaxed. If you curl up on your couch at home, that is what we encourage you to do with us at Madikwe Safari Lodge.

    Lelapa Lodge: connect all generations through adventure and safari. Lelapa, which means “family” in the local dialect, is exactly that. It has the spirit and comfort of being at a home, and is the lodge where we allow guests of all ages to stay.

    Kopano Lodge: a gathering of private spaces.

    Kopano, which means “small gathering”, comprises only four suites with a beautiful common area, offering an intimate and private experience.

    Dithaba Lodge: views that reach out across the vast open plains. Dithaba, meaning “mountain” in the local dialect, is located slightly higher up on the mountain and has incredible views over the open plains. This lodge has only four suites and is well suited to a group of friends or family members taking this over exclusively and making it their home while on safari.

    We have provided an easy reference table on our website to make sure you make the best choice of lodge for your stay with us. If you have any further questions please reach out to us, as the better informed you are about your stay with us, the more you will get out of your safari.

    We look forward to welcoming you to our home.

    Why visit Madikwe Safari Lodge? 

    • The MORE ethos and quality of product
    • The Madikwe Safari Lodge ECOHOUSE and Children's Programme
    • Ownership of the Treehouse experience concept
    • Our three independant and exclusive lodges have been designed and the guest experience is tailor-made to meet the needs of our families, our honeymooners and specialised groups
    • Our SeeMORE special, combining the Madikwe Safari Lodge with one of our Cape Town properties, the Cape Cadogan or More Quarters

    Rates - Madikwe Safari Lodge

    All prices are quoted in South African rands and are inclusive of 14% VAT.

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  • Jamala Madikwe

    Owner-managed and run, Jamala Madikwe, Royal Safari Lodge offers an intimate bush experience, where personal service and attention to detail are the cornerstones of every waking moment. A welcome fit…

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    Owner-managed and run, Jamala Madikwe, Royal Safari Lodge offers an intimate bush experience, where personal service and attention to detail are the cornerstones of every waking moment.

    The lodge successfully combines colonial style and African eccentricity in a delightful marriage of opposites. Set in the pristine 75 000-hectare, malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve, Jamala Madikwe is the ideal place for that ultimate safari experience.

    Jamala Madikwe caters to a maximum of 10 guests only, within five luxurious villas.

    Each villa is 166sq m in size and fully air-conditioned, featuring a large separate bed area, lounge, separate dining area, walk-in dressing room, complimentary mini-bar and coffee station, large bathroom with separate WC, freestanding bath, inside and outside showers, and private rim-flow plunge pool, all overlooking the open plain in front. The lodge also has its own spa and curio shop.

    Why visit Jamala Madikwe, Royal Safari Lodge?

    • Malaria-free environment only 3.5 hours from Johannesburg
    • Exceptional cuisine from our award winning team of chefs
    • Luxuriously appointed large villas all with views
    • Private water hole directly infront of the Main Lodge
    • One of the busiest water holes in Madikwe Game reserve, often resulting in our "Sofa Safari"

    Rates - Jamala Madikwe

    This rate is fully inclusive of all house wines and spirits, soft drinks, all accommodation, meals and twice-daily game drives.

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  • Thakadu River Camp

    Thakadu River Camp is a wholly-owned, community-based tented safari camp within Madikwe Game Reserve. The concept is unique in South Africa in that the community owns the development, with substantial…

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    Thakadu River Camp is a wholly-owned, community-based tented safari camp within Madikwe Game Reserve. The tented camp, located on the banks of the Marico River, is an ecotourism partnership between North West Parks, the Molatedi community and African Hotels & Adventures. The community has a 45-year lease to operate a commercial lodge with traversing rights across the reserve.

    The concept is unique in South Africa in that the community owns the development, with substantial benefits accruing to the community itself.

    Thakadu River Camp is set within the riverine canopy along the banks of the Marico River and comprises 12 tented suites, each with their own viewing deck overlooking the river. The tents are large and spacious, and are wonderfully decorated and appointed. Each tent has a sliding door that opens onto a private deck overlooking the river.

    The main camp is located between the Marico and a small tributary of the Marico. The main area comprises an open-plan lounge, dining and reception area, with the pool and bar area offering views of the gully and river to the north. A traditional lapa falls within a glade of natural riverine forest.

    The decor of the camp has a strong Afro-Asian Safari ambience to it, with the use of natural stone, fibres, cloth and carpets, as well as metal and wood, featuring prominently throughout the camp. The influence of the river is apparent, with the trees, birds and water providing a peaceful and tranquil mood within the camp.

    Why visit Thakadu River Camp? 

    • Exclusivity – lodge only has 12 rooms
    • 8 Tented suites
    • 4 Tented family suites 
    • Great game viewing
    • Child-friendly
    • Malaria–free

    Rates - Thakadu River Camp

    Rates are quoted per person per night and includes accommodation, three meals daily, two game drives daily, afternoon high tea, teas and coffees, TOMSA levy and VAT at 14%.

    Rates exclude gate entrance fees.

    Minimum two-night stay over weekends.

    GATE FEES – Adult: R150 per person per stay. Children: R60 per person per stay.

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  • Makanyane Safari Lodge

    At Makanyane Safari Lodge, luxurious accommodation, friendly service, exceptional food and thrilling game viewing combine to create an unforgettable safari experience.

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    At Makanyane Safari Lodge, luxurious accommodation, friendly service, exceptional food and thrilling game viewing combine to create an unforgettable safari experience. Situated on private ground and hidden in lush riverside forest, the lodge caters for just 16 guests, ensuring personal attention and exclusivity.

    Designed to have minimal environmental impact, constructed from local stone, wood and thatch and blending effortlessly with the bush, the lodge allows guests to continuously experience the natural beauty of their surroundings.

    There are eight luxurious, secluded suites, each overlooking the Marico River. Each suite has spectacular glass-walled bedrooms, offering uninterrupted views of the surrounding forest and the river. The suites all have open-fronted lounges, private sundecks and spacious bathrooms that can be opened to the bush.

    The lodge has an infinity-edge swimming pool, fully equipped gym, health and beauty treatment centre, and a lookout point with breathtaking views.

    Fine wines from the award-winning wine list complement exceptional cuisine created by the team of internationally trained chefs. Meals are enjoyed in a variety of locations, from our riverside “boma” to intimate private meals in the comfort of the guest’s suite.

    Makanyane has a rustic sleep-out hide hidden deep in the bush, providing guests with an opportunity to sleep under the stars surrounded only by the African wilderness.

    The drama, mystery and beauty of Africa’s wildlife, ancient legends and cultural heritage can be experienced on game drives and bush walks conducted by proficient, passionate field guides.
    Makanyane’s 1 800 hectares of private ground is reserved exclusively for guests staying at the lodge, while the game drives are able to traverse the varied terrain of the entire Madikwe Game Reserve.
    Guides will share their wealth of knowledge while leading guests to unforgettable sightings of the Big Five and the myriad other creatures to be found in this unforgettable African wilderness.

    Why visit Makanyane Safari Lodge? 

    • Situated on 1 800 hectares of private, exclusive-use ground
    • Secluded sleep-out hide where guests are able to sleep out under the African sky
    • Internationally trained chefs and award-winning wine list create a superlative dining experience
    • The bedrooms’ wraparound glass walls allow uninterrupted, spectacular views of the African bush and its inhabitants
    • Attention to every detail and attentive, unobtrusive service with a smile ensure an unforgettable escape to the African wilderness

    Rates - Makanyane Safari Lodge

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  • Royal Madikwe Luxury Safari Residence

    The exclusivity of this award winning retreat means that guests not only have a luxury bush home, but a piece of Africa all to themselves, Basking in a dense habitat…

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    Royal Madikwe is largely inspired by nature, yet modern interior styles have been introduced to add a fine streak of individuality and a vibrant African feel to this authentic space. Clean natural hues and rich organic textures infused with bright splashes of tribal colours create a fresh, contemporary sense of calm.

    Basking in a dense habitat of abundant animal species and birdlife, Royal Madikwe offers the perfect luxury space for families, groups of friends or couples on a romantic bush break away to soak up the splendour of the African bush.

    Ancient leadwood and marula trees fuse in a celebration of contemporary design to create the Royal Clubhouse, where a stylish lounge, dining room and library lead to elevated decks and sweeping views of the African bush. A tranquil infinity pool gives way to a vivid green palette of lush surroundings, which blend in with the lodge’s rustic charm.

    The same contrast of natural tones against a unique fusion of modern and comfortable furnishings is integrated in four open-style suites, each with its own distinct setting and complete privacy.

    Indoor meets outdoor with each spacious air-conditioned suite flowing into its own elevated game-viewing deck to blend into the African landscape. Guests can enjoy the exclusivity of a private pool, game-viewing deck, spacious interiors, fireplace, en suite bathroom, and inside and outside shower.

    Royal Madikwe’s philosophy is focused around the personal preferences of our guests with a menu that is flexible, featuring sophisticated, yet wholesome cuisine inspired by Africa’s diverse cultures and cosmopolitan influences. The menu also unmasks gourmet game dishes to mirror the wilderness and abundance of the Madikwe Game Reserve.

    Using only the freshest seasonal ingredients, the accent falls on local produce to arouse the senses, with each meal flawlessly matched with award-winning South African wines and a breathtaking setting.

    As Royal Madikwe welcomes families with children of all ages, children are stimulated, educated and entertained by their bush surroundings with many fun activities, ensuring that both they and their parents get the most of their wilderness adventure.

    Why visit Royal Madikwe?

    • Royal Madikwe is offered on both a per person sharing or an exclusive use basis, which means that we cater speciffically for all our guests’ requirements
    • Royal Madikwe is based in a malaria-free area, which means that you can enjoy your vacation with your family and friends without any health concerns
    • As Royal Madikwe welcomes families with children of all ages, children are stimulated, educated and entertained by their bush surroundings with many fun activities!

    Rates - Royal Madikwe Luxury Safari Residence

    NON-PEAK PERIOD
    5 Jan-16 December

    PEAK PERIOD
    12-20 February/25 March-25 April/15-31 October

    HIGH PEAK PERIOD (sole use rate)
    17 December 2013-4 January 2014

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  • Morukuru Family

    The Morukuru Family is a collection of three exclusive-use bush homes in the magnificent, malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve.

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    The Morukuru Family is a collection of three exclusive-use bush homes in the magnificent, malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve.

    Each of the houses, namely Morukuru Owner’s House, Morukuru River House and Morukuru Farm House, offer an antidote to the demands of the 21st century – sanctuaries, where the only people you ever have to greet are those you have invited, and the only time you ever have to lift a finger is to summon service.

    In the privacy of your bush home and our private property, Morukuru promise you a place where you can do whatever you want, whenever you want. No rules, no routine, no schedules, no pressure. A space for families and friends to really just “be”, to reconnect and rediscover what it is that binds them, in some of Africa’s most revered wildlife havens.

    Why visit the Morukuru Family lodges?

    • We accept children of all ages – EVEN on our game drives
    • We are situated on private property, which allows us flexibility in terms of our game drives
    • All our houses are booked on a private and exclusive-use basis, which enables us to focus on the uniqueness of your family and tailor-make your safari experience to your requirements
    • Morukuru devotes itself to the land, the people and the wild, and through the Goodwill Foundation endeavours to make a difference

    Rates - Morukuru Family

    HIGH SEASON

    1 Feb-14 April 2013
    1 Sept-31 Oct 2013

    LOW SEASON

    10 Jan-31 Jan 2013
    15 April-31 Aug 2013
    1 Nov-16 Dec 2013

    PEAK SEASON

    17 Dec 2013-12 Jan 2014
    Min 4 nights

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    Farm House can accommodate up to 10 guests (five presidential en suite bedrooms)

    River House can accommodate up to six adults & four children (three presidential en suite bedrooms and one kids/study room)

    Owner’s House can accommodate up to four guests (two presidential en suite bedrooms)

    All our rates are quoted in South African rand and incl. VAT. Rates are subject to change without prior notice

    Please note that the above rates include all the magical things Morukuru has to offer:

    • Luxury accommodation in your very own private bush home
    • Exclusive use and complete privacy
    • All meals and snacks, teas and coffees, local wines and spirits, soft drinks
    • Laundry
    • Personal chef
    • Private game ranger, tracker
    • Personal butler and friendly Morukuru staff to attend to your every whim
    • Private game drives at your leisure
    • There are absolutely NO schedules at Morukuru and guests are the masters of their stay with us; they have complete freedom to choose how they wish to spend their days under our African skies
    • Picnics, sleep-outs, bush walks (16yrs+), fishing, boat trips …
    • And lastly, medical emergency response and evacuation

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  • Motswiri Private Safari Lodge

    Motswiri Private Safari Lodge lies hidden in the bush, an exclusive lodge offering a maximum of 10 people in a bush experience that is impossible to replicate in larger concerns.

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    Motswiri Private Safari Lodge lies hidden in the bush, an exclusive lodge offering a maximum of 10 people a bush experience that is impossible to replicate in larger concerns.

    Our lodge offers some of the best views in Madikwe, as well as the feeling of tranquility given by the mature trees (mostly leadwoods) under which the main building and five luxury bush villas, as well as one luxury family villa, nestle. An intimate homely setting, offering complete privacy.

    The exquisitely appointed main lodge overlooks a waterhole frequented by elephant families and other big game. Motswiri offers the option of either individual bookings or exclusive use of the lodge. The lodge is ideal for corporate or family/friend groups of up to 10 who do not wish to share the facilities with outsiders.

    At the main area of the lodge enjoy the rim-flow pool overlooking the waterhole, have a cocktail under the shade of the motswiri trees (“leadwood” in Tswana) on the main deck, or just while away the day in the outside lounge and bar area. Fine cuisine is served in the dining room, under the leadwoods or around a roaring fire in the boma.

    Staff offer personal service in a relaxed but professional manner. The twice-daily game drives are conducted on a specially-designed Land Cruiser game-viewing vehicle by our rangers, whose superb bush knowledge is imparted in the manner best suited to the bush knowledge of the guests.

    Why visit Motswiri Private Safari Lodge?

    • Motswiri is one of the few lodges to have a water hole right at the lodge
    • We are the only full service lodge in Madikwe that can offer self-catering
    • We are a small, intimate lodge offering privacy

    Rates - Motswiri Private Safari Lodge

    All prices are quoted in South African rands and are inclusive of 14% VAT.

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  • Rhulani Safari Lodge

    We set out to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary, to build a modern-day refuge, an oasis of calm, a place to nourish the soul and lift the spirit.

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    The adventure begins the moment you arrive at Madikwe Game Reserve. A wonderful welcome awaits you at the main lodge: Rhulani means "relax", so sit back and enjoy!

    Creating Rhulani has been both stimulating and inspirational. We set out to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary, to build a modern-day refuge, an oasis of calm, a place to nourish the soul and lift the spirit. We invite you to experience the serenity and harmony of this special place with us; come celebrate nature, celebrate life!

    - 7 luxury air-conditioned chalets
    - 1 luxury two-bedroom suite with its own lounge
    - Morso fireplaces to warm the cool winter nights
    - Boma dinners and indoor dining
    - Massage treatments in the privacy of your room, or on your private deck
    - All rooms have private dip pools

    Why visit Rhulani Safari Lodge?

    • Enjoy the total privacy of your own private plunge pool while you relax in the spacious luxury of your chalet
    • Rhulani staff promise to give that extra-special personal attention to detail to ensure a superb stay
    • Traditional South African cuisine will be awaiting you and is complemented by a selection of world class South African wines
    • Relax while your qualified ranger takes you on an unforgettable journey
    • Indulge in a variety of massages in the privacy of your own room or on your private deck

    Rates - Rhulani Safari Lodge

    All rates includes Accommodation, 2 Game Drives daily and all meals.
    All rates excludes Park entrance fees, any drinks from the bar, mini bar or game drive drinks and then any other like laundry etc. will also then be excluded.

    All prices are quoted in South African rands and are inclusive of 14% VAT.

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  • Molori Safari Lodge

    Catering to the well-heeled, discerning traveller in search of absolute privacy, relaxation and a genuine connection to their local surroundings, Molori Safari Lodge is anything but a typical safari camp.

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    Catering to the well-heeled, discerning traveller in search of absolute privacy, relaxation and a genuine connection to their local surroundings, Molori Safari Lodge is anything but a typical safari camp. Guests who have experienced much and expect the very best will find in Molori a retreat without pretence – one whose essence stems from extraordinary personalised service, style and comfort.

    The Molori experience is about every need being anticipated from beginning to end, and is continuously evolving to provide guests with a fresh perspective.

    Boasting an aesthetic that blends local elements with well-placed international design, the lodge’s warmth, charm and comfort reigns supreme in the five meticulous open-air suites, thoughtfully distanced from each other to offer maximum privacy.

    All of the suites boast spacious wooden decks, private infinity pools, fireplaces, and floor-to-ceiling glass walls which fully retract to let nature in. The interior design is local-chic and designed to soothe guests with neutral palettes, streaming natural light and exceptional furniture by Fendi, Kenneth Cobonpue and Philipp Plein. Additional in-room amenities include telescopes, Bose iPod docking systems, espresso machines, wireless Internet and mini-bars.

    Why visit Molori Safari Lodge?

    From the moment you are greeted by a Molori staff member, to highly customised game encounters with Molori’s field guides, or enjoying a culinary adventure at the hands of one of our experienced chefs, followed by stargazing at our observatory – Molori Safari Lodge creates everlasting, life-altering memories, ones that our guests carry with them always.

    Rates - Molori Safari Lodge

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  • Madikwe River Lodge

    The luxurious Madikwe River Lodge is situated on the banks of Groot Marico River. Sixteen comfortable and secluded split-level thatched chalets surround the main lodge, each individually decorated to create…

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    The luxurious Madikwe River Lodge is situated on the banks of Groot Marico River inside the diverse Madikwe Game Reserve, located in the North West bordering Botswana, surrounded by 75 000ha of breathtaking scenery and endless malaria-free African sandveld, acacia savannah, river-forests and wildlife. Madikwe’s convenient location – only four-and-a-half hours from Gauteng, and a mere 45 minutes by aircraft – has ensured its popularity as being easily accessible with excellent service delivery and superb facilities in spectacular bush settings.

    Sixteen comfortable and secluded split-level thatched chalets surround the main lodge, each individually decorated to create a rich African feel, with en-suite bathroom and outside shower, full range of guest amenities, separate lounge and private wooden decks overlooking the tranquil forest and river.

    An outdoor boma is located on a central island in the river, accessed by a wooden bridge, with early-morning breakfasts served under acacia trees and fine-dining cuisine under sparkling and smiling stars. Madikwe River Lodge is the ideal venue to host intimate wedding ceremonies amid natural elements in an African ambience, and very popular for conferencing and incentive group packages with team-building activities such as bush dinners, Big Five spotting, treasure hunts, bird-watching programmes, group game drives, game walks, stargazing and swimming.

    Safari experiences are in 4×4s through the untamed wilderness of the Kalahari Thornveld, home to 66 large mammal species and 350 bird species, with opportunities to view wild dog, cheetah, leopard, lion, white and black rhino, buffalo, elephant and bush babies.

    Why visit Madikwe River Lodge?

    • Madikwe River Lodge is in a peaceful and tranquil location, perfect for relaxing on the banks of the Groot Marico River
    • We have friendly, helpful staff with a passion for the environment
    • We have experienced guides with a lifelong passion for the ecology of Madikwe
    • Our secluded boma area is a magical environment for meals, that creates lasting memories
    • Our staff will entertain and share with you their traditional songs and dance

    Rates - Madikwe River Lodge

    Rates are quoted per person per night and includes accommodation, three meals daily, two game drives daily, game drive refreshments, afternoon high tea, teas and coffees, complimentary in-room tea butler, TOMSA levy and VAT at 14%

    Rates exclude gate entrance fees

    Minimum two-night stay over weekends

    GATE FEES – Adult: R150 per person per stay. Children: R60 per person per stay

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