- Overlook the grazing animals as they congregate around the water hole
- Children of all ages are welcome and well catered for at Madikwe Lelapa Lodge
- Each of the suites has its own private plunge pool and deck
- Book a massage on your private deck and listen to the relaxing sounds of the bush
Located right in the heart of the wild plains of South Africa, Madikwe SafariLodge is ideal for those wanting to get up close to some of Africa’s most incredible animals. Perfect for families with children of all ages, enjoy warm and welcoming hospitality and all of the facilities you need for a relaxing and comfortable stay.
Included in your stay are two 4x4 safari trips per day, one which leaves at sunrise and one in the late afternoon, returning after sunset. This is when the animals are at their most active and you have a higher chance of spotting them. Enjoy delicious meals in the lodge’s dining area and freshly packed snacks while you are out in the bush, as well as luxury finishing touches including private plunge pools, massages on your private deck and elegant, modern interiors.
Bars & Restaurants
Al Fresco Dining
Guests can dine in the lodge’s boma, surrounded by the sounds and views of the bushveld under the shade of trees in the day and around the warming fire by night. Guests are also served delicious dishes while on safari.
Madikwe Dining Room Restaurant
The freshest local ingredients are served for breakfast, lunch and dinner. You can enjoy a variety of international options, with expert chefs on hand to design seasonal menus. For spectacular views as you dine choose a table on the deck.
Beach & Pools
Madikwe Lelapa Lodge Swimming Pool
Madikwe Lelapa Lodge offers guests the use of a communal swimming pool, which is surrounded by a lawn and spectacular views of the bush and water hole.
Private Plunge Pools
All of the suites in the Dithaba Lodge, Madikwe Lelapa Lodge and Madikwe Kopano Lodge have their own private plunge pool where you can relax in the sun.
Madikwe Lelapa Lodge
The most family friendly of Madikwe’s lodges, Lelapa has a full programme of children’s activities which runs during the day. Family rooms are available and there is also a babysitting service.
Spa & Wellness
Passionate local guides will take you through the bush in open topped 4x4 vehicles, helping to track the native animals, including rhinos, leopards, elephants, giraffes and more. Safari tours leave just before sunrise every day and at around 4pm, returning in time for dinner after the sun has set.
Get up closer to the smaller insects, animals and plants that make up the wonder of the bushveld. Whether you love insects, birds, animals or natural surroundings your guide will adapt the walk to your interests. Guests must be 16 years or above to participate.
The Rhino Conservation Experience
Madikwe Safari Lodge is dedicated to conservation, especially of the endangered local rhino population. Start your day talking to the reserve’s specialists before watching the DNA sampling process first hand.
About the location
Located in the north of South Africa, close to the country’s border with Botswana, Madikwe Safari Lodge is the ideal place for families, couples and adventurous travellers wanting to get the most from a safari holiday. Madikwe Game Reserve is a malaria free nature reserve and is just over three hours’ drive from Johannesburg. Stretching out over 75,000 hectares, the game reserve is one of South Africa’s largest and is home to Africa’s Big Five. Consisting of lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and buffalo these incredible animals are just some of the animals you’re almost guaranteed to meet.
Rocky hillsides, wide open plains, lush vegetation and woodlands make this the ideal habitat for many of Africa’s animals. Here you can see over 300 species of birds, both local and migratory, as well as 66 species of mammals.
Gaborone Airport, in neighbouring Botswana, is just over two hours away by car. Johannesburg International Airport (O.R. Tambo) is a four hour drive from Madikwe Safari Lodge.
Choose from 12 suites, with family rooms available, private plunge pools and incredible views over the bush. Indoor and outdoor showers and wood burning fireplaces will make your suite feel like a luxury home away from home.
A once in a lifetime trip for the whole family full of magical experiences
Start your family holiday in South Africa in Gansbaai, where you and your family are sure to enjoy the many activities and adventures on offer. Located near the southern tip of Africa the meeting of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans brings together a rich marine biodiversity including dolphins, whales, sharks and more amazing creatures for children to see.
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What to expect
“ Fantastic Safari Adventure in Absolute Luxury
gregcali1976, Washington DC, District of Columbia
Oct 09 2018
This was an amazing stay in an incredible lodge in a beautiful place. The staff works incredibly hard to ensure your stay is perfect, the customer service was at a perfect level. It is a small...
This was an amazing stay in an incredible lodge in a beautiful place. The staff works incredibly hard to ensure your stay is perfect, the customer service was at a perfect level. It is a small place so you feel as though you are the only one of a handful of people at the lodge.
The room was tastefully appointed with every imaginable amenity and the outdoor shower and plunge pool had one of the best views in the park. Whilst scrubbing down I watched a herd of elephants walk by in the bush.
There are no children at the lodge, so if you have little ones the connected lodge is very accommodating. They also have a shared pool with a wildlife watering hole close by. Swim while the giraffe take a drink nearby. Sun yourself as a warthog family grazes ten feet away.
The safari drives were comfortable and our guide Mike really knew his stuff. He could accurately name birds by their calls and track animals accurately. He is passionate about his guiding and teh safety of his guests. We couldn't ask for a friendlier, smarter, or better guide. He also makes a great sunset cocktail in the bush! We were very lucky, during our three days we saw elephant, rhino, zebra, giraffe, a cheetah (we found it on foot!) leopard, a lion and wild dog. Spectacular!
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“ Luxury in the bush
malcmoss, Peterborough, United Kingdom
Oct 09 2018
We stayed in Lelapa Lodge at Madikwe and it certainly lived up to its billing and reputation. This is the height of luxury in the bush but well worth it- pampering from head to toe never did anyone...
We stayed in Lelapa Lodge at Madikwe and it certainly lived up to its billing and reputation. This is the height of luxury in the bush but well worth it- pampering from head to toe never did anyone any harm! This was our second visit to the game reserve and it seemed to have improved dramatically in the 18 years since our last visit with much more game and greater variety. The wild African dogs were a special treat. The lodge's game drive personnel were likeable and knowledgeable and the staff generally were helpful,pleasant and personable. We had a fantastic stay. Go on push the boat out!!!
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