- 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
“ Sublime Safari Experience at Madikwe
Feb 21 2019
My wife and I spent 3 nights at Dithaba, which is the adults-only part of the Madikwe Safari Lodge. The Madikwe game reserve is located in the malaria-free north of South Africa, adjacent to the...
My wife and I spent 3 nights at Dithaba, which is the adults-only part of the Madikwe Safari Lodge. The Madikwe game reserve is located in the malaria-free north of South Africa, adjacent to the Botswana border. Having not been to Africa before, let alone on safari, we found it very daunting to choose as we browsed the internet from home in Sydney. In the end, Matthew from African Safari Guru (see separate review) recommended Madikwe and we are very glad he did.
The overall experience was a wonderful synthesis of accessible wildlife, superb cuisine, luxury accommodation and friendly service. We were impressed to learn that Madikwe had been created from degraded farms and restocked with native animals – an admirable example of re-use and re-cycling.
Each couple is accommodated in a self-contained mini-lodge, built into the slope of a bush-covered hill. Each of these mini-lodges was private, spacious, extremely well appointed and tastefully decorated. Likewise the common areas, where we enjoyed meals and conversation with other guests from around the world.
What makes Madikwe Safari Lodge so special is its people. Our guide William did so much to make our stay fantastic, including finding my mobile phone that had accidentally slipped out of the vehicle the previous evening! Manager Markus, Connie, Isaac and Mzi the chef - everyone was friendly and effective.
There are hundreds of safari venues, but if you are looking for a really special total experience, I can thoroughly recommend Madikwe Safari Lodge.
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“ A very special place
Go27939891763, London, United Kingdom
Feb 21 2019
We couldn’t have asked for a more magical safari experience. The team were the most attentive we have ever experienced, nothing was too much effort. The rooms beautiful. The safari’s incredible...
We couldn’t have asked for a more magical safari experience. The team were the most attentive we have ever experienced, nothing was too much effort. The rooms beautiful. The safari’s incredible. Wow!!
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