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KURUMAN
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Madikwe hills is definitely on of our favourite destinations in the world.We congratulate Hannes and his team on the excellent service and hospitality. The setting of Madikwe hills is immaculate the food amazing and the staff is friendly and informing and accommodating. WE appreciated the idea of getting a waterbottle as a gift to refill as a gesture to go...

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HannesMadikweHills, General Manager at Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge, responded to this review

Dear kobusk162, It was such a pleasure to have you with us again. Every little bit helps and we are so glad that all our guests are supporting us - by using the brand new, aluminium, BPA free water bottles we are saving about 2 000 plastic water bottles a month. We look forward to your next visit! Regards,

Vottem
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had an incredible stay at Madikwe Hills. The hotel was stunning with amazing food, lovely staff and the best guides for our safari drives. We had Ernst and Charlie the dream team :-). Tracked the animals with them and in just 3 days we saw all the big 5 and all the animals and birds you can imagine including...

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HannesMadikweHills, General Manager at Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge, responded to this review

Dear susan g, Thank you very much for your kind review. We are very happy that you had such an awesome holiday! Tracking and finding the animals is such a big part of the whole safari experience and so much more fulfilling than just going to the sightings already found by other guides. We hope to see you back here...

London
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We booked Madikwe as a special treat. We were just amazed by how special it really is. Our suite (room 4) was stunning and overlooked a water hole where elephants came to bathe most days. I loved hanging out here during the day in between game drives. Our ranger (Jaces) was absolutely brilliant, finding us something even more exciting each...

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HannesMadikweHills, General Manager at Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge, responded to this review

Dear LondonSarah12345, Thank you very much - so glad to read that you had such a special holiday with us! Everyone should go on at least one safari in their lifetime. We hope to spoil you on another dream holiday again soon. Regards,

Cape Town Central, South Africa
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband & I travelled via Gabarone to Madikwe . While at first we thought that the travel to Madikwe was long, we soon changed our minds when we arrived there! From the moment you are taken to your spacious, luxurious suite, you realise that you've just arrived in Paradise. On the first evening there, a herd of elephant came...

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HannesMadikweHills, General Manager at Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge, responded to this review

Dear weedaad, Thank you so much for your very descriptive and detailed review. I agree, 2 nights are definitely not enough; one just starts to relax and then you have to pack up again and go home. Ideally, I'd say that a 4 or 5 nights stay is perfect! (anything longer is just a bonus, we sometimes have guests staying...

Reviewed 27 October 2016

Absolutely amazing place from the minute you arrive nothing is too much trouble the food Is to die for and the service is second to none, beautiful. Safaris are also very good with great scenery. Would highly recommend Madikwe.

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HannesMadikweHills, General Manager at Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Ttalbot39, Thank you very much for your review and for your recommendation! It is such a pleasure to host guests like you and you make our jobs so much fun! Hope to see you again soon. Regards,

Vancouver, Canada
Reviewed 23 October 2016

This property is superbly managed and operated. From top to bottom this was a stellar operation. The accommodations were outstanding. We were lucky enough to stay in hut 7 which has to be the best on the property. The view and plunge pool were magnificent. Sitting on the deck, watching elephants or kudu while sipping sherry has to be a...

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HannesMadikweHills, General Manager at Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Denalda, Thank you very much for all the praises! I love room number 7 - quite a few steps to get there but the scenic view with the big dam in the distance and the waterhole view from up above definitely makes it worth it! (The steps also takes are of that "guilty conscience" because of the 7 meals...

Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Reviewed 21 October 2016

My wife and I are serial safari goers who have visited many camps/lodges all over southern Africa. Madikwe Hills is a real gem excelling in the quality of suites, the game viewing and an excellent chef. As always it is the guides, trackers and camp staff who make or break any location and Madikwe Hills is blessed with superb people...

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HannesMadikweHills, General Manager at Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Traveller1157, Thank you for your kind review! It is very true, you can have the most beautiful buildings and surroundings but it is the staff that gives the lodge its character - we are blessed with an amazing team! Looking forward to welcoming you back. Regards,

Marietta, Georgia
Reviewed 17 October 2016

I had been to Madikwe several years ago and frankly wasn't impressed. Boy have things changed. It is now on par with Sabi Sands and the Timbavati and of course Kruger itself. Wonderful camp with well appointed rooms, its a real bargain in the upper safari price range. I love the menu choices for each meal.

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HannesMadikweHills, General Manager at Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Chuck, Thank you very much for your review! Madikwe as a reserve has come a long way and game viewing is fantastic - just as you have mentioned. We hope to see you again soon. Regards,

Leicester, United Kingdom
Reviewed 16 October 2016

This private game lodge was accessed by small plane from Jo'burg but there is road access. it's a long drive from Jo'burg. Anyway, it's part of the fun, flying in a small plane for just over an hour. The Lodge building is fantastic with rooms that are so private that you can shower outside whilst watching the wild life at...

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HannesMadikweHills, General Manager at Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Nigeltd, Thank you very much for your kind and informative review. We have a total of 10 main lodge suites and one double villa, Little Madikwe; 24 beds in total for the whole lodge. Each suite is about 150m2 and their distance apart ensures privacy and lets one enjoy the outdoor showers and plunge pools. Regards,

Rome, Italy
Reviewed 9 October 2016

My husband and I stayed here on our honeymoon in September 2016. Madikwe Hills is the most incredible place, from the incredibly beautiful suites, the fabulous food and boma, fantastic spa (and very reasonably priced) to the staff and faultless service. The game drives were amazing, we saw wild dogs on our first evening, and so many lions. Our ranger...

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HannesMadikweHills, General Manager at Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Nikki, Thank you very much for your review. Animal viewing in Madikwe is fantastic - such a wide variety of animal species. We are very happy to read that you enjoyed your honeymoon with us so much and we look forward to you returning for your anniversaries! Regards,

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Traversing over 75 000 hectares, Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge is situated on a hill, in the heart of the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve. Ingeniously set amongst boulders and age-old Tamboti trees, the lodge offers visitors the utmost in luxury and hospitality, where you will find yourself enchanted by a world of intrigue and majestic beauty. Madikwe Game Reserve stretches all the way up to the Botswana border and is one the largest and most popular game reserves in South Africa. Once farm land, the Reserve has now been restored to its former natural environment with 86 mammals (from mice to elephant), 420 bird species (110 being rare) and 104 tree species. Predominantly grasslands and bushveld, intermingled with lone mountains and rocky outcrops, the Reserve is home to cheetahs, wild dogs, leopards, hyenas, lion, elephant, black & white rhino, buffalo, zebra, giraffe and various antelope. • Two 3-hour game drives a day (morning and afternoon) • 'Big 5' game viewing in state-of-the-art game-viewers • Tea, filter coffee and biscuits on morning game drive • Drinks and canapes on afternoon game drive • Bush breakfasts and dinners on request for larger groups MAIN CAMP • 10 Secluded glass fronted suites (±150m2) • Uninterrupted views of the African bush • Private deck with plunge pool • Air-conditioning • Fans • Fireplaces • Fully stocked mini-bar • Indoor and outdoor showers • Mosquito nets • Private lounge Little Madikwe (Family Friendly Camp) Little Madikwe comprises of a 2 Bedroomed Suite (±390m2). An additional 2 Luxury Suites (±150m2) can be reserved to form a completely private camp accommodating up to 8 guests. • Private deck and swimming pool • Air-conditioning and fans • Fireplaces • Fully stocked mini-bar • Indoor and outdoor showers • Mosquito nets • Private lounge, verandah and dining room • Private kitchen with personal chef - set your own meal time • Private game drive vehicle and game ranger - set your own game drive time • Personal butler/child minder • Entertainment centre • Satellite television and DVD collection • Various CD's and children's games • Small library FACILITIES IN MAIN LODGE • Lounge • Dining Room • Bar • Wine Cellar • Local wines • Terraced viewing deck with umbrellas overlooking waterhole • Swimming Pool • Library - stocked with a comprehensive selection of books • Internet Facilities - desktop with wireless internet connection available 24 hours • Satellite Television at the main building in the Lounge • Traditional Boma • Curio Shop Well stocked with books, clothing, safari gear, handmade knives, shoes, bags, jewellery, postcards and local arts & crafts. WELLNESS Set the mind at ease and embrace the energy of the bush. Experience Spafaris with soul of Africa. From our enchanting world, secrets are revived and re-created to bring you, for the first time, a unique spa concept based on a fusion o f ancient healing tradition, philosophies and rituals from Africa. To reconnect to nature, to realise, to recover and to relax... In holistic therapy, our body "energy" is the universal life force that governs personal wellbeing and vitality. The signature treatments are concentrates on establishing and maintaining a balance between our body energies. The new range Wisdom of Africa blended indigenous botanical ingredients from all over the continent of Africa, that natures mind, body and spirit. They give us an idea of African healing traditions and a chance to re-awaken, to touch the inner self again. Fully Equipped Gym The fully quipped gym at Madikwe Hills, with treadmill, spinning bike, rowing machine, fitness flyer, weights and bench, dumbbells and barbells and aerobic mats, allows guests to keep up with their fitness regime, or a place to release the guilt built up after indulging in mouth-watering delights. ... more   less 

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Address: Madikwe Game Reserve | North West, Madikwe Game Reserve 2865, South Africa
Region: South Africa > North-West Province > Madikwe Game Reserve
Price Range: ₹ 69,421 - ₹ 96,448 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 12
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“LITTLE MADIKWE is absolutely amazing!”
 of 5 bubbles kobusk162, 4 Dec 2016 | Read review
“All rooms have amazing view of the open plain& a pool as far as i know, but if you want a bath outside,request it”
 of 5 bubbles L3728KVsusang, 26 Nov 2016 | Read review
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“Suite 2 is in a prime location for game viewing and convenience.”
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