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Madikwe Game Reserve 2865 South Africa
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#8 of 23 Specialty lodging in Madikwe Game Reserve
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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. 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. 86 mammals (from mice to elephant), 420 bird species (110 being rare) and 104 tree species. 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) with qualified ranger AND tracker • '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 • All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks) including all beverages except for cellar wines and premium spirits • 10 Secluded glass fronted suites (±150m2) • Uninterrupted views of the African bush • Private deck with plunge pool • Air-conditioning • Fans • Fireplaces • Fully complimentary 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.
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Free parking
Free internet
Pool
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Archery offsite
Fishing
Books, DVDs, music for children
Public wifi
Pool / beach towels
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Private pool
Plunge pool
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Patio
Walking tours
Board games / puzzles
Children's television networks
Highchairs available
Free airport transportation
Airport transportation
Spa
Body wrap
Facial treatments
Foot bath
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Manicure
Massage
Neck massage
Pedicure
24-hour security
BBQ facilities
Concierge
Gift shop
Mosquito net
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Shared lounge / TV area
Shops
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
First aid kit
Umbrella
Private check-in / check-out
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Cable / satellite TV
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Private balcony
Room service
Safe
Seating area
Separate dining area
Separate living room
Sofa
Telephone
VIP room facilities
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Bottled water
Clothes rack
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
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Minibar
Refrigerator
Electric kettle
Electric blanket
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Languages Spoken
English, Afrikaans

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Madikwe Game Reserve 2865 South Africa
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RachelAldikacti wrote a review 21 Sep
Auckland, New Zealand25 contributions20 helpful votes
Our trip to Madikwe Hills was exceptional and has left us with a lifetime of incredible memories. From the initial communication around booking, right through to the moment we left the service was amazing. The lodge itself is stunning and the rooms leave nothing to be desired. Situated in the centre of the park, with watering holes right beside the rooms and dining area, meant there was an endless stream of wildlife, even before you went on a game drive. We saw all the Big 5 and many more, in their natural state and obviously not mistreated in anyway by humans. As beautiful as the lodge and grounds were, the people were what made our stay so good. Our guide Wayne and tracker Eric were so knowledgable and friendly and they went out of their way to find different things each drive and to fulfill our requests. I felt safe and cared for the entire time. Hannes and the management team were always available and were great hosts and the restaurant and housekeeping staff were passionate and hospitable. I could not recomment Madikwe Hills highly enough. Definitely one for the bucket list!
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Room Tip: Ask for a room nearest one of the watering holes
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294sammy wrote a review 7 Sep
Westhampton, New York22 contributions8 helpful votes
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Madekwe Hills Has an absolutely stunning lodge and Safari grounds . Our Tracker and guide were extremely friendly and knowledgeable and a pleasure to spend time with. . The meals were exceptional and the entire staff at the lodge was professional & truly wonderful . The amenities in our individual quarters were incredibly spoiling.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Charlotte P wrote a review Aug 2022
Godalming, United Kingdom45 contributions40 helpful votes
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What a fantastic lodge with wonderful people. Hannes, Irene and the team run a really smooth operation, warm and personal in a beautiful location. We have stayed in loads of lodges and this is top notch. The food and accommodations were excellent with fantastic service, Stef, Andrew and Isaac looked after us so well. Game drives were fantastic - great sightings - Benson as our guide and Lebo as our tracker were fantastic and got us really close to the animals while keeping us super safe especially on bush walks. The hot meat snacks at sundowners was a lovely touch and the hand warmers!! Rooms are comfortable with everything you need and most importantly great views of beautiful Madikwe. Will definitely be back.. thanks for having us!
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: The lodge is on a kopjie and the rooms are at different levels soif you are going to struggle...
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Response from Hannes Kruger, General Manager at Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge
Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear Charlottep358, Thank you very much for your kind review! We can't wait to have you stay with us again! Regards,
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Jim & Colette wrote a review Aug 2022
Lisburn, United Kingdom42 contributions49 helpful votes
Madikwe Hills has a fabulous setting and is really beautiful. Our suite , number 9, was positioned with a waterhole in front of it. The suite was really beautiful with a lovely deck area but the view of the animals at the waterhole in early afternoon was incredible. Elephants, Kudu, Zebra, Impala and Warthogs at least were present every day in large numbers. The interaction was amazing and it was hard to know where to look, even from the shower! It was like a safari in itself. The dining area also had a waterhole which was floodlit at night so the game viewing continued. The lodge is immaculate and very tastefully decorated! The food and staff were excellent and as the lodge had a quiet lunch period on one day they offered to bring us lunch on the deck in our room. This was very thoughtful and much appreciated as we got to watch the waterhole action with a beautiful lunch! The game drives at Madikwe range over a huge area and present many challenges to Rangers and Trackers. We were very fortunate to be with the top team, Sam and Herman! These guys really delivered and from the very first sighting, 8 wild dog pups feasting on an impala, they never stopped working to make our safari so special! We noticed that some of other lodges in the park only had Rangers on their vehicles and we were really appreciative that Madikwe Hills had a tracker as well as the extra set of eyes were essential not only with sighting animals but with manoeuvring the vehicle when off road in some of the very tough terrain! Sam and Herman detected a smell as we were hurtling along a track, stopped, reversed and went on foot into the bush where they found a dead hyena! Now that’s impressive! Sam was a fountain of knowledge and showed us some tracking tips, fascinating! Madikwe is a huge reserve and has lots of game but they are often very far apart which makes it a very different experience from some other parks and some animals are more common in different terrains. Wild dogs are very rare and yet we saw them every day . The soil and roads vary in colour depending on the minerals in the area and the bird life was extraordinary. In short it is a very vivid area with lots to see and I can’t think of a better place to see it from than Madikwe Hills. The spa is lovely and African Head massages can easily be fitted in between all the activities, highly recommended! Thanks to Hannes for everything and of course to the real power Irene!
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Hannes Kruger, General Manager at Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge
Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear JimandColette, Thank you very much for your wonderful review and for pointing out the important role a tracker plays on safari, from an ecological as well as a safety point of view. Rare plants, tracks, nests, small animals, holes and stumps can so easily be missed when one doesn't have that pair of eyes right in front. We hope to see you again soon! Regards,
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Happy traveller wrote a review Jul 2022
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I am always loathe to write too much, as readers get bored of reading essays. So I will be brief. Madikwe Hills has left a brilliant lasting memory. We have stayed in many different lodges in the Eastern Transvaal, Namibia and Botswana, but Madikwe Hills stands out as the best. The reception staff, bar and restaurant staff and housekeeping staff are exceptionally well trained and made us feel like this was our home from home. Our field guide, Doctor, and tracker Sydney, were outstanding... Great communicators and they went out of their way to locate great sightings. I know if we return, we will request Doctor and Sydney again. The location and layout of the lodge is something to behold. Ingeniously constructed amongst huge granite rocks, the rooms are very large and luxuriously appointed and beautifully clean. Oh, I could go on and on with superlatives ... to summarise, a memorable place and experience.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Room Tip: Rooms 9 & 10 are at ground level overlooking 3 waterholes and offer exceptional game and bird...
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Response from Hannes Kruger, General Manager at Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge
Responded 25 Jul 2022
Dear Happy traveller, Thank you so much for your kind review! When one enjoys what you do it does not seem like work. We are glad that you had such a memorable time with us and we look forward to seeing you again! Regards,
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hughp910 wrote a review Jul 2022
3 contributions1 helpful vote
This is an exceptional venue. The best. From staff to accommodation and cuisine. The game guide and game spotter (Sam and Herman) were outstanding. The staff at the lodge from admin to waiters and housekeeping were amazing. The cuisine was top class. Everything was amazing, even the Spar with Sonja was exceptional. Thanks a lot for a memorable occasion. We will be back. Regards to Luna.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Room Tip: All accommodation is outstanding. All but one, as far as i am aware have views over the watehole.
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Responded 25 Jul 2022
Dear hughp910, Thank you so much for your kind review. We are glad that you enjoyed all aspects: accommodation, meals, game drives and the spa. Thank you for the praises. We hope to see you again soon. Regards,
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Liezl wrote a review Jun 2022
Johannesburg, South Africa7 contributions
We are return guests and Hannes Kruger and his team never fail to delight. Once again thank you for a wonderful time at one of the most beautiful lodges.10 out of 10 for all Madikwe Hills has to offer. This is one of our favorite destinations and are always excited to return to Madikwe Hills
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Hannes Kruger, General Manager at Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge
Responded 21 Jun 2022
Dear Liezl, Thank you very much for your kind review. It was such a pleasure to have had you both with us again! Keep well and see you again soon! Regards,
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GRSteve wrote a review Jun 2022
Harwinton, Connecticut64 contributions9 helpful votes
My family and I had the great pleasure of staying at Madikwe for four nights in early June. This was our third trip to Africa and I would say that the stay at Madikwe ranks up there as the best. The accomodations are stunning. Each unit is large, luxurious, private and overlooks an incredible watering hole with frequent visits by a variety of wildlife. The food and services were excellent. Perhaps best of all was the safari game drives. We had the pleasure of having Benson as our guide and Lebo as our tracker. The skill level of these two rewarded us with sightings of Lions, Wild dogs, Rhinos, and frequent game animals. Cant recommend Madikwe enough!!
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Response from Hannes Kruger, General Manager at Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge
Responded 20 Jun 2022
Dear Gary S, Thank you so much, we are ecstatic to read that Madikwe Hills has been your favourite in all your trips to Africa! Keep well and we hope to see you again soon! Regards,
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Anjali C wrote a review Jun 2022
Singapore12 contributions5 helpful votes
Great location with a very warm welcome We loved the character of the lodge.Very spacious clean suites, comfortable warm beds, cosy fire place with fantastic views and well stocked mini bar.Bathroom had very well chosen amenities.Fabulous restaurant with friendly and helpful staff. Chef went out of his way to accommodate our requests.Best stay ever. Both check in and check out were easy and professionally handled. Every staff we encountered were delightful and eager to help. Spa was a wonderful zen experience. The therapist is very experienced and totally relaxed my aching neck and back. Exciting game drives with Benson who made it possible for us to see as many animals as we could. He is extremely hardworking and highly motivated. Big credit and accolades to Hannes the property general manager for running this beautiful Lodge extremely well and professionally. A must visit place. We went back home with a piece of Madikwe hills in our heart. Thankyou to Hannes and his wonderful team. Well done all of you.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 20 Jun 2022
Dear Anjali_Paws, Thank you so much for your kind review. We are really glad that you enjoyed your stay with us so much. We hope to see you again soon! Regards,
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Geoffrey M wrote a review May 2022
3 contributions1 helpful vote
We had an awesome time staying here and made lifetime memories here with the game viewing experiences with the help of our guide and tracker Wayne and Charlie. Lions, wild dogs, African buffalo, zebra, cheetah, leopards, hyena and more, all tracked by the extremely knowledgeable Madikwe team. The food was also delicious and we were continually full throughout and extremely satisfied. This is an authentic safari lodge which may require some updates in the future but worked well for our experience. Thank you Madikwe team for an awesome trip!
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Room Tip: Down by the watering holes seems to be the best rooms to stay at.
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Response from Hannes Kruger, General Manager at Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge
Responded 14 Jun 2022
Dear GeoffTravelsAbroad, Thank you very much for your review. No one will ever leave Madikwe Hills hungry. And the portion sizes allows one to taste most of the dishes! We look forward to welcoming you back for another safari holiday. Regards,
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$1,516 - $1,623 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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LOCATION
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge
What are some of the property amenities at Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness centre during their stay.
Does Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge have airport transportation?
Yes, Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.3 km away from the centre of Madikwe Game Reserve.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Afrikaans.