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Madikwe Game Reserve 0116 South Africa
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#11 of 23 Specialty lodging in Madikwe Game Reserve
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The rich red timbres of the African earth are reflected in the warm tones of Madikwe Safari Lodge. Cradled between rolling hills, overlooking game-filled plains intersected by the Marico River and framed by the Dwarsberg Hills, just 20 suites are clustered in three intimate camps. With circular fireplaces at the heart of every suite, and big glass doors to blur the boundary between inside and out, Madikwe embodies the warm, bold heart of this spectacularly rugged corner of Africa. Spacious wooden decks embrace inviting plunge pools, and book-filled shelves in quiet corners entice and captivate, while large pizza ovens add a fun twist to meal times.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Pool
Free breakfast
Entertainment staff
Babysitting
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Airport transportation
Secured parking
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Kids' meals
Special diet menus
Kids club
Highchairs available
Spa
Facial treatments
Massage
Baggage storage
Concierge
Currency exchange
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun terrace
24-hour front desk
Private check-in / check-out
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Bathrobes
Air conditioning
Fireplace
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Coffee / tea maker
Minibar
Walk-in shower
Room service
Safe
Seating area
Sofa
Telephone
Bottled water
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Electric kettle
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Languages Spoken
English, Afrikaans

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Madikwe Game Reserve 0116 South Africa
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Sir Seretse Khama Intl Airport51 kmSee all flights
Lanseria Airport206 kmSee all flights
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Femke wrote a review 9 Sep
4 contributions1 helpful vote
What a brilliant experience. We really loved everything! Always a nice welcome back after a game drive. Very good food and drinks. A lovely fire in the evening in your room after a bush dinner. The little performance of the staff during the boma. Our game drives were spectacular. Mike you really showed us everything! The Wild Dog moment was just unbelievable. Girly, Maria, Aubrey, Keba, Bally thank you for the great service and feeling of being very welcome. (And everyone else I maybe forgot) we will be back !
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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d0ugbish0p wrote a review 4 Sep
High Wycombe, United Kingdom6 contributions12 helpful votes
We flew Heathrow to Jo Berg and then caught a small plane and fly into Madikwe Game Reserve, about 1 hour flight. The lodges are very well equipped, the staff are really warm & friendly, and the food is top quality. The Safari runs are dawn & dusk, the rangers get you to see everything, it can be cold in the early starts, and the dusk runs, finish with Sundowners in the reserve. We went with Virgin, only complaint is they forgot to book a taxi on our last day so we had to wait around for nearly 6 hours , however no real hardship sitting by the pool sipping pink gins watch the animals come to drink from the water hole on the other side of the electric fences
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Date of stay: May 2022
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eviesm wrote a review Aug 2022
Bristol, United Kingdom3 contributions
Simply put, I've never stayed anywhere better than this! We were amazed by everything - the stunning location within Madikwe, the animals coming to the watering hole as we were having our lunch, the stunning food we received all week, our brilliant and knowledgeable guide who answered our many, many questions about what we were seeing, never feeling rushed back from a drive - they are approx 3 hours twice a day, the comfort of the rooms and the friendly and helpful service from everyone we met. Our two boys 11 and 9 want to return very soon! and so do we.
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Date of stay: August 2022
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milburn07 wrote a review Aug 2022
14 contributions2 helpful votes
We had the best time staying at Lelapa Safari Lodge. The food was insane, the staff were so friendly and went above and beyond and our driver Ryan really made the trip special for us. An amazing trip!
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Date of stay: August 2022
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jennywren820 wrote a review Aug 2022
Greater London, United Kingdom1 contribution
We couldn't have wished for a more memorable honeymoon experience! So many wonderful memories to take away and treasure - from game drives and sundowners with our amazing guide, Ryan, to the thoughtful and personal little touches provided by the reception, kitchen, waiting staff and housekeeping teams. We were so well looked after throughout our stay, and every member of staff was pleasant, cheerful and attentive to our needs. We'll never forget the sight of elephants, zebras and giraffes at the watering hole as we lounged by the pool! Truly an unforgettable experience - thank you to everyone at Madikwe Safari Lodge (Lelapa Lodge).
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Date of stay: July 2022
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David A wrote a review Jul 2022
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A Madikwe Safari Lodge experience is like no other! It is beautifully designed, with an open main building and rustic decor. ALL the staff, from the manager down to the housekeepers and wait staff, go above and beyond to make sure every guest has the experience of a lifetime. All the guides are very knowledgeable and personable. Even when you are not out on a game drive, wildlife abounds. The poolside watering hole is a wonderful place to relax while still watching the incredible wildlife of the area. As a plus, Madikwe Safari Lodge is the only lodge in the reserve that is designed to accommodate families. Children need to be a certain age to go one the game drives, but if they are below the age limit, there are activities they can engage in while the parents are in the bush. Whether you are a single traveler, couple, or family, I highly recommend staying here!
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Date of stay: July 2022
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maitaikpl13 wrote a review Jul 2022
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My travel agent recommended this place as the perfect fit for my family of 5. Literally everyone we interacted with was so warm, welcoming, and genuinely focused on making our stay comfortable. We were never able to stump Mitchell with any question. He was so knowledgeable, and his passion and interest in animals was very evident. Joyce always welcomed us with a big smile and met our numerous requests for special drinks and menu substitutions, and even second portions of the incredibly delicious food! Amy never hesitated to help us out with logistics even letting us use the usb outlet in the office after we checked out. The housekeeping staff always kept our rooms tidy and organized. We especially loved the little touches such as the story cards, heating pads in the beds, and chalkboard to communicate. Olga, the masseuse, was very accommodating with our schedule, and even come at night since it was the only time that worked for us. This lodge truly put our comfort and enjoyment as their top priority. They welcomed us at the front with friendly waves each time we arrived back from a game drive. Food was very plentiful - and most importantly, so delicious! I don't think there was a need that wasn't met. Their watering hole had lots of animal visitors, and you can enjoy it sitting by the pool, or on their many lounge chairs that were available. Kids were also entertained at the Eco Lodge by Ceceila. My kids said she was very funny, and accommodating with her activities which ranges from crafts, to art, to cooking! Truly a gem of a lodge and I would highly recommend to anyone.
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Molly D wrote a review Jul 2022
Cleveland, Ohio5 contributions3 helpful votes
My family (husband and 9 yr old daughter) stayed at Madikwe Safari Lodge last week and absolutely loved it. Our game drives and sightings were plentiful and awesome (thank you, Borain!!) We saw all the big 5 except the leopard, but made up for it with some other fantastic sightings - including two gorgeous cheetahs and plenty of lions. The lodge itself is beautiful, food delicious, service impeccable. Special shout out to Cecilia in the Eco Lodge! Loved how great they are with kids, making it so special. Thank you, MSL!!!
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Leigh O wrote a review Jul 2022
6 contributions9 helpful votes
We had an amazing time at Madikwe with our guide Borain- he was so thoughtful and engaging and taught us so much about the animals and birds. We saw multiple lions, rhino, elephant, giraffe, wild dogs, brown hyena and soooo much more. We loved our suite and loved returning from dinner to see that a thoughtful staff member had lit our fireplace. A wonderful safari experience.
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rachel wrote a review Jun 2022
Leeds, United Kingdom7 contributions9 helpful votes
Maxine safari lodge is the best place we’ve ever visited. The staff are absolutely amazing, it was impeccably clean and the views are out of this world. You can sit by the pool enjoying your favourite drinks and snacks watching the animals pass by the watering hole. The guides knowledge is outstanding and the game drives are varied to ensure you make the most of your time in the bush. An absolute must for everyone to visit!!
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$1,165 - $1,274 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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LOCATION
South AfricaNorth-West ProvinceMadikwe Game Reserve
NUMBER OF ROOMS
20
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Frequently Asked Questions about Madikwe Safari Lodge
What are some of the property amenities at Madikwe Safari 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 Safari Lodge?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a fireplace.
What food & drink options are available at Madikwe Safari Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Madikwe Safari Lodge?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Madikwe Safari Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Madikwe Safari Lodge have airport transportation?
Yes, Madikwe Safari Lodge offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Madikwe Safari Lodge?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Madikwe Safari Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Afrikaans.
Is Madikwe Safari Lodge accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms and facilities for disabled guests. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.