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 !
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
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.
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!
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).
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!…
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.…
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!!!
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.
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!!