Driving time from Johannesburg is approximately 4 hours. Daily light aircraft flights into Madikwe Game Reserve from Johannesburg.
12 Suites for families
4 Suites for adults
4 Suites part of an exclusive camp
ABOUT MADIKWE SAFARI LODGE
Madikwe Safari Lodge is situated in the heart of the richly diverse, malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve, offering exceptional game viewing, simple yet sophisticated accommodation, superlative service and unique regional cuisine.
Three exclusive camps, (Lelapa Lodge being the Family camp), - totaling just 20 suites in all - feature a simple yet sophisticated Madikwe style. Each very spacious suite features a sitting area, a bedroom with circular fireplace, a dressing area with personal bar, and a bathroom with twin hand basins, large bathtub, indoor and outdoor shower, and private toilet. French doors opening onto wooden decking lead to inviting plunge pools. The rooms are organic in design and woven copper screens add intriguing detail. Dithaba Lodge has just four suites/villas and is ideal for sole use. Kopano Lodge is perfect for couples and regret no children allowed.
The Lodge will only ever accommodate a maximum of two triple or one four-bedded suites. Overlooking Madikwe's game-filled plains, intimate sitting areas in all three camps feature shaded outdoor seating on expansive covered decks. There are plentiful fireplaces both inside and outdoors with pizza ovens for fun dining, book-filled libraries and a unique safari shop. A covered outdoor living room offers beanbags and cushions on the floor for casual relaxation. The nearby boma is the setting for evocative starlit dinners.
MADIKWE SAFARI LODGE CHILDRENS ECO CENTRE
Too many hotels and lodges around the world profess to be child friendly but fall way short on delivering an experience which caters for families in the way that parents travelling today expect them to. We wanted to be different, buck the trend and actually deliver an experience as if created by parents as opposed to an operational manual which, is exactly what we have done at Lelapa Lodge. Outside of the incredible array of activities which we offer, we have invested in building an educational center, aptly called the ECO-HOUSE. The ECO-HOUSE is only a part of the Madikwe Cubz activities on offer but is such a highlight during a kids stay that we wanted to provide a little more information about what is offered. The center is managed by our Field Ranging team so there is continuity between the activities done outdoors to what we continue with as experiential learning done inside the ECO-HOUSE. The relationship is also continued so the kids don’t need to meet a new team of the staff and have the ranger taking them on safari and doing the learning. The center is a hive of activity where we are painting, drawing, making location specific models and arts and or getting to touch & smell some of the live specimens in the center. Parents have the choice to either engage in the learning with their kids or steal a few hours for themselves knowing their kids will never even know they are not by their side. This experience is unique to Madikwe Safari Lodge and has been done in consultation with the owner parents, guest parents, managers and North West parks, who have assisted in all the required permits for the live specimens. In kid language... ECO-HOUSE is just AWESOME!
ABOUT MADIKWE GAME RESERVE
Herman Charles Bosman has woven many a tale about Abjaterskop and the Marico River . It is perhaps he that best describes the vast area where enselsberg rise from the savannahs and an area that is given life from the Marico River . This is the malaria free Madikwe Game Reserve, 75 000 hectares of unique topography and breathtaking beauty, it is also the home to the big 5, wild dog, cheetah and a large variety of mammal and bird life.
This 75 000 hectare reserve is situated in the North-West province of South Africa , on the border with Botswana . The large diversity of vegetation and ecozones allows for a rich diversity of game and bird species to inhabit the reserve.
HISTORY OF THE RESERVE
The reserve was proclaimed in August 1991, but officially became the estate of the North-West Parks Board on the 31 October 1991. The reserve is one of very few in the world that was proclaimed purely on the grounds of it being the most appropriate sustainable land use for the area in which the reserve lies. Studies done through independent consultants clearly showed that wildlife-based tourism would be the most beneficial option for an area that was in an economic depression. The vision for Madikwe was to have a joint venture run by the North-West Parks Board, private investors and the local communities living in the surrounding area. The reserve has now become a role model for many similar ventures country wide due to the successes achieved within the reserve.
Prior to the park being proclaimed, work had already begun on clearing derelict farm buildings, fencing, and a number of alien plant species. The park has a number of old buildings that were spared from demolition and now serve as The Parks Board headquarters. There were other game scout outposts built to house game scouts and other reserve staff. The perimeter was fenced with approximately 150km of electric game fencing, which is electrified to prevent the escape of the larger game species. In the park local business and labour was used to demolish buildings, erect fences and to construct roads, dams and lodges.
Three exclusive safari camps
Rooms with sleeper couches and family suites
Private plunge pools
Expansive guest areas with sweeping views
Libraries and interpretive centres
African safari shop
Fire places in rooms