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FAST FACTS
LOCATIONMadikwe Game Reserve, North West ProvincePOOLYes - Private Plunge Pool (not heated)
BIG 5 GAME RESERVEYesSPAIn-room Massages
OFF ROADYesAIRCONYes
CAMP FENCEDNoCELLPHONE SIGNALYes
CHILD POLICYChildren of all ages are welcome at Lelapa LodgeMALARIANo


UNIQUE SELLING POINTS
  •   Child friendly, honeymoon friendly lodge based on different camps with the reserve.
  •   Wildlife diversity - ecological cross-road combining the arid Kalahari Thronveld and the typical Bushveld Savana.
  •   Archaelogical discoveries which go back to the beginnings of humankind.
 




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DATE ROOM TYPE RATES RULES
01 September - 17 December 2018 Luxury Suite Lelapa/Kopano/Dithaba R 3,995 pppn sharing special rate for advance bookings (SA Residents)

*Above special rate is valid for SA Residents only – proof of SA ID will be requested upon booking.

FOR SPECIAL DISCOUNTED RATES & PEAK SEASON RATES BETWEEN 18 DECEMBER 2018 – 03 JANUARY 2019
 
PLEASE CONTACT BUSHBREAKS & MORE ON 0861 00 44 55 (South Africa) or +2711 468 3476 (International) or email info@bushbreaks.co.za 

*Surcharges & a minimum 3 night stay may apply over peak holiday periods & long weekends.


RATE INCLUDES
• Luxury accommodation
• All meals
• Two game drives in open Land Rovers daily
• Game drive refreshments & snacks
• Teas & coffees
• WiFi in public areas
SINGLE ACCOMMODATION
• There will be a single supplement of 50% on the per person rate for single accommodation.
CHILD POLICY
• LELAPA LODGE:
• Children 0 - 5 years stay free of charge when sharing with 2 full paying adults
• Children aged 6 - 15 years pay 50% when sharing with 2 full paying adults
• Children 16 years and older pay the full adult rate and need to occupy their own room.
GAME DRIVE POLICY FOR CHILDREN
• Please note children under the age of 6 years will have a separate family safari game drive after breakfast.
• Only children aged 6 years and older are permitted on game drives at the discretion of the game ranger.
IMPORTANT NOTES
• Unless otherwise stated, all rates listed are based on a minimum 2 night stay. Surcharges may apply for a 1 night booking.
• Rates quoted above applicable to SADC Residents only. Special discounted offers for International Residents are available on request.
• Gate Fees to be paid directly at the Lodge: R 210.00 per adult per stay & R 105.00 per child per stay. For guests flying in, the gate fees are R 280.00 per adult per stay and R 140.00 per child per stay. (Subject to change)
• A Madikwe Guest Conservation Contribution Fee of R 150.00 per adult per night & R 75.00 per child per night applies. The fees are subject to change and are to be settled at the lodge direct.
• Gates opening time: 6 a.m.
• Gates closing time: 9 p.m. – HOWEVER, please note that from 6 p.m., guests driving in have to be accompanied by one of the Lodges vehicles at a charge of R300.00 PER VEHICLE, subject to change. (The guests still drive their vehicle to the lodge, but one of our vehicles accompanies them, so it’s just a once off one way fee)



INFORMATION
GETTING THERE
Driving time from Johannesburg is approximately 4 hours. Daily light aircraft flights into Madikwe Game Reserve from Johannesburg.
 
ACCOMMODATION
12 x Suites for families at Lelapa Lodge
  4 x Suites at Kopano Lodge
  4 x Suites at Dithaba Lodge

ABOUT MADIKWE SAFARI LODGE

Madikwe Safari Lodge is situated in one of South Africa’s largest wildlife sanctuaries, more commonly known as the Madikwe Game Reserve. This malaria-free game reserve is home to the Big Five, endangered African wild dog and just over 60 other mammal species. Madikwe Safari Lodge consists of 3 camps perfect for families, couples & friends. If one is looking for private accommodation, great game viewing and a spectacular safari experience, Madikwe Safari Lodge is the place to be.
 
More About The Camps 
 
Lelapa Lodge 
 
Lelapa literally means ‘family’ & at Lelapa lodge you can expect warm hospitality, sublime comfort and a compelling charm which will make you want to stay forever. By focusing on families and being able to accommodate children of all ages, Lelapa Lodge is the perfect family destination. 
Each of the twelve suites are comfortable, spacious and ever respectful of the natural environment beyond. Each suite boasts an indoor and outdoor shower, private plunge pool and wood-burning fireplace which seek to enhance Mother Natures’ subtle signature. 
Some of the features of Lelapa Lodge include : 
 
12 Suites for 24 people
Children of all ages welcome
Children’s activities and babysitting available
Family Rooms available
Private plunge pools
Communal pool
Suitable for disabled travellers (with assistance)
Full range of dietary preferences catered for
Free Wi-Fi (in public areas)
 
Kopano Lodge

Kopano which means ‘small gathering’ can be booked out on an exclusive use basis & is well-suited to a get-together of friends
or an older family. This modern lodge is influenced by an African design aesthetic, comprising of just four luxury suites which reminds one of a traditional
homestead. Each suite features a fireplace, private plunge pool & viewing deck, while sharing a main lodge area.
Some of the features of Kopano Lodge include :
 
4 Suites for 8 guests
Children of 16 and older welcome
Private Plunge Pools only
Open plan lounge and dining area
Suitable for disabled travellers (with assistance)
Full range of dietary preferences catered for
 
Dithaba Lodge 

The local dialect meaning of Dithaba is mountain & is located slightly higher up than the other camps, offering a magnificent view over the open plains. With only 4 Suites each with a private plunge pool this lodge is well suited to a group of friends or family members making it their own while on safari. It is also just the perfect escape for those who simply prefer the sound of nature and little else.
Some of the features of Dithaba Lodge include :
 
4 Suites for 8 guests
Children of 16 and over welcome, unless lodge is booked exclusively then children of all ages are welcome
Private Plunge Pools only
Open plan lounge and dining area
Not suitable for disabled travellers
Full range of dietary preferences catered for
 
 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.

LODGE FEATURES

  • 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
  • Airconditioned rooms
  • Fire places in rooms






GETTING THERE



DIRECTIONS
RECOMMEDNDED ROUTE
  •     Travel to Fourways Shopping Centre via Rivonia Road or the N1 South highway. Follow directions to Hartbeespoort Dam. Keep going straight, and turn left onto the N14 highway, following Krugersdorp signposts
  •     Travel in a southwesterly direction
  •     At the four-way stop, turn right onto the N14 towards Ventersdorp
  •     At the T-junction turn right towards Ventersdorp / Hekpoort
  •     The road then splits again -- take the left fork towards Ventersdorp
  •     Follow this road until you get to a four-way junction; here you will turn right towards Rustenburg
  •     Pass through the town of Magaliesberg and take the left fork in the road - the R509 to Boons and Derby (approximately 53km)
  •     Proceed through Derby towards Koster (approximately 17km)
  •     In Koster, turn right towards Swartruggens (R509) for 34km
  •     Turn left at the stop street onto the N4 to Swartruggens, Groot Marico and Zeerust. (Be sure to refuel in Zeerust as there is no fuel available in the Reserve)
  •     Turn right at President Street onto the R47/R49 to Gaborone . It is ± 90km to the Abjaterskop Gate, where you will enter Madikwe Game Reserve
  •     Here you will be welcomed by the friendly gate staff, who will confirm your reservation and direct you to the correct camp at Madikwe Safari Lodge
  •     Now you will travel on a gravel road (travelling time is approximately 45 minutes) towards Derdepoort for ±11km
  •     At the T-junction, turn left
  •     On your way, you will pass a signboard to Derdepoort Gate after 2km, and again 1,1km later - just follow the directions to the Derdepoort Gate
  •     After approximately 5km, you will drive through the "Ambush Alley" mountain pass; here you will see a sign warning drivers to be mindful of klipspringers in the area
  •     Continue on the same road and after 5km, there is a crossroad where you will still continue straight
  •     Continue until you see the sign for Madikwe Safari Lodge (with the relevant camp name), where you turn right, off the main road and continue to the lodge
PLEASE CONTACT THE LODGE WHEN PASSING SUN CITY

Please note
  •     This route is recommended for guests travelling in sedan vehicles as the road condition is really great with gravel roads only in the reserve
  •     A GPS will not bring you directly to Madikwe Safari Lodge if utilised from ORT/JHB/Pretoria or Sun City
  •     Please advise us of your estimated time of arrival, and please check the afternoon game drive schedules to ensure you will be on time
  •     Please drive carefully and be aware of village pedestrians, their children and animals
  •     There are always a number of speed traps with traffic police along the way, so please be sure to follow the speed restrictions
  •     The elephants at Madikwe Game Reserve must be treated with respect, so please keep a safe distance
  •     Please take note that the gate opens at 06h00 and closes at 21h00. Please advise the Lodge if you will be arriving outside of these times so that the relevant arrangements can be made.
FROM O.R TAMBO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
  •   Immediately after leaving the airport, watch out for the R21 PRETORIA / KEMPTON PARK signpost
  •     It is on the left, and the turn-off is very soon after leaving the airport, so please watch carefully
  •     Follow the signs to Pretoria and N1 PIETERSBERG / Polokwane / North
  •     After approximately 36 km, you will see large direction signs over the highway - you need to follow the direction N1 PIETERSBERG / Polokwane / North. Turn onto this highway (you are now travelling in a northerly direction)
  •     Continue along this road, passing several off-ramps along the way. You will see signs for the Bakwenya Platinum Highway N4 Rustenburg toll road. Take this road
  •     Once on the N4, continue in the Rustenburg direction – take exit #225 for the R556 Sun City / Majakaneng
  •     Turn right at the top of the off-ramp towards Sun City and continue straight to Sun City (approximately 73 km from this off-ramp). (It is advisable to fill up with fuel at the Sun Village, just after the Sun City entrance on the right)
  •     After passing Sun City and the Sun Village on the right, continue straight until you reach a four-way junction. Turn right to DERDEPOORT.
  •     Follow the road for approximately 8 km; you will soon need to turn left at the sign for BAPONG
  •     Continue straight along this road
  •     Please ignore all signs for Madikwe Hospital or Village etc.
  •     After passing through MABESKRAAL (approximately 45 km), you will come to a four-way stop where you must turn right to DERDEPOORT
  •     This newly tarred/sealed road continues for about 25 km and has very few signs. It then becomes gravel/dirt, with the Dwarsberg Liquor Store on your left
  •     Continue straight along the gravel road towards MOLATEDI village (do not take the next Derdepoort turning to the right, continue straight), pass through the Molatedi village, over the Marico River and straight to the MOLATEDI GATE entrance into the Reserve
  •     Here you will be welcomed by the friendly gate staff, who will confirm your reservation and direct you to the correct camp at Madikwe Safari Lodge
  •     Proceed into the Reserve on the main road following the signs to the DERDEPOORT gate, approximately 29 km and it should take you approximately 45 minutes. Please note the Reserve speed limit is 40 km/h
  •     Continue until you see the sign for Madikwe Safari Lodge, where you will turn right off the main road and continue to the Lodge
PLEASE CONTACT THE LODGE WHEN PASSING SUN CITY

Please note
  •     This route is recommended for guests travelling with 4x4 vehicles as there is a 30 km gravel road that might not be ideal with other vehicles. It is however approximately 100 km shorter than the road via Zeerust
  •     Please advise us of your estimated time of arrival, and please note that the gate opens at 06h00 and closes at 21h00. The lodge will need to know if you will be arriving outside of these times so that the necessary arrangements can be made
  •     Please drive carefully and be aware of village pedestrians, their children and animals
  •     There are always a number of speed traps with traffic police along the way, so please be sure to follow the speed restrictions
  •     The elephants at Madikwe Game Reserve must be treated with respect, so please keep a safe distance
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