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FAST FACTS
LOCATIONMadikwe Game Reserve, North West ProvincePOOLRelaxing plunge pool at the main lodge area & a new infinity pool located in close proximity to the Game Viewing Lounge
BIG 5 GAME RESERVEYesSPAFull Spa
OFF ROADYes (for Big 5 Sightings only)AIRCONYes
CAMP FENCEDYesCELLPHONE SIGNALYes
CHILD POLICYAll Ages WelcomeMALARIANo


UNIQUE SELLING POINTS
  •   Tau is a luxury South African Game Lodge situated in the Madikwe Game Reserve in close proximity to Gauteng, the Pilanesberg National Park & Sun City.
  •   Tau Game Lodge is located on the far northern border of South Africa & Botswana, in the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve, the 4th largest game reserve in the country.
  •   Privately owned Tau Game Lodge can accommodate up to 60 guests and offers an ideal South African bush conference venue as well as an idyllic wedding venue with a fully equipped Spa overlooking a natural, active waterhole.
  •   Perfect for small conference group getaways, individuals, couples or family holidays with an interactive childrens programme called 'The Cubz Club' 




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DATE ROOM TYPE RATES RULES
01 September - 30 September 2018 Standard Chalet R 3,000 pppn sharing special rates for advance bookings
01 October - 31 October 2018 Standard Chalet R 3,880 pppn sharing special rates for advance bookings
01 November 2018 - 30 April 2019 Standard Chalet R 4,300 pppn sharing special rate for advance bookings
01 May - 30 September 2019 Standard Chalet R 3,200 pppn sharing special rate for advance bookings
*surcharges may apply on all rates and special offers over peak holiday periods and long weekends.


ADDITIONAL ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS
Deluxe Chalet:
The more spacious Deluxe Chalets with comfortable seating areas, can accommodate parents and children wishing to share the same room. The sliding doors allow for spectacular views of the breathtakingly beautiful tranquillity of the rugged surroundings of the Madikwe Game Reserve.
*accommodates max 2 adults & 2 children under 12 years or 3 adults sharing

Family Unit:
One unit made up of 2 adjacent chalets, a double room and a twin bedded room, joined by an interleading lounge in the middle.
*accommodates 2 adults & 2 children under 12 years or 4 adults sharing

Family Suite:
One unit made up of 2 adjacent chalets, a double room and a twin bedded room, joined by an interleading lounge in the middle.
*accommodates 2 adults & 2 children under 12 years or 4 adults sharing
*due to the additional space in this unit, Tau Game Lodge are able to add additional beds for an additional 2 children under 12 years sharing (max 2 adults and 4 children under 12 years)

Please contact us for special discounted rates on the above additional accommodation options.
RATE INCLUDES
• Luxury accommodation in a Standard Chalet
• Two Game Drives per day
• Three meals per day
• Teas & coffee's at meals and on morning drive
• A sundowner drink on evening drive
SINGLE ACCOMMODATION
• May - September:
- Single surcharge of 20% applies during low season on all single rooms booked.
• October - April:
- Single surcharge of 20% applies when more than 2 single rooms are booked in one party/group in high season.
• Peak holiday periods & long weekends: (including 20 December to 10 January annually)
- Single sursurcharge will apply for all single rooms.
CHILD POLICY
ROOM SHARING AND CHILD POLICY:

• The standard chalets are suitable for 2 adults only and 3 adults per room are not accepted.
• 2 adults and 1 infant/child aged 2 years or under per chalet is accepted
• 2 adults and 2 children (under 12 years) are accepted only in a deluxe chalet or family unit/suite.
• 2 adults and 1 child and 1 infant per chalet are accepted only in a deluxe chalet or family unit/suite.
• 2 adults and 2 children per room are not accepted in standard chalets. They are accepted in deluxe chalets and 2-bedroomed family unit / suite
• 2 children per standard chalet is accepted
• 3 or 4 children per chalet are not accepted in standard chalets. They are accepted in 2-bedroomed family unit / suite and in deluxe chalets

PRICING STRUCTURE FOR CHILDREN

• Infants 0 – 2 years
Stay free of charge in a cot – not allowed on safaris (standard chalet)
• Children 3 – 5 years
Cannot be accommodated in the Standard Chalets, therefore the next room type would be a deluxe chalet and will be charged on the deluxe chalet rates.
• Child 6 – 11 years, sharing with 1 adult
Pay 50% of the adult rate (standard chalet)
• 2 Children 6 –11 years, occupying their own standard chalet
Oldest Child pays adult sharing rate, other child pays 50% of the adult
Rate. (With exception of the peak holidays, Easter, Christmas & New Year period: then charged as adults)
• 2 Children under the age of 12, occupying 1 room of the family unit
Both Child pays adult sharing rate.
2 Children under the age of 12, occupying 1 room of the family suite
Both children pay the adult sharing rate
• 2 Children under the age of 12, sharing a deluxe chalet with 2 adults
Both children pay 50% each of the adult rates.
If this room is requested and only 1 child shares with 2 adults, that child pays the full adult sharing rate, as the room rate for these units is the equivalent of 3 adults sharing.
• 1 Child 6 – 11 years, occupying his/her own chalet/family unit room
Pays the full adult rate.
• Children 12 years and over
Pay the full adult rate.

GENERAL INFORMATION RELATING TO CHILDREN

• Children 6 to 11 years of age are accommodated on standard game drives.
• Child minders are available in the evenings as well as during the game drives, at a nominal charge. Child minders are booked on arrival at the lodge and fees are payable at the lodge on departure.
• Short Kiddies Safaris are provided for smaller children (3-5 yrs).
• Rates include special child activity package, as per the rooming allocations and child policy.
• Early dinners for children can be arranged with the lodge caterer.
• The kiddies club house is in the playground area which is locked, due to safety and security reasons and opened on request OR permanently open during peak holiday periods. A child minder is available at the playground at no extra cost. Activities around the club depends on the amount of children in-house.

GAME DRIVE POLICY FOR CHILDREN
• Children 6 to 11 years of age are accommodated on standard game drives.
• Short Kiddies Safaris are provided for smaller children (3-5 yrs).
• Child minders are available in the evenings as well as during the game drives, at a nominal charge. Child minders are booked on arrival at the lodge and fees are payable at the lodge on departure.
IMPORTANT NOTES
• Unless otherwise stated, all rates listed are based on a minimum 2 night stay. Surcharges may apply for a 1 night booking.
• Gate Fees to be paid directly at the Lodge: R 180.00 per adult per stay & R 80.00 per child (under 12 years) per stay.
For guests flying in, the gate fees are R 240.00 per adult per stay and R 150.00 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 for all bookings. The fees are subject to change and are to be settled at the lodge direct.
• Government/Bed Levy payable directly to the lodge: R 10.00 per person per night, subject to change.
• Rates quoted are only applicable to South African Residents. Discounted special rates for International Residents are available on request.



INFORMATION
GETTING THERE
4 hour drive from Johannesburg. Charter flights & road transfers available on request.
 
ACCOMMODATION
  • 20 Standard Chalets
  • 6 Deluxe Chalets
  • 1 Family Unit (2 rooms and lounge)
  • 1 Family Suite (2 rooms and lounge)

LODGE FEATURES
  • Dining deck and Bar overlooking Waterhole
  • Plunge Pool at main area and infinty pool overlooking an active, natural waterhole
  • Boma
  • En-suite Bathrooms with open-air showers
  • Chalets have private viewing decks
  • Curio Shop
  • The Tau Spa Oasis
  • Tau Cubz Clubhouse and Playground
  • Big five game viewing lounge

ABOUT TAU GAME LODGE

On the far northern border of South Africa lies a beautiful area known as the Great Marico and it is in this spectacular setting, in the malaria free Madikwe Game Reserve, that Tau Game Lodge South Africa is situated.

This luxury safari lodge was designed to reflect the natural surroundings and makes use of the natural resources wherever possible. Privately-owned Tau Game Lodge was built in 1995 and overlooks a vast natural waterhole, which attracts a variety of game, as does the diverse vegetation which thrives in the fertile topsoil.

The decor and furnishings of Tau Game Lodge are Africa-inspired and the rooms are equipped with both air-conditioning and ceiling fans. The rustic thatched chalets are spread out in U-formation on either side of the lodge, offering excellent views of animals approaching the water from the opposite bank. Each chalet has its own wooden game viewing deck, which allows one to experience the bush in privacy and is equipped with an en-suite bathroom and open-air shower.
 
The Tau Spa Oasis offers guests deep relaxation and rejuvenating spa treatments, surrounded by the beauty of the African bush. Our extensively trained spa therapists are specialised in treatments ranging from authentic African treatments to specialised hydrotherapy treatments.

Guests can create their own spa experience with our treatment options or they can choose from our specially designed Spa Package options. Guests are encouraged to stay after their treatments to enjoy some peaceful time at our secluded relaxation Sala. The Bush Spa also offers wonderful gifts to spoil yourself or a loved one with a memory of your experience.
 
Ten thousand animals of 27 major species, including wild dog, cheetah, lion, white and black rhino, buffalo and elephant, were re-introduced to the Madikwe Game Reserve over a six year period with animals coming from various reserves and breeding centres. Game viewing is now at its prime.

Caring for the Cubs at Tau Game Lodge - The Cubz Club (Children's Programme)
 
Children aged 0-2 years sharing with parents stay free and baby-sitting services are on offer at an extra charge.
 
Children aged 3 to 5 years automatically become members of the Tau Cubz Club, a children’s programme which is great fun and works best over school holidays,. It includes a short game drive after breakfast just for the kids. After their game drive, children are entertained with treasure hunts and arts and crafts activities. The children are provided with their own Cubz Club backpacks, which are filled with a wildlife activity booklet, which includes an animal sticker checklist, a deputy ranger sticker badge and certificate, (which is signed off by their personal ranger) as well as a special Tau T-shirt.
 
The Cubz Club is especially welcomed by families visiting during school holidays, providing parents the opportunity to enjoy some adult safari time, knowing the kids are well taken care of as well as stimulated and entertained. The bush is the ideal environment in which families can share relaxation time together, provided they are disciplined and respect the rules of the bush. Tau is discreetly electrically fenced around the living area for added safety. A playroom is also reserved for children’s arts and crafts and other supervised activities. The chef offers additional child-friendly food to complement the adult meals, including plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables.
 
Children between 6 and 11 years old can join the adult safaris, they will however also be issued with a special Cubz Club activity booklet and are welcome to join their siblings during the Cubz club activities.


Enjoy the South African wildlife and the tranquility of nature right on your doorstep while staying in our comfortable and luxury accommodation.

Additional Faciities and developments at Tau Game Lodge following a devastating fire in 2017:
All facilities are back in place, The lodge has a main lodge overlooking the natural waterhole situated in beautiful lush gardens. The main lodge comprises of a hospitable welcome reception area, a courtyard to link reception to the Restaurant & lounge and a cosy bar which services the pool area as well as the outside seating decks around the main lodge. In addition, the lodge now also has a second infinty pool, which is situated next to the recently erected safari viewing lounge.  


DELUXE CHALETS
The more spacious Deluxe chalets with comfortable seating areas, can accommodate parents and children wishing to share the same room. The sliding doors allow for spectacular views of the breathtakingly beautiful tranquillity of the rugged surroundings of the Madikwe Game Reserve.
 
FAMILY SUITE & FAMILY UNIT
The Family suite and Family unit both consist of two bed rooms and are semi inter-leading and share a comfortable lounge.
 
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 MADIKWE GAME RESERVE

The Madikwe Game 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.



GETTING THERE



DIRECTIONS
FROM PRETORIA
  • Take the N4 direction Rustenburg, Swartruggens, Groot Marico and Zeerust.
  • From Johannesberg travel via Fourways to Hartebeestpoortdam,
  • following the signs to Suncity to begin with and once on the N4 continue this toll road to Rustenburg, Swartruggens, Groot Marico and Zeerust. Toll fees ± R 250.00
  • In Zeerust, turn right at President street onto the R 47 to Gaborone.
  • You’ll reach the first Madikwe Game Reserve gate approximately 90km from Zeerust.
  • Pass all the gates indicating Madikwe and travel to the Kopfontein border post going towards Gaborone
  • Turn right onto the Derdepoort Gate road, just before the border post and follow the road for approximately 10 km to the Tau lodge gate.

FROM JOHANNESBURG / SANDTON
  • Take N1 North to Pretoria
  • Take split from N1 to Pietersburg/Polokwane
  • After the ‘Zambezi-offramp’ (north of Pretoria) take N4 toll road to Rustenburg and once on the N4 continue this toll road to Rustenburg, Swartruggens, Groot Marico and Zeerust. Toll fees ± 100.00 per vehicle.
  • In Zeerust, turn right at President street onto the R 47 to Gaborone.
  • You’ll reach the first Madikwe Game Reserve gate approximately 90km from Zeerust.
  • Pass all the gates indicating Madikwe and travel to the Kopfontein border post going towards Gaborone
  • Turn right onto the Derdepoort Gate road, just before the border post and follow the road for approximately 10 km to the Tau lodge gate.



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