Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa
Comprising of three separate luxury properties, the Madikwe Safari Lodge sits on the Madikwe Game Reserve high up in South Africa’s north-western province, bordering Botswana. This area, where the Kalahari meets the bushveld, is renowned for providing some of the very best malaria-free game-viewing experiences available in South Africa.
Lelapa (meaning ‘family’) Lodge has twelve suites and welcomes children of all ages. Family safari drives, pizza making in the ‘boma’, star gazing and many other ‘Madikwe Cubz’ activities ensure that kids are kept extremely busy, with those as young as two permitted on the dedicated family drives in the late morning.
Madikwe Safari Lodge is also justifiably proud of its Eco-House, managed by the Field Ranger team and providing educational fun from handling live specimens to drawing, arts and crafts, and model-making, all designed to complement the children’s programme of outdoor activities.
Kopano Lodge has four suites with private plunge pools and a beautiful open decked sitting/dining area. Further up the mountain side, with superb views across the plains, is Dithaba Lodge, whose slightly more remote location lends itself ideally to being taken over by a family or a private group.
The 76,000-hectare (187,800 acre) Madikwe Game Reserve is renowned for its high standard of game viewing and its diverse wildlife, and this central-eastern swathe is the reserve at its most pristine, as fewer vehicles mean additional exclusivity, and, crucially, sightings of more animals.
The Madikwe Safari Lodge is a sister property to Cape Town’s Cape Cadogan, and also part of the More Hotels collection.
Madikwe Safari Lodge Information
- Location:Malaria free Madikwe Game Reserve, 4hr45min drive from Oliver Tambo International Airport.
- Accommodation:Lelapa lodge (12 suites), Kopano lodge (4 suites), Dithaba lodge (4 suites).
- Facilities:Private plunge pools, wifi, satellite TV, the Eco-house (kids’ educational centre).
- Activities:Morning and evening game drives in open safari vehicles, bush walks, bird watching, astronomy, ecology house & local community village tour, bush breakfasts and dinners, boma dinners, health spa andn massage, children’s activities.
- Weather:All year round, rainy season is from December to February. May to August is peak safari season; land is dry and animals congregate around water sources.
- Children:All ages are welcome. There are many activities available for children including: Family safari drives, bush orientation, bug CSI, dung tracking, track pack with plaster of Paris, baking in the kitchen, making pizzas in the boma, star gazing, games night. Unfortunately no game drives are allowed for children under the age of two years and children between the ages of two and five are only allowed on the late morning family safari drive. Babysitting services available.