Madikwe Game Reserve is located in the rich and undulating landscape on the northwest of Johannesburg along the Botswana border. This unique reserve is the ultimate place to experience the vast landscape and the astonishing wildlife sightings. With an incredible kids’ programme available to keep the younger ones entertained, parents can enjoy a little relaxation time - perfect for families getaway. Whether you are after a family holiday, leisure, romance or adventure, this lodge will ensure your experience in Africa be an unforgettable journey
Opportunity to see a rich biodiversity of mammals, such as Africa’s Big Five, cheetah, wild dog, brown and spotted hyena, eland, springbok and ostrich.
Excellent bird watching with over 350 bird species and broad mix of habitat.
Intimate accommodation with sweeping views over the game-filled plains
Fantastic children activities available including family game drives, baking, star gazing and games night.
Itinerary in brief
Tailor made itineraries can be made to suit weather conditions and your preferences. If you have any questions on any activities or programs, just ask one of our consultants.
On arrival to Johannesburg's Oliver Tambo International Airport, you will be met by our representative and be transferred to Madikwe Safari Lodge (approximately 4.5 hours). Alternatively, air transfers are also available with charter flights flying from Johannesburg to Madikwe Reserve, where you will then be picked up by our representative and be transferred to the lodge.
Itineraries depend on weather and natural conditions. On the first day, after settling into your accommodations, you will have an introductory briefing as we welcome you to the incredible Madikwe Safari Lodge.
Madikwe Safari Lodges offer a range of activities cater to all types of visitors. The detailed experiences available are designed to ensure your visits move beyond the ordinary.
Game drives start in the early morning at sunrise, and late afternoon just before sunset in search of the many animal species which call this place home. Travelling in an open safari, game drives is limited to eight people at a time share in a private and intensely personal safari experience in the company of the Madikwe guide.
Guided walks are a different way to appreciate the bush, and to enjoy a unique perspective of the reserve. Walks generally take place after breakfast and last approximately 1 ½ to 2 hours, depending on the fitness level of guests. In summer, due to the heat, walks may be incorporated into the morning game drive before heading back to the lodge for breakfast.
Unique to Madikwe Safari Lodge, kids’ menu of activities have been designed to keep younger ones entertained, and parents relaxed. Built specifically for Madikwe Safari lodge, the Eco house is an educational (and entertainment) centre built specifically for kids – and anyone with a fascination for the wild world and its inhabitants. Kids can partake in painting, drawing, making models and arts and experience some of the live specimens from the reserve. Many other 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, game night and much more.
Please note: Game drives are not available for children under the age of two years, and children between the ages of two and five are welcome on the late morning family safari drive. The family safari drive for children aged two to five departs at 11:00 in winter and 10:00 in summer, and lasts for approximately two hours.
Spa and Wellness
Pamper yourself and indulge in a relaxing and revitalising treatment with Madikwe’s qualified therapist, all in the privacy of your suite.
Departs - Daily (prices are per person, per night
Lodges at Madikwe
Madikwe Safari Lodge offers three luxury lodges, each with its own appeal. The lodges cater to all types of visitors and depend on whether you are travelling with the family, with a group of friends or on your own, and on your personality. The three luxury lodges are Madikwe Lelapa Lodge, Madikwe Kopano Lodge and Madikwe Dithaba Lodge.
Madikwe Lelapa Lodge
Lelapa literally means ‘family’ and this is the aim of the lodge to give no restriction in terms of age or generation. It has been designed to provide kids with a menu of activities to keep them entertained, and parents relaxed.
Each of the 12 Suites is spacious and comfortable. It includes indoor and outdoor showers, private plunge pool and wood-burning fireplace are just some of the added creature comforts to enhance Mother Nature’s subtle signature. Each suite has a double bed (convertible to twins), air-conditioning, ceiling fan, bathroom en-suite, safe, mini bar, direct-dial telephone, hairdryer and a range of deluxe amenities.
Madikwe Kopano Lodge
Kopano refers to ‘small gathering’. The lodge comprises of 4 Suites (each with private plunge pool) which share a magnificent common area. Each suite has a double bed (convertible to twins), air-conditioning, fireplace, ceiling fan, bathroom en-suite, outdoor shower, safe, mini bar, direct-dial telephone, hairdryer and a range of deluxe amenities.
Madikwe Dithaba Lodge
With only 4 Suites (each with private plunge pool), this lodge is well suited to a group of friends or family members making it their own while on safari. Each suite has a double bed (convertible to twins), private plunge pool, air-conditioning, fireplace, ceiling fan, bathroom en-suite, outdoor shower, safe, mini bar, direct-dial telephone, hairdryer and a range of deluxe amenities.
Accommodation with private facilities
Two game drives daily with FGASA qualified Ranger
Transfers to/from the Eastern Madikwe
All meals during the stay
Selected alcoholic & non-alcoholic beverages
What's not included?
Airport entrance/departure taxes
Passport, visa and immigration fees
Travel Protection Plan
Additional hotel nights
Cultural village tours
Private Land Rover
Madikwe Game Reserve entrance/conservation fees R$180 per adult & R$80 per child
Madikwe Game Reserve landing fees approx R$240 per adult & R$150 per child
Any items not mentioned as included
Prices are per person per night and a minimum of 3 nights stay is recommended. Hotel rates are based on lead-in rooms. Other room types and
hotels are available. Rates are subject to change and different rates
may apply during holiday seasons and special events.