Madikwe Safari Lodge is in one of South Africa’s largest malaria-free sanctuaries; Madikwe Game Reserve is run as a joint venture between the North West Parks Board, the private sector, and the local communities.
A diverse combination of bushveld and the semi-arid Kalahari; this malaria-free 76 000 hectare (187 800 acres) Reserve boasts the Super Seven; adding cheetah and the endangered African wild dog to the already famous Big Five. Madikwe is famed for Operation Phoenix, the world’s largest game translocation exercise; successfully introducing more than 8 000 animals of 28 species, including lion, elephant, buffalo, and white rhino, since 1991. It is also home to more than 350 bird species, several endemic to the Kalahari.
The Madikwe region is rich in history, having seen the passage of the famed warrior Mzilikazi; as well as explorers, traders, and missionaries that included Dr. David Livingstone and Sir Cornwallis Harris. Renowned South African writer Herman Charles Bosman celebrates the area in many of his books.
Set on a gentle slope nestled between two rolling hills in the central-eastern region of Madikwe Game Reserve; Madikwe Safari Lodge overlooks the game filled plains with the Dwarsberg Hills in the distance and the Marico River nearby.
Meals at Madikwe Safari Lodge cater to all tastes; always flavorsome and sophisticated; with a South African flair; but still keeping it simple for everyone’s enjoyment. Kosher dining is also available on request.
Madikwe Safari Lodge Accommodation
The luxury Madikwe Safari Lodge features just 20 suites in three intimate camps; Lelapa Lodge (12 suites), Kopano Lodge (4 suites), and Dithaba Lodge (4 suites). Kopano and Dithaba Lodges are ideal for private safari getaways. Or because all three lodges are within walking distance of each other; book them all for a special wedding or celebration for up to 32 guests.
All the suites at the three lodges are of the same caliber and are approximately 100 m² / 1080 ft²; have an indoor bath and shower, and outdoor shower; a double bed which is convertible to twins; air-conditioning, ceiling fan, ensuite bathroom, safe, minibar, telephone, hairdryer, and a range of deluxe amenities.
With huge circular fireplaces at the heart of every suite; and big glass doors to blur the boundary between inside and out; Madikwe embodies the warm, bold heart of this spectacularly rugged corner of Africa. Spacious wooden decks embrace an inviting private plunge pool in all the suites.
Lelapa literally means ‘family’ and as there is no restriction in terms of age or generation; it is ideal for a full family experience. Each of its 12 luxury Suites has a private lounge, viewing deck, and plunge pool; with the four Family Suites also incorporating a second children’s bedroom, stocked with toys and games. While the lodge epitomizes contemporary African design, its atmosphere is luxuriously laid-back.
The intimate and romantic camp, influenced by African design aesthetics; comprises just 4 luxury Suites and reminds one of a traditional homestead. Kopano Lodge is ideal for honeymooners and can also be booked out on an exclusive basis; for a get-together of friends or family. Each Suite’s private lounge, viewing deck, and private plunge pool; provide personal space and are ideal positions from where to spot the animals coming by.
Dithaba means ‘mountain’ in Setswana; which is apt as the lodge enjoys a slightly more elevated location, allowing for spectacular panoramas over the open plains. Dithaba Lodge has just 4 luxury Suites; each is a couple or solo traveler’s retreat; or together, an exclusive home base for a friend or family group while on safari. The lodge’s construction, incorporating natural design elements, is uncomplicated, and each Suite; with its own lounge, plunge pool, and viewing deck; provides space to unwind and watch animals cross the plain.
Madikwe Family Safari
Madikwe Safari Lodge Wildlife Experiences
The superb safari experience only varies in temperature and not in the quality of the game viewing; making Madikwe an excellent year-round safari destination. The rich biodiversity of mammals; such as Africa’s Big Five, cheetah, brown and spotted hyena, oryx, eland, springbok, and ostrich. The African wild dog is Madikwe’s signature species as it is now flourishing; however; it is one of the continent’s most endangered species; largely due to habitat loss.
Diverse geology and a broad mix of habitats provide excellent bird watching with over 350 bird species. The best birding period is from October until April.
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Madikwe Safari Lodge Rates
Rates are based on the best available rates on the day so please use these for indicative purposes only
|Rates at Madikwe Safari Lodge (LELAPA LODGE)||Per person sharing|
|Until 31st August 2022||R10 000|
|1st September to 19th December 2022||R12 000|
|20th December 2022 to 4th January 2023||R14 400|
|5th January – 19th December 2023||R 12 000|
|20th December 2023 to 4th January 2024||R14 400|
|Rates at Madikwe Safari Lodge (KOPANO)||Per person sharing||Exclusive use for 6 people||Exclusive use for 8 people|
|Until 31st August 2022||R11 500||R75 000||R81 000|
|1st September to 19th December 2022||R13 800||R89 800||R97 000|
|20th December 2022 to 4th January 2023||R16 500||R107 700||R116 000|
|5th January – 19th December 2023||R13 800||R89 800||R97 000|
|20th December 2023 to 4th January 2024||R16 500||R107 700||R116 000|
|Rates at Madikwe Safari Lodge (DITHABA LODGE)||Per person sharing||Exclusive use for 6 people||Exclusive use for 8 people|
|Until 31st August 2022||R14 000||R91 000||R98 000|
|1st September to 19th December 2022||R16 800||R109 000||R118 000|
|20th December 2022 to 4th January 2023||R19 500||R127 000||R136 500|
|5th January – 19th December 2023||R16 800||R109 000||R118 000|
|20th December 2023 to 4th January 2024||R19 500||R127 000||R136 500|
Single room rates are available on request.
Madikwe Safari Lodge Special Offers
Get a free night on safari at Madikwe Safari Lodge with our Stay 4, Pay 3 offer which is valid until 20th December 2023 excluding peak season from 20th December 2022 until 4th January 2023.
For newlyweds on their honeymoon! Spend 3 nights at any of Madikwe Safari Lodge luxury camps and one person gets a 50% discount off their accommodation rate.
Return Guests Offer
Repeat guests will be gifted 10% off their accommodation rate.
Valid for repeat guests who have visited the lodge within the last 5 years.
Excludes traveling companions who have not stayed at Madikwe Safari Lodge before.
Can be combined with other promotions and special
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