Choosing the Madikwe experience that’s right for you

Many South Africans believe that Madikwe is overpriced, but sadly this is a great misconception – if you know where to travel and when. Yes, there are luxury and ultra-luxury lodges within the reserve that suit the spend of overseas guests, but there are a few gems that locals will find worth the superb safari experience in a malaria-free environment.

Here is a breakdown of the varying accommodation options throughout Madikwe Game Reserve.


Within Madikwe Game Reserve one can find an impressive number of luxury lodges that each offer a unique take on this thriving hotspot. From the densely-wooded canopy above the tented Thakadu River Camp to the bushveld panorama surrounding Motswiri Private Safari Lodge, guests with varying travel requirements and budgets can choose from one of the many luxury lodges dotted around the reserve.

A typical luxurious Madikwe experience entails upscale touches throughout the main lodges and their suites, great meals prepared by trained chefs, safari game drives hosted by experienced guides and excellent service all round. Many of the tented units and standalone suits from Madikwe’s luxury lodges sport fantastic views of the reserve – and it’s not uncommon to find wildlife grazing in close quarters!


Ultra Luxury

For those seeking that extra touch of elegance, an additional measure of class, Madikwe Game Reserve has what you have been looking for.

Here only the best elements are used to ensure an unforgettable experience. Madikwe’s ultra-luxury lodges cater for those with high-end budgets where a five-star experience is a given. Meals are exquisitely prepared and accommodation is comparable with some of the finest lodges around the country. Private plunge pools, gorgeous outdoor showers, air-conditioning, wellness centres and private viewing decks are some of the features offered by these lodges that one can expect when choosing to stay first class in Madikwe.


Family Suites

Lodges that offer family suites within Madikwe Game Reserve are generally best suited to families and groups with young teens and adolescents. Prime examples would be the Family Safari Suite at Impodimo Game Lodge, which sleeps 6 guests including children under the age of 12, as well as the two exclusive Safari Suites located at Jaci’s Safari Lodge.

Comfort and style are still important factors throughout these lodges and visiting families will adore the spacious units provided for them. Many of the accommodation options earmarked here as being family-friendly fall into the luxury and ultra-luxury categories. Expect a premium Madikwe experience that is tailored to suit families and large groups.


Child Friendly

Special consideration has been provided for guests visiting Madikwe Game Reserve with children. Often these lodges contain child-friendly lawns and gardens where the little ones can explore freely within the security of a fenced area.

Lodges such as the four-star rated Bush House offer family-friendly facilities and scenic, expansive lawns that double-up as ideal play areas for young children. Parents can relax by the poolside
while enjoying refreshments from the bar while the kids play cricket, soccer and other games in a safe environment.

Exclusive Use

For travellers looking to create their own personalized Madikwe experience, consider the exclusive-use accommodation options in the reserve.

The very impressive Morukuru Lodge is one such example, where a comprehensive getaway in the bushveld awaits. Six guests can enjoy full exclusive use of the lodge in the Madikwe splendour surrounding the Marico River – along with a private chef, safari vehicle with game trackers and guides. Families and larger groups will never want to leave!

Small Groups & Conferences

Madikwe Game Reserve welcomes travellers with conferencing requirements. Take Tau Game Lodge for example – the luxury safari lodge can sleep 60 guests and houses great conference facilities, making this an ideal destination for team-building in the bush!

On a Budget

Visitors seeking the Madikwe experience, but with a limited budget in mind, should consider Mosetlha Eco Bush Camp. This environmentally-friendly camp is big on sustainability and minimal impact – accommodation is provided in cabins with simple, yet necessary amenities. Hearty meals are cooked up in ways as natural as possible, usually over an open fire.

Even for those wanting a more rustic, closer-to-nature Madikwe stay, will enjoy the rugged allure of Mosetlha Eco Bush Camp.

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