Madikwe Safari Lodge

Madikwe, South Africa

The hotel

Boasting sweeping views over the game-filled plains of Madikwe with the purple-hued Dwarsberg mountain range in the background, the luxurious Madikwe Safari Lodge is a malaria-free resort offering the holiday of a lifetime. The swimming pool at Lelapa Lodge is particularly special, get eye-to-eye with passing elephants and giraffe as they come to drink from the permanent water-hole just steps from the Lelapa pool. Ideal for couples or families, the lodge has a choice of accommodation across three lodges: Lalapa Lodge has spacious suites with luxurious bathtubs and open fireplaces for romantic evenings and family suites have a kid’s annex complete with bunkbeds and for those seeking complete peace and quiet, Kopano and Dithaba Lodges offers a slightly more private experience for couples. All are furnished with luxurious soft furnishings in an African style and all suites boast their very own plunge pools, perfect for cooling off under the African sun. Children are warmly welcomed with plenty to keep them occupied including making pizzas in the boma, star gazing and games night. When you’re not immersing yourself in the wilderness, enjoy an African Candle Massage at the spa, a truly sublime experience. Speaking of sublime experiences, we didn’t mention the exceptional cuisine, whether dining in the BOMA, enjoying a sundowner or heading out into the bush for breakfast at sunrise and dinner by starlight, you will be truly spoilt.

Amenities

  • Safari
  • Spa
  • Babysitting service
  • Laundry Service
  • Internet Access

Where is it

In the heart of the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve, North West Province, bordering Botswana. Transfer time: 4-5 hour drive from Johannesburg Airport and a 3-hour drive from Sun City.

Hotel information

Accommodation is comprised of Lodge Suites and Villas. All with air-conditioning, ceiling fans, private plunge pool, balcony or terrace, mini-bar, safe, hairdryer and outdoor shower. Lelapa (meaning family) Lodge is where couples and families are welcomed with hospitality and charm ensuring the most memorable of stays. 1-Bedroom Suites and 2-Bedroom Suites, are spacious and comfortable and are in keeping with the natural environment, sleeping maximum 2 adults and 2 children. Sleeper Suites are as above but with sleeper sofa and are available on request.

All Inclusive of: All meals, tea/coffee, soft drinks, local brand beers, spirits and house wines. Daily game-drives and game activities with refreshments and snacks. Specialist activities include: bush walks, astronomy, wildlife lectures, bush breakfasts, picnic lunches, bush dinners and children's activities.

Villas are available and must have a minimum of 8 people in the villa.

  • Free night offer: Pay 3, stay 4. Valid for stays 1 May-31 Aug '19.

    Free nights are cumulative. Offers may not be combinable

  • Honeymooners: Couples receive a romantic turndown, sparkling wine and private dining experience. For bookings travelling between 1 May '19-30 Apr '20.

    Combinable with the Free Night offer.

  • Free night offer: Stay 4 nights, pay for 3. Valid for stays 4 Jan–19 Dec '20 and 4 Jan–30 Apr '21 .

    Offers are not combinable.

  • Honeymooners: Couples staying a minimum of 3 nights between 4 Jan-19 Dec '20 and 4 Jan-30 Apr '21 receive 10% off the accommodation costs. Terms and conditions apply. 

Communal swimming pool at Lelapa Lodge. Health Spa*. Bush walks, birdwatching, ecology house and local community village tour. Bush breakfasts and dinners, BOMA dinners. Children’s activities. Babysitting*. Laundry/dry-cleaning facilities*. Complimentary WiFi in public areas.

3 nights between 18 Dec-3 Jan.

* Denotes local charge. 

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Trip of a lifetime!

Aug 20, 2019 Experience519886

Five star in every possible way!! Our family of seventeen people, ages eight to seventy-five, and everyone was pampered and treated like royalty! The staff was amazing, the setting, the privacy, the peace, the service, entertainment.....! Words cannot describe this incredible experience!
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Perfect family safari

Aug 19, 2019 Sherpa637602

This was our 10 and 13 year old daughters first safari and surpassed all our expectations, so much so that both kids want to go back again! the location is very special with right next to a waterhole where lots of wildlife came by. the game drives are with friendlly and knowledgeable guides with the added bonus of a stop for sundowners. We saw… Read more
This was our 10 and 13 year old daughters first safari and surpassed all our expectations, so much so that both kids want to go back again! the location is very special with right next to a waterhole where lots of wildlife came by. the game drives are with friendlly and knowledgeable guides with the added bonus of a stop for sundowners. We saw lots every day including black rhino and baby hyenas. The rooms, food and drink were definitely a very high standard as well. All in all we were very well looked after. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Another wonderful stay

Aug 13, 2019 Linda A Toronto, Canada

This was my third time staying at Madikwe Safari Lodge and it did not disappoint. My private bungalow was relaxing, the food was lovely and my guides were passionate about their jobs. Despite the constant turnover of guests, so many staff knew and greeted me by name....that is impressive. They seek to make it a very personal experience for guests.… Read more
This was my third time staying at Madikwe Safari Lodge and it did not disappoint. My private bungalow was relaxing, the food was lovely and my guides were passionate about their jobs. Despite the constant turnover of guests, so many staff knew and greeted me by name....that is impressive. They seek to make it a very personal experience for guests. I loved spending my afternoons sitting by the pool....not that I am fond of swimming, but because the waterhole is a only a stone's throw away. Most days we were visited by elephants, giraffe and a cute family of warthogs. It is a brilliant way to get close to wildlife on their level. Read less
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Aug 1, 2019 BonPow

Thank you to Safari Lodge for an unforgettable experience!! We were treated like family by the wonderful staff of this intimate lodge. Our 4month old baby received lots of love and attention from everyone. Maureen deserves a special mention. I felt completely comfortable leaving him in the hands of the staff while we enjoyed a gamedrive or dinner.… Read more
Thank you to Safari Lodge for an unforgettable experience!! We were treated like family by the wonderful staff of this intimate lodge. Our 4month old baby received lots of love and attention from everyone. Maureen deserves a special mention. I felt completely comfortable leaving him in the hands of the staff while we enjoyed a gamedrive or dinner. Irene and Violet in particular inspired a lot of confidence. The active waterhole meant that there was still a good bush experience to be had for those not on drives. Our ranger JP was contagiously enthusiastic about all aspects of the bush and doggedly hunted us down some excellent sitings. I would 100% recommend this lodge to those travelling with babies or kids of all ages for an enjoyable and safe safari. Read less
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Aug 1, 2019 michellekr Johannesburg, South Africa

This is a fabulous lodge. 8 star! We had tricky dietary requirements being strictly kosher and the lodge went all out to make things really easy and accommodate us. The rooms are fantastic and the pool area is literally 10m from the watering hole. The game just flocked there. We have been to many lodged in Madikwe and can highly recommend this one.