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: 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 We felt special

Mar 20, 2020 K_Otto_2020 Johannesburg, South Africa

Our ranger became our one-on-one hospitality throughout the trip from game drives, special requests to being there to chat with us during dinner. Wonderful kids care was a benefit as well giving them a daily kids game drive.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating One of the best experiences of a lifetime

Mar 5, 2020 chiragmehta2016 New York City, New York

This is probably the one thing everyone must do in their life time. This trip was amazing and it was all due to the staff here at the Madikwe Safari Lodge and our ranger JP. Hats off to all of them for making this trip an exciting one to remember This was our first ever safari trip and we are glad to have spent it here.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Third family stay in Madikwe

Mar 5, 2020 caroline c Zurich

Madikwe is in our blood now and we returned as a family for our third stay. Some of the staff have moved - onwards and upwards - but we saw some familiar faces and everyone was super friendly and lovely. This is a lodge that prides itself on their personal touch, their flexibility and care, and a very high level of service and yet again they met… Read more
Madikwe is in our blood now and we returned as a family for our third stay. Some of the staff have moved - onwards and upwards - but we saw some familiar faces and everyone was super friendly and lovely. This is a lodge that prides itself on their personal touch, their flexibility and care, and a very high level of service and yet again they met all targets. We like to think we are low maintenance guests - we are there for the animals primarily but like to be comfortable. Our guide was wonderful but we knew that as we requested him especially - he has a special place in our hearts and I'm not sure we could even do a safari without Luke - something would be missing! There were tears all round when we left and the memories will be with us for the rest of our lives. We will be back - that is certain. just need to start saving the Rand again. From the sightings side we saw so much - lions, cheetah, buffalo, wild dogs, spotted hyena, brown hyena, caracal, wild cat, genet, rhino, as well as giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, warthogs, jackal, elephants, python, monitor lizard, etc etc and lots and lotzs of birds Read less
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Feb 21, 2020 SGTGRW Singapore, Singapore

A fantastic safari experience with fantastic staff. The food and beverages were excellent. The game drives were excellent and the staff were excellent in the delivery of their knowledge. The stops for sun downers and pre breakfast coffee and snacks was excellent.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Memories of Kopano Lodge at Madikwe Safari Lodge

Feb 8, 2020 mdamelin

Exceeded our expectations in every respect: game drives, accommodation, the lodge staff and food. Incredible game sightings, memorable sunsets and sunrises, drinks and snacks in the bush - a unique and unforgettable experience.