Experiences

It is our singular mission to ensure that our guests leave with incredible memories that will last a lifetime (and will keep them coming back). We have achieved this through designing carefully thought out experiences that move beyond the ordinary.


SAFARI

Game Drives head out early morning at sunrise, and late afternoon just before sunset in search of the many animal species which call this place home. No more than 8 people at a time share in a private and intensely personal safari experience in the company of their Madikwe Guide.


BUSH WALKS

Guided walks are a different way to appreciate the bush, and to enjoy a unique perspective of the reserve from ‘terra firma’. Walks generally take place after breakfast and last approximately 1½ 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.


HONEYMOON

Whether it’s your first breakaway as a couple or your second honeymoon, you want it to be an unforgettable experience. Romantic, idyllic, private and secluded – Madikwe Safari Lodge is the ideal setting to celebrate the start of a new life together or to fall in love all over again.

The suites at Kopano Lodge, Dithaba Lodge and Lelapa Lodge are private and spacious, each with its own private swimming pool boasting a breathtaking view over the surrounding landscape. In Winter (May through to August) the wood burning fireplace makes for a beautiful turndown, and the perfect accompaniment to falling asleep as the crackling light flickers throughout the room.

Our special treat to honeymooners

  • A romantic ‘turn down’
  • A surprise gift
  • A bottle of sparkling wine

FAMILY

Many of us have kids of our own, so we know and understand what an unforgettable experience it is for children to be in the bush. We have taken a lot of time to design a kids’ menu of activities which will keep juniors entertained, and parents relaxed.

Unique to 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.

The facility is always a hive of activity, where kids can partake in painting, drawing, making location specific models and arts and get to experience some of the live specimens from the reserve.

Parents have the choice of either engaging in the learning with their kids, or stealing a few hours for themselves. This experience is unique to Madikwe Safari Lodge, and has been crafted in consultation with the owner parents, guest parents, managers and North West parks (who have assisted in all the required permits for the live specimens).

Children of all ages are welcome at Madikwe Safari Lodge’s Lelapa Lodge, and at Dithaba Lodge (if the Lodge is booked exclusively). There are many activities available for children including:

  • Family safari drives
  • Bush orientation
  • Bug CSI
  • Long hours spent in the Eco-House
  • Dung tracking
  • Track pack with plaster of Paris
  • Baking in the kitchen
  • Making pizzas in the boma
  • Star gazing
  • Games night, and much more.

Useful information for family travellers:

  • Children between the ages of zero and five years stay free of charge and children aged six to fifteen pay 50% of the per person adult rate.
  • 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. All products used are 100% organic.


CUISINE

At Madikwe Safari Lodge, you will appreciate healthy and delicious food prepared in imaginative ways. Every palate is catered for!


WEDDINGS

If you love being in nature and have an appreciation for the spirit of the African bush, we highly recommend a wedding at one of our private lodges. Although wedding party numbers are limited due to Lodge sizes, this  can add to an unforgettable experience, shared only with close friends and family.

We take our responsibility as custodians of such a memorable event really seriously, and will literally move heaven and earth to ensure that every detail is perfectly organised, and every need met.


SUGGESTED DAILY PROGRAMME

Summer:

05h00: Wake-up call
05h30: Tea/Coffee and game drive departs
09h00: Game drive returns, breakfast/brunch is served
At leisure: Bush walk or activities of personal preference
13h00: Lunch
16h00: High tea
16h30: Game drive departs
19h30: Game drive returns and dinner follows

Winter:

06h00: Wake-up call
06h30: Tea/Coffee and game drive departs
09h30: Game drive returns, breakfast/brunch is served
At leisure: Bush walk or activities of personal preference
13h00: Lunch
15h00: High tea
15h30: Game drive departs
18h30: Game drive returns and dinner follows

* Summer is from September to April, while Winter is from May to August