This is a new venue - only opened in September 2013, so there's still some work in progress (mostly the 10km off-road drive to get to the lodge!), so 5 stars is all the more hard-earned. I'm almost lost for words to describe how wonderful the Madi Madi is! Almost!!
First the accommodation; there are only 6 cottages - so it's exclusive; we stayed in one of the river-front ones and it was the height of luxury with stunning views! Do check out the pictures on their website - they barely do the place justice! http://www.madi-madi.co.za/
The team that run Madi Madi really do make you feel like part of their family for your stay! Rupert & Natasha became like BFFs just after a couple of days! And George not only produced wonderful food for us, but was a knowledgeable, friendly and helpful about all things safari (and shopping!) as every other member of the team. Our teenagers sill haven't stopped talking about George and his food!
Talking of the food - the meals are a communal affair with everyone joining around a farmhouse style table to sample wonderfully prepared dishes - something for everyone - George lays on a great spread! Very informal, very relaxed!
The safari drives are great adventure - Rupert is extremely knowledgeable (and jeez! What an off-roader he is!!!) and what we loved the most is that he (and his team) have the interests of the animals and their habitat at the top of his priorities His passion for this wonderful environment comes through in everything he does - it made us feel privileged to share the experience with him.
I could go on for pages! But just go visit! See for yourself!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated outside of Oudtshoorn off the Route 62 this elegant and luxury 5000 ha game lodge offers guests unique accommodation experience with the cottages overlooking the 13km stretch of Kammanassie river. Activities on the reserve includes bush drives (game viewing), horseback safaris, sunset river cruises, bush walks and stargazing evenings. Madi-Madi offers exquisite nature and wildlife. ... more less
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