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Royal Madikwe Luxury Safari Lodge
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Reviewed 6 August 2013

My husband and I have just enjoyed a great weekend at Royal Madikwe. We loved our room, as warm as toast with a roaring fire lit each night (we were there in winter), a beautiful private patio overlooking the watering hole and a lovely, kingsize four-poster bed. The food was simple but good and varying the formula kept things interesting. We had some awesome elephant sightings and were even treated to seeing a leopard. Although we were without our children, there was another couple with three children aged from 3 to 11 years. They were blown away by the kiddy-friendliness of this five star lodge. The kids were presented with activity packs on arrival, were allowed to accompany mom and dad on game drives, had their own TV and playroom to spend time in and enjoyed child-friendly meals. We also had wi-fi in our room and a docking station for an iPhone. If you’re looking for a wonderfully hospitable luxury bush experience, give Royal Madikwe a try.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Royal_Madikwe, General Manager at Royal Madikwe Luxury Safari Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 15 September 2013

Dear Royal Madikwe Friends,

Thank you so much for your extremely detailed and passionate review of our African Home.
We genuinely appreciate the time you have taken to tell us about your experience at Royal Madikwe and we are delighted that you have had such a wonderful stay with us.

It means so much to all of us here, knowing we are giving our guests the most memorable time when we get such a wonderful review and we look forward to welcoming you back with the kids next time for another safari adventure.

Wild Wishes,
Adam & Cherie
And the Royal Madikwe Team

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Reviewed 29 July 2013

Services could not have been better. Saw all the big 5, including leopard, plus lots of other animals. Water hole in front of lodge a great meeting point for all sorts of animals, including a herd of elephants (44) at once. Great atmosphere like being guest in a private house. Comfortable accomodation, excellent food, super friendly service.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Royal_Madikwe, General Manager at Royal Madikwe Luxury Safari Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 15 September 2013

Dearest Royal Friends,

Thank you for your lovely words and wonderful review.
We genuinely appreciate you spending time to write this review.

We were delighted to host you and your family at our special lodge and look forward to doing so again in the future.

Wildest Wishes,

Adam & Cherie
And the Royal Madikwe Team

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Reviewed 25 July 2013

Our stay at Royal Madikwe was a fantastic experience. Our ranger Adam was superb, fun and really knowledgeable. He went out of his way to make our game drives interesting and enjoyable. We saw elephants, lions, giraffe, and lots more. Cheri, was warm, professional and so very organised, nothing was too much trouble for her. Geraldine was super friendly and very obliging, full of life and enthusiasm. The food was great and the overall hospitality outstanding. The atmosphere was warm and intimate, while the facilities were luxurious and personalised. Would definitely go back in a heart beat!

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with friends
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Royal_Madikwe, General Manager at Royal Madikwe Luxury Safari Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 15 September 2013

Dearest Royal Friends,

Thank you so much for your kind words!
Wow, what a wonderful review you have written about our very special lodge!

We truly appreciate the time you have taken to tell us about your experience at Royal Madikwe.
It means so much to all of us when we get such a heart-warming review and knowing that we are giving our guests the most memorable safari experience is more than we could ask for.

We look forward to welcoming you back with in the near future!

Best Wishes,
Adam & Cherie,
And Your Royal Friends

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Reviewed 25 July 2013

If you are in doubt, STOP. This Lodge is absolutely amazing. Every detail is taken care of. Curious? Just book. We had a great time thanks to all the staff and the fantastic location, Madikwe parc is a little less touristic but much more relaxed. We saw a lot of animals tanks to the great guides

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  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Royal_Madikwe, General Manager at Royal Madikwe Luxury Safari Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 15 September 2013

Dearest Royal Friends,

Thank you for your lovely words and wonderful review of our African Home.
It means so much to all of us here at Royal Madikwe to know that you enjoyed your special safari experience.

We really appreciate you taking the time to write this review and look forward to welcoming you back again one day as a Friend of Royal Madikwe!

Wild Wishes,
Adam & Cherie,
And Your Royal Friends

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Reviewed 24 July 2013

Great wilderness sightings at virtually every safari
Long standing, most amazing staff providing outstanding service
Pure luxury in the wild
We have been coming for 3 years in a row and plan to repeat again

  • Stayed: April 2013
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Thank MarcelloBottoli
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Royal_Madikwe, General Manager at Royal Madikwe Luxury Safari Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 15 September 2013

Dearest Royal Friends,

Thank you so much for taking the time to write this kind review.
After 3 years, you have become a part of the Royal Madikwe family and we have truly enjoyed having you stay with us every time.

We are looking forward to your visit next March and a lovely catch up.
All the very best until then.

Wild Wishes,
Adam & Cherie
And your Royal Madikwe family

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Reviewed 24 July 2013

I plan safaris for a living and have stayed at 30-50 lodges in South Africa, many more further afield. Royal Madikwe hit all the right notes in terms of friendliness, professionalism, atmosphere, guiding and game. Not to mention the food , which was outstanding. We took the whole property with my family of 10 and every generation of us was blown away. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 9 July 2013

On a recent trip to Botswana I managed three nights at Royal Madikwe and as this was my first time I was not sure what to expect. What can I say, the reception received from Geraldine and later Cheri and Adam was outstanding. Nothing was too much trouble and the facilities were superb in our case overlooking the water hole. The food prepared by Amos was delightful and always served by the staff with a smile and a cheery word. The game drives were always interesting and Adam went the extra mile to find the lions, elephants, buffalo, etc. Because the Lodge is small the service is very personal and the place private. Would I go back, time and money permitting - like a rocket.

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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Royal_Madikwe, General Manager at Royal Madikwe Luxury Safari Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 24 July 2013

Dearest Royal Madikwe Friends,

We are taken aback by your kind words!
Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review about our special lodge and for choosing to stay at Royal Madikwe.

It is always helpful to future guest to read comments directly from guests who have stayed with us before and experienced our unique style for themselves- and your note is very helpful.

Thank you again and we do hope to welcome you back very soon!

All our warmest Wishes,

Adam & Cherie,
And Your Royal Friends

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Additional Information about Royal Madikwe Luxury Safari Lodge

Address: R 49 Wonderboom Gate, Madikwe Game Reserve 2874, South Africa
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Region: South Africa > North-West Province > Madikwe Game Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 23 Speciality Lodging in Madikwe Game Reserve
Price Range: £584 - £1,662 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Royal Madikwe Luxury Safari Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Where 5 star service, lavish accommodation and adventurous Game Drives come standard, Royal Madikwe offers an unforgettable luxury safari experience for families, groups of friends or couples, seeking to soak up the splendour of the African Bush. Situated in the Malaria free Madikwe Game Reserve, just a 1 hour flight or 4 1/2 hour drive from Johannesburg International Airport, this is the ideal safari destination teeming with encounters of Southern Africa's famous Big Five as well as the endangered Wild dogs and Cheetah! Children of all ages are welcome at Royal Madikwe where they can play and learn about their natural surroundings in a safe environment with an exciting kiddies program while parents relax by the poolside, or join in on the fun! Winners of the "World Luxury Hotel Awards" in 2010, 2011 & 2013 in the Luxury Game Lodge category, Royal Madikwe offers accommodation on a per person shared basis to a maximum of 12 guests in 3 free standing Luxury Suites and 1 Royal Villa with spacious interiors, organic textures and beautiful views giving our guests the opportunity to lose themselves in the sights, sounds and smells of the African Bush. Royal Madikwe Luxury Safari Lodge also offers the option of exclusive use of the whole lodge, providing a more personal and intimate experience ideal for small groups or families which is available on request. ... more   less 
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