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Royal Madikwe Luxury Safari Lodge
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Santiago, Chile
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63 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Best of the best”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2013

Morning wake up knock on the door, hot coffee ready in the lodge, Range Rover warmed up and standing by... Off for an adventure of a lifetime. Every game drive with Adam was different with each one revealing something new about the Bush and the marvelous animals that live within. A stop with a breakfast snack and a view of the sunrise. Upon return, Cherie waiting with warm steaming towels and a drink. A marvelous breakfast, luxury at every turn. Relaxation, massages, plunge pools, deep soaking bath tubs. Glorious views of the watering hole and the parade of animals every day that come to drink. High tea beautifully prepared with thought and style. Service impeccable. Evening game drives with vistas of the Kalahari over the border into Botswana, gorgeous sunsets, the sounds and smell of the Bush we will never forget. Dinners were beautiful, prepared to perfection, served with style and elegance, everyone's needs met. Royal Madikwe is intimate. In a very discrete and unassuming way you leave knowing you were treated like Royalty. 5 days went by just too fast. You will not be disappointed if you choose Royal Madikwe.

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Royal_Madikwe, General Manager at Royal Madikwe Luxury Safari Lodge, responded to this review, 21 November 2013
Dearest Royal Madikwe friends,

Wow, what a wonderful review. Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a detailed description of your memorable stay at Royal Madikwe.

It warms our hearts to hear that our team created such an incredible safari experience for you! We do hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back to Royal Madikwe in the near future for another experience of a lifetime.

All our best wishes,

Adam & Cherie,
And the Royal Madikwe Team
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2013

Our whole purpose to make the long flight back to our country of birth from Australia, was to visit the bush again. We absolutely made the right choice in Royal Madikwe ! We can compare you to many up market lodges, but your whole package was your success. The management excellent , your staff beyond helpful, and your lodges and game experiences outstanding. Amos , your food , well.....
Adam, you made a huge effort every day to show us your love of the bush , and every day we had the excitement of some new animal experience. Geraldine , there was not a thing we could want for - you were always there. We look back now, and realize that we were so lucky in finding you all. Thank you for ever.

Room Tip: Of course , the rooms overlooking the waterhole are fantastic.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Royal_Madikwe, General Manager at Royal Madikwe Luxury Safari Lodge, responded to this review, 21 November 2013
To our Royal Madikwe Friends,

Your review was inspiring and so warmly appreciated!
Thank you kindly for taking the time to share your wonderful experience of your safari at Royal Madikwe and your return to South Africa after so many years abroad.

We hope that the memories you have taken with you of your special holiday will carry you back to us one day soon to enjoy another adventure in your country of birth.

All our warmest wishes,

Adam & Cherie,
And the Royal Madikwe Team
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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2013

We were looking for a premium quality game lodge experience of the type we had plenty of experiences of prior to having kids, but one which would comfortably accommodate our 2 children aged 4 and 6. Royal Madikwe more than achieved this balance and we had a fantastic experience. The children were exceptionally well catered for - welcome packs, midday activities supervised by the very engaging lodge staff (Geraldine in particular), kids meals, superbly appointed Royal suite which more than catered for the 4 of us, TV and lounge in the main area with movies for them after dinner, and most importantly for us, the ability and willingness to accommodate our children on the game drives (their first and very precious game experience as we now live in Australia). The food, service and accommodation, and especially the attention from the lodge managers Adam and Cherie and Geraldine all contributed to a great experience for the adults too. Adam went to exceptional lengths to personally track game (and to find it first) and as a result we had some great game experiences - lots of lions, including kills, cheetahs, rhino, plenty of elephants etc. The lodge waterhole was also a great source of game viewing during the day. Overall Royal Madikwe more than met our (high) expectations and meant that our whole family had a wonderful time.

Room Tip: The Royal Suite is ideal for families and very spacious.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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1 Thank Tamra S
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Royal_Madikwe, General Manager at Royal Madikwe Luxury Safari Lodge, responded to this review, 21 November 2013
Dearest Royal Madikwe friends,

We sincerely thank you for taking the time to write such a wonderful review of your visit to Royal Madikwe with your family.

A child's first safari experience is so special and we are so happy to have had the opportunity to share this magical adventure with them. We hope that you will return to South Africa and to our lodge to enjoy many, many more exciting safari's with us!

Until next time...

Adam & Cherie,
And the Royal Madikwe Team
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Santiago, Chile
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2013

Adam, Cherie and the team at Royal Madikwe are exceptional hosts. Adam is passionate about the wildlife; his enthusiasm and excitement are infectious. Every drive was exciting and different. Royal Madikwe accommodated our every request and need from private vehicle for our family (we are big photographers) to helping us locate missing luggage from airline. It was our first safari and we were not quite sure what to expect. Cherie helped us through the booking process and was very responsive in getting back with us. We spent 5 days and wish we had booked more.

Our 5 day visit was very intimate. The engagement, commitment and enthusiasm of the team made this an exceptional experience.

Game Drives: Adam got up very early every morning and often did a pre-drive to get a sense of where the animals were. He is clearly a leader among the other guides; not waiting for others to call in with game finds - we were usually first to find the animals and had great viewings. The most exceptional morning was at the Molatedi Dam in the north of the reserve where when we watched a pride lions, jackels, 20+ elephants, 5 zebras, 4 kudu, when all of the sudden over 600 cape buffalo appeared on the scene. The interaction between the animals was extraordinary. The young lions crept up to the edge of the dam eyeing dinner. The elephants and cape buffalo charged and bluffed for access to water.

Adam found a pride of lions with two sets of cubs - we followed from a distance watching the interaction. We had great viewings of wild dogs with one pack of over 17 dogs. He found the elusive cheetas - four brothers. We witnessed a herd of 40+ elephants arrive at a traditional water hole, yet the hole was dry and the herd was upset. We watched and listened from a safe distance as the herd trumpeted and expressed their disappoint at no water and then move on.

Meals: Amos and his team are great. The food was as exciting as the game drives. We tasted many local dishes and meats. The food, presentation, service and atmosphere are deserving of top Michelin ratings!

Rooms: Very private and well appointed. Our room had a great view of local watering hole. The continuous parade of animals kept us amused all day and night, from the mischievous baboons to the shy black rhino cow and calf.

Cherie: She meet us after every drive with warm wet towels to clean-up and a refreshing drink. She runs the lodge with an exceptional eye towards service and privacy of the guests.

What could be better: Nothing

Room Tip: Ask for a room with best view of watering hole.
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Royal_Madikwe, General Manager at Royal Madikwe Luxury Safari Lodge, responded to this review, 21 November 2013
To our dearest Royal Madikwe friends,

We were blown away by your amazing review of Royal Madikwe and in particular the time you took to write such a detailed reiteration of your stay with us.

We are truly humbled by your kind compliments about our team and it fills us with pride to know that you have enjoyed such a memorable safari experience with us.

We hope to welcome you back to Royal Madikwe very soon for another exciting adventure!

All our warmest wishes,

Adam & Cherie,
And the Royal Madikwe Team
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Johannesburg, South Africa
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Jackie D
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Royal_Madikwe, General Manager at Royal Madikwe Luxury Safari Lodge, responded to this review, 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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Vienna, Austria
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5 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank peterhirschler
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Royal_Madikwe, General Manager at Royal Madikwe Luxury Safari Lodge, responded to this review, 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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Mumbai (Bombay), India
1 review
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5 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Royal_Madikwe, General Manager at Royal Madikwe Luxury Safari Lodge, responded to this review, 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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Property: 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 #10 of 23 Speciality Lodging in Madikwe Game Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
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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