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Royal Madikwe Luxury Safari Lodge
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Reviewed 25 August 2014

We (2 adults plus 2 teenagers) had a wonderful 3 days at Royal Madikwe. The lodge was sheer luxury and we were looked after so well. The food was great, the game drives were great (thanks Kyle!) and the staff couldn't have been more friendly, even singing to us on our final evening! If you want a combination of safari and luxury relaxation, you can't fault Royal Madikwe.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Royal_Madikwe, Manager at Royal Madikwe Luxury Safari Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 19 March 2015

Dear Hugo

We thank you for the excellent review and complement. We truly appreciate them.
We are truly grateful that you enjoyed the beautiful voices of Madikwe.
Looking forward to welcoming you back soon.

Wild Wishes
Adam & Cherie
And the Rest of the Royal Madikwe Family

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Reviewed 21 August 2014

Having just returned back from our 4 day break at the Royal Madikwe all I can say is WOW!!!! Everything exceeded our expectations and we had an absolutely unforgettable time! The lodge itself is sheer luxury and the staff are all so welcoming and helpful! The food was absolutely delicious and you really do feel like you have spent your money's worth!!! The game viewing was breath taking and our ranger Kyle was awesome! I have visited many lodges throughout Africa but none can beat this! Will definitely return. Thank you to all the staff for a wonderful time.

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  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled with family
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Royal_Madikwe, General Manager at Royal Madikwe Luxury Safari Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 23 August 2014

Dearest Royal Madikwe Friends,

Thank you so much for your lovely message and kind words!
We are so pleased to read how much you and the family enjoyed your stay at Royal Madikwe. We look forward to the opportunity to welcome you all back very soon!

Until next time...

Warmest wishes,
Sara & Kyle
And the Royal Madikwe Team

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Reviewed 18 August 2014

We have been on many a safari....but never have experienced anything like at Royal Madikwe.
From the moment we arrived we were treated like Royalty. Adam was determined to show us the BIG FIVE on the Game Drives and we saw much more than that !!! The Management team showed a personal interest in making our stay as memorable as possible. We will most certainly
be returning.

Room Tip: Royal Madikwe Lodge is at a Watering Hole where the animals come to drink all day long
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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Royal_Madikwe, Manager at Royal Madikwe Luxury Safari Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 19 March 2015

Dear Virginia

Thank you for the wonderful review and beautiful complements.
We are truly grateful for them. We are thrilled that you had such amazing game drives with our excellent ranger.
We look forward to welcoming you back to the Royal Madikwe Family.

Wild Wishes
Adam & Cherie
And the rest of the Royal Madikwe Team

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Reviewed 18 August 2014

My wife and I had an unbelievable time at Royal Madikwe. From the very initial drive in from the airstrip we saw tons of animals. And the staff (including the chef and waitstaff, Cheri, Adam, Sara and our all world guide Kyle) were tripping over themselves to make us comfortable and ensure we had a great time. The food was excellent and the accommodations, with the watering hole right in front, were simply amazing. It has easily been the best part of our trip to South Africa and give the entire experience 11 out of 10! We already miss it!

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Royal_Madikwe, General Manager at Royal Madikwe Luxury Safari Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 23 August 2014

Dearest Royal Madikwe Friends,

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

We hope to welcome you both back in the near future, along with your new addition to the family!

Wishing you both all the best for the exciting journey ahead!

Wild Wishes,
Sara & Kyle
And The Royal Madikwe Team

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Reviewed 11 August 2014

We had a really fantastic time at Royal Madikwe. The food was particularly spectacular and our safari guide Adam was really top notch. I would strongly recommend Madikwe - we met people who had been to Kruger and reserves in Botswana and not see rhino or leopards which we were fortunate enough to see more than once - primarily due to Adam's tenacity and skill. Exceptional.

Room Tip: The private lodge we stayed in for most of the stay was superb but the rooms in the main building th...
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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Royal_Madikwe, General Manager at Royal Madikwe Luxury Safari Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 23 August 2014

Dearest Royal Friends,

Thank you for your wonderful review of our very special lodge. We genuinely appreciate you spending the time to write us such a lovely note and look forward to welcoming you back to Royal Madikwe one day as dear friends!

Warmest Regards,
Adam & Cherie
And The Royal Madikwe Team

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Reviewed 2 July 2014

We were hugely excited about our first safari trip to South Africa - and particularly excited about Royal Madikwe, which looked so beautiful on the website. The reality is even better. From the moment we arrived we were transported into a world which was like nowhere we had visited before. The setting is extraordinarily beautiful - right next to a waterhole which ensures a steady stream of visitors, including elephants, giraffes, impala and buffalo - we almost didn't need to head out on the game drives! Although we did, of course - and these were amazing too. We saw everything we wanted to - apart from the ever elusive leopards, but as there are very few at Madikwe that isn't surprising. Our encounters with the varied wildlife of South Africa were often breathtaking - we'll never forget following the lions as they hunted an impala, or watching the wild dogs after they had made a kudu kill. Kyle made a great and entertaining guide, imparting vast quantities of information while always making us laugh - and we particularly appreciated our super-civilised sundowners and coffee stops, complete with starched linen! Yes, Royal Madikwe is a very classy place - but never overly formal or pompous. In fact it's the reverse - we felt relaxed and at home from the moment we arrived. The accommodation is stunning - we stayed in the Royal Villa, which deserves an interior design award - and the public areas are equally amazing. We ate in several different locations throughout our stay, all with something special to offer - we especially loved the many varied table settings, often featuring leaves and flowers - every meal was memorable. And the food… incredible. Amos and Beauty are truly talented chefs and everything was delicious - down to the home-made bread. We seemed always to be eating! Royal Madikwe is run with an amazing attention to detail - nothing has been forgotten - and the whole team has the knack of making their guests feel very, very special. Madikwe itself is wonderful - you see other safari vehicles only rarely - which is exactly how I want my safaris to be. For of course, having experienced Royal Madikwe once, I just have to go back to this South African idyll again, and as soon as possible! It really is a little bit of heaven.

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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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Royal_Madikwe, General Manager at Royal Madikwe Luxury Safari Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 22 July 2014

Dearest Royal Madikwe Friends,

Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a detailed and wonderful review of your experience whilst staying with us - it is so very appreciated!

It warms our hearts to know that you and your lovely family had such a great stay with us. We are looking forward to having you all back here again in the near future! Don't keep us waiting too long :)

Warmest wishes,
Kyle & Sara
And the Royal Madikwe Team

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Reviewed 27 June 2014

The Royal Madikwe Lodge surpassed all expectations. It was the last of a number of game lodges we stayed in, we thought it would be very difficult to surpass Shamwari and Thornybush, but it did. Despite beautiful and quite luxurious accommodation, especially the Royal Villa where we stayed, it also felt very homely. The staff are quite amazing, great hosts, awesome kitchen and house staff. Our kids were incredibly well looked after and most importantly safe. The food is mouth watering. The game viewing is real, in all due respects to other game lodges, this isn't a zoo, the land area massive and viewing can be a challenge but failed to ever let us down. Fighting dominant male lions, wild dogs making a kill, elephants, rhinos with calves and cheetahs. We were very lucky to see it all and entertained brilliantly along the way by Adam. We could not have ended our trip in a better way. This place is a must.

Room Tip: If you can afford it, the Royal Villa is simply amazing.
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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Royal_Madikwe, General Manager at Royal Madikwe Luxury Safari Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 22 July 2014

Dearest Royal Madikwe Friends,

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

We were delighted to host you all at our special lodge and look forward to doing so again in the near future. Come and visit us again soon!

All our best wishes

Adam & Sara
And The Royal Madikwe Team

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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
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Ranked #3 of 23 Speciality Lodging in Madikwe Game Reserve
Price Range: £597 - £1,698 (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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