First the game viewing; all accommodation as far as we could see had a direct view of the waterhole, which although artificial feels quite natural. It attracts huge numbers of wildlife, and affords great viewing; in many ways, no need to go out on drives at all. The game drives were quiet with little traffic as the park is private, having limited access to the public. This meant that we had good game viewing, and enhanced by the obvious cooperation of all the guides to ensure good and fair viewing opportunities. We saw plenty of lion and wild dog; even a wild dog kill. Loads of elephant. Grant is a well informed and entertaining guide, who helped us enjoy the park to it's fullest. We went in september and the resort was fairly quiet.
The accommodation was good, and the views of the game from our verandah made up for the relatively cosy accommodation complained about in other reviews, which was in fact more than adequate. The food was excellent and plentiful, with perhaps a little room for more imagination, but hey- this is a rustic safari experience and as such was great. Service was generally excellent.
It is obvious why this park is popular with South Africans; always a good sign when locals recognise quality and value.
The park is being developed, and I sincerely hope that they maintain the feeling that it is a natural wilderness, rather than a highly managed theme park which has often been the result of over-commercialisation in other areas.
Having been to many game parks, I can recommend this as a good experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tau Game Lodge is a 5 star Game lodge Situated in “Big 5”- Malaria Free Madikwe Reserve. Accessible by scheduled flights, or a 4 hour drive from Johannesburg. Each of the chalets ensures privacy with its own viewing deck, the main lodge offers a Curio shop, Swimming pool as well as a lounge, bar, and dining area, all partially outdoors.The convention centre offers state-of- the-Art meeting facilities. At The Spa Oasis, guests are offered rejuvenating spa treatments, surrounded by the beauty of the African Bush. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tau Game Hotel Madikwe Game Reserve