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5 of 5 bubbles Review of Tau Game Lodge

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Tau Game Lodge
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50 reviews
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“Excellent service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2014 via mobile

I've loved the ambiance, the food, the excellent service, the games run by Kelly, the animals drinking in front of my windows, the alligator sleeping close to my armchair, the monkeys trying to steal me food etc. etc.
I'll keep this trip in my hearth

Stayed August 2014
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2014

My wife and I have just returned from an amazing break at Tau Lodge in the Madikwe Game Reserve. The booking process was simple and easy. We were greeted by the hotel staff and our ranger, Kelly, when we arrived, which was a really nice start as our arrival had been somewhat delayed due to car trouble. We were made to feel special by all of the staff throughout our stay but the highlights were the game drives. The accessibility of the game on our first drive was amazing, this may have been luck, but we saw most of out targets on the first drive. Kelly, our ranger, was knowledgeable, humorous and patient with our questions.
The food and hospitality shown was top class and we would thoroughly recommend this lodge to family and friends, a real treat, a truly magical experience.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2014

We had a three day weekend visit to this marvellous lodge. Upon arrival were we met and greeted by the staff which made one feel at home. Spectacular views over the water hole from the lodge veranda, where numerous animals made daily visits. This was a special occasion for us and the lodge management ensured that our stay was truly memorable with romantic touches!

The two safaris a day were fantastic as our ranger - Murray was not only very knowledgeable, but also sensitive to the environment. He really made our visit most memorable as we saw the big five as well as witnessed a standoff between a herd of elephants and a pack of wild dogs.

We also learnt a vast amount about the flora, fauna and bird life of the reserve. We can also say that the morning coffee and evening sun-downers on safari were a touch of class.

Room Tip: All rooms have a great view of the water hole
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Gaborone, Botswana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2014

My wife and I are staying in Botswana and decided to visit Tau for 2 nights in celebration of her birthday. From the moment we arrived, we felt like celebrities. We were made to feel like the most important people the staff had ever met. We loved every moment and seriously have so much excitement we can't wait to go back for our anniversary in a few months! Here's a run-down of all the terrific things you can expect when you go Tau.

Guide: Dylan S. Passionate and living his dream. A consummate professional, kind and thoughtful, bright and extremely knowledgeable, friendly, intuitive with the land and the animals (especially elephants). With Dylan at the wheel, we saw 10x safari's worth in a few days. It was crazy. Elephants, giraffes, lions, jackals, cheetah, buffalo, zebra, caracal, serval, african wild cat, baboons, wildebeest, crocodile, many antelope and birds, and so much more. He could find dragon if you give him enough time! We loved the morning hot water bottles and extra blankets. Thank you for the millions of memories we'll never forget.

Staff: The manager was there every step of the way to ensure we were treated beyond our expectations. He went the extra mile at every turn. We had royal treatment, because he keeps his staff happy and treats Tau like it should be every guest's (gorgeous) home away from home. The rest of the staff talk to each other constantly and know everything that's going on at the lodge. Our first lunch we saw them sing happy birthday to a guest and we had to video it because it was so beautiful and unscripted. They set the bar for service, were always happy, considerate and truly made our stay fantastic.

Food: We never wanted to miss a meal because the food is divine. The chef fed us with healthy buffet options throughout the day, and for dinners we were blown away by the variety and serious quality of the food (fine dining at its best - even passion fruit cheesecake for desert?! YUM!)

Accommodations/Facilities: We loved our room and the rest of the lodge. The room had a waterhole view, all the little touches that made it a comfortable and luxurious experience. Electric blankets, outdoor shower and indoor tub with salts, reading material, comfortable beds, etc. The facility is amazing too. We bought matching fleece sweaters, enjoyed the shop, bar area, seating, lobby - incredible place to bring a group or get away with someone special.

In sum, we give Tau our highest recommendation, we wouldn't have changed a thing, and we can't wait to stay even longer next time - you'll be sorry if you miss out!!!

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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Bungendore, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2014

I have just returned from a trip of a lifetime. One of the highlights was Tau Game Lodge. The whole experience was first class. I was so impressed with our ranger, Kelly. Her knowledge was vast, her enthusiasm infectious. We saw not only the big 5 but the magnificent 7. She went above and beyond her job, I am sure, to ensure we had an amazing experience. The respect that was shown towards us, the guests and also the other rangers was just an added bonus to the whole package. I loved that the Rangers kept in contact with one another and shared sightings so that everyone got the best chance at seeing animals. The staff at Tau were some of the nicest people I have met. The rooms were comfortable, the beds were excellent, the food was amazing and I will definitely be going back. I could not recommend Tau highly enough from the time you arrive to the time you leave you feel special. Do yourself a favor........go there!!

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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Ngwenya, Swaziland
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14 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2014

Tau has an amazing setting in front of a waterhole that is busy with animals 24/7. Never seen so many elephants, seems to be a continuous procession of herd upon herd of them coming down to drink at the waterhole. Staff all extremely professional, we had Murray as our guide and he was knowledgeable and knows how to get out of a tricky situation without panic, yes we had one :) Amazing food, which we over indulged on. It was cold on the game drives but the blankets and hot water bottles solved that, our every need had already been thought about. Markus and his staff were amazing and we will be back.

Room Tip: ensure you take warm gear in winter as it is cold on the morning drives before sunrise, and after su...
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
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343 reviews
105 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2014

A bigger lodge than some in the reserve and as such it is set up for and attracts business trips which could influence the tone of your stay but beyond that the facilities, staff and food are first rate.

Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Tau Game Lodge
Address: Madikwe Game Reserve 2581, South Africa
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Region: South Africa > North-West Province > Madikwe Game Reserve
Amenities:
Free Breakfast
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 23 Speciality Lodging in Madikwe Game Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:5 star — Tau Game Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 30
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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