This was our fourth and final safari location on our family's first-ever visit to Africa. By the time we got to this last safari, we had seen everything of the Big Five except for the rhino, so it was a great pleasure to finally see one at Madikwe. It was also wonderful that owner Koos took the time to discuss his views on how best to preserve these endangered species (through farming!) and made for a great conversation.
Given that we had already seen so much before, my thoughts on the actual safari are that it was perfectly sufficient but alas somewhat constrained by the feeling we were driving around in circles (this is true for many safaris, but perhaps we just felt it more here). Thus my lasting impressions of Etali are more directed towards the lovely location and accommodations. Our room was so lovely and welcoming, and the staff lit fires in the fireplace for us before the evening got too cold. We enjoyed the outdoor shower but it was too cold for us to use the hot tub without spending the day warming it first. The views were spectacular and the watering hole up front had some of the best animal sightings of the trip.
The food was amazing and enthusiastically presented, and great wine pairings. I know this is a higher-end price point and cannot compare it to the others in Madikwe, but I can say that I was totally comfortable with the property and would not hesitate to recommend.
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- Also Known As:
- Etali Safari Hotel Madikwe Game Reserve