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“As close to paradise as you can get!”
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The Bush House
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Alicante, Spain
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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“As close to paradise as you can get!”
Reviewed 28 February 2014

We were three friends from Sweden visiting Botswana and South Africa. The Bush House was our home for three days and we all believed that we were in heaven. I loved to sit outside the lodge, enjoy views and watch wildlife just a few meters from me. There is a water hole just in front of the Bush House which brings thirsty animals. It was a brilliant moment in my life to be the one with the nature. I could not force myself away from the water hole where I could observe the family of eleven elefants drinking water, playing and washing themselfs. One kind of animales changed each other and I stayed watching and filming monkeys, antilopes, buffalos,one rhino and three liones, a lot of different birds. The wonderful place!
Facilities and staff are brilliant! Food is delicious! We simply did not want to go home!
I would like to come back and experience the Bush House and a good feeling one more time.

Room Tip: All rooms are excellent.
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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Sjoe, Owner at The Bush House, responded to this review, 2 March 2014
We are thrilled you enjoyed your stay with us and really appreciate your very kind feedback.
Here's to your next visit which we hope will be soon.
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Frankfurt
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2014

We spent three days here and enjoyed it! The staff made us feel very welcome and made our stay a great experience. Being in the hide and watching the animals at the water hole is fantastic, you are so close e.g. to the elephants. And Thomas, our game guide, gave us unforgettable safari tours in the reserve. Except leopards we have seen all the big five and lots of other animals.
Thanks a lot for this unforgettable days!

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Sjoe, Owner at The Bush House, responded to this review, 22 February 2014
Thank you for your feedback- the hide is a wonderful experience and we are delighted you enjoyed it. See you next time for the leopard!
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Pretoria, South Africa
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Reviewed 20 February 2014

A big heartfelt thank you to Sue, Gordon, Thomas (game ranger), Elrie (hostess), Itumi and chefs, and the other staff! We had been to the Bush House in March 2011 with family from Canada. And we decided to return with other family members from Canada recently. Our accommodation was very comfortable. The meals were delicious. And we all had an incredible, special time in the bush, seeing everything except the elusive leopard. Wild dogs, cheetahs, lions, herds of water buffalo, lots of elephants and giraffes, steenbok, even an Oryx (gemsbok). The new-to-us hide for the watering hole was such a great addition too. I could go on and on but I just wanted to highly recommend this lodge.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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Sjoe, Owner at The Bush House, responded to this review, 22 February 2014
It was lovely having you back with and thank you for your most kind feedback. So pleased you enjoyed the hide. Look forward to seeing you again soon.
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 14 February 2014

I've been to the Bush House several times and every time is better than the last. The owners (Sue and Gordon) and staff are wonderful. The food and accomodations are excellent. the high point, though, is the access to the wildlife. Between the game drives with the great staff and the waterhole within a stone's throw of the residences (including an underground bunker a few feet from the waterhole), you'll see more animals than you thought possible.

and don't forget the spa option. it makes for a perfect day.

Highly recommended.

Room Tip: All the rooms are good, with the best bathrooms.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Sjoe, Owner at The Bush House, responded to this review, 17 February 2014
It is always such a pleasure having you with us in camp. Thank you for your feedback and we really look forward to having you back at The Bush House.
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Zoetermeer, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 30 January 2014

We stayed 2 nights at Bush House and can recommend it. The resort is of high quality and staff is very helpful and friendly. The nearby waterhole (watch the animal from the terras) and hide (tickle the elephants toes...) make this a special place. The gamedrives are nice and we saw a lot of animal. The only question is: why do we have to pay for our botlled water as an extra, while paying 200 euro per person per night?

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Sjoe, Owner at The Bush House, responded to this review, 31 January 2014
As our rates are one of the lowest in Madikwe we unfortunately have no choice but to charge for drinks and bottled water, which we advise upfront are extras.Thank you very much for your kind comments and we look forward to having you back with us.
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Sudbury, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 January 2014

I've been on numerous safari's and this one is very good, very private (only 6 rooms I believe). Rooms are excellent, food is very good but I found that there wasn't enough between meals (pack a snack). Also found them alittle cheep with the alcohol shots.

Game drives are top notch, the guides are excellent.

I loved the hide, first time I been in one.
thanks, hope to return again.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Sjoe, Owner at The Bush House, responded to this review, 20 January 2014
Thank you for your feedback which we really appreciate. We have homemade biscuits and fruit available throughout the day but are so sorry that you were hungry. The chef could have made you a snack with pleasure. We hope next time round you will be able to stay more than one night.
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Zwolle, The Netherlands
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
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Reviewed 9 January 2014

We, a family of five (including three children aged 6, 8 and 10 years old) really enjoyed our stay at the Bush House in the malaria free (one of the main reasons to visit it) Madikwe game reserve. We stayed here for three nights in the beginning of January. A small, intimate lodge with nice rooms, dedicated staff and very good service. Great, well kept garden with a waterhole where you can watch the animals from very close. The game drives were great, especially because of our well-informed guide. Highlight of our South-African holiday (also according to our kids). Very recommended.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Sjoe, Owner at The Bush House, responded to this review, 10 January 2014
We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay with and it really was a pleasure having you all in camp with us.Thank you for feedback and have a wonderful 2014.
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Property: The Bush House
Address: Wonderboom Gate, Madikwe Game Reserve 2740, 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) Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 23 Speciality Lodging in Madikwe Game Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:4 star — The Bush House 4*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Safari isn’t just safari anymore…. And game lodges aren’t all alike. Every visit really does need to be special and every moment something to be remembered forever.The Bush House is not your typical Game lodge. The Lodge is set in the malaria free Madikwe Game Reserve. It is an old farmhouse that after years of family laughter and happiness has been transformed into an inviting and relaxing residence that encourages guests to kick off their shoes and unwind. ... more   less 
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