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Three Cities Madikwe River Lodge
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“This is a special place.”
Reviewed 29 November 2012 via mobile

We are from Australia and this place was awesome. The lodge is luxury. The staff are friendly and very helpful. The safari driver was the best, really knowledgeable and made the experience even better. We were lucky enough to see the BIG 5. Would love to go back someday.

  • Stayed December 2011
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Krefeld, Germany
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Reviewed 20 September 2012

In Sept. 2012, i.e. in early spring, we spent three days at Madikwe River Lodge. We were lucky to get bungalow #17, which is the last one towards the "drift" (river crossing). From our patio we had the most amazing wildlife sightings, including elephants, rhinos, baboons, all sorts of antelopes, zebras, giraffes, all of which came very close. The bungalow itself was clean, well decorated, with a nice bathroom with a wide window towards the river. The shower was outdoor only. The game drives with Jerry, the ranger, were a great experience: we saw the big five, including the very shy leopard just 5 yards away, African wild dog (very rare) and hippos, zebras, giraffes, impala, wildebest, etc. etc. etc.. But Jerry also showed us the diverse birdlife in Madikwe, ranging from ostriches to eagles, hornbills and owls, plus many more.
The only minus was the mediocre kitchen - the food was ok, but not great. But actually that did not matter. Ideal stay is three days, gives you enough time to see the wildlife. Afterwards it could get repetitive.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Ahmedabad, India
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Reviewed 18 September 2012

We stayed for 2 nights in September and it was really awesome...The lodge on excellent location and all the chalets are right on the river...Rooms were spacious with adequate space and a big deck just outside the room on the river...you can enjoy a lot of game while just sitting on your deck..Our guide for all the game drives was good ...we managed to see a lot of animals like elephants ,giraffe,lions,wild dogs,white rhinos ,kudus impalas etc and the ever elusive leopard...We saw a lot of wild dogs right from our room deck which was the highlight...the food was very good they specially arranged and made veg meals for us..which was very kind of them specially the chef...we couldnt keep thanking him...had a lot of fun and a great place for staying...amazing rom service and very helpful people...go for the room no 17 which is the last and the best for viewing we stayed there...

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
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Pretoria
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Reviewed 2 September 2012

We stayed in this lodge for 3 nights. The lodge is situated in the Madikwe game reserve, right on the Groot Marico river, We had a lovey view from our room onto the river. The room was comfortable and spacious.
The meals and service were excellent.
Jerry, our guide and driver on the game drives, is a tru professional. We had good sightings of lions, white rhino, elephant, buffalo and wild dog. Only leopards eluded us!

Room Tip: Chalet 3 16 gives you a nice view of the river
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 1 September 2012

We stayed for three nights in July-August 2012 and had a great time. The lodge has a warm atmosphere, excellent staff and very competent guides, special thanks to our guide Earnest. we felt very much at home at Madikwe River Lodge!

We saw wilddogs, lions, elephants, buffaloes, rhinos etc. and the nature is really nice. Not too many vehicles around and Earnest made all his efforts to give us a good safari experience.

The food was excellent and the staff gave us some surprises with singing and dancing! I had a really relaxing massage by a professional therapist. The surroundings with the pool are excellent and one day 15 elephants passed by to drink in the river!

Thanks for an unforgettable stay!
Tommy and Peter with family from Sweden

Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 June 2012

If you are a first time visitor to Madikwe & intend driving there, DO NOT use the Deerdepoort entrance! It is possibly the worst road I have ever been on! Rather take the longer route via the Abjaterskop Gate. The Lodge itself was good but needs attention to detail, or rather the staff need a bit of guidance eg. you have 2 waitrons on duty at mealtimes & whilst it is nice having somebody around should you need something, it gets extremely uncomfortable with these 2 people watching every morsel you put in your mouth & listening to every word you say! Having somebody to meet you when you get back from the game drive with a warm towel to wipe your hands on, would also be a plus. Instead, not a soul is around & only appear later. Requests to have breakfast a bit earlier when leaving are not adhered to etc. The food was very good & the Boma dinner with the African entertainment was brilliant! Benson, one of the Game Rangers, makes up for all the little flaws. He has this huge smile & his enthusiasm is enough to make you forget about the cold. He went out of his way to make the drives memorable & found all the game requests! When a special is offered, it is worth a visit but I am not sure I would go when it is full tariff

Room Tip: Request suite 17. Lovely view & bigger than the rest
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with friends
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Yateley
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Reviewed 27 March 2012 via mobile

We stayed here with our 10 year old son for three nights in August 2011. Quite simply the place was amazing. I'm quite fussy when it comes to accommodation, the rooms are. Very nice, well appointed with very comfortable beds. The outside shower is great, standing there naked with hippos in the river in front of you, wowowwowowo. The general programme is a morning wake up call at 6, a snack breakfast then out game driving till mid morning when you come back for a full breakfast, no complaints about the food it was lovely. You then explore, sit around the pool or sunbathe before afternoon tea and cake, an evening game drive, dinner and ten bed. Game drives are simply amazing, the vehicles are large open top and safe. Everybody gets a good view and our ranger Charles was very very good, he can mix a good cocktail in the bush. I would define aptly recommend this place. As I said I'm a fussy traveller and I loved the place, really had no complaints at all

Stayed August 2011
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Property: Three Cities Madikwe River Lodge
Address: | P.O. Box 17, Madikwe Game Reserve 2876, South Africa
Region: South Africa > North-West Province > Madikwe Game Reserve
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #20 of 23 Speciality Lodging in Madikwe Game Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:3 star — Three Cities Madikwe River Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Madikwe River Lodge is positioned in the heart of Madikwe Game Reserve and offers attractive comfort in sixteen split level suites with an outdoor dining boma located on a central Island,accessed by a wooden bridge,this luxurious Lodge invites guests to enjoy the sights & sounds in mother Africa's land of brilliance. Surrounded by 75 000 hectares of malaria-free African sand veld.Each suites is individually decorated to create a rich African feel,and offers en-suites bathroom with a full range of guests amenities as well as a private wooden viewing deck overlooking the river. Madikwe Game Reserve, is world of breathtaking scenery and endless African bush. At Madikwe River Lodge the guided game drivers and trails are thrilling to be a part of with Africa offering you and incomparable experience in the wild. ... more   less 
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