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Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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“Perfect in every way.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2013

We have just stayed for four nights and had the best time. The lodge is perfect, Nick our ranger was first class and we will definitely be going back. We saw all of the big five plus two of the secret seven - the enthusiasm the rangers have for the wildlife is excellent and they work hard to find the animals for you. I can't rate this place highly enough.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2013

We were in Madikwe for 3 days in August. This is a really superb lodge in an awesome reserve. Hannes and his sterling team go out of their way to ensure that no detail gets missed. They went out of their way to accommodate my dietary requirements (even baking me gluten free bread and cupcakes!)

The suites are heavenly. Absolutely huge, wonderfully comfortable, and just downright fantastic. They have all of the luxuries that you would expect of a lodge of this caliber. The smaller touches are what made it special. Sherry, a really great in-room tea/coffee facility with a good selection of herbal teas and good quality coffee and hot chocolate, truffles on turndown etc. I'm a fan of a huge tub with a view and excellent outdoor shower, so this was perfect.

Madikwe is my favourite SA reserve with a healthy population. We saw the Big 5 in 2 days.

Try it ... it makes me proudly South African!

Room Tip: We were in room 10, furthest from the main lodge area. Its quite a walk, so not suitable for elderly...
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2013

We visited Madikwe Hills for 5 nights at the start of our Honeymoon in June. There really are no words to describe how amazing our stay was. We stayed in the honeymoon suite which was beyond incredible. With two outside decks, one with a private plunge pool and one with an outside bath, a dressing room, bathroom, bedroom and lounge area it was more like staying in a palace than a safari lodge. The team gave us such a wonderful welcome and their attention to detail and desire to make it a perfect stay for us, never failed. Everything about Madikwe Hills is out of this world. The food is divine (and very plentiful!), the service is absolutely second to none, the rooms are exquisite - and that is before you even step foot in the safari truck.

Our game drives were led by Nick and Max who went out of their way to make every single one of them unforgettable. We saw so many amazing animals and birds - some highlights being watching two lionesses and their 6 cubs feast on a wilderbeast kill, seeing 4 of the big 5 all together at sunset around a watering hole, tracking the famous WildDog and seeing one of the largest herds of buffalo ever seen at Madikwe. Nick and Max’s knowledge and passion made each game drive even more exciting than the one before - it was truly breathtaking.

You really cannot sum up the Madikwe Hills experience in an online review. Out of this world, awe-inspiring, wonderful, incredible are all words which spring to mind but they are still not enough. The memories we made there will stay with us both forever - it really was a once in a lifetime experience for us.

If you are reading this and thinking about visiting, think no longer. If you can go then go - you will not regret it!

Room Tip: Honeymoon suite is amazing, but I think any room would be wonderful.
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2013

This is one truly exceptional Game lodge. Total luxury from beginning to end. The accommodation was superb. Larger than the average house. Beautiful beds, furnishings, view of water hole, great bath tub overlooking water hole, and large private plunge pool.The food and the ambiance was sensational. The dining area overlooks waterhole, where we witnessed Elephants, Kudo, Impala,and a variety of other animals coming to drink. Absolutely awesome experience, from the moment we arrived till we left. Our guide Jacques, gave us a thrilling time.We even saw wild dogs chasing Giraffe, just on dusk. What an experience. We will never forget the wonderful time we had there. The staff could not do enough for you. We woke up to their smiling faces. Nothing was too much trouble.It is very convenient to Johannesburg, if you want to hire a car and drive, which we did, and saw more of south Africa than if we had flown.We loved the Dassies, which lived in the rocks around the lodge. We were up close and personal to these charming little creatures. Quite the comedians too! Just loved every minute of it, even the early morning wake up calls from Jacques ! 6 star !!!!

Room Tip: Rooms in front, are overlooking waterhole, so if you are lucky enough, ask for one of them
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2013

Very seldom to provide a 5 star rating, but I must say my Madikwe Hills experience was exactly what was required and more.

SERVICE:
From the Moment you walk in Hannes and his team make you feel as if you have arrived at a 5 star hotel.
The Dinning area is conveniently situated around a watering hole which attracts many an animal, from buck to elephants.
The baristas, waiters and chefs help you enjoy each gastronomic treat with the service they deserve.

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The rooms cater for your every requirement, from the Sherry when you walk in to outside showers and comfortable bed.

GAME DRIVES:
Both Dwayne and Samuel were excellent and their knowledge of the bush was exceptional. 3 post kill sightings is an absolute treat,not withstanding the excellent snacks and sundowners. Thank you guys, you made my viewing experience - great team.

I am proud to have a lodge of this caliber in South Africa and i recommend this to any person looking for luxury and quality game viewing.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Nelspruit, Mpumalanga, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2013

I'm a positive reviewer. I love my country. So I'll seldom write a bad review, which may make the discerning traveler doubt the credibility of my reviews.

However, trust me when I tell you Madikwe Hills is a once in a lifetime experience.

My husband and I viited Madikwe Hills for our 10 year wedding anniversary and we were treated like royalty from start to finish. I've been priviledged to enjoy good service but theirs was exceptional.

Every single time we left our room, we'd come back and find it in perfect condition...every housewife's dream! Right down to the smallest detail, I couldn't fault this lodge.

The seven course meals were not good for my figure but very good for my soul! Sundowners in the bush at sunset, being so close to nature, our own swimming pool, the gorgeous decor, hot stone massages at the spa, the friendly professional staff....I could go on and on about Madikwe Hills.

Madikwe Hills is pricey but, if you want to enjoy the very best of Africa, both her wildlife and hospitality, it doesn't get better than Madikwe Hills.

Debs Sutherland

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2013

What a great birthday for my wife. A truly South African stay, warm, great service, exeptional staff and a superb lodge. Greg and Lebo went to great lenghts to get us to the big 5, and the wild dogs. Hannes and the rest of the staff could get a sixth star for their great service. Wow!

  • Stayed July 2013
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Additional Information about Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge

Property: Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge
Address: Madikwe Game Reserve | North West, Madikwe Game Reserve 2865, South Africa
Region: South Africa > North-West Province > Madikwe Game Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 23 Speciality Lodging in Madikwe Game Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:5 star — Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Traversing over 75 000 hectares, Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge is situated on a hill, in the heart of the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve. Ingeniously set amongst boulders and age-old Tamboti trees, the lodge offers visitors the utmost in luxury and hospitality, where you will find yourself enchanted by a world of intrigue and majestic beauty. Madikwe Game Reserve stretches all the way up to the Botswana border and is one the largest and most popular game reserves in South Africa. Once farm land, the Reserve has now been restored to its former natural environment with 86 mammals (from mice to elephant), 420 bird species (110 being rare) and 104 tree species. Predominantly grasslands and bushveld, intermingled with lone mountains and rocky outcrops, the Reserve is home to cheetahs, wild dogs, leopards, hyenas, lion, elephant, black & white rhino, buffalo, zebra, giraffe and various antelope. • Two 3-hour game drives a day (morning and afternoon) • 'Big 5' game viewing in state-of-the-art game-viewers • Tea, filter coffee and biscuits on morning game drive • Drinks and canapes on afternoon game drive • Bush breakfasts and dinners on request for larger groups MAIN CAMP • 10 Secluded glass fronted suites (±150m2) • Uninterrupted views of the African bush • Private deck with plunge pool • Air-conditioning • Fans • Fireplaces • Fully stocked mini-bar • Indoor and outdoor showers • Mosquito nets • Private lounge Little Madikwe (Family Friendly Camp) Little Madikwe comprises of a 2 Bedroomed Suite (±390m2). An additional 2 Luxury Suites (±150m2) can be reserved to form a completely private camp accommodating up to 8 guests. • Private deck and swimming pool • Air-conditioning and fans • Fireplaces • Fully stocked mini-bar • Indoor and outdoor showers • Mosquito nets • Private lounge, verandah and dining room • Private kitchen with personal chef - set your own meal time • Private game drive vehicle and game ranger - set your own game drive time • Personal butler/child minder • Entertainment centre • Satellite television and DVD collection • Various CD's and children's games • Small library FACILITIES IN MAIN LODGE • Lounge • Dining Room • Bar • Wine Cellar • Local wines • Terraced viewing deck with umbrellas overlooking waterhole • Swimming Pool • Library - stocked with a comprehensive selection of books • Internet Facilities - desktop with wireless internet connection available 24 hours • Satellite Television at the main building in the Lounge • Traditional Boma • Curio Shop Well stocked with books, clothing, safari gear, handmade knives, shoes, bags, jewellery, postcards and local arts & crafts. WELLNESS Set the mind at ease and embrace the energy of the bush. Experience Spafaris with soul of Africa. From our enchanting world, secrets are revived and re-created to bring you, for the first time, a unique spa concept based on a fusion o f ancient healing tradition, philosophies and rituals from Africa. To reconnect to nature, to realise, to recover and to relax... In holistic therapy, our body "energy" is the universal life force that governs personal wellbeing and vitality. The signature treatments are concentrates on establishing and maintaining a balance between our body energies. The new range Wisdom of Africa blended indigenous botanical ingredients from all over the continent of Africa, that natures mind, body and spirit. They give us an idea of African healing traditions and a chance to re-awaken, to touch the inner self again. Fully Equipped Gym The fully quipped gym at Madikwe Hills, with treadmill, spinning bike, rowing machine, fitness flyer, weights and bench, dumbbells and barbells and aerobic mats, allows guests to keep up with their fitness regime, or a place to release the guilt built up after indulging in mouth-watering delights. ... more   less 
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