Firstly I'd like to thank the GM Hannes, Hostess Missy Kruger and all the staff a Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge for their amazing hospitality, attention to detail & going the extra mile to make the stay of 2 city slickers as comfortable as possible.
The experience surpassed my expectations, a truly world class game lodge and a once in a life time experience especially after seeing all big five (including four stunning cheetahs).
Overall Experience: 10
WILL I VISIT AGAIN? ABSOLUTELY!
The accommodation and setting was nothing less than Meryl Streep’s' Out of Africa gone 5 star, not only is it private, clean and smell like nature the layout of the rooms afford those who don't travel light, enough space to not feel cluster phobic. The thatched roof makes it warm in winter and cool in summer; the sleep was comfortable to say the least and it was a real pleasure not seeing a TV in the room.
RANGER & TRACKER:
A special thank you to Greg Toplis and Lebo Tombo, without whom our game drives and wild experience would not have been as exciting or informative. Not only do these 2 bushwhackers work well together but their knowledge of both the environment and wildlife is nothing short of remarkable. I've yet to meet anyone as enthusiastic or hospitable as Greg or someone with eyes truly like a hawk as Lebo’s.
So if you're visiting the lodge make sure you ask for them by name.
This is what surprised me the most, not only was the chef innovative in conceptualising the menu the presentation was what you would expect from a restaurant outside the Arc de Triomphe (only slightly better) and the staffs’ attention to detail and execution of service was exceptional.
A mention must go to David, Lolo and especially Refilwe for all the effort and amazing dining experience.
PS: Try the spa treatment you won’t regret it.
Thanks Madikwe Hills PGL, see you soon!
Anton & Deon
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Madikwe Hills Private Game Hotel Madikwe Game Reserve