My husband & I were on safari at Madikwe from the afternoon of February 16 through the morning of February 19. We stayed at Kopango Lodge where we found accommodations fantastic and service exceptional. Godfrey, our host, was surely "the host with the most." I have some special needs, and he went out of his way to make me feel safe and at home! We came to know him well in the short time we were there -- and, to love him!
Godfrey's entire staff made us feel like family. I will remember Avery setting out our early morning coffee, tea, and pastries, taking our orders for breakfast and dinner, and faithfully meeting us after each game drive with damp wash clothes to clean our hands and faces.
Meals were excellent, due, in large part, to the skill of Chef Lucas. Accommodations were authentic, spacious and fantastic. I especially loved the wrap-around deck and plunge pool!
Perhaps the most interesting and passionate man we met was Jacques "JP" Neizel, our Field Ranger/Game Driver. JP's knowledge of and intense respect for wildlife was vast! He went to great lengths to locate, and be sure that we saw all of the "Magnificent 7 -- the Big Five -- lions, leopard, elephant, rhino (white & black), and buffalo -- plus cheetah and wild dog! We loved sitting and listening to him share his expansive knowledge of African animals. I will never forget his deep integrity and respect for all of nature!
We had an absolutely wonderful time on this safari adventure arranged by Lion World Tours! I would not hesitate to recommend it highly to anyone who wants an authentic safari experinece.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The rich red timbres of the African earth are reflected in the warm tones of Madikwe Safari Lodge. Cradled between rolling hills, overlooking game-filled plains intersected by the Marico River and framed by the Dwarsberg Hills, just 20 suites are clustered in three intimate camps. With circular fireplaces at the heart of every suite, and big glass doors to blur the boundary between inside and out, Madikwe embodies the warm, bold heart of this spectacularly rugged corner of Africa. Spacious wooden decks embrace inviting plunge pools, and book-filled shelves in quiet corners entice and captivate, while large pizza ovens add a fun twist to meal times. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Madikwe Safari Hotel Madikwe Game Reserve