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Madikwe Safari Lodge
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Brattleboro, Vermont
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28 reviews
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“Five Stars on the Savannah”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2014

For my wife and me, this was our first safari, and the team from the Madikwe Safari Lodge made sure it was a five-star experience. The food was wonderful (felt like we were always eating!), the rooms were luxurious (especially considering we were in a remote area of South Africa) and the game drives were very educational and exhilarating. Martin was a delight with his encyclopedic knowledge of the bush -- from ants and termite mounds to birds and plant life to the Big Five.

And when our ride back to Jo-burg broke down, the lodge worked to get us on a plane out on short notice to connect successfully with our international flight. All the staff were very courteous and friendly. I highly recommend the Madikwe Safari Lodge.

Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2014

Having never been on a safari, I researched for months on where my husband and I should stay. We chose Madikwe Safari Lodge based on reviews and we were not disappointed. We were picked up at the airstrip only 10 minutes away from the lodge and every detail from that point was 5 star.

On arrival, we were greeted by our host Godfrey and immediately made to feel at home. We were escorted to our private suites with our own outdoor pool, shower and amazing view of the plains.

Over the course of the 4 game drives, Billy (our fantastic guide/tracker/friend) went out of his way to ensure we saw everything on our wish list. He also showed us the local birds, insects and flora (especially tree stumps - inside joke). We enjoyed sundowners on the evening drives and coffee in the bush on early game drives.

We enjoyed the food which included an amazing boma our first night and the staff (special thanks to Godfrey and Moses) were extremely attentive and friendly.

This was an amazing experience and I would highly recommend the Madikwe Safari Lodge.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Sao Paulo, SP
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2014

We had a wonderful time at Madikwe. Our ranger Nicky was simply the best. Tireless, she would do anything for us to spot the big 5 and even the big 7! Accommodation was also great, the room is very spacious and we stayed in a family lodge with a separate room for the kids.

The decor is very tasteful.

Food was also good.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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Libertyville, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2014

What a great experience. My son and I flew into Madikwe and were picked up in a jeep with guide from the lodge. On the way to Lelapa Lodge we saw elephants and lions. What a great start. Arriving at the main lodge we were greeted with warm wash clothes to freshen up. Every time we returned we were greeted this way. Our luggage was taken to our individual suites and we were welcomed with drinks and a brief orientation.

The lodge was beautifully decorated and extremely comfortable. We ate our meals in one of two dining rooms there and met before our daily treks into the bush. Our suite was a free-standing building that my son referred to as a Hobbit house. It contained a room with two twin beds, a seating area, a double vanity, free standing tub, separate shower and toilet area. There were ceiling to floor windows and two double french doors to the outside. We had a fire place but didn't use it while we were there. The outdoor deck included a shower, spa pool, table and chaise lounges overlooking the bush. Some in our group saw elephants and giraffes from their decks. The only criticism we had was that the sink area and shower were not a separate room but open to the rest of the suite. For a couple it might be OK but for a mother and son - not so good. My son put pillows in the shower opening when either of us showered.

The food was outstanding. We were served fruit, muffins, juice, coffee, & tea, etc. before going out animal viewing each morning and we stopped for coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and muffins or cookies while out, had a full breakfast upon return, could have lunch, had snacks before we went out in the afternoon, had drinks and appetizers while out and had dinner when we returned. Reminded me of a cruise.

The dinners were delicious. We had a choice of three courses. A soup or salad, a choice of three entrees, and of two desserts. While there we tried ostrich, eland, and kudu. All of the food was wonderful but the eland was a huge hit. It was better than beef. It was a gourmet treat and there was wine, beer or other spirits to accompany each meal. I had my new favorite wine - Pinotage.

The staff was excellent. Margaret took care of all our meals, Lucky was a phenomenal guide, Moses made sure we got to our rooms safely at night, and we had wonderful massages.

I can't say enough about what an experience of a lifetime this was.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Youngstown, Ohio
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2014

Our stay at the Madikwe Safari Lodge was superb. The staff was so friendly and couldn't do enough for us. The food was fantastic. The cabin was more than we could have imagined. Spacious with an amazing view. Our guide was "Lucky" and he was excellent. We had lots of fun on our drives and got to see everything we wanted to see. The highlight was the elephants at their watering hole. I could have watched them all day.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Scottsdale, AZ
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2014

Thank you Lion World for including the amazing Madikwe wildlife preserve and safari lodge in our itinerary. Quite honestly, I didn't want to leave! The entire staff was friendly & accommodating, the chef excellent and prepared extra vegetarian options without being asked, and our "cabin" was absolutely one of the most beautiful places I've ever stayed while traveling. Every cabin ensures privacy and an expansive view of the bush. Our guide (JP) was phenomenal -- I've taken several trips with Lindblad Expeditions in the past, so my bar is set pretty high. He was one of the best naturalists/guides I've had the pleasure of learning from -- knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and truly has the best interests of the wildlife in mind. Thank you for an amazing safari experience!

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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Napa, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2014

Our stay at Madikwe Safari Lodge, arranged through Lion World Travel, was fantastic. It was a blend of the elegance of the lodge and accommodations with superb game viewing. Our ranger, JP, was knowledgeable, responsive to our desires, and so passionate about the animals. That wonderful outdoor adventure -- and seeing the Big Five, coupled with the excellent food, service and accommodations that the lodge and individual cabins provided, made for a perfect part of an overall great vacation.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Madikwe Safari Lodge
Address: Madikwe Game Reserve, Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa
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) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 23 Speciality Lodging in Madikwe Game Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:5 star — Madikwe Safari Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 20
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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