My wife and I along with our 12 year old granddaughter cannot stop raving about our amazing experience at the Madikwe Safari Lodge ... the entire staff, the other guests, the 5-star food & beverages, the luxurious accommodations, the twice daily safari drives with our unbelievably knowledgeable and experienced (and funny) tracker/guide Billy. Our valet Isaac was wonderfully and sincerely attentive to our every need ... without being intrusive.
We got to see all of the Big 5 ... several times each. Our photo ops were unending. We were paired with a couple from Bonn, Germany and their delightful 11 year old daughter ... each of whom was fluent in English and tolerated my German (as a second language). Lisa (their daughter) and Gabby (our granddaughter) got to bake cookies together one afternoon ... and 'the girls' were our backup safari guides, taking photos and poring through the 'Safari auf Deutsch' book that showed all the English and German names for the wildlife we encountered. We missed nothing!
My personal favorite, aside from all of the Big 5, were the beautiful and intelligent Geldschnabel (Gold Beaked) Toucans, hovering around the main lodges open dining area ... helping themselves to a grape or two from time to time ... and ever-present on the safari drives. By the end of our stay, the words 'Geldschnabel Toucan' were rolling off our tongues with ease ... and accompanying laughter.
Frankly, there was not a single flaw, mishap or negative incident throughout our entire 4-day stay.
- 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