Madikwe offers a range of luxurious private game lodges, most of which are 4 or 5 stars. All offer excellent malaria-free safari experiences with daily open vehicle game drives and walks, superb accommodation and helpful, efficient service. Our staff have visited all of the lodges below and we have no hesitation in recommending any of them.
Madikwe Game Reserve is one of South Africa's most popular safari destination for families travelling with children because it's malaria-free. There are a number of affordable family-friendly accommodation options. For those, however, looking for a more exclusive safari camp or lodge, Madikwe Game Reserve has that covered, too.
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Situated high on a rocky ridge in malaria-free, Big 5 Madikwe Game Reserve, Impodimo Game Lodge offers fabulous views and good value-for-money. They use Shangaan trekkers and 7-seater game-viewing vehicles to give you a really personal safari experience. The lodge offers tailored child-friendly programmes for the little ones including ‘bush bumble’ game drives.
Situated in one of the best locations in the Madikwe Big 5 reserve, Jaci’s Safari Lodge is built on the banks of the Marico River, in arguably the best game-viewing area of the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve: its eastern Lowveld section. There are 8 luxurious en-suite rooms and two exclusive family suites. Jaci’s Safari Lodge is very family friendly (the owners have brought up their own 3 children here) and its 'homely' feel is very evident and welcoming.
Jaci’s Tree Lodge, situated in the Big 5, malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve, is a collection of luxurious tree houses on stilts high above the ground, connected by wooden walkways. These unique tree-top rooms offer you a magnificent safari experience: you’ll be able to watch the wildlife passing below you and enjoy superb views out from your elevated vantage point.
Wherever you are at Jamala Madikwe, you’ll have front-row seats to all the action at the expansive and highly-frequented waterhole that stretches the length of the lodge. In Madikwe's eastern section, Jamala offers a luxuriant safari experience in exquisite surrounds.
Set on a hilltop in the heart of malaria-free, Big 5 Madikwe Game Reserve, Madikwe Hills Private Game Reserve is the essential 5-star safari lodge where the emphasis is on privacy, discreet and intuitive service and culinary excellence. It's the perfect safari choice for romantic getaways, corporate breakaways and special family gatherings.
Madikwe River Lodge is the original safari lodge in the Big 5, malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve. Each wooden en-suite chalet has a private deck overlooking the Marico River and is set amongst lush, riverine bush. The lodge is family friendly and has an excellent position in one of the best regions of Madikwe from a game viewing point-of-view.
Madikwe Safari Lodge offers 20 luxury suites in three private lodges: Lelapa, Dithaba and Kopano, each with its own purpose and personality - in the best game-viewing section of malaria-free, Big 5 Madikwe Game Reserve. Set on a ridge overlooking the reserve, the lodge offers sweeping views out over the plains of Madikwe.
The Morukuru "Family" consists of three luxury safari villas available for exclusive use - each with your own dedicated team of staff taking care of your every need. Children are especially welcome. Morukuru specialises in making your safari an individual, luxurious and personal experience. The Morukuru Family of upmarket lodges offers an exceptionally high standard with a fantastic position in Madikwe Game Reserve, with one of the best traversing areas – besides Madikwe itself, you'll have access to Morukuru's exclusive, private traversing area.
A small, private safari lodge, Rhulani Safari Lodge offers 5-star luxury accommodation and the chance to spot the Big 5 and a wide variety of wildlife, with an unhurried, uncrowded safari experience. Malaria-free Madikwe has incredibly diverse plant life and topography, attracting a wide variety of wild animals.
Tau Game Lodge (Tau meaning ‘lion’ in Tswana) is in the far north-western corner of malaria-free, Big 5 Madikwe Game Reserve. The vegetation here is less dense Kalahari-thornveld, easier for game spotting. The main lodge and luxury safari chalets all look out over the vast waterhole where a pageant of wildlife comes to drink at all hours of the day and night.
Thakadu River Camp has 12 luxurious safari tents on the banks of the Marico River, in the malaria-free, Big 5 Madikwe Game Reserve. Thakadu is a wholly-owned, community-based project and an ecotourism success story. This exclusive, tented safari camp is situated in the far eastern part of Madikwe, in a good area for game viewing.
Well-located in Madikwe's western sector, Tuningi Safari Lodge overlooks a small waterhole which attracts a large variety of wildlife – by day and by night. Exclusive luxury, excellent cuisine and superb hospitality will make your safari an experience to remember.