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.

  • Perfect comfort on game drives, each suite gets its own row of seats on the open safari vehicle
  • Culinary excellence – from silver-service fine dining to traditional boma and bush meals
  • Malaria-free, child-friendly and exclusive small-group safaris at Little Madikwe Hills Camp
  • Exclusive, private Big 5 safari lodge
  • Two-bedroom private villa with private swimming pool
  • Glass-fronted suites with private decks and plunge pools overlooking an active waterhole
  • Built on a hilltop with magnificent views over the bushveld of Madikwe Game Reserve

Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge offers a luxurious and pampered safari in the heart of malaria-free Madikwe. Built on top of a hill, each of the 10 spacious suites is private and secluded. They are glass-fronted with a private deck and plunge pool perfectly positioned to look out over the waterhole and endless Madikwe plains.

Every convenience has been catered for: ceiling fans and air-conditioning for sweltering summers, crackling fireplaces for chilly wintry nights, mosquito nets, indoor and outdoor showers, a private lounge and a mini-bar. No children under 10 are accommodated in the main lodge.

Little Madikwe Private Camp

This two-bedroomed private villa is luxuriously spacious and ideal for families, groups and corporate breakaway safaris in style. There's an option to add two luxury suites to create an exclusive camp for up to eight people. Little Madikwe is child-friendly and you'll receive a permanent child minder if there are young children in your group. Also exclusively yours, are the services of a personal butler, personal chef, dedicated game ranger and custom safari vehicle. At Little Madikwe, you are free to come and go as you please – game drives whenever and for however long, meals as and when you want them: your pace, your space.

The main lodge

Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge has a terraced viewing deck with an inviting pool, overlooking a waterhole where the animals regularly come to drink. A fully-equipped gym takes care of your fitness needs and the onsite wellness spa offers a range of pampering treatments. There's also a library, 24/7 WiFi, satellite TV and a spacious lounge. The well-stocked curio shop also offers a range of elegant safari gear in case you've forgotten anything.

Dining excellence

At Madikwe Hills, the emphasis is on superb hospitality and excellent cuisine – so whether you're enjoying a silver-service fine dining experience in the elegant dining room or a traditional African bush-style meal in the open boma, you'll enjoy fresh, creative, beautifully-prepared meals.

Child-friendly activities

The Kiddies Club makes sure that children have an awesome safari at Madikwe Hills. They can enjoy face-painting, lucky packets, movie nights, treasure hunts, marshmallow braais, dung investigation and fun competitions. And they'll receive their own Big 5 Certificate to complete their Junior Ranger experience!

Social investment

Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge plays an active role in providing support and assistance to the local Molatedi Village, especially with its early-education preschool programme. Guests are encouraged to sponsor nominal school fees for these 17 or so children which their parents are unable to provide. Wherever possible, Madikwe Hills also assists with supplying food, clothing, warm blankets, skills development and providing job opportunities.

Getting to Madikwe Hills

By car - Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge is an easy 4.5-hour drive from Johannesburg and 2 hours from Gaborone. Road transfers can be arranged.

By air - Daily shuttles connect OR Tambo International (Johannesburg) and Madikwe. Transfers between Madikwe Hills and the Madikwe Airstrip are complementary. Private charters and helicopter transfers are available.

Our take on Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge

As its name suggests, Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge offers incredible views over the plains below. It's the perfect safari choice for those looking to get away from it all AND that want it all – fabulous luxury and pampering together with real, authentic African safaris in scenic, malaria-free, Big 5 game territory.

  • Luxury accommodation
  • 3 meals daily
  • Tea and coffee
  • High tea, canapés and snacks
  • Two game drives per day
  • Wide selection of local beverages, fruit juices, house wines and spirits
  • Laundry service
  • Road transfers from the Madikwe Airstrip to the lodge
Little Madikwe Villa Also Includes:
  • Private open safari land rover and dedicated game ranger
  • Personal butler
  • Personal chef who prepares and serves all meals in-suite
  • Satellite TV, DVD movies
  • Children's games and books
  • Curio shop purchases
  • Cellar wines and premium spirits
  • Telephone calls
  • Spa treatments
  • Park entry fees
  • Lodge transfers
  • Airport tax
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