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 over the plains of Madikwe.

  • Located in the best game-viewing section of Madikwe Game Reserve
  • Personalised open vehicle game-viewing safaris
  • Excellent opportunities for wild dog sightings
  • Child-friendly activities and entertaining programmes
  • Each luxurious suite has its own private deck and plunge pool
  • The perfect combination of authentic safari and superb luxury

The three upmarket lodges at Madikwe Safari Lodge each offer something unique to customise your ideal safari experience. Every suite has a private plunge pool, gym-in-a-basket (hand weights, gym mat and core toner ring), fireplace and electric blankets for chilly winters, a minibar and a safe.

Every lodge has a welcoming reception area, indoor and outdoor lounges and dining areas, libraries and viewing decks.

Lelapa Lodge (means 'family' in Tswana)

There are 12 luxurious en-suite units at this lodge. As the name suggests, Lelapa is a safari paradise for children. Staff proactively entertain, involve and educate children with a range of creative activities – from family safari drives and bush orientation to dung tracking, taking track imprints, bug CSI, games evenings, baking, pizza making, and so on.

Kopano Lodge (means 'small gathering' in Tswana)

With four exclusive suites, Kopano offers privacy and seclusion. Its innovative open-plan design connects the indoors with the outdoor bush seamlessly. It's a great choice for honeymooners and those looking to completely get away from it all. No children under 16 are allowed at Kopano.

Dithaba Lodge (means 'mountain' in Tswana)

Built slightly higher than the other lodges, Dithaba offers incredible views out over the plains of Madikwe. These four luxury suites are perfect for families and groups. At Dithaba, you'll have your own private lodge manager, chef and field ranger to look after your every need. Children are welcome only if the lodge is hired exclusively.

Getting there

By air - There are daily flights (¾ hour) from OR Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg) to Madikwe Airfield, which is a 10-minute drive from the Lodge. Charter flights and helicopter transfers can be arranged.

By road - Gaborone is two hours from Madikwe Safari Lodge. Johannesburg is four to five hours away. Please let us give you the most up-to-date driving instructions. Road transfers can be arranged.

Our take on Madikwe Safari Lodge

Known for excellent, caring staff that go out of their way to make your safari experience extraordinary, Madikwe Safari Lodge offers a good variety of accommodation options, and some of the best game viewing opportunities at Madikwe. The lodge is family-friendly and run by the MORE family of hotels and lodges – and the standard of excellence we are used to at MORE hotels is evident at Madikwe Safari Lodge. We have no hesitation in recommending Madikwe Safari Lodge for a luxury, malaria-free safari experience.

  • All meals, teas and coffees, bush breakfasts and dinners, picnic lunches
  • Soft drinks, local beers, spirits and house wines
  • Two game drives daily with FGASA qualified ranger
  • Game drive refreshments and snacks
  • Transfers to and from Madikwe Airstrip
  • Bushwalks
  • Astronomy
  • Wildlife lectures
  • Children's activities
  • Conservation and park fees
  • Laundry
  • Minibar in room
  • Premium brand beers, spirits, cellar wines and champagnes
  • Cigars and cigarettes
  • All flights and transfers not specified
  • Gratuities, telephone calls and curio shop purchases
  • Spa treatments
  • Madikwe Game Reserve entrance and conservation fees and airstrip landing fees
  • Any additional extras and outside services
  • Cultural village experience
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Malaria free

Madikwe is one of South Africa's popular Big 5 safari destinations for those looking for a malaria-free safari. It's especially family friendly as there's no need for malarial prophylactics. Most lodges in Madikwe Game Reserve welcome children and offer specially designed child-friendly programmes to keep the little ones busy and to help them really enjoy their safari experience, too.

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