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.
Located in 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
Perfect combination of authentic safari and superb luxury
The three upmarket lodges at Madikwe Safari Lodge each offer something unique to custom 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 mini bar and safe.
Every lodge has a welcoming reception area, indoor and outdoor lounges and dining areas, libraries and viewing decks.
a) 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.
b) Kopano Lodge (means ‘small gathering’ in Tswana)
With 4 exclusive suites, Kopano offers privacy and seclusion. Its innovative open-plan design connects the indoors with the outdoors bush seamlessly. It’s the choice for honeymooners and those looking to completely get away from it all. No children under 16 are allowed at Kopano.
c) 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 to Madikwe Safari Lodge
By air: There are daily flights (¾ hour) from OR Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg) to Madikwe airfield, which is 10 minutes' drive from the Lodge. Charter flights and helicopter transfers can be arranged.
By road: Gaborone is 2 hours from Madikwe Safari Lodge. Johannesburg is 4 – 5 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 & coffees, bush breakfasts & dinners, picnic lunches
- Soft drinks, local beers, spirits & house wines
- Two game drives daily with FGASA qualified ranger
- Game drive refreshments & snacks
- Transfers to and from Madikwe Airstrip
- Bush walks
- Wildlife lectures
- Children’s activities
- Conservation/Park fees
- Mini bar in room
- Premium brand beers, spirits, cellar wines & champagnes
- Cigars & cigarettes
- All flights & transfers not specified
- Gratuities, telephone calls & curio shop purchases
- Spa treatments
- Madikwe Game Reserve entrance/conservation fees and airstrip landing fees
- Any additional extras & outside services
- Cultural village experience
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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.