Madikwe Game Reserve, Madikwe and the northwest, South Africa
At a Glance
One of the most luxurious lodges in South Africa
Malarial free safari experience
Each glass fronted suite has its own plunge pool and private deck
Excellent children's club onsite
Big 5 game viewing
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
The best game viewing is from May to the end of September. Summer (November to March) days can get quite warm (up to 28-32 degrees on average) but it is a dry heat. Summer rainfall, normally in the form of thunder storms are usually in the evening, however, the African climate is still always unpredictable. Fall (April to May) days can still be warm but the evenings cool down. Average day time temperature 22-28 degrees. Evenings 10-15 degrees. Winter (June to August) days are warm (temperatures in the mid-twenties) evenings and early mornings very cold with average early morning temperatures 5-12 degrees. It very rarely rains at this time when the bush is golden and dry. Spring (September, October) days start getting hotter, evenings and mornings could still be crisp but not as cold. A very slim chance of rain.
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Madikwe Hills is easily one of the most luxurious lodges in the Madikwe Game Reserve in the North West Province of South Africa. This elegant safari retreat offers ten gorgeous suites with private decks and plunge pools.
The glass-fronted suites at Madikwe Hills are nestled amongst huge boulders and age-old Tamboti trees with beautiful views of the reserve.
Each has been designed for complete relaxation and comfort, with fireplaces, under floor heating, air conditioning, outside shower, romantic bathroom and concertina glass doors that allow guests to truly feel at one with the environment. The Honeymoon Suite features a stunning bathroom, reached via a dramatic flight of stairs.
Activities include game drives by 4 wheel drive, while the spa and gym offer a chance to relax and rejuvenate body and mind. The food is excellent and guests often dine out under the stars in the lodge’s superb boma. Other facilities include the lounge with a bar and deck overlooking the waterhole, library and a small swimming pool.
Established in 1991, malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve is today one of South Africa’s top wildlife destinations, offering the chance to see a variety of game including Africa’s ‘big five’ and an abundant birdlife, with over 300 resident and migratory species of bird.
Madikwe Hills has 10 luxurious glass fronted suites with their own deck and private plunge pools. Rooms feature fireplaces and under-floor heating for the winter months, and overhead fans and air-conditioning which bring welcome respite from the heat of the African sun during the warmer months.
There are 10 glass-fronted tented suites, they have en-suite bathrooms and private sitting areas.
Madikwe Hills only accepts children from ages 12 onwards. If you are traveling with young children then Little Madikwe Hills, the nearby sister property, is an exclusive use option ideal for families with young children.
Facilities at the lodge include a lounge with a bar and deck overlooking the waterhole, library, dining room, boma, plunge pools, a small swimming pool, gym and a spa offering a range of African inspired treatments using a fusion of ancient healing tradition, philosophies and rituals.
Game drives are included in room rates however spa treatments and babysitting are charged additionally. Game drives take place in the early morning, late afternoon, or evening in state of the art open Land Rovers with bucket seats and fold-down armrests, for maximum safety and comfort. Experienced rangers will be happy to assist with wildlife photography should it be required.
Sian Frost (Staff)
The feel of Madikwe Hills is quite magical. The hurricane lantern lit walkways take you to your secluded rooms which seem to open up the incredible view. The rooms are very large with a comfortably sized lounge, huge bathroom with standalone bath in front of floor to ceiling windows. They have very generously sized balcony which has an outdoor shower and large plunge pool, perfect for the hot afternoons.
They have a waterhole right in front of the main deck so that you can watch the animals which can provide some lovely sightings.
Amber Hopkins (Staff)
As soon as you arrive at Madikwe Hills you're greeted by the warm smiles of extremely friendly staff (and if you're lucky one of two adorable pet dogs at Madikwe Hills who are the best behaved dogs I've ever met!) As soon as I walked through the main entrance I was really blown away by the tree top boardwalk that navigates guests through this property and how it's been very cleverly built around trees and boulders - really quite fantastic. The deck of the main lodge where guests enjoy breakfast, lunch and some evening meals has been very well designed to allow all guests a view of the Madikwe plains whilst they dine and keep an eye open for passing animals. Upon arrival we sat to lunch and a family of giraffes walked in front of us which was just amazing! The rooms themselves have recently been refurbished and have a light and fresh feel to them, really welcoming. There are baths and showers in each property as well as an outdoor shower and sizeable plunge pool, with fireplaces to enjoy in the winter months. The real highlight for me was sitting on our deck and watching a family of elephants come to drink from one of the watering holes in front of our room before moving to the one beside for a mud bath - such an incredible and memorable experience! Bird watchers won't be disappointed either with a number visiting our plunge pool and surrounding trees. The game drives were also really fantastic as Madikwe is quite vast with an abundance of wildlife, and therefore those staying for three nights or longer can look forward to experiencing different environs and sightings daily. Madikwe is also one of the few private game reserves which is large enough to have wild dogs and therefore are a really special sighting if you're lucky enough to find them!
Game Drives & Bush Walks
The Madikwe Game Reserve is an incredible 'Big 5' wilderness area. Lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, white and black rhino, and the critically endangered Africa wild dog are just some of the amazing sightings you can enjoy in this 75 000 hectare reserve.
South African Birding
The Waterberg is home to an incredible diversity of bird species. Besides residents, migratory species move through during the rains and the escarpment cliffs are home to the world's largest breeding colony of the critically endangered Cape Vulture.
Location & directions
Madikwe Game Reserve, Madikwe and the northwest, South Africa
Set within 75,000 hectares of safari park, Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge is situated on a hill in the heart of the Madikwe Game Reserve in the North West Province of South Africa. Ingeniously located amongst boulders and age-old Tamboti trees.
How to get there
11-hour international flight to O.R.Tambo International Airport, followed by a 50-minute domestic flight to Madikwe Hills airstrip, then 35 minutes by road. Alternatively, Madikwe Hills is a 4-hour drive from both Johannesburg and Pretoria.