Madikwe Safari Lodge for families
Madikwe Safari Lodge
Madikwe Game Reserve, Madikwe and the northwest, South Africa
At a Glance
Malarial free game viewing
Ideal for both families and couples
Each suite has its own private plunge pool
In winter cosy up around the fireplace in your suite
Enjoy a massage in the privacy of your suite
Enjoy a delicious home made pizza under the stars
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.
To start planning your vacation to Madikwe Safari Lodge
Madikwe Safari Lodge comprises three superb lodges situated in the non-malarial Madikwe Game Reserve. The lodge offers 20 suites, each with its own plunge pool and fantastic views over the reserve, accompanied by an excellent level of service.
The Madikwe Reserve on the north-western border of South Africa with Botswana. Overlooking Madikwe’s game-filled plains, and set on a gentle slope nestled between rolling hills, the lodge is made up of three intimate camps. It is positioned at the ecological junction between the bushveld and the Kalahari meaning it therefore comprises five distinct habitats which are home to an array of African wildlife, including the big five.
Interiors reflect the red, earthy hues of the lodge’s surroundings, from rust to rich buttery tones. Most suites feature a sitting area, bedroom with fireplace, dressing area with personal bar, en-suite bathroom and wooden decking leading to a shaded plunge pool.
Guest areas for all camps feature a series of individual sitting areas and shaded outdoor seating on the expansive covered decks. There are plentiful fireplaces both inside and out, with a pizza oven for fun dining. There is a very pleasant, book-filled library at North Camp, and West Camp is perfectly set up for families. Each camp’s boma is the setting for evocative starlit dinners.
Guests are offered a world-class interpretive experience of the bush on nature walks and morning, afternoon and night game drives in open 4x4 safari vehicles. Aside from the big five, the Madikwe Game Reserve is home to over 250 different bird species. Some of the bird species you could see include Violeteared Waxbill, Crimson-breasted Shrike, Cape Vulture and Blackbreasted Snake Eagle.
Madikwe offers guests three camps with a total of 20 suites. Each air-conditioned suite features a spacious sitting area with circular fireplace, a personal bar and an en-suite bathroom with a large bath, indoor and outdoor showers. French doors open onto a wooden deck leading to an inviting private plunge pool. The West Camp only has four suites so it can be booked exclusively.
Children are welcome at Madikwe Safari Lodge and there are many activities available for children including: Family safari drives, bush orientation, bug CSI, dung tracking, track pack with plaster of Paris, baking in the kitchen, making pizzas in the boma, star gazing, games night and much more.
Guest areas for all camps feature a series of individual sitting areas and shaded outdoor seating on the expansive covered decks. There are plentiful fireplaces both inside and out with a pizza oven for fun dining. There is a very pleasant, book-filled library at North Camp and West Camp is perfectly set up for families. Each camp’s boma is the setting for evocative starlit dinners. Other facilities include 4x4 vehicles and the children's den.
Game drives and guided walks are included in room rates. Aside from the big five, the Madikwe Game Reserve is home to over 250 different bird species. Some of the bird species you could see include Violeteared Waxbill, Crimson-breasted Shrike, Cape Vulture and Blackbreasted Snake Eagle.
Miles McConnell (Staff)
With three separate lodges all in close proximity Madikwe safari lodge has something for everyone. The largest of the three with a mere 12 rooms in Lelepa lodge which is the family friendly lodge boasting private plunge pools and large central swimming pool where children can be set lose to while you relax in the shade with a cold drink. Dithaba and Kopano are both smaller and perfect for older couples or honeymooners hoping for privacy and some peace and quiet. A private dinner on the Star Deck at Dithaba is a must! All three lodges are malaria free and are all in one of the best wildlife areas found in Madikwe.
Families on Safari At Madikwe Safari Lodge
Madikwe Safari Lodge wants to create an environment for children & parents where they can tailor their stay based on exactly what everyone feels like doing or what opportunity may presents itself at the time.
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.
South Africa and Namibia for Teenagers
Madikwe, Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Cape Town
from $6700 pp 13 nights
- Enjoy a big five safari in the non malarial Madikwe Game Reserve
- Climb the 'Big Daddy' sand dune in Sossusvlei and enjoy the incredible stark views of Deadvlei below
- Explore Cape Town's hidden beaches either by kayak or on a stand up paddle board and discover the lesser visited penguin colonies
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.