Madikwe Safari Lodge for families
Madikwe Safari Lodge
Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa
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.
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
Take yourself off to their brilliant curio shop to buy some lovely trinkets for friends and family back home.Louisa Ross-Taylor
If you have kids let them visit the incredible Eco House where they can learn about all the wildlife, environment and astronomy.Scott Dunn team
Meet our specialists
Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation to Madikwe Safari Lodge or take a look at our itineraries to Madikwe and the northwest
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.
The climate is typified by hot wet summers (September to April) and cool dry winters (May to August).
Location & Directions
Madikwe Game Reserve, 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.
When to go
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.