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

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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. Autumn (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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Take yourself off to their brilliant curio shop to buy some lovely trinkets for friends and family back home.

Kids are welcome to join the Mack & Madi Kids Adventure Safari Club where they can enjoy a host of child friendly activities.

Let your children do the eco room experience with the game ranger.

Experience some of the best guiding in Madikwe at Madikwe safari lodge. The attentive guides as well as the extensive kids programme give this lodge a fun atmosphere for families to enjoy.

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Madikwe Safari Lodge comprises of three superb lodges situated in the non-malarial Madikwe Game Reserve. Combined, these three lodges offer 20 suites, each with its own plunge pool and fantastic views over the reserve.

Madikwe Safrai Lodge is based in the game rich 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. 

Lelapa Lodge is the family friendly option and welcomes children of all ages. Each of its twelve suites offer a private lounge, plunge pool and deck. The four family suites also incorporate a second children's bedroom well stocked with toys.

Kopano Lodge is the most modern of the lodges with a contemporary feel. This is a small private lodge with just four suites and can be booked on an exclusive bases, an ideal option for friends and family travelling together.

Finally, Dithaba Lodge offers an additional four luxury suites which are well suited to couples or single travellers, but is also a great option to take over exclusively for a party of friends/family.

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. 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 twice daily game drives in open 4x4 safari vehicles. It is positioned at the ecological junction between the bushveld and the Kalahari meaning it is set in five distinct habitats which are home to an array of African wildlife, including the big five.

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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.


Children are welcome at Madikwe Safari Lodge, in particular the family friendly Lelapa Lodge.  

The Mack & Madis Kids Adventure Safari Club certainly has all based covered from a crew of child minders to set children's meals as well as a whole host of activities 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.

Holiday Ideas

  • Walk South Africa

    The Waterberg, Madikwe Reserve, Grootbos Reserve & Cape Town

    from SGD $11100 pp 9 nights

    • Immerse in the winding trails and spectacular scenery at South Africa's only walking safari in Marataba
    • Go in search of the Big 5 and the elusive wild dogs in the malaria-free Madikwe Private Game Reserve
    • Enjoy the seafood foodie haven of Cape Town and work off those delicious calories by hiking up the Lion's Head

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.

Speak to our specialists 3165 4050

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