Madikwe Safari Lodge for families

Madikwe Safari Lodge

Madikwe Game Reserve, Madikwe and the northwest, South Africa

At a Glance

  • Adventure awaits, why let adults have all the fun? The Mack & Maddie Adventure Safari Club brings the Lion King to life.

  • For a seriously special escape, book Dithaba or Kopano Lodge exclusively for utter privacy.

  • Escape the ordinary in your lavish suite, where you can watch the African bush from the cool of your private plunge pool.

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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.

Call us on 020 3993 5269 to start planning your holiday to Madikwe Safari Lodge or take a look at our itineraries to South Africa


Discover the wilds of South Africa at Madikwe Safari Lodge, where luxury and exclusivity mix for a safari journey none will forget. Whether it be family fun or an intimate honeymoon that’s out of the ordinary, you will find it here.

Nestled amidst the rolling hills and sweeping views of the African bush, Madikwe Safari Lodge is a luxury lodge that overlooks the teeming plains of the Madikwe Game Reserve. The lodge is comprised of three intimate smaller lodges, each lavishly appointed. The vast suites offer a sanctuary from real life, and each has a private lounge, plunge pool and deck where you can fall into the views.

Lelapa Lodge is idyllic for families. The Mack & Maddie Adventure Safari Club welcomes children of all ages and brings the magic of the Lion King to life, while the adults get lost in the bush. All twelve suites embody African charm, and the four family suites also incorporate a second children's bedroom well stocked with toys.

More contempory, Kopano Lodge is a wonderful blend of nature and luxury and a wild escape. With just four suites, guests can also book this lodge exclusively for a seriously special retreat whether it be for friends or family.

Sitting secluded along the hillside, Dithaba Lodge is the epitome of exclusivity. The four suites curve along the escarpment, with panoramic vistas from every angle.

All camps offer a myriad of areas to relax in with 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 dinners under the blazing African stars.

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.



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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.


  • Activities at Madikwe Safari Lodge

    It doesn’t take much to be enamoured by the landscape of the malaria free Madikwe reserve. Search for the Big 5 on daily game drives or indulge in a selection of therapeutic body treatments, Madikwe Safari Lodge is able to cater to a variety of different activities to help you get the very best out of your stay in this stunning reserve.

  • 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

  • South Africa with Kids

    Madikwe and Mauritius

    from £4400 pp inc flights & transfers for 11 nights

    • An easy and hassle-free family holiday with limited time difference and no visas or malarial risk complications involved
    • Four nights of incredible wildlife viewing in a Big 5 area combined with a paradise island with unlimited activities
    • A private self-contained family suite on safari with your own plunge pool

Location & directions

Madikwe Game Reserve, Madikwe and the northwest, South Africa

Set within 75,000 hectares of safari park, Madikwe Safari 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.

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