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Dining at the Etali Safari Lodge

The delicious cuisine served at the Etali Safari Lodge in the Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa, is a contemporary combination of traditional African with an Asian twist. The meals are healthy and light with fresh and organically grown fruits, vegetables and herbs.

As an alternative to the fine dining option in the dining room or the deck, the Etali Safari Lodge serves traditional South African dinners in the so-called 'Osaka' kraal built in stone which is located near the water hole. The Etali Safari Lodge also offers a place where Bush breakfasts and dinners are served outdoors, weather permitting.


Spa Facilities

A Beautiful has a welcoming health and beauty spa provides a unique concept of healing and rejuvenating mind, body, and spirit. The layout and design of the thatched, earthy toned secluded wellness retreat offer a beautiful location for relaxation.  

No matter if guests require pure self-indulgence or detoxify their body, increase fitness levels or recover from weakness or to just unwind and relax, calm and relief can be found at the Etali Safari Lodge.
Guests are invited to relax in the peaceful surroundings of one of the spa's treatment rooms which are sheltered from the warm African sun overlooking the beautiful Savannah.

Wellness facilities at the Etali Safari Lodge:

  • Thatched gymnasium
  • The aroma filled the steam room
  • Swim in the pool overlooking the Savannah
  • Jacuzzi on the deck.

Select spa treatments:

  • Warthog Hour
  • Delightful Chocolate Experience
  • Slimming Green Tea Surprise
  • Lifestyle therapies
  • La Culla faces and body treatments
  • Traditional massages.

Activities, Sports & Leisure

Game viewing

Guests staying at the five star Etali Safari Lodge in the Madikwe Game Reserve enjoy exciting early morning game drives with an expert ranger as well as late afternoon safaris through the wilderness. 

Watching a leopard sitting on tree branch, admiring a black rhino with its attitude, seeing how much fun a herd of elephants have taking a mud bath at the waterhole and observing Pride of lion walk past make for an unforgettable adventure.

Star gazing

For guests who are fascinated by stars, planets and the great solar system, stargazing during a stay at the luxurious Etali Safari Lodge in the Madikwe Game Reserve is a must.  Visitors have the opportunity to explore the wonder of the Southern Cross, the strange beauty of the Jewel Box as well as the Milky Way. 

Through the eyes of lodges telescope, the night skies in the wild African bush are very unique.  Millions of stars shine with clarity and brilliance which can only be admired far away from the city lights.  Galaxies, planets and star clusters look spectacular in a telescope in the dark skies of the African bushveld.

Walking safaris

An absolute thrill provides the walks through the bushveld where the heartbeat of Africa can be felt.   The guides explain the medicinal importance of plants, trees and delight guests with stories of the magical powers attributed to them by the local people as well as identify bird and grass species.

Of particular interest, while on a walking safari through the bush are the huge termite mounds which are an interesting phenomenon, called 'Castles of Clay'.  The top of the hills are always north-west facing, and the temperature inside the mounds always remains at a constant 37 degrees Celsius.


The Etali Safari Lodge features an infinite swimming pool which is surrounded by a sundeck with loungers.

Conferences & Events

Conferences at the Etali Safari Lodge

The five star Etali Safari Lodge in the Madikwe Game Reserve of South Africa caters for weddings as well as small corporate functions and business meetings.  Each formal event is custom designed for guests and arranged to meet individual requirements.  Conference equipment includes flip charts, projectors and screens.


Check in and Check Out Times
  • Check in: 14:00
  • Check out: 11:00
General Services
  • Health & Fitness Centre
  • Housekeeping service
  • Individual climate controlled room
  • Massage treatments
  • Safari drives
Malaria Status and Animals
  • Etali in the Madikwe Game Reserve in South Africa's is a malaria free area. 

    Therefore no malaria medication is required. 

    The Madikwe Game Reserve is home to Africa's magnificent 'Big Five', which are lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo and elephant. The rare wild dog can also be found here.

Available Rooms


# Rooms:

The Etali Safari Lodge in the Madikwe Game Reserve is home to eight luxurious suites which are air-conditioned. Each spacious suite at Etali is set apart from the others to guarantee complete privacy. The combination of earthy and fresh colours in the decor is a pleasing contrast to the magnificent beauty of the Acacia trees outside.

The suites at the Etali Safari Lodge offer a minibar, a coffee and tea station as well as a beautiful private deck where special dinner arrangements can be organized. Extra wide and long comfortable beds ensure a good night's sleep under the African thatched roof. During the cooler winter nights in the Madikwe Game Reserve, cosy fires in enclosed fireplaces warm up the rooms.

The splendid outdoor whirlpool on the private deck, as well as the outside shower, offers for an unforgettable stay in the natural beauty of this game reserve where only birds and small antelopes are present.

Suite features:

  • Extra long beds
  • Air conditioning
  • Private wooden deck
  • Minibar
  • Coffee and tea making facilities
  • Fireplace
  • Outdoor shower
  • Outdoor jacuzzi.

Family Room

# Rooms:

The family suite provides two back-to-back rooms with a wonderful, shared deck and no inter-leading door.  The family suite includes all facilities of the luxury suites along with a larger shared deck, swimming pool and private lapa.


GPS Co-Ordinates

Latitude: -24.714126

Longitude: 26.344384


Driving directions to Etali Safari Lodge from O.R. Tambo Airport, Johannesburg:

Take the R21 toward Kempton Park/Pretoria
Take exit 134 for N1 N toward Polokwane
Continue the ramp and merge onto N1. Partial toll road
Take exit 156 to merge onto N4 toward Rustenburg. Partial toll road
Turn right onto President St
Continue onto R49
After roughly 60km turn right
12. After around 30km turn left
13. After 11km, you have reached Etali Safari Lodge, Madikwe Game Reserve, North West Province


On site parking facilities are provided for guests.

Star Rating

5 Star