South African Lodges

Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge

Madikwe Game Reserve
North West
South Africa
Lodge Type

The private game lodge is a five-star lodge located in malaria-free, Big Five Madikwe Game Reserve of South Africa, accessible by air or a five-hour road trip from Johannesburg. This luxury safari lodge rates very highly for the stylish accommodation, superb dining, and professional hospitality, while the abundant and diverse game viewing rounds off the safari experience.

The chalets at the Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge Lodge are well-appointed providing comfort for relaxation while the health and beauty spa, as well as the gym, are bliss. The game experience here is memorable, not forgetting an evening under the stars in the outdoor boma. The Game Lodge is beautifully located amongst boulders and age-old Tamboti trees, offering guests the utmost in luxury and hospitality. The lodge features the Main Lodge with 11 suites and a private camp which is called Little Madikwe Hills. It is home to the Presidential / Family Suite, accommodating 25 guests in total.

Accommodation is generous in every sense of the word – space, comfort, luxury, amenities and expansive views. The décor is classically African, with close attention to detail and a great blending of tones and textures to reflect the serenity of the surrounding landscape.

The suites each have a private wooden deck with a sparkling plunge pool, a fantastic space from which to watch the passing parade of wildlife visiting a nearby waterhole. The bathrooms are a special treat, a place where one can feel close to nature.

Suite features:

  • En-suite bathroom
  • Outdoor bathroom
  • Private deck
  • Plunge pool
  • Mini-bar
  • Heating and Fireplace
  • Air-conditioning
  • Hairdryer
  • Mosquito net
  • Ceiling fan.

Main Lodge

At the main Lodge, ten incredible glass-fronted suites complete with their decks and private plunge pools offer absolute privacy with expansive views of the bush. The subtle African-themed décor integrates natural elements with colours highlighting Africa's warmth.

The suites have been designed for complete relaxation and comfort, with fireplaces, under-floor heating, air-conditioning, outside showers, romantic bathrooms and concertina glass doors which allow guests to feel indeed at one with the environment. The main lodge does not take children under the age of 10.

  • Suite 1 & 2: is next to the Main Lodge, views of the waterhole
  • Suite 3 & 4: adjoining to each other and is ideal for families travelling with teenagers, both rooms have a view of the waterhole
  • Suite 5: open plan setting with elevated views and a great place for honeymooners
  • Suite 6: Honeymoon Suite is on the hill with secluded pool set amongst the rocks and bush; the suite has an outside bath and shower
  • Suite 7 & 8: on the mountain with panoramic views this suite is not suited for the physically challenged as it has steps & it is a distance from the main lodge
  • Suite 9 & 10: next to the main lodge, close together and close to the watering hole; both suites are not suited for the physically challenged as they have a lot of steps.

Little Madikwe

The Little Madikwe Lodge offers a two-bedroom Presidential or Family Suite where guests are provided with their land rover and game ranger, as well as a personal butler to take care of the guests' every need. A well-stocked wine cellar, a gourmet kitchen with a private chef and entertainment centre complete the perfect stay.

Two new Standard Suites can also be reserved to form an entirely private camp, which accommodates up to eight guests. The lodge offers the ultimate in luxury and indulgence and ensures a holiday never to be forgotten.

Little Madikwe features:

  • 1.5m off the ground
  • Large pool
  • Deck with views of watering hole
  • Lounge, dining room and kitchen
  • Guests determine their game drive and meal times.


The lodge's outstanding facilities allow safari guests to get comfortable and enjoy the magnificent bushveld surroundings. Since the library Internet connection is available for travellers who wish to stay in contact with the 'outside' world. The daily exercise routine allows guests to keep up their regular fitness program.

  • Dining area
  • Open-air dining in Boma
  • Bar
  • Viewing deck
  • Swimming pool
  • Curio shop
  • Fully equipped gym
  • Health and beauty spa
  • Library with internet connection
  • Wine cellar
  • Lounge with satellite television.


Airport transfers from and to Johannesburg to the Lodge as well as private charter flights can be booked with prior arrangements. Besides the guided game drives, thrilling walking safaris are also available at the lodge whereby one can get to know the smaller creatures of the bushveld as well as the plants and trees.

  • Game drive safaris
  • Walking safaris
  • Wake-up call
  • Airport transfers
  • Concierge services
  • Housekeeping service
  • Kid's entertainment.


Highlights are the thrilling early morning and late afternoon game drives when wildlife observations are at its best. Travellers have the chance to admire the untamed wildlife in this malaria-free game reserve which is home to the "Big Five", namely lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo, and elephant.

  • Game viewing excursions
  • Spa
  • Gym
  • Swimming.


The Spa is an oasis for city-wearied souls; offering guests have an extensive selection of treatments to choose from that are professionally administered by the qualified therapists. The spa includes a well-equipped fitness centre.

Game Drives

Game drives are seldom disappointing as this Reserve is well-stocked with numerous species, of which the most sought after are the Big 5, cheetah and wild dog. Your guide and tracker team are well-versed in the reserve and its’ inhabitants and will go to great lengths to ensure that not only do you tick off much of your checklist but that you are also left with a greater understanding of and appreciation for the natural environment.  It is also possible to request a private vehicle – although this is strictly subject to availability.
Children on Safari

Kids can participate in the Junior Rangers program, where they will learn all the different exciting aspects of the Bush through a range of fun exercises. The Junior Rangers enjoy a hands-on experience with touching elephant dung, looking at tracks, finding out HOW to track. Learning about termites while standing right next to a large termite mound etc. this is an exciting and educational experience for all ages. Child-minding services are also available on request.

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  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Ensuite / Private bathroom
  • Fireplace
  • Housekeeping
  • Mosquito net
  • Outside Shower
  • Private plunge pool
  • Separate sitting area
  • Viewing Deck


Dining at Madikwe Hills Game Lodge

The cuisine at Madikwe Hills Game Lodge combines African influences with international flavors. Traditional, hearty breakfasts are served on the main deck and in addition to an English Breakfast, guests can enjoy Eggs Benedict, Eggs Florentine, and French toast. Lunches are available on the main deck and offer up simple, fresh selections. No two dinners are the same at Madikwe Hills; boma dinners are served under the stars while silver-service meals can be enjoyed in the dining room. Guests can also enjoy dinner on the deck of their private suite.

Spa Facilities

The "safaris" at Madikwe Hills combine ancient healing methods with traditional African rituals, reconnecting guests with nature in a relaxing, rejuvenating space. Madikwe's wellness range - Wisdom of Africa - is made from natural, local ingredients

Spa treatments include:

  •     Massages
  •     Body exfoliation
  •     Body wraps
  •     Facials
  •     Hand and feet rituals

Game Drives or Walking Safaris

The Madikwe Reserve is home to the Big 5, along with a diverse range of another animal, bird and plant species. The lodge offers game drives and bush walks. The game drives are in open safari vehicles with bucket seats and fold-down armrests. Knowledgeable rangers conduct the morning, afternoon and evening game drives.


The gym at the Madikwe Hills Game Lodge features:

  • a treadmill
  • an exercise bicycle
  • a rowing machine
  • dumbells and barbells
  • aerobic mats

  • Boma
  • Curio Shop
  • Gym
  • Hotel Bar
  • Library
  • Restaurant
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Viewing deck
  • Wellness centre
  • Wine cellar

Check in and Check Out Times
  • Check in: 14:00
  • Check out: 10:00
General Services
  • Airport transfers
  • Concierge services
  • Game drive safaris
  • Housekeeping service
  • Kid's entertainment
  • Wake-up call
  • Walking safaris
Children Activities
  • Children at Madikwe Hills receive a lucky packet upon arrival and a Big Five experience certificate upon departing. A range of activities is on offer for kids at Madikwe.

    Children's activities include:

    • Face painting
    • Bug finding
    • Arts and crafts
    • Treasure hunts
    • Movie nights
    • Marshmellow braais
Social Responsibility
  • Madikwe Hills Game Lodge has a project in place to assist the nearby village. Madikwe accepts sponsorship to help children in the area by providing for them a better creche and early learning centre.

Available Rooms

Luxury Suite

# Rooms:

The Main Lodge at Madikwe has ten luxurious glass-fronted suites complete with their private deck and private plunge pools. The unusual, yet subtle 'Afrochic' décor integrates natural elements with colors highlighting Africa's ambiance. The suites have been designed for complete relaxation and comfort, with fireplaces, under-floor heating, air-conditioning, outside showers, romantic bathrooms and concertina glass doors which allow guests to feel truly at one with the environment.

Single Room R10710
Double Room R21430

Little Madikwe Villa

Little Madikwe is an exclusive private camp which can accommodate between two to eight guests. It is an opulent self-contained 2 Bedroomed Villa measuring 390 square meters. The two additional Luxury Suites cover 150 square meters.  Children of all ages are welcome to stay at Little Madikwe.

Experiencing the ultimate in luxury and privacy, guests at Little Madikwe Hills enjoy their private game drive vehicle with a game ranger, as well as a  butler who takes care of every requirement.  When booking Suites 9 and 10, Little Madikwe becomes an entirely private camp accommodating eight guests, suitable for families and small groups. During their stay, guests set their meal and game drive times.

A welcoming lounge, an excellent wine selection as well as a gourmet kitchen complete an unforgettable safari experience at Little Madikwe.  The large outdoor swimming pool makes for a perfect place for relaxation and fun. Standard in each Suite is open-air decks, luxurious décor, plunge pools, outdoor showers, air-conditioning, fireplaces, and concertina glass doors which open the room up entirely.

Little Madikwe features:

  •     private deck
  •     outdoor swimming pool
  •     air-conditioning, fans, and fireplaces
  •     stocked mini-bar
  •     indoor and outdoor showers
  •     indoor Venetian bath
  •     private lounge and dining room
  •     gourmet kitchen with a personal chef (guests set their meal times)
  •     a private game vehicle with a ranger (guests set their personal safari schedule)
  •     personal butler/childminder
  •     entertainment centre
  •     satellite TV & DVD collection
  •     CD’s & children games
  •     small library
  •     Wi-Fi.
Single Room R45960
Double Room R45960

Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge Specials

The specials listed below will automatically be offered to you when proceeding through the booking process.

Treat yourself to the ultimate 8 Night South African Luxury Safari at three of our sensational 5-star Lodges situated in the world-renowned Madikwe, Timbavati and the Sabi Sand Game Reserves.

Your Luxurious Safari begins with three nights of bushveld bliss in a 75 000 hectare malariafree Big-5 game reserve on the border of Botswana. At Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge, with endless views of African bush where the plains teem with game and a world of intrigue, you can delight in sightings of the rare Wild Dog, glorious gourmet meals and thirst quenching cocktails.

From Madikwe, you will be whisked off to the world famous Sabi Sand Game Reserve where you can relax and soak up the tranquillity of the African bush for two wonderful nights at Leopard Hills Private Game Lodge. This exclusive lodge is built on a hill overlooking a natural waterhole with spectacular game viewing from the deck of your private suite... explore the
endless fascination of Africa’s wildlife in open, state-of-the-art game viewing vehicles, indulge in pampering treatments and savour spectacular sunsets.

En-route to Kings Camp from Leopard Hills, you will be transferred to Elephant Whispers where you will be enthralled by a two-hour Ultimate Elephant Experience. Interact and enjoy an elephant back ride, then indulge in a champagne picnic surrounded by these gentle giants.

Complete your Bush Trilogy with three nights of splendour in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve while revelling in the warmth of gracious hospitality from a bygone era at the ultra luxurious Kings Camp. Live the true African Safari game viewing experience in refined luxury... a leopard on the hunt, lions roaring at twilight, hippo wallowing, or a crocodile basking on a sandy beach; each viewing will enthral. The ultimate bush sojourn... this exclusive package offers three unique Lodge and Bushveld
experiences creating lasting memories...


  • 3 Nights at Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge, Madikwe Game Reserve.
  • 2 Nights at Leopard Hills Private Game Reserve, Sabi Sand Game Reserve.
  • 3 Nights at Kings Camp Private Game Reserve, Timbavati Private Nature Reserve.
  • Airfare OR Tambo (Johannesburg) – Madikwe Hills – OR Tambo (Johannesburg).
  • Airfare OR Tambo (Johannesburg) – Leopard Hills.
  • Road Transfer Leopard hills – Elephant Whispers – Kings Camp.
  • Airfare Kings Camp – OR Tambo (Johannesburg).


  • 8 January - 20 December 2019: R105,000.00 per person

*** Single transfer (air and road) supplement applicable if travelling alone.

Included in the rate:

  • 3 Nights at Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge, Madikwe Game Reserve including all meals and game drives
  • 2 Nights at Leopard Hills Private Game Reserve, Sabi Sand Game Reserve including all meals and game drives
  • 3 Nights at Kings Camp Private Game Reserve, Timbavati Private Nature Reserve including all meals and game drives
  • Airfare OR Tambo (Johannesburg) – Madikwe Hills – OR Tambo (Johannesburg).
  • Airfare OR Tambo (Johannesburg) – Leopard Hills.
  • Road Transfer Leopard hills – Elephant Whispers – Kings Camp.
  • Airfare Kings Camp – OR Tambo (Johannesburg).

Excluded from the rate:

  • Items not mentioned to be included
  • Flights and transfers not listed. 
  • Conservation levies and park entry fees.
  • Cellar wines, premium brand spirits, champagne, cognacs, cigars and cigarettes.
  • Telephone calls, curios shop purchases, transfers, gratuities, additional activities, wellness treatments and laundry

Terms and Conditions:

  • Subject to availability
  • Only valid for a stay of 8 nights
  • Package rates are non-combinable with existing special offers at the Lodges.
  • An additional surcharge applies should the routing be amended.
  • Flight rates and schedules, and accommodation rates are subject to change without prior notice.
  • Flight rates include combined fuel levies and departure tax
  • Valid 8 January - 20 December 2019

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The game experience is memorable at Madikwe was great, not forgetting an evening under the stars in the outdoor boma.

Madikwe is the the ultimate in luxury and indulgence and ensures a holiday never to be forgotten.



Had great time at Madikwe Hills, the food was utter indulgence and most of all I loved the relaxing in front of the fire place.



GPS Co-Ordinates

Latitude: -24.724866

Longitude: 26.346684


Access to the Madikwe Hills Game Lodge, Madikwe Game Reserve:

Self-drive (4 hours from Johannesburg / Pretoria)
Flight transfer or private charter (50 minutes from O.R.Tambo International Airport Johannesburg).
Road transfers
Complimentary road transfer from the Madikwe Hills airstrip to the lodge.

Directions via Rustenburg (N4) / Swartruggens / Zeerust / Abjaterskop Gate to Madikwe Hills. This route will take approximately 4.5 - 5 hours.

1. From OR Tambo International get on the R21 towards Pretoria up to the Exit to the N1 Polokwane (about 37km).
2. Get onto the N1 towards Polokwane and continue up to the N4 Rustenburg slipway (about 22km). Take the slipway onto the N4 towards Rustenburg (this is just after the Zambezi Drive offramp).
3. Please note that The N4 is a toll road with four toll gates to Zeerust. Three before Rustenburg and one just after Swartruggens.
4. At Rustenburg continue the N4 towards Swartruggens.
5. Continue the N4 through Swartruggens to Zeerust.
6. In Zeerust make a right turn at the ABSA Bank on Main Street approximately in the middle of town, towards Gaborone/Madikwe. Refuel here as there is no fuel in the Madikwe Reserve.
7. After approximately 83 km\'s you will see the Abjaterskop Entrance into the Reserve on your right.
8. Once you enter the Park, there is about 32 km of dirt road to the Lodge.
9. Once through the gate, carry on straight. You will then pass an airstrip on your right-hand side, continue around the airstrip and keep on going until you find a sign board (11km) - from here you follow the signs towards Derdepoort Gate.
10. After 2km, you will get another signboard on your left, keep going towards Derdepoort Gate.
11. After 1.3km you will find another sign board on your left - keep going towards Derdepoort Gate.
12. Continue for 10.6km and you will get another sign board on the right at a four-way crossing. Continue towards Derdepoort Gate.
13. The road will split immediately after the last sign board. Keep right on the well traveled road and drive around the dam until the road becomes long and straight again.
14. If you continue you will find another sign board on your left indicating Molori and Madikwe Safari Lodge to the right. Continue to the next sign board shortly after that on your right-hand side (5.2km). This sign will indicate Madikwe Hills / Etali / Ukuthula. Turn left towards Madikwe Hills.
15. Continue straight on until you will find the final sign board showing Madikwe Hills / Etali / Ukuthula to the left. Keep left and continue.
16. Drive pass Ukuthula entrance and Etali Entrance and after 2.4km turn left towards Madikwe Hills.


On site parking facilities are provided for guests.

Star Rating

5 Star

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