Madikwe Safari Lodge

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The Madikwe Safari Lodge was listed on the Conde Nast Traveler Hot List, which contains 55 of the best of hotels in the world. Boasting this prestigious listing, at the lodge its all about the personal experience guests can take advantage of, with the owners and staff ensuring the experience is memorable and that guests feel relaxed and at home.

This reserve covers seventy thousand hectares of land and boasts 66 large mammal species, including the big five together with 345 native and migrant bird species, and hundreds of other animals.

The Madikwe lodge wildlife viewing is all about exclusivity. Limited safari drives of only three vehicles at one given time, guests are guaranteed a sighting of either white rhino, elephant, spotted hyena, lion, giraffe, zebra, impala, wildebeest, and warthog, together with the impressive range of other amazing animals.

Rated the best for its incredible safari drives, Madikwe Safari Lodge promises an unforgettable bush experience. The lodge's game rangers are highly experienced and knowledgeable, and their passion and appreciation for nature and animals leave guests breathless.

At Madikwe, guests can be sure this lodge exudes nothing but pure elegance, sophistication and comfort all within an authentic African safari experience. The Lodge offers its guests three private lodges from which to choose from, namely Kopano, Lelapa Lodge and Dithaba Lodge. Each Lodge has spaced a proper distance from each other to provide privacy.

Each Madikwe Safari suite offers guests their private plunge pool overlooking the wilderness, and while relaxing in the pool guests can often see animals walking within close range. Indoor and outdoor showers, ample cupboards and space, relaxing interior décor, three large interlinked wooden decks, of which the middle is covered and hosts a beautiful fireplace, these suites are fit for kings.

  • Kopano: “small gathering” Lodge comprises of 4 beautifully private suites offering a more exclusive intimate experience. Exceptional views of the sunrise in the mornings can be seen from these suites.

  • Lelapa Lodge: The Family Lodge accommodates guests of all ages. This lodge has the most rooms in all three lodges to accommodate the larger family celebrations and friend gatherings.

  • Dithaba: “mountain” Lodge is of the highest on the mountain with breathtaking views over the wilderness and open plains. With only four suites, this lodge is also very intimate for the smaller groups of families and friends. 

  • Lekapa Family Lodge: The Madikwe suites feature twin beds as well as a comfortable sleeper couch. Children will enjoy having their pool in the suite. Meals are catered for with guests being able to provide their requirements for healthy, tasty food and snacks.

Although the Rangers do not approach or go into elephant or lion sighting regions of the reserve, for the children's safety, it is an exciting opportunity for the kids to go out with their parents into the untamed African bushveld and enjoy seeing wildlife in their natural habitat.

Amongst others, children activities offered at the lodge include bush orientation, game tracking, baking in the kitchen, making pizzas, stargazing, washing the safari vehicles.


  • Air Conditioning
  • Bar Fridges in Room
  • Butler service
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Early morning tea & coffee and biscuit
  • Ensuite private bathroom
  • Fireplace
  • Hairdryer
  • In-room safe
  • Mini bar
  • Outside Shower
  • Private plunge pool
  • Safe
  • Separate sitting area
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Viewing Deck
  • Writing desk

Facilities Available at Madikwe Safari Lodge

  • Kid's Club
  • Parking
  • Plunge pool
  • Restaurant
  • Spa
  • Terrace
  • Viewing deck

More Information on Madikwe Safari Lodge

FAQs about Madikwe Safari Lodge
What is the contact number for reservations?

The contact numbers to make a reservation at Madikwe Safari Lodge are:

•  Cape Town Reservations +27 (0) 21 794 9050
•  Durban Reservations: +27 (0) 31 941 5945
•  Johannesburg Reservations: +27 (0) 10 446 8045.

Alternatively, you can check availability and book online by clicking here.

Where about is Madikwe Safari Lodge located?
Madikwe Safari Lodge is located at the following location / address: Madikwe Game Reserve, Madikwe, Derdepoort, 2876.

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

Stay 4 and pay 3 special

Guests staying for four nights at the Madikwe Safari Lodge receive one free night by only paying for three nights!

Included in the rate:

  • Luxury accommodation in a Suite, with private plunge pool; all meals; teas/coffees; mini bar in room; inclusive drinks and selected snacks (all soft drinks and a selection of beers, spirits, and house wines); two game drives daily with a FGASA-accredited field guide; game drive refreshments and snacks; Eastern Madikwe Airstrip transfers; specified inclusive safari activities; Wi-Fi in public areas.

Activities Included:

  • Game drives; bush walks; stargazing; wildlife lectures; bush breakfasts, picnic lunches and bush dinners; Kids Adventure Safari Club experiences at the new Eco House

Excluded from the rate:

  • Laundry, premium brand beers, spirits, cellar wines and champagnes; cigars and cigarettes; all flights and transfers not specified;
    gratuities; telephone calls; gallery purchases; spa treatments; Madikwe Game Reserve entrance fee, Guest conservation contribution
    and landing fees if arriving by air. Any extras will be for the guests' accounts

Activities Excluded:

  • Private open safari vehicle hire; any additional external services; exclusive bush breakfasts and dinners; baby sitting

Additional Fees:
• MGR Entrance fee (children 8 years and younger) – R 100 per child
• MGR Entrance fee (adult) – R 200 per adult
• Guest Conservation levy (children under 12) – R 225 per child per day
• Guest Conservation levy (adult) – R 450 per adult per day
• Landing fee (adult) – R280 per adult
• Landing fee (children 8 years and younger) – R180 per child
• Baby Sitting – R300 per hour per room per 2 children (if required)

Terms and Conditions:

  • Validity: From 22 April 2024 – 10 January 2026 excluding peak season (20 Dec-9 Jan). Valid across all three luxury camps, Lelapa, Kopano, Dithaba and the new Elela Villa.
  • Promotions cannot be combined unless explicitly stated.
  • Promotions can be applied to exclusive use offerings