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Bird at Madikwe by Jolyon Neytzell de Wilde

“We had a magnificent time at the Lodge.  The rooms were beyond beautiful.  The very private deck with the great plunge pool was outstanding.  The meals were gourmet quality.  The staff was attentitive to all of our needs.  We couldn’t of had a better time.”

Elephant at Madikwe

We had a truly fabulous and memorable time at Madikwe.  Without exception, the staff were all extremely friendly and welcoming, our lodges were beautiful and comfortable and the food was delicious and plentiful.  The game drives were brilliant – we were so lucky to see the Super 7 in such a short time and our heartfelt thanks go to Luke for being the perfect Ranger – he was so informative, friendly, fun and thoughtful.  He knew that I was nervous of being so close to the big cats but he was so professional and reassuring that we were able to fully enjoy seeing them and being really close to lions, cheetahs and leopard.  It was the first proper safari for our girls (21 and 19) and they absolutely loved every minute of it.  If we have one small grumble, it was the poor wifi connection during our time there which was a little frustrating trying to keep in touch with the office but we fully appreciate that it is a remote and unspoilt location and so barely worth mentioning!  It was all fabulous but Luke was the superstar for us!  Thank you so much.

wild dog

“We had the most amazing stay – could not find fault with anything.  For somebody who wasn’t keen on a safari I’m already trying to work out when i can return.   Noelle our ranger was just brilliant, knowledge was incredible and such fun …  the accomodation and the food was just incredible and the staff were absolutely lovely.  As you will see from my marks above I could not find fault with anything and this will remain as one of the best memories so far.  What a way to celebrate our 25th Wedding Anniversary – so THANK YOU SO MUCH.”

“From the moment we arrived to the moment we left we were absolutely amazed at what we saw and experienced. The thing that I liked best because everything is included in the price was that all you had to do was concentrate on what you’d would like to do. The food was exceptional and the staff went out of there way to make your stay exceptional. Having never been to a safari lodge before and I’m so glad that this was my first experience. Our guide Billy was great and we learnt so much from him. I’m now going to tell my Australian friends to go there if they go to South Africa and make it part of their tour experience.”

Cheetah at Madikwe

“My family of five just returned home from the Madikwe Safari Lodge and we had an delightful experience! Without exception the staff was exemplary. Every meal was beautiful and delicious. Thanks to Margaret for her special service. Thula made spending $ in the gift shop fun. Our ranger Donald made every game drive an adventure, he is a wealth of knowledge! And a special thank you to Clive for our enchanted wine & brandy tasting in the bush with our rhino in attendance. Keep up the good work!”

“My second trip to Madikwe and it didn’t disappoint. If I have one complaint it would be too much food! As usual, the luxurious rooms were beautiful, private plunge pool, outdoor as well as indoor showers, huge comfortable bed …. And the place was spotless. The best bit about the five days there was definitely the game viewing. Andre is a superb ranger and so knowledgeable about everything .. Flora, fauna, animals, history of the area and even the night skies. We saw parts of the reserve this trip that we hadn’t seen before and introduced us to varied landscapes. Stunning place.”

Lion at Madikwe
Birds in a tree at Madikwe by Jolyon Neytzell de Wilde
Crimson-breasted shrike exp

“Most definitely to safari and even more, most definitely to Madikwe Safari Lodge. A simple yet delicious setting with everything you could want or dream of needing supplied but not an ounce of clutter more. The staff are warm welcoming and delightful. The rooms are beautiful, comfortable and inclusive of the irresistible private plunge pool on the deck which looks out over the park. The animals are all there, even the famously elusive wild dogs! With Joe as your guide you are guaranteed to not only see plenty of animals but really get an experience of knowledgable African Safari with plenty of laughs.

Would I go back? Tomorrow if I could. Would I go anywhere else? Having been to a couple other places on the same trip, absolutely not. Madikwe Safari Lodge has it all.”

Squirrel at Madikwe

“Stayed for 3 nights with our 7 and 9 year old. Would say this is long enough. Family suite was amazing with separate bunk room for the kids. Luxury whilst feeling very much in keeping with the environment. All as described previously. Would only add that the kids activities are great. After breakfast our guide would take the kids back out for some tracking or making plaster casts of animal footprints and even washing the truck. The learning centre (with air con) for the kids is also a great Facility. The kids were occupied by the nanny if they wanted with a full schedule of activities across the day. Ours were old enough to come on the game drives with us. Which they really enjoyed although sometimes a bit tired. Kids menu was available with standard kids meals on them. Adults food was great. Be aware there is little to do in the day for adults so be prepared to relax and watch the bush activity.”

Leopard at Madikwe by Jolyon Neytzell de Wilde

“We stayed at Madikwe Safari Lodge for 10 nights (1st Oct – 10th Oct 2014) You’d think we’d be bored after 3 days, but how wrong could you be ! The animals are the same from day to day …. but it’s what they’re getting up to which changes each day, and that’s what made our stay magical. We saw the Big Five throughout our stay, although not all Five every day, plus wild dog, red hartebeest, springbok, monitor lizard, hippo, steenbok, leopard tortoise and many other animals, including birds. Our ranger Andre (call sign Nel), was exceptional. When we thought we weren’t going to see game, he found it for us. And his special coffee on the morning coffee break in the bush is SOMETHING ELSE.

The accommodation was far above our expectations, and the view from our verandah was awesome. We could see for miles across the bush and savannah. While relaxing on the sunbeds, we could watch elephants, giraffe and impala ambling along the game fence which was about 100yds. away.

All the staff we encountered were so warm and friendly – we felt like family. Nothing was too much trouble for them. A lovely touch was the messages our housekeeper left on a chalk board each morning and evening, wishing us a good safari / good night, etc. One evening we came back from the safari drive to candles and a bubble bath which had been run for us .

The meals were of a very high standard with a varied menu , some of which we had in a boma under the stars with log fires. One evening the staff sang African songs while we had our meal in the boma. WHAT more could you ask for?? We had a fantastic holiday, and sincerely recommend Madikwe Safari Lodge.”

Giraffe at Madikwe

“When a trip exceeds all your expectations you want to share the experience with others. Madikwe Lodge is nothing short of outstanding on every level. We were met at the landing strip by our Rangers and taken directly to a recent sighting of Wild Dogs. On the way we spotted several other animals. When we arrived at the Lodge we were greeted by friendly staff with warm towels to refresh ourselves. we were shown to our individual hut type rooms that had every convenience you can imagine. Copper faced tub, indoor and outdoor showers,large deck with plunging pool, very comfortable beds and linens. Quite frankly if we never saw another animal we would have enjoyed looking from our glass walled accommodations onto the savannah and loved every minute but this was just the beginning.”

Zebras at Madikwe

“I stayed here for 2 nights with my husband to celebrate our anniversary. It was very romantic, quiet and peaceful. Prepare to do a whole lot of game driving and then a whole lot of nothing afterwards. Special attention was given to our specific dietary requirements and the service was excellent. We were made to feel very special and welcome. Special handwritten notes were left for us just before bed time, bubble baths filled, wood fires burning. All very charming. I’d recommend this lodge.”

Sunset at Madikwe
Moon sky at Madikwe Safari Lodge
male lion exp

“What a perfect end to our South African holiday. We had such a great time at the Lodge. The food and presentation was wonderful. The staff were very attentive. Elaine was always checking up on us and other guests. The sommelier introduced us to some great wines, I have a better appreciation for South African wines. Keba and Ruth would took great care of us and the kids. I really appreciate the kid’s program that they have, it helped past the time and keep the kids occupied. The girls enjoyed making cookies and servicing at tea to the other guest. Our ranger, Billy was also wonderful with a great sense of humor as well as knowledge of the animals. My daughter commented she would come back because he is ‘so funny’. The next time I plan another trip to South Africa I would have no hesitation on choosing Madikwe Safari Lodge.”