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Outdoor Lounge at Lelapa Lodge

Welcome to our home!

Lelapa literally means ‘family’, and this is exactly how we want you to feel – there is no restriction in terms of age or generation. You can expect warm hospitality, sublime comfort and a compelling charm which will make you want to stay forever.

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Family Suite at Lelapa Lodge

Each of the 12 Suites is spacious, comfortable and ever respectful of the natural environment beyond. Indoor and outdoor showers, private plunge pool and wood- burning fireplace are just some of the added creature comforts to enhance Mother Nature’s subtle signature.

Get in touch with MORE Private Travel to enquire or reserve your space. Tel: +27 (0)11 880 9992
Email: mpt@more.co.za
Madikwe Safari Lodge for the family traveller


  • 12 Suites for 24 people
  • Children of all ages welcome
  • Children’s activities and babysitting available
  • Family Rooms available
  • Private plunge pools
  • Communal pool
  • Suitable for disabled travellers (with assistance)
  • Full range of dietary preferences catered for
  • Free Wi-Fi (in public areas)


Click here to download the comprehensive Madikwe Safari Lodge Fact Sheet

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Lelapa Lodge Sign
Kids Room at Lelapa Lodge

Family Suites are available, with adjoining rooms for younger safari enthusiasts.

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Indoor Bar Lounge at Lelapa Lodge

“Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury” (Coco Chanel). The Lounge at Lelapa Lodge

[“Fantastic safari experience”, Tripadvisor] “We went on safari with our three children aged 8,6 and 3. We were given or own dedicated safari vehicle which meant our children could if they wished come on all game drives. Or guide Daniel was amazing with the children and spent lots of time explaining things and answering some crazy questions from the kids with patience and lots of humor. The children’s activities were varied and the kids enjoyed every moment, Lebo who was in charge became a favorite of our kids and they even cried when we had to leave. The babysitting service was also great allowing the older ones to enjoy some peaceful game drives, fantastic experience.”

Lelapa Lodge at Madikwe
Friendly Staff at Madikwe

It’s our genuine and absolute pleasure to host you!

[“Amazing trip for three generations!”, Tripadvisor] “We gave our excellent travel agent (Africa Travel) two criteria – malaria-free and child- friendly – for choice of game lodge for a 70th birthday trip for all the family totaling nine. We chose Lelapa Camp and what an excellent choice that was! We have done many safaris in the past but it is always special seen through ‘new eyes’ – this time through those of our own ‘children’ and partners and grandchildren aged 3, 7 and 13 (had her 14th birthday at the camp, how special is that!).

We were worried that our three year old would have to be left behind for the game drives but this was no problem for our fantastic ranger Michael and she came on all but one (when we allowed her a sleep-in but not again as she was really angry to have been left behind!). We stayed five nights and expected some of the family to miss out on some drives but no chance. We saw fantastic game and were given excellent and fascinating information by Michael on all species. There was loads for our grandchildren to do in the break between drives – swimming in the lovely pool with a waterhole at the end with elephants, zebra and giraffe drinking, bush skills drives, plaster of paris footprints of animals, sand painting and eco house (which our young did not have time to visit!). Nothing was too much trouble for the staff and the whole trip was amazing. Thank you.


  • Daily charter flights between OR Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg) and Madikwe
  • An easy 4.5 hour drive from Johannesburg. Road transfers available
  • Scheduled Safari Link charter connects with Madikwe Game Reserve with the Sabi Sand Reserve, Welgevonden and Marataba Game Reserve.
  • Private charter flights from any location directly into Madikwe.

Click here to read more about your travel options

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Lions at Madikwe


Period: 11th January 2017 - 30th April 2017
  • Lelapa Lodge, Suite
  • R8,110.00 per person per night sharing
  • R12,165.00 per person per night single
Period: 1st May 2017 - 31st August 2017
  • R6,895.00 per person per night sharing
  • R10,343.00 per person per night single
Period: 1st September 2017 - 30th November 2017
  • R9,010.00 per person per night sharing
  • R13,515.00 per person per night single
Period: 1st December 2017 - 17th December 2017
  • R6,895.00 per person per night sharing
  • R10,343.00 per person per night single
Period: 18th December 2017 - 3rd January 2018 (peak season - minimum 3 night stay)
  • Lelapa Lodge, Suite
  • R10,365.00 per person per night sharing
  • R15,548.00 per person per night single
Period: 4th January 2018 - 10th January 2018
  • R9,010.00 per person per night sharing
  • R13,515.00 per person per night single

100 ZAR = 7.96 USD

Please Note: This exchange rate calculator is to be used as an indicator of approximate values of our South African Rand rates in other currencies. Final values should be determined by your banking institution.
Kids baking at Madikwe

Happiness is…..



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 selection of  beers, spirits & house wines); Two game drives daily with FGASA qualified ranger; Game drive refreshments & snacks; Transfers to and from the Eastern Madikwe airstrip; Specified inclusive safari activities 

Specialist activities included: Game drives; Bush walks; Astronomy; Wildlife lectures; Bush breakfasts, picnic lunches & bush dinners; Children’s activities


Laundry; Premium brand beers, spirits, cellar wines & champagnes; Cigars & cigarettes; All flights and transfers not specified; Gratuities; Telephone calls; Curio shop purchases; Spa treatments); Madikwe Game Reserve landing fees (subject to change); Madikwe Game Reserve entrance/ conservation fees; Any additional extras will be for the guests account

Specialist activities excluded: Cultural village experience; Private Land Rover; Any additional outside services

Lounge at Lelapa Lodge
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Lelapa Family Suite

Make yourself at home.

Maggie Parker, Paste Magazine:

“I can honestly say I’ve never been happier than I was while staying at this lodge, and it wasn’t just because I saw leopards, lions, elephants and buffalo roaming freely up close. The safari was complimented by delicious meals over carefree conversation learning about life in the bush and nights under strung lights listening to animals in the distance. I left with tears in my eyes after only three days.” Read more here

Lelapa Indoor Dining Room

In-door dining at Lelapa.

Rhino at Madikwe


  • Safaris conducted twice a day
  • Enjoy the bush on foot
  • Maximum number of guests per vehicle is 8
  • Private safari vehicles available, subject to availability
  • Restrictions apply for children of 5 and younger
Elephant at Madikwe by Jolyon Neytzell de Wilde
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Family Bathroom at Lelapa Lodge

Bathroom en-suite in a Lelapa Family Suite.

Male Lion at Madikwe