It’s hard to pick a most inspiring moment from an African safari. Between the mimosa toast mid-morning game drive, shared excitement at encountering your first cheetah, and surprise lantern-lit bush dinner – they’re well known for bringing couples together to reconnect.
Being in such an intimate environment, you probably don’t want to smother each other either. Our personalised service means you’re free to enjoy a facial on your private viewing deck, while your partner indulges their love of wildlife photography on a bush walk.
You can make a date of the afternoon safari and dial up the mood with a sundowner stop in a secret location overlooking the reserve…
Couples who enjoy meeting fellow travellers from around the world and who don’t mind other people’s children will find themselves at home in Lelapa Lodge, with its large open-plan guests areas that invite mingling. Though the Suites here do provide every privacy, from your own lounge area to plunge pool and deck to enjoy the view, along with a G&T from your minibar. The smaller Kopano and Dithaba lodges strike a balance between the exclusivity of your own retreat and warm, attentive hospitality – ideal if you’re after me time and quality time.
If you’re looking for an intimate, thoroughly authentic Big Five safari experience, we know you’ll love Madikwe. Join a small group, or we can arrange for a personal guide and vehicle to take you out. Either way, the reserve’s 76 000ha becomes yours to explore. You can also leave the vehicle with your guide, to head into the wilderness on foot. We’ve found that adventure and romance go together like coffee and Amarula, and when up with the dawn chorus or out in the brisk evening, mugs of this steamy drink served at a scenic stop are definitely in order.
From the Suite’s raised viewing decks, one can happily stare out at the plains, drinks and snacks within reach, for hours – we call this bush TV and its riveting. During your stay, you should see elephant, giraffe, zebra and various buck make appearances. Your deck is also an idyllic location for a couple’s spa therapies, outdoor showers, and taking a swim after a morning’s worth of safari. Though if you prefer to take some time for yourself, your partner won’t sulk for being set off to enjoy their tipple in the lodge bar lounge or out by the waterhole-facing pool.
From al fresco breakfasts for two on your viewing deck to social guest boma dinners that get everyone chatting around the fire, dining here whisks you miles away from the everyday. Meals are often a touch exotic and complimented by fine South African wines, spirits and beers, give you a well-rounded taste of this place. Dining is all part of the Madikwe safari experience – sure to keep stories flowing across the table for years to come, and a useful conversation starter with fellow guests. Did anyone else hear the lions roaring last night?