If you’re looking to recharge, recentre and just be, there are few destinations that offer the kind of breathing space Madikwe does. This place is exotic, tranquil and open, with more wildlife than people for 76 000 hectares, and our lodges are unfenced, reminding you of their utter privacy.
The only time you’ll be thankful that you’re not alone is when we walk you back to your Suite at night. Rest assured, you’ll be well taken care of with us: our African hospitality is warm and attentive, yet unobtrusive, promising a stay that is laid-back and unapologetically carefree.
Solo travellers who prefer their own company will appreciate the small, intimate environments of Kopano and Dithaba lodges. With just four Suites each, you are promised a very personal experience. Lelapa, with its friendly staff and open guest areas, has an atmosphere of easy sociability. It’s the kind of place where you don’t mind hanging out in a group. But there’s still plenty of privacy afforded by the Suites, with their own plunge pools and viewing decks. But no matter which you choose, we specialise in tailor-making your safari to your needs.
Safaris by their very nature are more sociable experiences. Whether you’re travelling by yourself or with a tour group, on the vehicle you’re still put together with five other guests. Spectacular sightings will soon have you chatting excitedly and we find that the safari drinks stops are good icebreakers. Though if you do prefer to go lone ranger, you can book a private guide and vehicle. Safari, Swahili for journey, can be as much to find the animals as a personal venture to rediscover the ‘wonder-fullness’ of life.
Africa can feel daunting to explore solo, but it needn’t be. There are few better opportunities than an African safari – in the dawn or twilight, attuned to the sounds, scents and signs of the bush – to reconnect with nature and yourself. Back at the lodge, your Suite is a personal haven where you can enjoy reading in front of the fire, taking a long bath, sunbathing by the pool, yoga on the deck, a spa massage and the view… at your leisure. Should you feel like mixing with other guests, the bar lounges are always popular, as is Lelapa’s pool in front of the waterhole.
The lodge’s dining spaces range from private tables set out on the viewing deck to fireside in the cosy dining room, and an open-air boma adds traditional shared feasts. Boma evenings encourage guests to mingle, which tends to happen easily when you’re all bursting with stories from the day. But no one here is going to give you a sideways look for having a book at your table as your companion or being taken with the view. Your dedicated waiter is also on hand offering friendly service and your field guide will be only too happy to join you, if you wish.