Special Interests

An African Safari (just its mention inspires something-out-of-a-movie imaginings) sets the scene for any number of experiences to play out. From weddings with giraffe on the guest list, to photography expeditions taking you in for the close-up – whatever your special interest or request, we’ll create a bespoke safari for you to realise your own dream.

Of course this includes luxury accommodation in captivating locations, warm and attentive hospitality and excellent food, all wrapped up by seamless logistics. With our passion for creating enriching experiences and years of experience, you can trust us to pull it off.

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Weddings

The magic of this immemorial land cannot be underestimated when the matters at hand are love and devotion. Embark on the journey of a lifetime and celebrate your union where forever began. We will plan your roaring celebration/secret elopement/intimate nuptials down to the last wildly-romantic detail. We offer different packages, but each comes with the services of a dedicated wedding coordinator. This leaves you free to focus on each other, spend time with family and friends, and take it all in… Natural beauty and opportunities to find adventure enhance the celebration experience.

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Bird Watching

Your FGASA-accredited field guide has a vast knowledge of the reserve and its inhabitants, and will gladly tailor a game drive or bush walk to your birding interest. With Madikwe home to over 340 resident and migratory species, including rarities and beauties such as the African finfoot and blue-cheeked bee-eater, birdwatching here is spectacular! Walks to spot them are especially a treat, allowing you to slow down and investigate the trees, shrubs and riverbanks usually flashed by on safari vehicles. And if you’ve forgotten your binocs, not need to panic – your guide has a spare pair.

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Photography

Prize-worthy pictures are nearly guaranteed as the wildlife, unphased by human presence, indulges photographers with close-up encounters. But we understand that good photography also requires time and independence, and with Madikwe’s vehicle limit at sightings to prevent crowding, you’ll have plenty of opportunity for taking the perfect shot. The vehicles cater for your interest too, with bucket seats and waterproof equipment holders. Feeling a bit more daring? Your guide can take you in on foot. PS Yes it’s worth bringing extra memory cards, you’re sure to saturate a few.

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Spaah… & Wellness

For us, luxury is about much more than a beautiful suite in an exotic location – it’s about the experience of being very well taken care of that inspires a fundamental sense of well-being. Our lodges provide wholesome, delicious meals and opportunities for self-care, with organic Africology spa therapies and a Gym in a Basket to enjoy in the privacy of your Suite or on your viewing deck. We couldn’t think of a more serene location for a few yoga sun salutations and massages at the hands of our expert therapists to bring your mind and body back into balance.

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Food & Drinks

From afternoon tea on the lodge deck, to pop-up bush breakfasts and dinner ’round the boma fire, dining at Madikwe is a highlight as anticipated at the safaris. Our chefs introduce local flavours, using the freshest seasonal ingredients, into international dishes to give you a taste for Southern Africa that is somehow familiar. Complimented by premium South African wines, spirits and craft beers, dining becomes a well-rounded experience. That said, your most intoxicating moment is likely to be during a surprise safari drinks stop to watch the African sunset flooding the plains with amber.