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Lelapa Lodge, Kopano Lodge and Dithaba Lodge: +27 (0)18 350 9902

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Reserve Gate Times (strictly adhered to)

The gate to Madikwe Game Reserve opens at 06h00 and closes at 21h00.

Lodge Check-In and Checkout Times

Check-in is at 14h00 and checkout is at 11h00, daily. Should you require a later checkout, please contact the Guest Relations team at your lodge and they will do their best to accommodate you.


Safaris are often associated with a risk of contracting malaria, but you needn’t worry about that here. Madikwe is situated in a region of South Africa that is not inhabited by the Anopheles mosquito, responsible for transmitting this disease. The reserve is therefore classified malaria-free.


Average maximum temperatures range from 23°C/73°F in July to 40°C/104°F in January, with the lowest average minimum occurring in July at 2°C/36°F. The region is semi-arid, with an average annual rainfall of 500mm (20in), most of which occurs during the summer months (December to February). Rain is usually in the form of thundershowers, where a downpour is experienced, seldom lasting longer than a few hours.

What to Pack for Your Safari

For all safaris, we suggest wearing neutral-coloured, natural-fibre clothing. Any dark or brightly-coloured item – which will absorb heat, attract bugs and announce your presence to the animals – is best left at home. Around the lodges, casual and comfortable is the order of the day, and there’s no need to dress up at night, unless you’d like to.

  • Sturdy walking shoes for safaris, and sandals/flip flops to wear back at the lodges
  • Scarf, gloves, pullover, and windbreaker (evenings, even in summer, can get chilly)
  • Swimwear, if desired
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, and high-SPF sunscreen and lip balm (even in winter)
  • Insect repellent (also provided by the lodges)
  • Camera, video camera, spare memory cards, and charging equipment
  • Binoculars, if desired (your field guide also carries a spare set)
  • Book or e-reader
  • Waterproof bag for personal items 

Daily Programme

An idea of what to look forward to…

That being said, you are not restricted to a schedule and can arrange your stay around exactly what you feel like doing, or take up opportunities as they arise in the moment.

to April)
Programme Winter
to August)
05h00 Wake-up call 06h00
05h30 Tea/coffee; game drive departs 06h30
09h00 Game drive returns; breakfast/brunch is served 10h00
At leisure Bush walk, or other activities of personal preference At leisure
13h00 Lunch is served 13h00
16h00 Afternoon tea is served 15h00
16h30 Game drive departs 15h30
19h30 Game drive returns; dinner is served 19h00

Please note: this programme is dependent on prevailing weather conditions, and may be adjusted for your safety and convenience.


You can’t come on safari and not get a little dusty, so we offer a laundry service at the lodges. It must be remembered that as ours is a ‘bush’ laundry, it is not advisable to send delicate items that require special care.

A laundry bag and list are provided in each suite. We ask that you leave your completed list and filled bag on the bed prior to leaving on the early-morning game drive – this will enable us to return your items by the afternoon.

Please note: this service incurs an additional cost, which will be added to your final account, payable on checkout, for your convenience. 

Gratuity Recommendation

Tipping is at your discretion. Should you choose to leave a gratuity for the staff of Madikwe Safari Lodge, you can have this added to your final account, payable on departure, for your convenience. As a guideline, we suggest ZAR600 per guest per day. For info on specific allocations, please chat to Guest Relations.

Pack for a Purpose

We are proud members of Pack for a Purpose, an initiative that allows travellers like you to make a lasting impact in the community at your travel destination. If you save just a few kilos of space in your suitcase and take supplies for the projects we support in need, you’ll make a priceless impact in the lives of our local children and families. Please click here to see what supplies are needed for our project/projects.