Madikwe Hills Safari Lodge (Madikwe Game Reserve) South Africa
In the early 1940’s the Marico district was declared the poorest province in South Africa. Thus the Parks Board decided to create the MADIKWE GAME RESERVE, situated in a malaria free area, not only to conserve the fauna and flora, but also to provide a sanctuary to visitors from afar, as well as a more favorable environment to the local people. At the edge of the Marico River and under a grove of Tamboti and Marula trees alike, you will find yourself enchanted by a world of intrigue and majestic beauty.
MADIKWE HILLS is where the plains still team with game and the acacia savannah symbolizes a paragon of beauty. BLACK RHINO roam freely amongst the BIG 5 – Giraffe gallop across the plains at sunset and zebra call out to one another in the early hours of the morning, after enduring a night of the “savage beast” upon the plains – LION.
Traversing over 75,000 hectares of true, untamed Africa and set in magnificent koppies amongst boulders, the malaria-free MADIKWE HILLS gently ebbs to the pulse of Africa’s drumbeat. After a mere 45 minute flight from Gauteng, or a scenic four hour drive, you will be met by our warm and friendly staff in the main reception area.
It is here where you can select gifts for your friends and family back home from our curio shop, which boasts a breath-taking view of the boulders and rocks of MADIKWE HILLS – open landrovers with bucket seats and fold-down armrests stand ready to take you on safari.
Your knowledgeable ranger with his friendly disposition, will ensure that your experiences are not but a “whisper on the winds of a timeless eternity”
Madikwe Hills offers eleven ultra-luxurious glass-fronted suites complete with their own verandahs and private plunge pools, each ingeniously placed amongst the boulders. The unusual, yet subtle décor integrates natural elements with colors highlighting Africa's ambience. Your suite has been designed for complete relaxation and comfort, each boasting soft sofas, voluptuous mosquito netting and cotton picot linen.
Overhead fans and air-conditioning are a welcome respite from the harshness of the African heat. Salute the timelessness of Africa with a gin & tonic from your fully stocked mini bar. MAIN CAMP consists of Eight large luxury air-conditioned suites, complete with private plunge pools, under-floor heating, mini-bar, fire places, outside showers, and great views.
LITTLE MADIKWE HILLS consists of the Presidential Suite with 2 x bedrooms and two additional suites which form a completely private camp. Little Madikwe Hills can therefore accommodate a maximum of 8 guests. MADIKWE HILLS FAMILY SUITE is ideal for families with children under the age of 10 yrs, as the Main camp is geared towards children over the age of 10 years.
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A library full of verse and history awaits those yearning for knowledge of the African continent. Fables of Scorpio and Orion may be told by your ranger of Greek mythology, whilst dining in a rustic boma where dramatic and exotic flames dance to the uneven beat of life’s drum. Perhaps you will discover the navigational skills of the Southern Cross before dining in the sophistication of silverware. Breakfast on the deck is an absolute must!
For the energetic, Madikwe Hills offers a fully equipped gym and health spa. For the businessman…. Internet connection! Children of all ages are most welcome and are accommodated with their own game activities and where needed, Nannies can be arranged to baby sit. Facilities and Activities include: * Open air veranda, * Lounge, bar & dining room * Boma * A Library * Fully equipped gym * In-house therapist * Well stocked curio shop * Fully stocked wine cellar * Open vehicle game drives * Walking safaris * Bush breakfasts.
Madikwe Game Reserve has an astonishing array of wildlife. Elephant, rhino (black and white), lion, leopard, buffalo, wild dog, cheetah, giraffe, zebra, hippo, brown hyena, spotted hyena, springbok, eland, kudu, wildebeest, warthog, crocodile and Chacma baboon are some of the larger species to be seen. Smaller species include rock dassie, African civet, genet, bush baby, porcupine, and aardvark. Numerous antelope species also roam the reserve. Lions laze on Madikwe's wide plains, as zebra and blue wildebeest keep a wary distance.
Both black and white rhino can be seen in Madikwe and herds of buffalo wander through the wooded areas of the reserve. The elusive leopard may be spotted sleeping on the limb of a tree, while comical warthogs forage in the undergrowth below. The Madikwe Game Reserve is a bird watchers' paradise, with over 340 species listed here. These include many species of raptor, such as the Martial Eagle, the African Fish Eagle, the Secretary Bird and the Pale Chanting Goshawk. Spotted Eagle Owls are common here, as is the tiny Pearl spotted Owl.
Accommodation Rates:- From $985 per person per night sharing. Please contact us for a quote and suggested itinerary