The best accommodation in Madikwe Reserve

Accommodation Options in the Madikwe Game Reserve

Visitors to the legendary malaria-free Madkiwe Game Reserve in Northwest Province near the Botswana border can select some of the best accommodation according to the type of safari holiday they are looking for, be it lodges and camps, villas or homesteads. 

We promise a collection of the finest luxury safari lodges and tented camps in this malaria free big five game reserve: eco-friendly cabins on stilts, rustic rugged camping in nature, rustic chic camping in elegant fully equipped tents, romantic luxury villas for two, family safari lodges, conferencing facilities and team building fun, wellness retreats with spas and gyms, conservation holidays, and group safaris in luxury homesteads with private chefs and game rangers.

We can tailor make your special accommodation package deal to any of the estimated 30 accommodation options in the game reserve. Some of these safari units are booked on a bed and breakfast basis, but most of them are all-inclusive of the premier suites, all meals, all snacks and drinks, teas and coffees and all game drives and walks. 

No matter what appeals to you, Madikwe Game Reserve has it all and we are here to assist you to book that dream safari vacation to South Africa. Superior lodges offer two game drives a day, bush walks, spa treatments, gyms, wine cellars, birding, excellent dining under the stars and an extraordinary connection to the wilderness and its wild animals. 

We recommend some of the best accommodation in Madikwe, a collection of the finest luxury safari lodges and tented camps in this malaria free big five reserve. A good example of an eco-lodge is the Mosetlha Bush Camp, a renowned family-owned bush camp that promises exclusive and private wilderness encounters while ensuring minimal environmental impacts. 

A wonderful child-friendly destination is the Bush House, a completely renovated traditional farmhouse, now a highly sought-after lodge with 6 chic rooms and a unique homely aura and personal touch. We also love the full-on luxury option at Royal Madikwe, flash safari lodge where a range of diverse accommodation suits all needs and tastes, and a kiddies’ programme keeps the young ones busy all day learning more about biodiversity than they ever thought possible.

Top Game Lodges in Madikwe

Madikwe Game Reserve features some of the top safari lodges in South Africa and most of them are family friendly and open to exclusive group vacations in the heart of an untouched wilderness. Long ago, much of this game reserve was a series of neighbouring farms which have now joined hands with the province to extend the game reserve into this private conservation area that protects wildlife and habitats. 

A total of 30 top lodges in this game reserve offer varying degrees of luxury accommodation for visitors to South Africa, and locals. There are private lodges and commercial lodges and each one believes in the principles of sustainable tourism where local communities are part of the conservation equation. 

Our top picks for Accommodation in Madikwe

Our top picks for accommodation are our ‘big five’ Madikwe lodges based on value, service and feedback over the years.

  • Mateya – only 10 guests can stay comfortably in 5 luxury suites all showcasing a different view and a diverse African arty decor – bold statues, ceramics, pots, mats, grass baskets and paintings are dotted around your suite and the gardens.
  • Royal Madikwe – an award-winning bush hotel with lavish rooms for 20 visitors at a time: 2 standalone luxury suites, 1 romantic honeymoon suite, a Royal villa, 1 Emperor suite and the 3-bedroom Sovereign house. Available for exclusive use too. 
  • Impodimo – only accommodates 16 people, families welcomed with open arms as children join the kids’ programme and learn how wildlife exists in beautiful ecosystems while adults get time to go birding or walking with armed rangers. 
  • Jaci’s Safari Lodge – the atmosphere is warm and amiable – comfy suites completely decked out in underfloor heating, attractive ceramic fireplaces, aircon, fans, double beds and stretcher beds for the kids.
  • Jaci’s Tree Lodge – only 8 lavish suites elevated in the trees like tree houses, fewer people and quieter game drives – open your large stacking doors to the wilderness then venture down to the swimming pool.

Best Time to Visit Madikwe Private Game Reserve

Summers are extremely hot in Madikwe Game Reserve so the best time to visit is between March and November, Autumn into Winter then Spring. Dry season is May to September when temperatures drop to a comfortable 20 degrees Celsius in the day and nights can get as cold as 2 degrees! 

Dry season offers excellent game viewing because there are fewer tourists, therefore fewer 4×4 vehicles, the vegetation is thinner and animals are easier to spot, and animals are also congregating at water holes, rivers and springs. Skies are clear and the days are hot and dry.

Rainy season is beautiful with all the new greenery and small animals being born but it is also very humid and wet and the roads are harder to transverse as they can be muddy. Rain starts to fall from October until April. 


Madikwe Safari Lodge

Experience an African safari so awe-inspiring that you simply must return again and again – the lavish Madikwe Safari Lodge is truly exclusive, a private African safari destination in South Africa’s Northwest Province, in the famous Madikwe Game Reserve. The name means “Africa in its majesty” and the 3 camps at Madikwe Safari Lodge - Lelapa, Kopano and Dithaba – truly encompass this with their malaria-free luxury accommodation to suit each guest. Enjoy this safari lodge with its attention to detail, round swimming pool beside the water hole, and so much game viewing to do.
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Marataba Safari Lodge

MADIKWE GAME RESERVE - SOUTH AFRICA - Visit Marataba, a 23 000ha private concession in the shadow of the Waterberg Mountains. Enjoy a malaria-free safari within the Big 5 Marakele National Park (Limpopo, South Africa). Luxurious canvas-and-stone tented suites offer private decks, outdoor showers, free-standing stone baths and complimentary sherry. Rate includes all meals, twice-daily game drives and free Wi-Fi. Game drives, nature walks, bird watching and star gazing ensure the best safari holiday ever.
wooden deck with sunbeds at Royal Madikwe in South Africa

Royal Madikwe

It’s about traditional five-star service with a smile, at Roya Madikwe Safari Lodge and the suites are certainly regal and named accordingly: Sovereign House (3 bedroomed villa) the Royal Villa for families, the Naledi Suite for honeymoons, the Korone Suite, the Lenyalo Suite. Crips white cottons, polished wooden floors and forever verdant views enchant every guest who chooses this Madikwe Game Reserve safari lodge. Excellent family destination in the heart of big game country and easily accessible from Johannesburg.
group of people on a game drive viewing a rhino in the bush

Jaci’s Tree Lodge

Colourful, cottagey, and down to earth these 8 intimate, secluded, luxury tree house suites are elevated high on stilts to merge with the forest and minimise their impacts on this beautiful habitat. Each tree house is unique with gorgeous big baths, outside showers and extensive views towards the Marico River. Jaci’s Tree Lodge mimics eco-friendly safari lodges in the Okavango Deta that allow guests a true immersion in nature. A highlight is the water level Terrapin Hide in the large water hole, a breath-taking spot for seeing animals up close, birds socialising and the magic of Africa up close.
The living room area of the Jaci’s Safari Lodge accommodation in South Africa
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Jaci’s Safari Lodge

Vibey ethnic tented suites for 12 guests peep out from lush vegetation guarantee privacy and peace with exquisite hand mosaiced baths, outside showers and rustic chic décor. This is a genuine safari destination also offering two deluxe suites for larger groups who want more space, privacy and luxury. Nare Suite and Safari Suite are exclusive use lavish villas. Jaci’s is down to earth and invites guests into its warm colourful, farmhouse type lounge, chef’s kitchen and welcoming boma fire for that typical South African ambience. See the Big 5 and relax.
An aerial view of the Mateya Safari Lodge in Madikwe, South Africa

Mateya Safari Lodge

Five lavish suits for 10 guests have been carefully designed to blend into the Gabbro hillside overlooking a waterhole in the magnificent 75000 ha malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve. Reminiscent of an art museum, the lodge features original artworks, sculptures and literature, telling stories of ancient Africa and the legend of Queen Mateya. Remarkable suites boast private decks and plunge pools, ethnic décor, and high-quality furnishings. Now it is about wildlife viewing and conservation, so get out there and enjoy game drives and bush walks every day!
an exterior view of the Impodimo Game Lodge in Madikwe South Africa

Impodimo Game Lodge

Impodimo Game Lodge is a first-class safari destination in the malaria fee Madikwe Game Reserve in South Africa’s Northwest Province. Only 8 airconditioned luxury suites for couples and one deluxe suite ideal for families perch on a hillside on a natural spring artistically created from the available stone and thatch, with outstanding views, outside showers and quality attention to detail. The best ever guided morning and afternoon game drives, bush walks and personalised massages. Luxury ‘underground’ elephant hide is a winner.

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