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Madikwe Safari Lodge, Madikwe Game Reserve

Everything about this place is vast – its landscapes, its heavens, its wildlife, this place called Madikwe Game Reserve – and hiding within this rugged Africa is a sanctuary for wildlife called Madikwe Safari Lodge. 

Everything about the 76 000 ha Madikwe Game Reserve is vast – its scenery, its wildlife, its skies… The rich and undulating landscape is punctuated by enormous volcanic intrusions (inselbergs) and world class game lodges focused on wildlife viewing and giving back to conservation. Come and see the Big 5 here, including wild dogs, cheetahs and other rare species. 

Madikwe Safari Lodge occupies a premium position here in the bushveld and offers three exclusive retreats – Lelapa, Kopano, Dithaba – for exhilarating safaris and luxury second to none. These villas are designed especially to appreciate the vastness and diversity of the surrounding landscape and wildlife in their unfenced locations. This is your haven in nature for a while, ideal for families with children who want to experience a thoroughly authentic connection with the wild.

Madikwe’s wooded hills give way to savannah and Kalahari plains, where visitors drive to find the game in this malaria free paradise then returning to their luxury accommodation for some warm hospitality and pampering attention from staff who really care. The Madikwe Safari Lodge brand of luxury embraces a classy traditional design and each lodge has a unique appeal. We love the thatched roofs, the lanterns and the pool, the atmospheric boma and campfire, the space and the quality linen, carpets and ethnic décor. 

Let’s take a look at each of these lavish family-oriented lodges at Madikwe Safari Lodge:

Lelapa Lodge

Lelapa (‘family’ in Setswana) is the kind of place that brings people together and welcomes you to settle in. Luxury here is not the fussy kind, it’s freedom – with your every need taken care of – to make the most of each moment. The open-plan layout invites meeting up; and 12 spacious suites, including four family suites, encourage sociable couples and families alike to feel completely at home. Kids will enjoy the Mack & Madi Kids’ Adventure Safari Club, non-stop fun with new friends.

Kopano Lodge

Kopano (‘small gathering’ in Setswana) includes only four suites and is reminiscent of a traditional farm homestead. Book an individual suite or book the whole lodge as an exclusive use option for your group of friends. It’s this flexibility that makes Kopano the ideal safari destination for a family/friend adventure, unforgettable honeymoon, or solo discovery. Either way, the lodge’s main living spaces – splendid dining area, fireplace lounge with library, generously furnished deck, and boma raised above the bush – are yours to enjoy, along with splendid views over the savannah.

Dithaba Lodge

Dithaba (‘mountain’ in Setswana) features just four suites, cleverly positioned to maximise the glorious sense of space and privacy that reflects Madikwe Game Reserve. Each suite is a refuge for a romantic couple or adventurous solo traveller. Or together, this becomes an exclusive home base for a multigenerational family or friend group while on safari. But either way, Dithaba Lodge is the link for great gatherings of family, new and old friends – replete with rounds of sundowners on the Star Deck and festive bush dinners around the boma fire.



Find Madikwe Safari Lodge in the central-eastern region of Madikwe Game Reserve, a prime malaria free South African safari destination, renowned for its superior game viewing.Rolling hills hug the three lodges that make up the main Safari Lodge and the views expand out over the open grasslands where the famous Marico River flows, surrounded by the Dwarsberg Hills.  

The family-owned lodge provides intimate accommodation in 20 luxury suites – visitors to Madikwe Safari Lodge have a choice to stay together as a group of family and friends, or to enjoy a more private bush experience as a couple in Lelapa Lodge, Dithaba Lodge and Kopano Lodge.

Each suite at this lavish Madikwe safari accommodation venue is strikingly organic in design, comprising comfortable sitting areas, romantic circular fireplaces in the bedrooms and spacious dressing areas with personal bars. Spacious en-suite bathrooms boast large bathtubs, and indoor and outdoor showers. 

French doors open onto wooden decks leading to inviting private plunge pools. Focal areas feature a series of intimate sitting areas and shaded outdoor seating on the expansive covered decks. Indoor and outdoor fireplaces add ambience to covered outdoor living rooms with beanbags and cushions for casual bonhomie. Living areas are designed to be cool in summer and warm in winter and the boma lends the perfect ambiance for evocative dinners around a blazing fire.

Madikwe’s game viewing is of a very high standard, aided by the fact that all guides are in radio contact with one another, and provides regular sightings of zebra, Impala, wildebeest, giraffe, warthog, white rhino, lion, wild dog, elephant, white rhino, brown hyena, and spotted hyena. Excellent bird watching opportunities with over 350 bird species.

Amazing Holiday Packages including Madikwe Safari Lodge

From $610



  • Big 5
  • Bird Watching
  • Game Drives
  • Game Walks
  • High Tea
  • Massages


  • Luxury accommodation
  • All meals, teas/ coffees, all local beverages (including soft drinks, local brand beers, spirits and house wines)
  • Two game drives daily
  • Game drive refreshments and snacks
  • Transfers to and from Madikwe Eastern Airstrip, and specified safari activities.

bathroom interior of the accommodation at Madikwe Safari Lodge in South Africa
that include this property


  • 20 Rooms
  • Bar
  • Internet Access
  • Kiddies Club
  • Pool
  • Secure Parking
  • Spa
  • Babysitting Service
  • Laundry Service
  • Room Service


  • Madikwe’s game viewing is of a very high standard, with its 75 000 ha of prime bushveld a haven for cheetah, leopards, lions, wild dogs and rhinos – to name but a few endangered species
  • Excellent bird watching opportunities with over 350 bird species so book a special birding safari and find out more about the raptors here, the water birds and the colourful bushveld birds nesting in huge trees
  • Three large exclusive use lodges encourage family groups and friends to get aa from it all into the Madikwe magical game reserve to connect with self, each other and the wilderness
  • Therapeutic spa massages using organic products with special plant oils to soothe your skin and heal those tired muscles  
  • Lelapa’s Eco House is where the kids meet up and learn some lovely stuff about mother nature, the animals and how to make interesting things from nature at this family-owned lodge.

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