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Unrivalled luxury at Royal Madikwe Safari Lodge

Get ready for that ultimate malaria free safari to Royal Madikwe, an easily accessible safari lodge found in the famous Big 5 game reserve of Madikwe. Here, you find unrivalled luxury, and here, you get game drives and bush walks forming the central pivot for everything else that happens in this safe wildlife paradise, just 5 hours from the OR Tambo International Airport by road.

Find Royal Madikwe close to the border with Botswana in South Africa’s Northwest Province, only 3 hours from Sun City or 1.5 hours from the capital of Botswana, Gaberone.  It is popular with tourists who can also fly in via private charter to the splendour of the bushveld where sightings of wild dogs, cheetah and rhino thrill all ages. 

Children are welcome at this 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.

Royal Madikwe is an award-winning bush hotel, renowned for its luxury facilities as a private game lodge with exceptional service too. The size is manageable and not too big, with 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. Groups can also book out the entire lodge for a special celebration, work experience of groups of friends reunion – a wonderful intimate all-inclusive safari holiday in a stunning bushveld venue.

Special accommodation deserves a mention in the form of Naledi Suite ideal for honeymoons, decorated in an earthy, warm organic manner, all textiles and furnishings adding a reminder that the environment we explore on game drives really does matter. Appreciate the outdoor lounge and deck, sunken plunge pool area, outside shower, deep bathtub and luxury bed and linens. 

Next door is Sovereign House, for 6 guests who need an exclusive breakaway in paradise to rejuvenate mind and body. The best venue for ultimate relaxation thanks to its large bedrooms with bush views, spacious lounge and dining areas and a loft living space for kids to escape to for their own kind of fun. 

Elegance defined, this sole use villa is ideal for families on safari in South Africa, the garden and decks providing retreats for kids and adults alike; the choice of lounging and dining spots, the reputable wine selection, entrancing menu and personalised service makes renting this villa a reward for a year hard worked! 

Come to Royal Madikwe to view lions, rhinos, wild dogs, giraffes, elephants, hyenas, crocodiles, cheetah and so much more. Relax on a deck at the lodge, carefully located on a lake/watering hole so you have elephants, rhinos, buffalo and antelope a mere 50 metres from your villa. 

We recommend Royal Madikwe for the highest level of luxury accommodation and customer service, food and drink.  Choose a few nights in a Royal villa catering for a family of four, providing ample space and privacy to enjoy your family getaway. The villa is situated right in front of a watering hole so there is constant wildlife activity.
Meals rated a 6-star experience by many guests who love the way tables are set in new locations every evening to add that element of surprise and magic.

Game rangers and trackers display an honest love for the animals and the game reserve and take their guests to see elephants, buffalo, rhino, cheetahs, lions, kudu, hyenas, wild dogs, zebra, wildebeest, warthogs, impala, giraffe, vultures and more. Enjoy a malaria free safari to South Africa at Royal Madikwe. Five-star accommodation and service offering the ultimate unforgettable experience.



The choice of sublime accommodation at Royal Madikwe makes for an intimate safari experience where privacy can be combined with socials, and where the wilderness takes centre stage and game drives into the magnificent Madikwe Game Reserve are exhilarating.  

Everyone at Royal Madikwe cares about the guests’ experiences and the feeling of warmth pervades the lodge. Your safari to Africa takes on an unforgettable sensory depth.

Your trip to the Northwest Province near the border of Botswana takes you into the magic of the malaria free Madikwe Game Reserve and simply by booking your best package deal, you are already contributing to their vision of sustainable tourism.

Royal Madikwe has found the balance between entertaining international and local guests on a luxury, exclusive scale, investing in local community projects and conserving the natural environment around them. In 1991, farming land took on a new goal, to become safari land for wild animals and this was when Operation Phoenix was conceptualised and enforced. 

Over some 7 years, more than 8000 animals were reintroduced into land that had been rehabilitated for nature conservation, and the benefits of this wildlife then affected communities positively too. The wildlife did so well that today, Madikwe can donate and sell animals to other game reserves short of certain species! So, when you go out on game drive, you will be sure to find the Big 5, plus cheetah, wild dogs and more. Madikwe’s elephant population is the second largest in Sou Africa, after Kruger. 

Come and stay, then, in a luxury suite with gracious ensuite baths and showers, king size beds, aircon, mini bar, a fireplace and private plunge pool, all making your adventure into the South African bushveld a fantastical lavish rest. Food is served in the Clubhouse or eat alone in your suite with the stars as lights. 

Kids are never bored when their needs are met with arts and crafts, wildlife explorations, baking, storytelling and African beading. Staff take them off and enlighten them about the biodiversity around them, enthralling them about our dependency on nature.

What do past clients say about this destination?


We can’t applaud Royal Madikwe enough. The food wasn’t 5 star it was 6 star and we couldn’t find any faults in any food! I loved how at every meal time they would set our table in a different space in the lodge depending on the weather that day. Our young daughters got so much attention and drank plenty of pink milkshakes so that was amazing too. Oh, and there was plenty of wildlife too!

Junie Ray

Amazing Holiday Packages including Royal Madikwe

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  • Game drives and bush walks
  • Zulu Dancing 
  • Marimba Band 
  • African Drumming Lesson 
  • Stargazing 
  • Conservation for a Cause – ask about special projects where you can lend a hand.
  • Massage Treatments – Enjoy a massage treatment in the comfort and privacy of your suite or on the Sundeck.


  • Luxury Accommodation
  • All Meals – Breakfast, Lunch or High Tea & Dinner
  • Two game drives per day
  • Game drive beverages and snacks
  • Transfers to/from Madikwe Western Airstrip
  • Bush Walks (if in place of a game drive and dependent on availability)

swimming pool area outside the lodge accommodation at Royal Madikwe
that include this property


  • Complimentary High-Speed Wi-Fi
  • Smart TV with Netflix
  • Harmon Kardon Bluetooth Speaker
  •  Safety Deposit Box
  • Air Conditioning
  •  Mini Bar
  •  Tea, Coffee and Nespresso Facility
  •  Locally Sourced Organic Spa Products
  • Velour Bath Robes and Slippers
  • Hair Dryer
  • Childcare / babysitting service
  • Garden
  • Guest lounge with TV
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Laundry service
  • Swimming pool
  • Bar 
  • Complimentary tea / coffee
  • Restaurant / dining room
  • Airport transfers


  • Attention to detail, warm hospitality, excellent game ranging and tracking staff with a passion for wildlife which you see constantly at the lodge and on drives
  • Exquisite landscapes – look out for the characteristic gigantic volcanic outcrops known as Inselbergs, wide open plains and lush riverine ecosystem along the Marico River 
  • One of the most easily accessible game reserves in South Africa, Madikwe promises visitors sightings of the Big 5, Cheetah, Spotted Hyena, Brown Hyena, and Aardwolf!
  • A choice of lavish accommodation in luxury suites and stand-alone villas for honeymoon specials and family safari holidays in nature

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