Madikwe’s wooded hills give way to savannah and Kalahari plains, roamed by all of the Big Five and countless other mammals. Look up and you will see hundreds of resident and migrant birds gracing its skies. Coupled with the reserve being malaria-free, this all makes for a special place to explore.
While the luxury of Madikwe Safari Lodge lies in having direct access to some of South Africa’s best Big Five safari experiences, it is also the pleasure of coming back to thoughtful comforts, warm hospitality, and excellent meals after several hours in the bush that defines five-star stays here. The Madikwe brand of luxury comes standard, and what sets each of its retreats apart is its unique feel – appealing to different travelers.
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 main lodge invites meeting up; the Mack & Madi Kids’ Adventure Safari Club is non-stop fun with new friends; and with 12 spacious Suites, including four Family Suites, sociable couples and families alike will find themselves completely at home.
Kopano (‘small gathering’ in Setswana) includes only four Suites and reminds of a traditional homestead. Book an individual Suite or the whole lodge out exclusively – 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 – a 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 (‘mountain’ in Setswana) has just four Suites, cleverly positioned to maximise the glorious sense of space and privacy you get when on the reserve. Each Suite is a couple or solo traveller’s retreat; or together, an exclusive home base for a multigenerational family or friend group while on safari. But either way, you’ll find the main lodge area they link to great for gatherings of family, new and old friends – replete with rounds of sundowners on the Star Deck and festive bush dinners around the boma fire.