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Mateya Safari Lodge

Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa
Mateya Safari Lodge
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Portola Valley, California, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

My wife and I visited Mateya for eight nights over Christmas 2014 and it was spectacular. We travel often and love safari so we have lots of context and we're happy to tell you that Mateya is awesome! Below is a bit more color: Game Viewing - Fantastic and abundant animals. We saw all the big five (although the leopard... More 

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London, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

We travelled in Madikwe Game Reserve btw Dec 24 and 31 and stayed in 4 different lodges including Mateya. All were very different but Mateya was the best if you are looking for privacy, pampering and relaxation in a luxury lodge. The food was absolutely delicious and the service was great. Guests have unlimited access to the owner's vintage wine... More 

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Scotland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

I own my own travel company and am lucky to have experienced some amazing safari lodges. Mateya really does stand out amongst the best. All 5 suites are very private and have the added bonus of seeing animals wander past to the waterhole. The lodge houses the most amazing pieces of African art and you constantly find new pieces whilst... More 

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Ascot, United Kingdom
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26 hotel reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

I stayed at Mateya Safari Lodge for three nights. Our room was large and luxurious. It had in and outdoor showers, a large bathroom and bedroom/Sitting area - all were well furnished/provisioned and kept immaculately clean. There is also a nice sized viewing deck with shade and an infinity pool with a view for those down times between safari drives.... More 

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Bridgton, Maine
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

We were reborn at Mateya. My husband and I celebrated six years of life following my heart transplant with a trip to the beautiful, quiet Madikwe Game Reserve and are so glad that we chose to stay at Mateya Lodge. It is beyond luxurious: it is tasteful, warm, relaxed, and sincere. The food is fabulous, and the chefs kindly cooked... More 

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

From Johannesburg, it is a one hour flight due North-West on a 6-seater airplane into Madikwe Game Reserve and a warm welcome from the lodge manager, Philip who heads up the team and has been with Mateya for 8 years. My interaction with Joanne, Christine and Connie was great, all very helpful and attentive. My private, experienced ranger guide and... More 

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Johannesburg
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

We have recently been the very fortunate people to be invited to share 4 days with English friends at Mateya Lodge in the Madikwe Game Reserve. Our guide, Francois, was superb. Together with Divine, the tracker, our bush experience was as good as it gets - & we have had many of those. The staff at the lodge were incredibly... More 

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La Grange Park, il USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

My family and I stayed here and just loved it! The service was great and the room are amazing with their own private pools over looking the reserve. We loved our private game drives where our guides were able to answer all our questions and we saw many animals. We especially liked the dinners because each night we had a... More 

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Seattle
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2012

My wife and I recently stayed at Mateya Lodge in Madikwe Game Reserve This is one of the best I have stayed in. Fabulous spacious rooms with a private plunge pool, great food and our guide, Werner was amazing. He and his tracker, Paul make a great team! All the staff were very friendly and the service was superb.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

it is my 4 visit to Mateya Safari lodge.I couldn’t imagine in my dreams that this place exist . The place is spectacle the rooms are un believable they thought of every little thing. The food staff are incredible . and of course the best game view ever. I hope I will come back soon

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