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Three Cities Madikwe River Lodge

Madikwe Game Reserve | P.O. Box 17, Madikwe Game Reserve 2876, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 5 days ago
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Located right on a river, the wildlife you can spot from your room. The guides that took us out on the game drives were so knowledgeable and the staff at the lodge couldn't help enough. The lodge has an African feel that fits well with the surroundings. It is a malaria free area too which was a bonus.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We are regular visitors to Madikwe and as such we have stayed at a number of lodges within the reserve. Madikwe river lodge remains as one of our favourite places to stay. I truly believe that these reviews should reflect value for money as opposed to a comparison of what other lodges have to offer. Whilst I agree that there... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I stayed overnight here in mid February. I did two game drives which were superb. Ernst the ranger managed a fantastic leopard sighting and great lion. The lodge is being renovated currently so 5 rooms are occupied max. A great , reasonable price option for this part of the reserve.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

My husband and I have been to South Africa a lot of times during the last 20 years. We always had wonderful accommodations in different lodges and therefore good experiences to see the differences. We were booked in at the Madikwe River Lodge for three nights in October 2014 and due to the website and the high-price segment of this... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Having seen the number of poor reviews of this lodge, I feel the need to provide a review based on a number of stays I have had here. There are few places in Africa that I have returned to a number of times, yet this is one of them. Whilst agreeing that the lodge is rustic and could do with... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Having secured a "confirmed booking" over two weeks prior to our New Year stay, we were informed the day before the visit was due to start that this contract could not be honoured on the second of two nights. Being New Year, we now had few options to go elsewhere with our adult son who was visiting from the UK.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

This lodge was most enjoyable and there were only a few steps to navigate around the lodge (for anyone with a knee problem!) The well trained staff were helpful but not interfering. Comfortable rooms with efficient aircon and fans and a proper door on the bathroom. The food was good and the game drives were excellent, with some extraordinary sightings... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015 via mobile

We have done many safaris and were somewhat disappointed here. The rooms are great as is the location, we did see lions and elephants which made up for where this place is lacking. So to start: the food was very disappointing, we had booked about 8 rooms for our entire family with varying diets. It was also NYE and nothing... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

The Madikwe Game Reserve is the fifth largest game reserve in South Africa. The Reserve has seven things going for it: it is large (750 square km); it is malaria-free, which is very important, particularly when travelling with kids; it is close to Johannesburg and Pretoria (about a 4 hour drive); it has around 30 lodges to choose from at... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

I visited the hotel for the first time in September for 4 nights and returned again end of November for another 3 nights. Yes, I agree that the hotel does need a bit of revamping (which has just started and will be complete by middle December) I found that the room are comfortable and lack nothing. I am far more... More 

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