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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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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The lodge was a great experience from the first warm greeting we received from Patrick and the ladies - delicious homemade lemonade and a warm towel greeted us followed by a delicious lunch on the deck overlooking the river. A five-star game viewing experience was delivered by the talented and affable Benson who's relaxed style made it an incredible experience.... More 

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Tickhill
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Have just returned from a 6 night stay and cannot understand all the negative reviews of this lodge. This was the 5th time we have been on safari and the best value for money we have ever had. All I can say on the comments regarding the food portions is that some people must have far bigger appetites than mine.... More 

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Benoni, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

The lodge is currently busy with renovations, however majority of it has been done. This did not affect our one night stay.Some tips are to arrive early even before check in at 2, in order to have the best of your stay as the afternoon drive leaves between 3 and 4 in the afternoon.The drive to Madikwe from Johannesburg might... More 

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Gold Coast, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

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 March 6, 2015

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 February 24, 2015

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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