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“This really is a bushveld gem” 5 of 5 stars
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Maduma Boma Game Conservancy
Guernsey Road, Hoedspruit 1380, South Africa   |  
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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“This really is a bushveld gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2011

There are two things that amaze me about Maduma Boma.
1) It is hard to believe that a place like this still exists in this part of South Africa where fancy, expensive bush lodges that pummel the depths of your pockets abound
2) That not more places have cottoned on to the unique "privacy" concept employed by Maduma Boma.

Essentially Maduma Boma is a large bushveld reserve with just a handful of comfortable, self-contained, thatched chalets (each with its own private swimming pool and private boma) dotted around the estate. As such you won't hear or see another person for your entire stay and you'll feel like the whole place belongs to you. It is a magical concept and anyone who loves the bush will find it hard not to fall in love with the place.

The chalets are simple but very well appointed for self catering (there was even an orange squeezer for making fresh oranges from the big bags of dirt-cheap oranges you can buy from roadside stalls all around the Lowveld in winter) and exude a rustic charm that is sadly lost on many, fancier lodges.

Being a stone's throw from Kruger National Park's Orpen gate (an easy 30 minute drive) and in the shadow of the magnificent Escarpment which forms the gateway to the Panorama Route, Maduma Boma is in an ideal position to base yourself for an affordable stay in the area.

But you will probably find as you sink into your chair on the verandah of your chalet that you will not want to move. The surrounding bush is bustling with life, all eager to show itself to you. In a few hours, we saw as many as 20 bird species, impala, duiker, warthog, monkeys dwarf mongooses and two lazy giraffes who were no doubt heading to the pool for a cheeky drink, but thought otherwise when they saw us.

At night, you can head to your own private boma (a stick-walled circular enclosure) alongside your chalet for a braai or just to sit around the fire and admire the stars while listening to hyena's whooping, owls hooting and jackals crying.

Maduma Boma may not be for everyone. Many of the chalets do not have electricity (our chalet, Squirrel, was powered by gas and solar) - although some do - and may lack some of the high-end decor, fixtures and fittings that some demand, but for anyone - South African or foreign - who want a taste of the bushveld at a price that'll make your wallet smile, I just can't recommend Maduma Boma highly enough.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2010

Very Difficult to find he hotel.No Indication on the road.Bungalows were very nice but the welcome was very disagreeable.nice place when you find your way

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2010

We stayed with our two teenage daughters and a couple from The Netherlands for 5 days.
Maduma is perfectly located for trips to the Kruger, using Orpen Gate as the entrance and either Paul Kruger Gate or Phalaborwa Gate as exits. Also close to the Blyde River Canyon near Swadini where one can take a boat trip on the beautiful canyon which is the 3rd largest in the world.
Maduma itself is very peaceful with lots of micro game (lizzards, spiders, frogs) so bring a good camera with decent macro lense and you will discover a whole different world.
We stayed at the Eland chalet which caters comfortably for 6 adutls or any combination of adults and/or children.
As another banker who is constantly on the move and staying in payed-for accommodation I found my stay in this beautiful and peaceful environment a real treat (so did the company) and well worth the money we paid.
If you are a city dweller really hooked on luxury, the bush may not be your cup of tea but if you can count your blessings and like to experience evertything that nature has to offer Maduma Boma is a comfortable place to hide away and reflect a bit.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2010

We visited Maduma Boma and stayed for 3 nights the accomodation is basic but the amount of time spent in the lodge was fairly minimal, you need to pack mosquito repellant and also take anti malarials, the town of hoedspruit is quite near and i can recommend the sleepers restaurant, the game lodge had its own pool and the only problem was the fridge which didnt work as well as it could. It is good to be able to walk around the park we saw kudo, babboon and giraffe and a family of bush pigs wandered through our garden regularly, if you go to Kruger try going in the Phalaborwa gate and out at Orpen. Barry and Sue who own the lodges were lovely and nothing was too much trouble, very cost effective accomodation and surroundings

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2010

I travelled with my wife and two daughters to experience the bush veld and to visit the Kruger National Park which is 40kms away (Orpen gate). The accommodation was relatively inexpensive for the chalet. On the first night the hot weather and mosquitoes won the battle and we had to stock up with mosquito repellent but never quite avoided getting bitten even with the nets on the bed. The accommodation was below our expectations and things like flushing the toilets three times to clear it became an irritation as well as the temperamental hot water which was not available half the time. In fairness to the owners, our expectations may however have been too high bearing in mind the price of the accommodation. This is a proper bush experience (with bugs galore) for those who love this type of thing. City dwellers who prefer a good nights sleep should come well prepared.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Maduma Boma Game Conservancy

Address: Guernsey Road, Hoedspruit 1380, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Limpopo Province > Hoedspruit
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #20 of 84 Specialty Lodging in Hoedspruit
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Maduma Boma is a private game farm situated in the Greater Kruger National park about 25 min from Orpen Gate of the Kruger Park which makes it great for day visits to the park. We are close to some wonderful attractions. We have 10 chalets priced from as little as R750 or R185 per person per night. EACH chalet has its own swimming pool and boma. Each Chalet is fully serviced daily and is privately situated on a separate part of the farm. We have animals walking around freely (not the Big5, they are next door and you can go on a game drive there) and abundant bird life. This is the perfect place to relax and position yourself to enjoy the African Bush and what it has to offer. ... more   less 
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