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.
- 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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