My wife and stayed at Etali for 3 nights in mid january after 3 nights at another lodge in Madikwe.
The visit had highs and some disappointments.
First the highs, the game ranger, Obi, and the tracker, Ronnie, were magnificent and managed to track a pride of lions in the bush that had not been spotted for a week by any of the local rangers. They were friendly, knowledgable and made the stay for us very special, 5 stars. On the day we left the heavens opened and they drove with us to the main Madikwe road to be sure we didn't get stuck on the way out, thanks.
The food is very good and compliments to the chef, every meal was top class. because of the rain we could not enjoy the boma but instead had a braai on the main balcony but which was very good.
Rooms are of a very good size and the splash pool was a welcome relief on the hot days, clean and just the right temperature.
Disappointments would be the general ambiance of the main lodge area and the rooms which despite being large and spacious just seem to lack the level of comfort that one expects in lodge of this type. I know this is a personal view and others may differ but compared to the previous lodge we came from it seemed cold and uninviting and the main lodge was not somewhere one would wish to linger too long and relax. I guess we expected a bit more luxury...
In summary, great rangers made the holiday but the general lodge ambiance would not bring me back.
- Also Known As:
- Etali Safari Hotel Madikwe Game Reserve