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The Bush House
4.0 of 5 Lodge   |   Wonderboom Gate, Madikwe Game Reserve 2740, South Africa   |  
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St Martins, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“What a fabulous experience.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

Anyone thinking about a safari holiday look no further. I would highly recommend Bush House. The 5 Star treatment combined with the stunning natural world surrounding it have left me with such wonderful memories.

Our hosts were wonderful, food brilliant and the safaris themselves truly memorable. The ranger was extremely knowledgeable and excellent caring driver.

We were made to feel special guests and it was really something special. I would love to go back with my whole family in the future and can't think of a single negative thing to say.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sjoe, Owner at The Bush House, responded to this review, September 29, 2013
We truly appreciate your comments and are so pleased you enjoyed your stay with us. At least you had some time to unwind after being in the "bity city" and meetings. Hope to see you soon!
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Stafford, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

Actually, I know it. What a phenomenal experience! The water hole and hide made it hard to leave the property. We felt so cared for by the staff, we were welcomed like family. The drives were excellent, the food terrific. My husband had raved about the place and I now join him with the accolades. We can't wait to return!

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sjoe, Owner at The Bush House, responded to this review, September 5, 2013
How good to hear from you and thank you very much for your feedback. We are going to hold you to your promise of coming back soon!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

The service here is always fantastic. Sue and Gordon, the owners, are nearly always on hand and very much get involved with their guests to ensure they are being looked after.

The food was excellent, the staff are very friendly and helpful and the rooms are lovely. The Boma is superb with its unobstructed views over the waterhole.

What has made this place even better, in terms of the experience you can have, is the ground level hide. At anytime of day or night you can go down to the hide and observe whatever animals decide to pop by for a drink.

I have never been so close to a Bull Elephant in such safety! At one point, when he had smelt us, he dipped his trunk under the roof of the hide for a good sniff, at which point my face was less than a foot away from the end of his trunk and his feet were less than three feet away!

As we sat there quietly he just had a sniff and then went back to drinking. It was such an exhilarating feeling.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sjoe, Owner at The Bush House, responded to this review, August 19, 2013
It was wonderful having you with us again and thanks so much for giving us your very kind feedback. We are thrilled you enjoy the hide as much as we do and next time, as requested, we'll move your bed down there! Looking forward to your next visit.
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Johannesburg/ So.calif
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

We have traveled all over Africa and had many game viewing experiences. This is one of the best. The staff is attentive and the water a hole a gem. Experienced four Rhino's drinking together. Small herds or elephant several times a day. The living room fireplace with a roaring fire is a warm touch. We have recommend to friends; one of whom is going this week.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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Sjoe, Owner at The Bush House, responded to this review, June 26, 2013
We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us. Many thanks for the kind referral - your friends are currently watching the elephants at the waterhole!
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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

My husband and I stayed here in Nov on our honeymoon to SA and I'm so glad we picked this "economy" lodge vs one of the pricier places out there (which I wanted, lol). Clean, comfortable, relaxing, lots of animals to see and a beautiful property with a pool!

Obviously the watering hole (and the hide!) are awesome, and we got to see lions, about 20 elephants at one time, mother and baby rhino and so much more just on the property! The game drives were great, we saw so much of the Big 5 and others (giraffes, zebras, lions and cubs, rhinos, buffalo, antelope, birds, leopard tortoises, monkeys, cheetahs in their re-introduction quarantine area, and so much more!). The lodge is small and intimate with I think 6 rooms and we lucked out and since we were the only ones there on our stay, we had a private honeymoon safari and stay with top notch service! Our game driver was knowledgeable and Geraldine the manager was so welcoming! The food was great and we were there on TGiving, and they did a special dinner for us which was totally unexpected and appreciated! Ladies, just remember, you're in the wild so there will be bugs (like realllllly huge and gigantic moths that like wine) and mosquitos but we didn't have any in our room so no big deal.

Highly recommended for personal touch, clean facilities, price and great game viewing!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sjoe, Owner at The Bush House, responded to this review, June 17, 2013
We really appreciate hearing from you and are delighted that we were part of such a special occasion.
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

I spent my final night in Madikwe in the Bush House after 4 days at the Eco Bush Camp.
My stay was brief but all the staff made me feel very welcome and made my stay a pleasant experience. Everyone was very friendly and the young guide was knowledgeable about the flora and fauna in the reserve.
The hotel was very comfortable, clean and airy with nice gardens and their very own water hole, which attacted many species of game.
All in all an exhilarating experience, would recommend to anyone.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sjoe, Owner at The Bush House, responded to this review, June 12, 2013
Thank you very much for your feedback and we only wish that you had been able to spend more time with us. Happy travels!
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

Our family of 12 spent three glorious days at The Bush House. Not only was the accommodation and service superb but the game was just amazing. From rare wild dogs - to 10 lion cubs feeding on a zebra carcass - 27 elephants at The Bush House waterhole....and more.

The staff were so wonderful - caring for our youngest member of 4 months - and attending to our every need. The rangers were so informative and owner Sue went to endless trouble to assist me in the leadup to our stay and afterwards when I left something behind!

I could not recommend the The Bush House highly enough! A must for your bucket list!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sjoe, Owner at The Bush House, responded to this review, April 28, 2013
We are thrilled to have been part of such an amazing family reunion and do so appreciate your very kind feedback.
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Address: Wonderboom Gate, Madikwe Game Reserve 2740, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > North-West Province > Madikwe Game Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 23 Specialty Lodging in Madikwe Game Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Bush House 4*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Safari isn’t just safari anymore…. And game lodges aren’t all alike. Every visit really does need to be special and every moment something to be remembered forever.The Bush House is not your typical Game lodge. The Lodge is set in the malaria free Madikwe Game Reserve. It is an old farmhouse that after years of family laughter and happiness has been transformed into an inviting and relaxing residence that encourages guests to kick off their shoes and unwind. ... more   less 
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