We got lucky: first because the place I originally opted for couldn't take us so we went to Mateya instead; secondly because for three of of four nights we were the only people there, thirdly because - well, because it was wonderful.
The hotel is beautiful in every respect (though be warned that there's plenty of walking to do to move around in it). Accommodation fantastic, excellent wine included in the price, food wonderful (you can basically choose what you want, and Innocent the chef makes everything so succulent), and the whole place is filled with fabulous African artefacts.
But what made it so memorable for us were the people, in particular Christine, Werner and Paul. We were so well taken care of and Paul and Werner showed us so much of, and taught us so much about, the beauty of Madikwe reserve and its wildlife. Everyone strikes the perfect balance between taking care of you and not getting in your way.
Unreservedly recommended. Go if you can. You won't regret it.
- Also Known As:
- Mateya Safari Hotel Madikwe Game Reserve