I would go to Impodimo (stayed there twice, once with wife alone, second time with 10 year old as well)...wonderful staff, lodges luxury. Most important thing was that it is owner-operated: no rules except what you want and they can deliver. Even my wife (whose idea of bush walking is a visit to WalMart) loved it.
Suggestion: ask to do a bush walk as well as the regular game drives....absolutley fascinating and, also, a slight "edge" being on the ground in the bush instead of in a jeep.
I havent been to any of the lodges you mentioned in Madikwe, but have been to Mosetlha Bush Cam, also in Madikwe, and can highly recommend them. Rustic camp, great service, excellent game drives - we saw a lot of animals, lion, buffaloe, rhino etc.
Try it, we loved it.
Would recommend all, although you may find Tau a bit big and impersonal. Would also recommend Mosetlha Bush Camp. Depends on how long you can go for ... try and do 2 days at the Bush Camp and 1 or 2 at one of the luxury lodges. Game viewing in Madikwe great wherever you stay - the animals don't change! Echo the recommendation to do a walk one morning.
I agree with Bush Chick - a couple of days at Mosetlha is well worth it. Check out their website - www.thebushcamp.com. They get my approval!
We stayed at Rhulani in early 2005 and had problems with an inexperienced ranger and unprofessional management. We had told them that we had been on over 100 safari drives and they gave us a ranger who had only been at this reserve for 6 weeks and who had no prior experience in a Big 5 area. He was very nervous, especially around the elephants who are more aggressive than I have seen before. You need to have an experienced ranger who really is responsible for your well being and after a couple instances, we did not feel we were safe in his jeep.E-mail the lodges and enquire on the experience of the ranger. In our opinion, the more expensive lodges have the better rangers.
I would recommend Buffalo Ridge, Impodimo or Tau. To add to your confusion - 3 other excellent lodges to check out are:
Madikwe River Lodge (managed by Three Cities Hotel Group)
Tuningi Safari Lodge (beautiful accommodation; good value for money)
Madikwe Hills - more expensive than the rest, but dependin on your budget, well worth every penny!
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