This was our fourth trip to Africa and I have to say the best. I have never written a review but after staying at Royal Madikwe I am compelled.
It's hard to know where to atart..
First and foremost was the personalized service. Whatever we wanted, whenever we wanted it. Friendly yet low key. It is like staying at someone's home. The accommodations were first rate, the food outstanding and the flexibility of the staff beyond reproach.
I have stayed at Singita, Londolozi and other upscale safari camps but the staff at Madikwe outdid them all. From the moment we arrived to the time we left nothing was too difficult.
I could go on and on but it would all be the same, fantastic.
The game viewing was also excellent. 30 elephants drinking out of the hotel pool at lunch. Lions near the airstrip within 3 feet of our vehicle. A wild dog kill not 10 minutes into our first game drive. What more could you ask for.
Food that was on a par with fine restaurants, a BBQ with local dishes beyond great. Whatever wine we wanted...all included.
The rooms (actually gigantic suites) were modern, comfortable and clean.
Overall a five star experience. Wish I could go back today.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Where 5 star service, lavish accommodation and adventurous Game Drives come standard, Royal Madikwe offers an unforgettable luxury safari experience for families, groups of friends or couples, seeking to soak up the splendour of the African Bush. Situated in the Malaria free Madikwe Game Reserve, just a 1 hour flight or 4 1/2 hour drive from Johannesburg International Airport, this is the ideal safari destination teeming with encounters of Southern Africa's famous Big Five as well as the endangered Wild dogs and Cheetah! Children of all ages are welcome at Royal Madikwe where they can play and learn about their natural surroundings in a safe environment with an exciting kiddies program while parents relax by the poolside, or join in on the fun! Winners of the "World Luxury Hotel Awards" in 2010, 2011 & 2013 in the Luxury Game Lodge category, Royal Madikwe offers accommodation on a per person shared basis to a maximum of 12 guests in 3 free standing Luxury Suites and 1 Royal Villa with spacious interiors, organic textures and beautiful views giving our guests the opportunity to lose themselves in the sights, sounds and smells of the African Bush. Royal Madikwe Luxury Safari Lodge also offers the option of exclusive use of the whole lodge, providing a more personal and intimate experience ideal for small groups or families which is available on request. ... more less
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