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Royal Madikwe Luxury Safari Lodge
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Reviewed July 13, 2012

Royal Madikwe is the most amazing lodge we have stayed at since we moved to Johannesburg. The rooms are huge and very comfortable (with a nice fireplace for the wintery season) offering a wonderful view on a waterhole where all sorts of animals come to drink. At Royal Madikwe everything has been thought through for you so that you can just relax and enjoy the jacuzzi or the bathtub on the terrasse.
The lodge is very well decorated with a superb African style and while everything is thorougly designed, it keeps a very simple and natural look.
The staff is absolutely brilliant, always ready to help and ensure your stay is all about you!. The food was top notch with a different touch every night. The atmosphere overall is relaxed and very friendly. We recommend the massages on the deck... A dream come true!
Last but not least, we were able to see the big 5's over 4 safaris...Yeah!
A big thank you to Cherie and Adam and the rest of the staff for making our stay very special. We will be back! :-) Philippe, Carole, Ashley & Teo

Room Tip: Rooms with the view on the waterhole
  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Royal_Madikwe, General Manager at Royal Madikwe Luxury Safari Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded April 21, 2013

Dearest Royal Friends,

Thank you so much for your warm words and for taking the time to write such a wonderful review about our very special lodge! We truly appreciate the time you have taken to tell us about your amazing experience at Royal Madikwe. It means so much to all of us here at the lodge when we get such a heart-warming review and knowing that we are giving our guests the most memorable safari experience instills a sense of pride in our hearts! We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future!

Best Wishes,
Adam & Cherie,
And Your Royal Friends

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Reviewed March 27, 2012

We spent two glorious nights at this beautiful lodge 4 hours drive from Johannesburg, SA. The lodge is a fantastic spot for a romantic getaway with all five of the chalets equipped with their own plunge pool with views onto the bush. The entertainment areas of the lodge are numerous and all look into the surrounding bushveld with private settings if needed or large areas perfect for small groups. The main swimming pool is spectacular. The staff is so well trained and caring - our ranger Adam was informative and extremely knowledgeable and his fiancee, Cherie was always on hand to oversee the perfect operation of this lodge. The rest of the staff were faultless, friendly and well trained. Our bush experiences were amazing and we would recommend this lodge to anyone wanting a special getaway or perfect for a small group.

Room Tip: All rooms have their own charm - cannot say one is better than the other!
  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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royalbj, General Manager at Royal Madikwe Luxury Safari Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded April 5, 2012

Thank you for your lovely words and wonderful review of our African Home, it means so much to us here at Royal Madikwe. We genuinely appreciate you spending time to write us such a special review and look forward to welcoming you back again one day as a Friend of Royal Madikwe.

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Reviewed March 23, 2012

If you are looking for a safari experience of a life time, then Royal Madikwe is the place to go!

The rooms are luxurious, ultra clean and extremely private. The service is exceptional and the staff are friendly.

I will definitely be back!

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with friends
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royalbj, General Manager at Royal Madikwe Luxury Safari Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded April 5, 2012

Thank you for spending the time to write a review, it means so much to all of us here at
Royal Madikwe. We are delighted you would love to visit our African Home again and look forward to welcoming you back with our Friends of Royal Madikwe Rates.

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Reviewed March 12, 2012

We arrived at the Royal Madikwe at about noon on a sweltering 34 degree summers day. After having driven some miles on a dirty, dusty rocky road the prospect of any sort of home comforts were exciting but what we found when we entred the luxury game lodge was nothing short of paradise in Africa!

We were met with moist towels to freshen ourselves up in the garden then were escorted down to reception where, after checking in, we were served a delicious three course lunch on the balcony attached to the main lodge overlooking a watering hole where, we were told, wild game often came to drink. It was not long until we were joined for lunch by some thirsty buck making their way down to the water for a drink.

After an invigorating lunch we were shown around our private chalet. To say that the mini-mansion (complete with traditional thatch roof) was the very definition of luxury would be an understatement! The attention to detail was most impressive, from the Royal Madikwe bubble bath to the well stocked minibar, every whim of the guests was catered for. The massive bed complete with six pillows and turned down every night with stepping stools provided for ease of entry was a nice touch but by far the best part about the rooms was the private balcony which sported an outdoor shower, two sun loungers, two seats in the shade of an awning and a secluded plunge-pool for late night dipping under the stars. Also, the wooden roller-blinds could be moved back to allow a view of the sun rising over the jungle while guests enjoyed a cup of french-press coffee in bed.

And then there were the game drives... Obviously, as with so many things in Africa, the experience that we had can never be replicated but I can't help feeling that regardless of what you see or where the game drive takes you the feeling of being SO close to the wild will be an experience of great excitement, wonder and delight. On our trip we managed to see the full big five but the highlight of the game drives for us was stopping in the middle of a clearing populated by 120 zebra and having a refreshment or two in their company.

These events were made all the more memorable by Andrew our guide, driver, spotter, head lodge guide and only defense against the wild animals that surrounded us. His knowledge of the African wild is second to none; from nests made from the saliva of frogs to the hunting habits of individual lion in the park, not only does Andrew make you feel safe in your safari truck but also provides a witty and educational commentary on the game drives. Another attraction of the Madikwe Game Reserve is the caliber and condition of the animals that can be seen there; unlike some other game parks that we have visited the pristine condition of the wildlife that we saw on this trip was an education in its self. It seemed to me that we were in a wildlife documentary; the colours were vibrant the physiques were toned and seeing the beautiful animals thriving in their natural environment made the modern world seem far away.

Upon returning from the game drives we were served breakfast or dinner (depending on whether it was a morning or evening drive), again the food was exquisite and the atmosphere was uncompromisingly relaxing. Words can not adequately convey the level of luxury and service that we experienced during our stay at the Royal Madikwe; from the staff to the amenities to the accommodation to the management every aspect of the establishment seemed tailored to our needs, wants and comfort (also the inspired selection of top shelf liquor was very enjoyable).

I would wholeheartedly, unreservedly and passionately recommend the Royal Madikwe for any one who wants a perfect vacation or a place to make unforgettable memories. Business functions, holidays or honeymoons would all benefit from the experiences that this lodge has to offer, it is truly a slice of paradise in the heart of the dark continent.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with family
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royalbj, General Manager at Royal Madikwe Luxury Safari Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded March 19, 2012

Thank you so much for your extremely detailed and passionate review of our
African Home. We genuinely appreciate the time you have taken to tell us of your
experience at Royal Madikwe. We are delighted you have had such a wonderful,
unforgettable holiday that will live on in your memories. It means so much to all
of us here,knowing we are giving our guests the most memorable time when we get
such a wonderful review.We look forward to welcoming you back with open arms in
the future and making the most of the special Friends of Royal Madikwe rates.
With warmest wishes, your Royal Family

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Reviewed February 13, 2012

Your own paradise in Madikwe Game reseve, the place is just heaven from the day you arive you will feel like royalty its like nature put the place there just for you. I will start with the arrival at the lodge and the staff waiting with amazing smiles and a welcome that makes you forget about everything outside this place. Spacious rooms with everything you need and much more, that shower in the fresh air or just relaxing in you pool looking out on the bush. The food is just amazing the chef will give you options that will make you think about it for a long time after tasting it, preparation, presentation and taste I must say it was just mind blowing, the fact that the chef gets you involved in wat is happening and wat you want makes it even better.

The Game drives was never a dull moment Andrew made sure you will be entertained and even well educated after a drive this was the highlight of everyday, to see wat he would be able to find and show us. Andrew is a highly quilified and more than amazing ranger we would always return to madikwe for and experince in the bush with him.

This experince was put together by one of the most amazing people I ever got the pleasure to meet Drienie the manager of the lodge that made us feel at home and went out of her way to make our stay wat it was " The place on the other side" that we wil never ever forget. Drienie will do the things you want before you think about it just when you think this is as good as it gets she will suprise you and make it even more special.

To the whole team at Royal Madkiwe I will Give 6 stars and personlly one of the best experiences I ever had in my life.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with friends
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royalbj, General Manager at Royal Madikwe Luxury Safari Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded February 23, 2012

Thank you for your special words. It means so much to all of us here at
Royal Madikwe and we really appreciate you spending the time to write a
review. We would love to welcome you back to our African Home in the future and
would be delighted to offer you our Friends of Royal Madikwe Rates.

Best Wishes and Warmest Regards, until next time
Your Royal Family

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