My wife and I spent three nights at Mateya and had one of the most wonderful experiences of our lives.
First, the wildlife. The Madikwe park is *incredible*. And, thanks to our exceptional guide and tracker, we saw everything we had hoped for and more: rhinos, lions, zebras, lions eating zebras (!), dung beetles, buffalo, wild dogs, hyenas (brown, spotted), dozens of types of birds, and, the highlight, ~60 elephants playing together in a waterhole. Wow!
The room and lodge were spectacular. The itself room was beautiful, but it was the private pool and sitting area that made it for us. We spent most afternoons lounging around on our deck, swimming, reading, and watching animals. The lodge was impeccably done, with neat African art, a thoughtful plan (many places to view wildlife, nice spaces to hang out in), a couple of neat gadgets (e.g. a couple of powerful telescopes), and beautiful finishes.
Service was outstanding. Our guide and tracker were top notch, with 20+ years of experience between them. They were amazing at finding things, and extremely knowledgeable. I was especially appreciative of how responsive our guide was to my "needs" as a photographer: he managed light, vehicle position, and more perfectly, and I was able to get some really great shots. General staff was attentive, friendly, and responsive without being "too" of any of these.
Food was the best we had in South Africa on our two week trip, and we ate at a lot of really good places. We had really delicious venison (ostrich, kudu) and other meats (salmon, prawns, warthog), tasty and creative desserts, and extravagant post-morning-drive breakfasts.
I cannot recommend Mateya highly enough.
- Also Known As:
- Mateya Safari Hotel Madikwe Game Reserve