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“Couples Retreat at Madikwe Hills”

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Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge
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Reviewed July 17, 2012

This weekend 12th - 16th July 2012 My Hubby and I hosted 4 couples on a Couples Retreat at Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge. What an amazing experience. The environment was so well suited for couples away from home and the day to day responsibilities to bond. The setting was perfect for the activities we planned for the couples. The staff were AMAZING and catered to every aspect of our needs. The couples attending the retreat raved about the amazing food and well cooked, presented and served dishes. As facilitators being vegetarian our needs were looked after and clearly all the stops taken out to ensure that our stay was memorable and that our Retreat ran smoothly. The Game Drives were fantastic our Ranger Nic, and tracker Max were enthusiastic and catered to our needs and ensured that we all got to see the Big 5. It was great to experience staff that remembered your name and how you liked your hot chocolate to be served when stopping for drinks on the morning Game Drive. Hospitality is clearly a priority for Madikwe and we got to experience that first hand. Oh and guys thanks for the hot water bottles and hand warmers on the early morning Game Drives

Room Tip: room 5 stunning view, private and close to reception, boma, dining room, gym and spa.
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  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 9, 2012

Spent a great long weekend there. the lodge was great, with really fantastic rooms. large, with all the luxury you could ask for, including my deal breaker - an outdoor shower!

the game was typical Madikwe, diverse and interesting, but not nearly as impressive as the Timbavati, Sabi Sand or Klaserie. our ranger was ok, but a little "low energy" although we did still see a lot. got the feeling the ranger needed a break or a change!

The food at the lodge was some of the best I have ever experienced at a game lodge............great portion sizes and really really top quality! a great menu and amazing execution.

the setting with the waterhole and the deck also really is a great sopt to sit and enjoy a meal!

Room Tip: the rooms 1 - 3 overlook the waterhole, but are very near the main deck and lodge, so possiby more n...
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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 22, 2012

We were lucky enough to spend one luxurious night at Little Madikwe at Madikwe Hills. As competition prizewinners we were treated to a stay and meals at this establishment. We were treated like paying guests and no mention was ever made of us winning a prize. The staff were friendly and hospitable.. the perfect amount of class and homey feel... The food prepared by our private chef was good and the evening meal with the other guests in the boma was memorable. We travelled with our 6 month old baby and were happy to see a camp cot made up for him on arrival. The game viewing was awesome... we saw Elephant, Buffalo and hyena right outside our lodgings waterhole and much more on the game drive with our knowledgable guide. The only issue we had was that we were only there for one night. Well done Madikwe.. holding the name of South African tourism high!

Room Tip: All the rooms seem the same but I would choose the rooms on the bottom of the cliff closer to the wa...
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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 17, 2012

We have just returned back from our Honeymoon in South Africa. My wife and I had never been on a holiday here or on a safari holiday.

All we can say is that this place is amazing.

From the moment we arrived, we were greeted with drinks and within minutes were taken to our room. The room in itself was gorgeous and very spacious. We had our own private pool, a big four poster bed and then went upstairs to our bathroom area. We even had an outdoor bath and shower which over looked the bush. Truely delightful.

All the staff new our names straight away and were great when it came to service and customer care.

Being a vegetarian, and my wife having food allergies we didnt know what we were going to expect food wise. All I can say is that the chefs at Madikwe deserve medals.
I was given at least three options every meal time and they were great at adapting the recipee to suit my wifes needs.

When it came to the game drives, we were so lucky to see the BIG 5 and so much more. Our ranger Jacques and tracker Max did an amazing job in tracking down some great animals and we couldnt believe how close we cold get. We had a stand off with an elephant and one evening three lions walked just inches away from our car. Something I will never forget. We owe a lot to these guys for getting some great photo opportunites.

Overall, the whole place and experience was exceptional and we will most definately be returning in the near future.

Just a bit of advise: it does get quite cold in the morning and evenings in the winter season which we were not told about.... so pack warm close.

A fantastic destination not to be missed and a truely remarkable safari experience. The 5* rating is spot on.

Ashley

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 15, 2012

Amazing safari experience with huge, beautiful rooms. Exceptional service. Knowledgable and engaging game rangers. Delicious food. Staff go all out to ensure a perfect holiday.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 10, 2012

This was our first safari and it was superb. We had done a lot of research prior to booking our trip and we chose Madikwe Hills because of the intimacy (only 12 rooms in the main lodge) and the fact it was Malaria free.

It was beyond our wildest dreams, our ranger Greg and Tracker Max were phenomenal and we were delighted to see so much - including a wild dog chase and kill!

The staff are fantastic - learning our names was a lovely touch and the food was delicious. The most fabulous first safari trip we could have imagined. You must go here - we could not recommend it enough.

Room Tip: All of the rooms are glass fronted so even when you're sitting in bed or in the bath you will ge...
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  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 9, 2012

I stayed at Madikwe private game lodge during my (European) summer holidays last August 2011 (last week of August), spent four days with my wife and my two kids (6 and 10 YO) at Little Madikwe Hills, little madikwe hills is the private villa for families with personal cooker, server, butler and ranger ! incredible 5* experience surrounded by lovely people ! From food to the animals chase, our ranger Borend, was simply great and we could see any of the existing animals in the game reserve,, even the hard to see Leopard and two times the Lions (luckily after their meal !) elephants many times, rhinos, ostriches, zebras, giraffes, hyenas, etc. so many that I have no time to list them hereby, anyway I strongly recommend this lodge as the best lodge experience in Madikwe

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge

Address: Madikwe Game Reserve | North West, Madikwe Game Reserve 2865, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > North-West Province > Madikwe Game Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 23 Specialty Lodging in Madikwe Game Reserve
Price Range: $1,103 - $1,643 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Traversing over 75 000 hectares, Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge is situated on a hill, in the heart of the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve. Ingeniously set amongst boulders and age-old Tamboti trees, the lodge offers visitors the utmost in luxury and hospitality, where you will find yourself enchanted by a world of intrigue and majestic beauty. Madikwe Game Reserve stretches all the way up to the Botswana border and is one the largest and most popular game reserves in South Africa. Once farm land, the Reserve has now been restored to its former natural environment with 86 mammals (from mice to elephant), 420 bird species (110 being rare) and 104 tree species. Predominantly grasslands and bushveld, intermingled with lone mountains and rocky outcrops, the Reserve is home to cheetahs, wild dogs, leopards, hyenas, lion, elephant, black & white rhino, buffalo, zebra, giraffe and various antelope. • Two 3-hour game drives a day (morning and afternoon) • 'Big 5' game viewing in state-of-the-art game-viewers • Tea, filter coffee and biscuits on morning game drive • Drinks and canapes on afternoon game drive • Bush breakfasts and dinners on request for larger groups MAIN CAMP • 10 Secluded glass fronted suites (±150m2) • Uninterrupted views of the African bush • Private deck with plunge pool • Air-conditioning • Fans • Fireplaces • Fully stocked mini-bar • Indoor and outdoor showers • Mosquito nets • Private lounge Little Madikwe (Family Friendly Camp) Little Madikwe comprises of a 2 Bedroomed Suite (±390m2). An additional 2 Luxury Suites (±150m2) can be reserved to form a completely private camp accommodating up to 8 guests. • Private deck and swimming pool • Air-conditioning and fans • Fireplaces • Fully stocked mini-bar • Indoor and outdoor showers • Mosquito nets • Private lounge, verandah and dining room • Private kitchen with personal chef - set your own meal time • Private game drive vehicle and game ranger - set your own game drive time • Personal butler/child minder • Entertainment centre • Satellite television and DVD collection • Various CD's and children's games • Small library FACILITIES IN MAIN LODGE • Lounge • Dining Room • Bar • Wine Cellar • Local wines • Terraced viewing deck with umbrellas overlooking waterhole • Swimming Pool • Library - stocked with a comprehensive selection of books • Internet Facilities - desktop with wireless internet connection available 24 hours • Satellite Television at the main building in the Lounge • Traditional Boma • Curio Shop Well stocked with books, clothing, safari gear, handmade knives, shoes, bags, jewellery, postcards and local arts & crafts. WELLNESS Set the mind at ease and embrace the energy of the bush. Experience Spafaris with soul of Africa. From our enchanting world, secrets are revived and re-created to bring you, for the first time, a unique spa concept based on a fusion o f ancient healing tradition, philosophies and rituals from Africa. To reconnect to nature, to realise, to recover and to relax... In holistic therapy, our body "energy" is the universal life force that governs personal wellbeing and vitality. The signature treatments are concentrates on establishing and maintaining a balance between our body energies. The new range Wisdom of Africa blended indigenous botanical ingredients from all over the continent of Africa, that natures mind, body and spirit. They give us an idea of African healing traditions and a chance to re-awaken, to touch the inner self again. Fully Equipped Gym The fully quipped gym at Madikwe Hills, with treadmill, spinning bike, rowing machine, fitness flyer, weights and bench, dumbbells and barbells and aerobic mats, allows guests to keep up with their fitness regime, or a place to release the guilt built up after indulging in mouth-watering delights. ... more   less 
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