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Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge
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Dordrecht, Eastern Cape, South Africa
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“Honeymoon Bliss”
Reviewed February 14, 2013

My wife and I were fortunate enough to honeymoon at Madikwe Hills in January. It is impossible to describe how much we enjoyed our stay. The lodge and lodge staff are amazing, a real credit to tourism in South Africa. Apart from being friendly, professional and exceptionally efficient, they all went the extra mile to ensure that we had an awesome visit.
The wildlife viewing was better than we have ever experienced and our ranger and tracker were both exceedingly knowledgeable and had the ability to interpret what they saw to the guests in a simple, understandable way- a very rare trait indeed.
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Room Tip: Rooms are very private, so we only saw ours but it was sensational- Room 6.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed February 12, 2013

We have just come back having had our second stay at Madikwe Hills. Once again we were totally spoilt and had the most amazing time. The lodge is beautiful with great attention to detail and the rooms are enormous, each having their own is deck and plunge pool. The food is delicious with a good selection of choices and nothing is too much bother. The service is fantastic and all the lovely touches like a lovely candlelit warm bath waiting for you on your return from the evening game drive on the last night were so appreciated. Once again we had Sam as our guide with Johannes as our tracker and they make a great team! They managed to find us everything including several sightings of the wild dogs, white and black rhino, elephants, lionesses and cubs and persevered to track down the 4 cheetah brothers which were amazing to see! We were even lucky enough to see 2 lovely male lion on our last game drive thanks to Sam's hard work! All the staff at the lodge are wonderful and friendly and really make you feel welcome and go out of their way to make you enjoy your stay. Hannes, the manager clearly has a great relationship with all his staff and this really shows in the service you get at Madikwe Hills. We could not fault anything and had a wonderful time again. The only thing missing was a Leopard sighting, a good reason to go back! Another truly memorable stay and we are already planning our next one! Thank you so much.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed February 11, 2013

An excellent stay yet again!!! The accommodation is so spacious and luxurious. The staff friendly and knowleadgeable. Our birding trip with Jac and Ace was exceptional. Good company with the Englishmen and the Germans!! A wonderful respite from busy Johannesburg. Five star and beyond. Many thanks.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Bonnievale, South Africa
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Reviewed February 10, 2013

Madikwe Hills is definitely something special. The lodge is luxury. The rooms are stunning and with surprises! Each room has its own lounge, heavenly bathroom, splash pool, (outdoor-shower, splash pool) is excellent and there is no-one within sight, very private.
The food is world class, beautifully prepared and with every sitting you are spoiled for choice.
If it is a luxury bush experience you are looking for, this is the ultimate! We stayed 3 days which is the ideal length as you can get in 6 game drives. The really exciting thing about madikwe is the wild dogs. We have been to many game lodges and reserves around South Africa and Botswana and this is only the second time we have seen wild dog. If you are coming to Madikwe and South Africa I would highly recommend Madikwe Hills.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed February 5, 2013

Our stay at Madikwe hills surpassed all previous 5 star experiences. We stayed for three nights and were blown away. Yes it had everything you'd expect from a luxury lodge (great views, beautifully decorated rooms, spa, gym etc) but the one thing that really made our trip was the professional staff and management of the Madikwe hills team. Every staff member smiled and were so friendly, from the charismatic managers (Hannes and Izelle) to the enthusiastic rangers. They really go out of their way to make you feel welcome and they spoil you beyond belief! Among the numerous sightings were wild dogs, elephants black & white Rhino, lions and a leopard. You simply can not visit Madikwe without experiencing the thrill of Madikwe hills.

Almost forgot to mention that the food were absolutely fantastic as well.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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Gaborone, Botswana
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Reviewed January 30, 2013

We were fortunate enough to have visited a couple of Madikwe lodges. Each lodge has its own unique charm, some lodges validates return vistis other don't. Madikwe Hills is definitely on our MUST visit again list. The lodge is absolute luxury. It is nestled in a hill and the way they have used the rocks to form part of the setting is amazing. The rooms are stunning! Each room has its own lounge, splash pool, dressing corner and heavenly bathroom.
The food is world class, beautifully prepared and with every sitting you are spoiled for choice. Starve yourselves a couple of days before as you would not want to miss out on any of the meals.
Dwayne our ranger was great, he shared a lot of his knowledge with a quirky dash of humour, he is very aware of the guests' likes and dislikes and goes out of his way to accommodate everybody and get the most out of each game drive. Dwayne and tracker Sam make a good team.
Make sure to ask for clear directions at the gate, it is a easy drive but you might feel like you are getting lost as the "direction boards" are not too clear.
If it is a luxury bush experience you are looking for, this is the ultimate!

Room Tip: Room 2 is close to the main dining area and has a lovely view of the watering whole.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 15, 2013

Thoroughly enjoyed our 3 nights stay. Very high standards and fully met our expectations. Our lodge was decadent and fantastically designed with lots of character and wonderful vista from the very large decking area, which included a plunge pool. Service, and quality of the food was to the same high standards. Jacques our ranger and Samuel his Scout were very knowledgeable and worked hard to ensure that each game drive was interesting, we found the big 5 and more, including cheetahs and wild dogs, which was very exciting. Our first time in Medikwe and we were not disappointed and would recommend a visit - we opted for a road transfer from JNB airport (4hrs) but we would strongly recommend taking a Federal Air internal flight and avoid the long drive!

Room Tip: request a room overlooking the waterhole.....
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge

Property: Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge
Address: Madikwe Game Reserve | North West, Madikwe Game Reserve 2865, South Africa
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 #5 of 23 Specialty Lodging in Madikwe Game Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
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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