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Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge
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Reviewed January 21, 2014

This will always be my bench mark of a 5 star game lodge. The passion, eye for detail, service, position, decor, kids activities, and the most passionate ranger I have ever had. Andre Nel embodies the right balance of passion, bravery, humour, and knowledge that makes a game drive an experience that will be remembered for ever. The kids loved him too. Well done guys keep up the standard!

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 15, 2014

Wonderful lodge, very professional and nice staff. We loved our stay and saw all big five and much more! The accessibility from Joburg through Fed Air shuttle flight makes it perfect for a short stay.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 14, 2014

I have never been on a safari so have nothing to compare it with. Read all the reviews below and they give a very accurate description of this wonderful lodge . We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here , excellent food, happy and helpful staff, lovely accommodation. If im nit picking, i was a little surprised to be charged for regular drinks as i honestly thought they were included, not a big issue as relatively cheap.
My first experience and a very memorable one.

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  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 11, 2014

We had a great 5 days at Madikwe and the game was amazing! We had Max and Nicholas whom we had met previously as out rangers and they are such an awesome team and so passionate about their work and responsibilities. Hannes is a great host and made sure he spent time with all his guests. The water was a bit expensive though we had a rather large drinks bill for soft drinks and mostly water! But despite that the whole experience was awesome, this was our 4th time there so that speaks for itself!

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with friends
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HannesMadikweHills, Manager at Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded February 24, 2014

Dear Sandra,

Thank you very much for your beautiful review on Madikwe Hills. New years was indeed a fun time here in the bush!

I just wanted to take the opportunity to explain our rates and the inclusive/exclusive drinks policies for all review readers:
On our rack rates all water, soft drinks, beers, house wines and local spirits are included in the rate. Drinks that are extra are premium cellar wines and premium spirits.

On any special rate, all drinks are for the guests' own account - this will be drinks from the mini bar in the room, drinks at the restaurant as well as drinks on game drive.

I did a test today to compare our prices on water and I phoned a family franchise restaurant in Johannesburg (The Spur). Our water here at the lodge was less expensive than the price I got from the family restaurant.

We will always try to make our specials as special as possible and also to keep our other prices such as our drinks and spa treatments as low as possible.

Looking forward to welcoming you back soon!

Regards,

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Reviewed January 7, 2014

We spent four days at Little Madikwe Hills Private Camp, a two bed room oasis featuring its own ranger (Dwayne), tracker (Samuel), chef (Sophie), butler (Lolo), maid (Esther) and Elliot. Needless to say, we were pampered beyond compare. Concerning the room, it is more like a compound that you never have to leave. The kitchen is in the unit so Sophie cooked the meals on the spot. The food was exceptional. Our youngest is a picky eater and Sophie cooked her whatever she wanted. The room (probably 2500 square feet) has to be as good as it gets with its own swimming pool looking out over the range. We literally sat in the pool and watched elephants and giraffes go by no more than 200 yards from the pool. The rest of the staff met our every need. What ever we asked for we got within minutes if not seconds. The game drives were amazing. We saw everything we wanted. Being able to have a vehicle, tracker and ranger just for our family was worth every penny. If you have the chance and the money, ask for this room. You may never have another chance to experience something like this again. For the first time ever in a review on TA I have nothing to critique as far as improvement. This place was magical and perfect. Thank you for a wonderful stay.

Room Tip: Upgrade and stay in the Little Madikwe
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  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 3, 2014

Beautiful lodge suite,and also the main lodge, good food, and always nice cocktail at cocktail time or in the bush, great games with Dwayne and Samuel, great Spa with Ellen, excellent staff, and excellent company!!! We just have a great time, we'll come back next year!

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 23, 2013

We went for a long weekend in November 2013. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff, the game drives were awesome, the knowledge of the ranger and the tracker very extensive.
It's a luxury resort, and priced accordingly, but well worth it. Our suite was magnificent, each suite has it's own deck with plunge pool, just right for the afternoons when you don't want to be sociable...

The food was outstanding.

I would recommend this resort

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about 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 #9 of 23 Specialty Lodging in Madikwe Game Reserve
Price Range: $1,600 - $1,804 (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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