We chose to stay at this game reserve because we wanted to see wild dogs and we were not disappointed. We also had great viewing of lions, elephants, rhino and much more. We stayed in room 1 which was fabulous. The food and the service in general was very good, David was particularly good in anticipating the needs of guests . The gym is not really fit for use, the equipment is ancient and in poor repair and there is no air conditioning.
To get to the lodge we flew by Federal Air from Jo'burg. This was arranged through the lodge and we were informed that our return flight would leave according to our agenda. We provided the lodge with the timings of our onward itinerary including an onward flight from Jo'Burg. Shortly before our stay the lodge forwarded us details of our return flight with Federal Air to Jo'Burg. The timing did not fit with our itinerary, we would have landed after our onward flight had left. On contacting the lodge to query, we were informed that Federal Air's policies had changed and were now only doing one flight a day. Having previously provided the lodge with details of our itinerary it would have been helpful if we had been updated regarding this, allowing us to make necessary changes. However at this point it was too late and we had to arrange a transfer by car which took over 5 hours. We would not have done this by choice as my husband has a bad back and suffered discomfort and pain as a result.
On our last night at the lodge we had a private dinner in our room. Unfortunately we had been asked earlier in the day if this was something we wanted and we had been very clear in our response that it was not. We did not know that this had been arranged until we arrived in the dinner area to be told no table was set up for us. As it happened, we were the only people from our game drive actually staying that night. The people from the other vehicle were all seated together with their ranger. We got the impression that dinner in our room suited the lodge more than us being entertained in the dining area. Unfortunately this tainted our last night.
We would definitely recommend this game reserve if you want to see wild dogs. Otherwise there are probably more accessible places.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Madikwe Hills Private Game Hotel Madikwe Game Reserve