spent 2 nights here and loved every minute of it. on my 2 wk stint in the southern africa area, the stay here was by far the highlight. if you break down the place into 3 different aspects, they would be the reserve itself, the personnel, and the accommodations. in regards to the reserve, it is a savannah like area with a massive acreage. there are innumerable animals, birds, and plants, and i felt like we didn't even scratch the surface. not to mention, it's a beautiful landscape with jaw-dropping sunrises and sunsets. it's also mosquito free (and hence malaria free). we saw plenty of rhinos, elephants, giraffes, zebras, lions, and all sorts of antelopes. what was even nicer was watching the group dynamics of a group of rhino mothers and children, breeding elephant herds, male lion coalitions, to name a few.
regarding the personnel, the staff at the lodge were extremely professional and friendly. we even got a treat of the staff singing a few folk songs while we were there. the ranger for our game drives was stephanie. not only did she know everything there was to know about the animals, birds, insects, and plants, she was also a ton of fun to be around. later on my trip, i went on another safari where there were 8 jeeps converged on an elephant herd. here, most of the time, we were the only ones around. sometimes there was another jeep, but it was not often. there is a world of a difference when you're the only jeep watching a bunch of animals vs being one of 10.
regarding the accommodations, the room was amazing. air conditioned, clean, huge. 2 showers and a bathtub. an outdoor lounging area and a small (non-heated) plunging pool. yes, there were occasional bugs seen, but if you kept the doors closed, they wouldn't come indoors. the food was also tasty. there is no t.v. in sight, but plenty of books both fiction and nonfiction around. the lack of distraction was nice. drinks, a plug adaptor, and bug spray, are provided in each room.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The rich red timbres of the African earth are reflected in the warm tones of Madikwe Safari Lodge. Cradled between rolling hills, overlooking game-filled plains intersected by the Marico River and framed by the Dwarsberg Hills, just 20 suites are clustered in three intimate camps. With circular fireplaces at the heart of every suite, and big glass doors to blur the boundary between inside and out, Madikwe embodies the warm, bold heart of this spectacularly rugged corner of Africa. Spacious wooden decks embrace inviting plunge pools, and book-filled shelves in quiet corners entice and captivate, while large pizza ovens add a fun twist to meal times. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Madikwe Safari Hotel Madikwe Game Reserve