From start to finish a personal service was delivery a first class experience. The lodges were of high standard and spacious. Lodge comprised sitting area, bedroom with large double beds (or twins provided) looking out over the game park, bathroom with large bath, indoor and outdoor showers, double sinks and separate toilet. Air-conditioing, fridge with complimentary drinks provided along iwth hairdryer, travel adapters, and gyn in a bag! On the balcony is a private plunge pool and sun loungers - ideal way to spend time between the game drives.
Meals were served in the communal area however seating plans ensured you never felt as though you were on top of your fellow guests. All meals of excellent standard with professional service from your deidcated chef/butler. Plentiful food, good choice and portions plus childrens menu if necessary ( ouir 8 year old used the mix and match approach from all menus!). Morning and afternoon teas also included choices of cakes and savouries and during each game drive additional refreshments and goodies provided (now the gym in a bag doesnt seem such a daft idea!).
The house manager arranged cooking club for our youngest (baking biscuits for afternoon tea), a trip to the ranger quarter for our children as an opportuintiy for the girls to meet the rangers pets (snakes!!) and internet connectivity etc to help flight bookings. Nothing seemed too much trouble.
What can i say about the game drives - I used to think animal kingdom was good until i experience a true game drive- despite the early rises we quickly became hooked and much of our enjoyment was down to our ranger whose knowledge was vast, he was approachable and wanted to make sure we got to see everything we wanted - if animals willing. he used his knowledge of the part to create some wonderful memories for us...lions roaring just adjacent to the truck, elephants bathing in the dam, being charged by a female elephant, anticipation of a lioness going for a kill (she didnt much to my youngest relief) and much more. Only missed out on the more reclusive animals - leopard, wild dogs - but not for lack of trying and some "advanced" driving through the bush. All questions were welomed and answered and he was a dab hand at knocking up a hot chocolate and amurula, or handing out the red wine during sun-downers. On the final day the girls argued over who would sit up front next to him for the final game drive.
If anyone is considering a safari I would recommend Madikwe game reservere - an ideal size for driving and expectation of viewings, freindly, professiional and approachable staff, excellent accommodation and services.
Only issue was with insects - didnt bother us particualarly and what do you expect when living so close to nature. I would accept the ants and spiders anytime to experience what I did...can't wait for another special occassion so I can do it all over again.
- 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