- Guests at Etali enjoy two game drives per day.
Drives are open to all guests over the age of
six. Younger guests can arrange for kids-friendly
bumble drives between game drive times.
- Game walks can also be arranged upon request
for guests older than 16 years. Guests over 60 years
old require a bill of clear health from a medical doctor
in order to go on game walks.
Meals & Dietary
Te Etali kitchen team prides itself on the quality
fexibility of our cuisine. Guests are encouraged to list
their dietary requirements when making a booking.
Kosher meals are prepared
fresh on site to your specifcations, preferences and satisfaction. With
of Kosher bookings every year, guests benefit from our experience.
Our specially Kashered kitchen and Kosher-only
cooking utensils, cutlery and crockery is used throughout. A
surcharge of R750
person per day does apply to all Kosher meals.
Families and Limited Mobility
Intergenerational travel is a specialty of Etali. Allow us to
take of the entire family
Over the years we have perfected the art of keeping children
entertained during their stay in Madikwe.
Whether casting animal tracks, or cooking up a treat we have a
range of kids activities available to keep the young ones
entertained. For toddlers child minding
services are also available.
Our side-by-side family suites are also available for
guests who would like to stay close to their children while also having
their own rooms.
Limited Mobility Guest
bound guests, and guests with limited mobility are welcome at Etali,
including on game drives. Our weelchair accesible suite means
that their stay will be as comfortable and memorable as any!
Getting to Madikwe
Etali Safari Lodge can be
reached by road or air, from both Botswana and South Africa. Depending
on your selected method, the journey should take between 1h and 4h30m.
Self drive is a popular option amongst local guests. The
drive from Gabarone(1h), or Johannesburg(3h30 min - 4h30 min) is scenic
and enjoyable, provided you do not get lost.
We suggest that guests
unfamiliar with South African roads do not use the self drive option.
We do not suggest using a GPS system to reach the lodge!
Detailed road directions can be found here:
Road transfers are a cost e
fective way of reaching Etali from Johannesburg or Gabarone. Contact
our reservations department for assistance in finding experienced and
reliable road transfers.
We suggest guests using road transfer services contact use one of our,
trusted and experienced, prefered suppliers
Air Transfers are convenient with regularly scheduled
fights available from O.R.
Tambo international airport in Johannesburg(1h). A
fer landing in Madikwe enjoy a 7km game drive back to the lodge.
Airplane and helicopter charters are also available.Our reservations
department can assist with booking air transfers
Our spacious and luxurious
suites offer a refuge from the stresses of everyday
life. Here everything is designed to facilitate a
connection to the natural surroundings of the Madikwe Game
Reserve. Each free-standing suite comes standard with
private game viewing deck, splash pool and outdoor
shower along with additional amenities such as air-conditioning,
fireplace and wifi.
Etali Spa offers the perfect space to relax and be
rejuvenated and revitalised! Treatments include massages, body
wraps, manicures, pedicures, facials and more. Te
adjacent gym and steam room is open
for the use of all guests
Etali’s delectable cuisine is a contemporary fusion of
traditional African with an Asian twist. Meals are light and healthy
with lots of fresh seasonal and organically grown vegetables, fruit and
herbs. There is no set menu as the chef extraordinaire selects only the
best local produce daily to work his magic. Etali house wines are
supplied by Glenwood Estate. We serve Glenwood Shiraz and Glenwood
Semillon Sauvignon Blanc wines.
Other than fine dining in our dining room or main deck, we offer
traditional South African dinners in our 'lesaka' kraal built in stone.
(Tswana elders used to gather in lesaka to discuss tribal issues),
close to our water hole. Etali has a site where we serve bush
breakfasts and dinners, weather permitting.
We use Toyota Cruisers with bucket seats and canvas roofs, we also make
use of trackers enabling our rangers to find their own sightings and
use ear pieces to minimize the noise levels on the vehicles. Four
vehicles ensure that if a guest would like a private vehicle, we can
provide it. All our rangers have been trained to do guided drives or
walks. We offer a special star gazing experience and have an astronomer
who visits the lodge on a monthly basis to do training with our field
guides and if there is a need expressed by guests he comes in at no
Our wellness centre forms a very important part of our philosophy to
allow guests to get connected to their inner self and enjoy the luxury
of relaxation. We have three treatment rooms and two permanent
therapists allowing guests to relax and feel how good you can feel
using different therapies i.e. hot stone massage, aromatherapy or our
Please refuel at Sun Village / Zeerust as there is no fuel available inside the reserve.
There are 2 routes to Etali
Via Rustenburg / Zeerust
Via Rustenburg / Zeerust will take approximately four to four and a half hours (depending on amount of stops made) to the Abjagterskop Gate and another hour inside the Game Reserve.
Via Sun City / Molatedi
Via Sun City / Molatedi will take approximately three to three and a half hours to the Molatedi Gate and another thirty minutes inside the Game Reserve. (This is the route we prefer to use). It is advisable to fill up with fuel at the Sun Village, just after the Sun City entrance on the right as there is no fuel available inside the reserve.
After passing Sun City on the right, continue straight (approximately 5 km) until you reach a four-way junction. Turn right to DERDEPOORT.
Follow the road for approximately 8 kms and turn left at the sign saying, "BAPONG" (ignoring ALL signs saying "MADIKWE") after passing through MABESKRAAL at the 4 way junction/stop turn right to DERDEPOORT . After 26kms the road will become gravel, the Dwarsberg Liquor Store will be on your left. Continue straight along this road, passing through the Molatedi village, over the Marico River and straight to the MOLATEDI GATE entrance into the Park. From here, just follow the signs to Derde poort gate, until you get a Etali safari lodge sign. We are 21 km from this gate.