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Etali Safari Lodge | Madikwe Game Reserve

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Etali Safari Lodge lies in the heart of the world-renowned Madikwe Game Reserve. This lavish bushveld haven prides itself on impeccable hospitality and ensuring guests enjoy an unforgettable African safari experience.

Etali’s minimalist design, which incorporates boulders and other elements from Madikwe’s sweet-thorn Acacia bushveld, functions to imbue the Lodge with a blissful ambience bound to rejuvenate mind, body, and soul. The blend of cool earth colours and contemporary Afro-chic décor perfectly complements the unsurpassed beauty of the vibrant natural environment.

Etali Safari Lodge offers guests eight luxurious double suites – one of which is wheelchair accessible for guests with limited mobility – and one family suite. The free- standing thatched suites are all slightly raised on a wooden deck and set apart to ensure optimal privacy.

Each spacious suite features a cosy lounge area with built-in fireplace, en-suite bathroom, indoor/outdoor shower, viewing deck, and plunge pool as well as air-conditioning and WiFi facilities. Three of the suites overlook the Lodge’s waterhole. However, guests should note that these suites cannot be pre-booked. 

Etali’s family suite offers two back-to- back rooms connected by an extra-large shared deck and includes all the double suite facilities along with a private swimming pool and Lapa.

When it comes to making the most of your time at Madikwe, Etali provides a range of activities from the adventurous to the indulgent. These include twice-daily game drives and guided nature walks accompanied by the Lodge’s expert trackers and rangers. For the avid outdoor enthusiast, individually tailored game viewing excursions are available by pre-arrangement. You can also enjoy a spectacular evening of stargazing courtesy of Etali’s professional astronomer who visits monthly to train the rangers.

And for guests who need some extra help unwinding, Etali’s Wellness Spa provides a welcome respite from the stresses and strains of everyday life. The Wellness Spa has a steam room and open-air gym as well as three treatment rooms where you can indulge in a range of therapies like hot stone massages, aromatherapy, and the Lodge’s flagship “thlakanya” massage.

When it comes to mealtimes, Etali’s cuisine will not disappoint with its mouthwatering fusion of local and Asian flavours. All meals are freshly prepared by Etali’s in-house chef extraordinaire using seasonal and organically grown vegetables, fruit and herbs, and accompanied by house wines from Glenwood Estate.

Choose between fine dining in the main dining area or on the viewing deck and traditional South African dishes catered in the stone “lesaka” kraal alongside the waterhole. (A “lesaka” kraal is where Tswana elders used to gather to discuss important tribal issues.) There is also a bush site where breakfasts and dinners are served al fresco, weather permitting.

If you’re seeking an elite refuge from the daily grind and a chance to explore the incredible biodiversity of Madikwe Game Reserve without compromising on your creature comforts, Etali Safari Lodge is sure to top your getaway destination list.

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Rates inclusive of 15% VAT • South African Rand • Subject to Availability 
Details   May 2019  Jun - July 2019 August 2019
Per Person Per Night Sharing R6 500 R7 900 R11 900
Per Person Per Night Single R8 450 R10 270 R15 470
Per Child 6 - 15 years sharing with parents R4 550 R5 530 R8 330
Per Child 0 - 5 years sharing with parents R1 950 R2 370 R3 570
Details September- Octover  2019 01 Nov - 11 Dec 2019 12 Dec 2019 to 12 Jan  2020
Adult Per Person Per Night Sharing R8 900 R6 500 R11 900
Per Person Per Night Single R11 570 R8 450 R15 470
Per Child 6 - 15 years sharing with parents R6 230 R4 550 R8 330
Per Child 0 - 5 years sharing with parents R2 670 R1 950 R3 570
Last Minute Special 2019 
R4 795 per person per night sharing.
 Min 2 night stay.
Valid 21 days before check-in date, subject to availability.

Inclusive
  • Accomodation
  • All Game Drives
  • Kids activities & babysitting
  • All meals and snacks
  • Use of the gym & steam room
  • Wifi
Exclusive
  • Game Reserve Entrance Fees equal to R180 per adult & R80 per child under 12.
  • Flight entrance fees are R240 per adult and R150 per child under 12.
  • Conservation fees of R150 per person per day
  • All drinks not listed as inclusive.
  • Wellness centre treatments
  • Curio Items
  • Bush Walks
  • Drinks
  • Gratuities
Conditions
  •  Rates are given in South African Rands and include VAT.
  •  Waterhole viewing suites 6, 7 cannot be pre-booked. Waterhole viewing suite 5 is reserved for elderly and disabled guests and cannot be pre- booked. Availability can be requested upon arrival.
  •  Rates may be subject to change. All confirmed bookings will be honored at the agreed rate.
  •  Full payment is required to confirm a last minute booking.
  •  Cancelation fees for last minute bookings are 100%.
  •  These rates are valid for all guests over 6 years old. Standard rates apply for guests under 6.

Non-sharing Guests

Non-sharing guests do not qualify.

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Game Drives
  • 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 Requirements

Te Etali kitchen team prides itself on the quality and fexibility of our cuisine. Guests are encouraged  to list their dietary requirements when making a booking.

Kosher Meals
Kosher meals are prepared fresh on site to your specifcations, preferences and satisfaction. With hundreds 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 per person per day does apply to all Kosher meals.

Families and Limited Mobility Guests
Intergenerational travel is a specialty of Etali. Allow  us to take of the entire family
Young Guests


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

 Weelchair 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

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: http://www.etalisafari.co.za/resources/etali-directions.pdf

Road Transfer
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 Transfer
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

The map below indicates 3 alternative routes to Etali Safari Lodge:
From OR Tambo International Airport, South Africa
Red Route 5h30m: The Suggested, for vehicles with low ground clearance.
Blue Route 4h00m: An alternate route, includes 30km of poor gravel road just before entering the reserve.
From Gaborone, Botswana
Green Route 1h50m: The primary route used

Red Route

0 km - From O.R. Thambo Airport, take the R21 North towards Pretoria, making certain to take the turn-off for the N1 North.

58.6 km - From the N1 take the turn-off for the N4 towards Rustenberg. Continue on past Swartruggens and Groot Marico into Zeerust. The distance to Zeerust is approx. 236 km 

It is advisable to refuel in Zeerust. There is no fuel available inside the reserve. Please contact the lodge upon passing Zeerust.
Lodge Contact Number: 0871514310

295 km - Once in Zeerust pass the Total garage and Wimpy on your left hand side. At the fourth intersection there is a sign towards the Madikwe Game Reserve and Gaberone. Turn right here into President street. Follow the R49 towards Madikwe for approximately 97 km to the Abjaterskop Gate entrance of the park (on the right).

386 km - Abjaterskop Gate. At the gate they will ask you which lodge you are going to. They will contact Etali Safari Lodge,and issue you with a gate permit. You can then proceed to drive to the lodge through the game reserve. Please adhere to the speed limit of 40km and look out for animals (they always have the right of way). Drive for 11.2 km.

397 km – Turn left at the sign indicating direction Derdepoort. Drive for 2km

399 km – Turn right on tar road (the only tar road that turns to the right). Drive for 1km

400 km – Turn left onto a tar road (the only tar road that turns to the left). Drive 560m.

400.6 km – Turn right onto a tar road direction Derdepoort. Drive 13.1 km. 

412.8 km - Look out for a sign on the right hand side of the road with the direction to Etali Safari Lodge. Turn left towards Etali Safari Lodge (from here you will find signs pointing to Etali Safari Lodge) Drive for 4km.

416.8 km - Look for sign on the right hand side (grey structure with Etali signage) and turn right. Drive for 1.2 km and turn left at sign that indicates RECEPTION. Drive up the hill to the turning circle.

WELCOME TO ETALI SAFARI LODGE

Blue Route

0 km - From O.R. Tambo Airport, take the R21 North towards Pretoria, making certain to take the turn-off for the N1 North.

58.6 km - From the N1 take the turn-off for the N4 towards Rustenberg. Drive for 62.4 km.

121 km - Take the turn-off for the R565 towards Sun City.

It is advisable to refuel at the Sun Village, found on the right just past Sun City. There is no fuel available inside the reserve. Please contact the lodge upon passing Sun City.
Lodge Contact Number: +27 871514310

202 km - After passing Sun City continue straight for 5km until you reach a four-way junction, turn right towards Derdepoort. Drive for 8km

210 km - Follow the road for approximately 8 kms and turn left at the sign saying Bapong. From here, follow signs to MADIKWE GAME RESERVE. Make certain to ignoring the signs saying Madikwe Hospital.

246 km - After passing through Mabeskraal at the 4 way junction turn right towards Derdepoort.

271 km - After 26kms you will pass the Dwarsberg Liquor Store and the road will become gravel. Continue straight through Molatedi Village, over the Marico River and straight to the Molatedi Gate entrance of the park.

302 km - Molatedi Gate. At the gate they will ask you which lodge you are going to. They will contact Etali Safari Lodge,and issue you with a gate permit. You can then proceed to drive to the lodge through the game reserve. Please adhere to the speed limit of 40km/h and look out for animals (they always have the right of way).

314 km - Drive for 11.9km from the gate and turn right sign posted Derdepoort. Before the turn the road becomes a narrow tar road (The first tar road that turns right is where you have to turn right)

314.6 km – After driving for approx. 560 meters turn right (on tar) towards Derdepoort gate. After turning right drive for 13.1 km. Keep on the main road and DO NOT turn of at any other intersection.

327.7 km – Look out for a sign on the right hand side of the road with the direction to Etali Safari Lodge. Turn left towards Etali Safari Lodge (from here you will find signs pointing to Etali Safari Lodge) Drive for 4km.

331.7 km – Look for sign on the right hand side (grey structure with Etali signage) and turn right. Drive for 1.2 km and turn left at sign that indicates RECEPTION. Drive up the hill to the turning circle.

WELCOME TO ETALI SAFARI LODGE

Green Route

0 km - Leave Gaberone Heading southwards on Tlokweng road towards Abjaterskop border post.

22.3 km - Abjaterskop border post: Cross the South African border Make certain to have your passport and any other relevant documents with you for the border crossing.

32    km - Abjaterskop Gate. At the gate they will ask you which lodge you are going to. They will contact Etali Safari Lodge,and issue you with a gate permit. You can then proceed to drive to the lodge through the game reserve. Please adhere to the speed limit of 40km and look out for animals (they always have the right of way). Drive for 26.8 km.

58.8 km - Look out for a sign on the right hand side of the road with the direction to Etali Safari Lodge. Turn left towards Etali Safari Lodge (from here you will find signs pointing to Etali Safari Lodge) Drive for 4km.

62.2 km - Look for sign on the right hand side (grey structure with Etali signage) and turn right. Drive for 1.2 km and turn left at sign that indicates RECEPTION. Drive up the hill to the turning circle.

WELCOME TO ETALI SAFARI LODGE

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.

Spa & Gym

The 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

Luxury Suites & Family Suite

To ensure individual guest attention and privacy Etali offers only 8 luxury suites and one family suite. 3 Luxury suites have direct views of the waterhole at our main lodge. These cannot be pre-booked. Suite 5 is wheelchair accessible, for guests with limited mobility.
Our family suite offers 2 back-to-back rooms with a shared deck and no inter-leading door. The family suite includes all facilities of our luxury suites along with a larger shared deck, swimming pool and private lapa.

Game Experience

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 extra charge.

Wellness Centre

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 thlakanya massage.


The Madikwe Game Reserve

Stretching over 75 000 hectares of African bush,
 the Madikwe Game Reserve contains a diverse
 environment offering the discerning nature lover a great abundance of life.

Wildlife Safaris

With a general game count of over 10 000 animals Madikwe includes 60 species of large mammal and over 400 species of bird. The only question is, what will you experience?

Madikwe is in a semi-arid region straddling South Africa's Savannah and Dessert Biome Areas. The climate and altitude of the area do not support malaria-carrying Anopheles mosquitos.

Winter : May - September
Dry Season
Winters are dry and cool during nights and mornings and temperate during the days. The Etali Waterhole gets more busy as the dry season continues.

Summer : October - April
Wet Season
Summer months are warm with occasional thunderstorms, usually later in the afternoon. Lambing season takes place during December.

The Etali Waterhole

Situated in on the western side of our main lodge, the Etali Waterhole is a popular spot amongst park wildlife. Breakfast, lunch and boma dinners are all served in areas overlooking the waterhole. Guests are also invited to cool down, relax and enjoy an armchair safari poolside, with a cocktail poolside.

History of Madikwe

The Madikwe Game Reserve represents a bold and successful initiative in sustainable eco-tourism. The reserve was developed in the early 1990s when 68 000 hectares of cattle-grazing land on the South African side of the border with Botswana was earmarked for development as a Game Reserve. The formation of the park was realised through conservation partnership of the private sector, local communities and the North West Province Parks Board.

Operation Phoenix

The process of reintroducing wildlife to the area began in 1992 under the codename Operation Phoenix. Starting with entire breeding herds of elephant, buffalo, giraffe, zebra, various types of antelope and an undisclosed number of black and white rhino. Later additions included lions & spotted hyena along with rarer predators including African Painted Wolf and Cheetah. Several smaller predators, including leopards, brown hyena and black backed jackal had never been extirpated in the area and now flourished in the safety of the reserve. Currently the population of large mammals in the park exceeds 10000!

Luxury Suite Layout

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.

Suite Facilities

  • Each Free-standing suite comes standard with:
  • En-suite bathroom
  • Private game viewing deck
  • Splash Pool
  • Indoor/outdoor shower
  • Air-conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Free wifi


Lodge Layout

To ensure individual guest attention and privacy Etali offer only eight luxury suites and one family suite. Three Luxury suites have direct views of the waterhole. These cannot be pre-booked. Suite 5 is wheelchair accessible, and is preferentially offered to guests with limited mobility.

Family Suite Layout

Our Family Suite offers 2 back-to-back rooms with a shared deck and interleaving door. The family suite includes all facilities listed for our luxury suites along with a larger shared deck, swimming pool and private lapa. The family Suite does not have outdoor showers.

Inclusive:

  • Accommodation
  • All Game Drives
  • Kids activities & babysitting
  • All meals and snacks
  • House wines, local beers, soft drinks & bottled  mineral wates
  • Use of the gym & steam room  
  • Wifi

Exclusive:

  • Game Reserve entrance fees  
  • Conservation Levy  
  • Flight entrance fees  
  • Bar and beverage other than the inclusive
  • Wellness center treatments 
  • All drinks not listed as inclusive.
  • Curio Items
  • Gratuities
  • Bush Walks
  • Cigars 

The Single guests surcharge is 30% of the adult rate.


Conditions
  •  All rates are given in South African Rand and include VAT.
  •  Children rates are applicable  for 1 child per adult.
  •  Waterhole viewing  suites 6, 7 cannot be pre-booked. Waterhole viewing  suites 5 is reserved for erderly and disabled guests and cannot be pre-booked. Availability can be requested upon arrival.
  •  Rates may be subject to change. All confirmed bookings will be honored at the agreed rate.
  •  A 30% Deposit is required to confirm a booking  with full payment made no later than 4 weeks before check-in.
  •  Cancelation fees are 50% up to two weeks before check in  and 100% thereafter.

Need Assistance ?

South Africa RSA  +27 87 820 0021

Business Hours

Mon – Fri: (09:00 - 17:00)
Sat: (09:00 - 13:00)
Time Zone UTC/GMT +2 hours

E-mail: safaris@madikwe.net

 
       

What sets us Apart!

MALARIA FREE
Ideal for family or small groups
Rich biodiversity of game
Large elephant population
Over 350 bird species
Effortless road and air access

Why Book With Us?

Personal inter-action
Lodges with high standards
Stay in control of your booking
Most special deals by far
Secure payment process (SSL)
South African based
Superior knowledge
Expert advice
No booking fees

Best time to visit

The best time to visit malaria free Madikwe Game Reserve is during March and November, when temperatures are lower.

Entry Fees

Once-off payment
Paid directly by clients
Park Fees
  - R210
per Adults per STAY
  - R105 per Child (2 - 11 years)  per  STAY
Guest Conservation Contribution  (GCC)
  - R150 per Adults per DAY
  - R75 per Child (2 - 11 years) per DAY
SUBJECT to change without notice,
Guests GCC are payable at the lodges and
will be added to guests' bills
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Once-off payment
Paid directly by clients
Landing fees
  - R280 per Adult
  - R140 per Child (2 - 11 years) 
SUBJECT to change without notice