• Etali

    Safari Lodge

    Safari Lodge

    Safari Lodge
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Etali Safari Lodge | Madikwe Game Reserve


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 14% V.A.T. • South African Rand • Subject to Availability 
Details 16 Jan 2018 to 19 Mar 2018 20 Mar 2018 to 30 Apr 2018 01 May 2018 to 31 July 2018
Per Person Per Night Sharing 8545 9 600 7 585
Per Person Per Night Single 11 105 12 480 9 860
Per Child 6 - 15 years sharing with parents 5 090 6 720 4 610
Per Child 0 - 5 years sharing with parents 2 305 2 590 2 305
Details 01 Aug 2018 to 31 Oct 2018 01 Nov 2018 to 14 Dec 2018 15 Dec 2018 to 15 Jan 2019  
Per Person Per Night Sharing 8 545 7 585 9 600  
Per Person Per Night Single 11 105 9 860 12 480
Per Child 6 - 15 years sharing with parents 5 090 4 610 6 720
Per Child 0 - 5 years sharing with parents 2 305 2 305 2 590


  • Accommodation, all meals, high tea, tea and coffee, soft drinks and mineral water
  • House wines (Glen Wood Shiraz and Sauvignon Blanc) and local beers
  • Two game drives per day
  • Game drive snacks
  • Free Wi-Fi access
  • Stargazing
  • Use of the gym and steam room


  • Game Reserve entrance fees  
  • Conservation Levy  
  • Flight entrance fees  
  • Bar and beverage other than the inclusive
  • Wellness center treatments 
  • Curio Items
  • Gratuities
  • Bush Walks
  • Cigars 

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


1. All rates are given in South African Rands and include VAT.
2. Children rates are applicable  for 1 child per adult.
3. 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.
4. Rates may be subject to change. All confirmed bookings will be honored at the agreed rate.
6. A 30% Deposit is required to confirm a booking  with full payment made no later than 4 weeks before check-in.
7. Cancelation fees are 50% up to two weeks before check in  and 100% thereafter.

  • Park fees - R210 per adult per STAY | R105 per child per STAY
  • Landing fees - R280 per adult | R140 per child (provisional, subject to change)
  • Guest Conservation Contribution: R210 per adult per night | R75 per child per DAY

You’ll find the accommodation at Etali Safari Lodge sheer bliss in any one of our eight luxurious air-conditioned suites, each set apart for total privacy in its own bushveld domain. The mix of cool and earthy colours in the decor is a peaceful contrast to the unsurpassed beauty of the sweet-thorn Acacia trees outside.

Cooling off in the splendid outdoor whirlpool, sipping a cocktail as you watch the breathtaking African sunset on your own deck is the ultimate indulgence. Nothing beats a long, lingering shower taken in our inside/outside showers with only a bird or little antelope as audience. Second to that may be to soak away in our partner bath and enjoy a relaxing bath therapy prepared by our therapist. Big comfortable beds with fine crisp linen promise an unforgettable night’s sleep beneath the thatched roof.

We also cater for families with our Family Suite and if you have teenagers, we can offer you two slightly smaller back to back rooms, the only in camp with a connecting deck. These rooms do not have an outside shower; however they share a heated plunge pool.



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.

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.


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.

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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!

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

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Entry Fees

By Car

• Once-off payment
• Paid directly by clients
• Self-drive - R180 Adults
• Self-drive - R 80 Child under 12
• SUBJECT to change without notice

By Air

• Once-off payment
• Paid directly by clients
• Flight landing fee R240 per Adult
• Flight landing fee R150 per Child
• SUBJECT to change without notice