• Madikwe

    River Lodge
  • Madikwe

    River Lodge
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Madikwe River Lodge | Big 5

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Madikwe River Lodge is tucked away amid a remote riverine forest on the banks of the Groot Marico River which flows along Madikwe Game Reserve’s eastern border.

With accommodation for up to 32 adults and 12 children, this superb Lodge is the ideal venue for family and group getaways as well as conferences, team building retreats, and special celebrations.

Whether it’s a romantic bush wedding or a bespoke business conference, Madikwe River Lodge’s dedicated staff can assist you in planning an outstanding event within easy driving distance of Johannesburg.

Madikwe River Lodge has sixteen split-level thatched chalets – one luxury chalet, three double suites with king-sized beds, six twin suites, and six family suites with two twin beds and a sleeper couch – all carefully set to take full advantage of the cool serenity offered by its secluded woodland location.

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    The chalets are individually decorated and clearly reflect the influence of the natural beauty surrounding them. Each chalet features an en-suite bathroom, outdoor shower, a full range of customised toiletries, air-conditioning, and a wooden deck overlooking the gently meandering Groot Marico River and expansive wilderness beyond.

    In addition, the luxury chalet boasts a private sitting area plus the following guest amenities: a ceiling fan, mini-bar, complimentary tea and coffee making facilities, and a hairdryer. Cots are available on request.

    The main hub of Madikwe River Lodge is where guests can gather to socialise in the comfortable lounge or adjourn to the bar for a refreshing sundowner drink. Breakfasts, brunches, high teas, and dinner are served in the main dining area which seats up to 30 guests at one time.

    The Lodge’s traditional Boma lies just a short distance from the main hub on a small river island which is accessed via a wooden bridge. Here early morning breakfasts are served under the sprawling foliage of the towering Acacia trees. And leisurely firelit dinners are complemented by the sparkling African night skies. Bush dinners and picnic baskets are also available on request.

    A stay at Madikwe River Lodge affords guests ample opportunities to participate in a range of fun outdoor activities and explore the remarkable diversity of fauna and flora that makes Madikwe such a world-renowned game reserve.

    Adventures include morning and afternoon game drives, guided wilderness trails and bush walks, and birding safaris in the company of the Lodge’s experienced rangers. For guests looking to relax, the crystal-clear rock pool is just the spot to while another glorious afternoon in this amazing bushveld haven. Or get swept up in a stargazing session from the vantage of the Boma.

    Extra guest amenities include a curio shop, laundry services, babysitting for your convenience, and a private airstrip.

    And with the Lodge being a family-friendly establishment, children aged six to 15 years are allowed on the game drives and at the bush braais while teenagers 16 years and older are also welcome on the guided wilderness trails and bush walks.

    Madikwe River Lodge’s first-rate service, excellent facilities, and stunning setting have ensured its popularity as a destination where delegates, package tour members, families and friends can unwind far from the stress and strains of everyday life.
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  • Game drives (morning and afternoon)
  • Kiddies’ drive (11h00 – 12h00)
  • Swimming pool
  • Bird safari
  • Bush Walks and Game Walks
Special Domestic Rates


Details 01 Oct 2019 to 30 Sep 2020
Sa Resident  Rate R3 480
Minimum 3 night Stay R3 000
Book within 7 Days R3 000

aha Rate Sheet Notes:

  • Rate includes all meals and 2 game drives daily
  • Above Rates are per person sharing
  • Rate excludes gate entrance fee of R180 per person per stay and conservation levies of R 150 per person per night and bed levy of R10 per person per night
  • Single rate is a 50% supplement of the sharing rate.
  • Children between the ages 6 – 12 years will pay 50% of the adultsharing rate.
  • Children over 12 are charged as adults.

aha Madikwe River Lodge offers guests 16 comfortable and secluded, split-level thatched chalets, which surround the main lodge. The decor of each luxurious chalet provides a rich African feel with en-suite bathrooms, romantic outside showers, and a full range of guest amenities. Guests can also look forward to the comfort of having a separate lounge and private wooden deck overlooking the stunning forest and gently flowing river.

Double Rooms

The bedroom leads onto a private balcony with views overlooking the Groot Marico River. Guests can also enjoy the convenience of en-suite bathrooms with showers and a range of customised toiletries.

Room Features:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Coffee & Tea Station
  • Free Toiletries
  • Patio
  • Shower
  • Sitting Area
Family Rooms

The bedroom leads onto a private balcony with views overlooking the Groot Marico River. Guests can also enjoy the convenience of en-suite bathrooms with showers and a range of customised toiletries.

Room Features:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Coffee & Tea Station
  • DSTV
  • Shower
  • Sitting Area
  • TV
Luxury Suite

This 1 x Luxury Suite has a separate lounge area leading onto a private balcony with views overlooking the Groot Marico River. Guests can also enjoy the convenience of an en-suite bathroom with shower guest amenities and an outside shower.

Room Features:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Coffee & Tea Station
  • Free Toiletries
  • Shower
  • Sitting Area
Twin  Rooms

The bedroom leads onto a private balcony with views overlooking the Groot Marico River. Guests can also enjoy the convenience of en-suite bathrooms with showers and a range of customised toiletries.

Room Features:
  • Free Toiletries
  • Patio
  • Shower

With ample luxury accommodation options, a world-class restaurant and stunning surrounds, aha Madikwe River Lodge is the ideal location for an executive meeting or conference. We offer informal, bushveld-inspired conference facilities that comprise 3 venues.

aha Madikwe Conferencing Venues

The details of each of aha Madikwe River Lodge‘s facilities that make up this North-West Province conference venue include:

Loft Schoolroom (8-seater):
  • Length 15m; width 15m; height 4m
Outdoor schoolroom: (25-seater)
  • Length 30m; width 20m; height 4m
Outdoor Banquet: (25-seater)
  • Length 30m; width 20m; height 4m
Quick Facts
  • Outside tea and coffee facilities
  • Flipchart or stand and pens
  • TV and video (not DVD)
  • Screen 

Madikwe River Lodge is situated in the malaria free Madikwe Game Reserve in the North West Province South Africa.

  • Madikwe Charters flies from Johannesburg International on a daily basis, approximately 45 min flight.
  • Contact nr: +27 11 805 4888
Situated in the malaria free Madikwe Game Reserve in the North West Province approximately:
  • 50km from Gaborone
  • 120km north of Zeerust
  • 150km west of Sun City/Pilanesberg
  • 250km from Shidzidzi and Nungubane
  • 250km from Mabula Game Lodge
  • 380km west of Johannesburg
  • 430km from Johannesburg International Airport
From Johannesburg Airport
  • From Johannesburg (Jhb) International Airport follow the R21, north, to Pretoria (Tshwane) through Kempton Park
  • After +- 40 km follow N1 north to, Pretoria (Tshwane), Pietersburg (Polokwane)
  • From the N1, +- 12 km, take N4 west into Pretoria (Tshwane), to Rustenburg or Hartebeespoort dam
  • Follow the N4 through Pretoria, +- 60 km to Hartebeespoort dam
  • From Hartebeespoort, follow N4 to Rustenburg for about +- 30km, go on the R556 to Sun City
  • +- 94 km to Sun City
  • From Gauteng pass Sun City on your right (R556); continue past the petrol stop onto the main junction.
  • The junction reads Derdepoort to the right. Turn right ensuring you zero you odometer (Km counter of the car).
  • Once you have turned right continue on the tar road, you will find the first sign indicating MADIKWE GAME RESERVE- Moletedi 100Km and Derdepoort 150Km.This is confirmation that you are on the right road.
  • You will continue on this tar road for 40Km.
  • On route you will pass the following turnoffs (do not take them only use them as reference together with your KM reading of the car):
  • At 4Km you will pass a turnoff to Ledig settlement.
  • At 9Km from the main junction there are several signs including Madikwe Game Reserve, Bapong, Jaci’s and Makanyane. DO NOT TURN LEFT
  • At 18Km there is a Mabeskraal sign (do not take).
  • You will pass through several informal settlements on route please be careful of the sometimes unexpected traffic (cows,goats,taxis and people).
  • At 28 Km there is the first MADIKWE RIVER LODGE continue straight.
  • At 40 Km from the main junction there is a Khayakhulu turn to your left (There is a sign indicating Madikwe River Lodge 87 Km)TAKE THIS ROAD LEFT . At this stage you leave the tar road for a gravel road for the rest of the trip to the Lodge.
  • Stay on the main gravel Road.
  • Pass straight past the Makgope turn on your left.
  • At 47Km there is a sign indicating that you have 81 Km to go to the Lodge. Continue straight there is no junction.
  • At 49 Km there is a junction continue straight to Khayakhulu (not left to Mabeskraal and not right to Mogoditsone)
  • At 53 Km there is a Y- Junction KEEP RIGHT There is another lodge sign indicating 74 Km left)
  • At 62 Km another Y-Junction KEEP LEFT.There is another lodge sign indicating 66Km left.
  • At 65 Km sign Indicating MADIKWE GAME RESERVE- Moletedi 40 km and Derdepoort 90 km.
  • At 66 km from the Sun City main junction you will arrive at a T-junction. Turn right to Deredpoort as the sign indicates. There is another lodge sign indicating 63 Km left.
  • You will pass the Dwaarsberg Liquor store on your left continue straight. There is a sign indicating 51 Km to the Lodge.
  • At 87 Km there is a sign indicating 43 Km to go no junction just continue straight.
  • At 90 KM turn right at the Madikwe River Lodge sign indicating 40 Km left. There is also a sign indicating Derdepoort.
  • At 96 Km continue straight past the turn to right (Swartruggens/Dwaalboom).
  • At 106 Km continue straight past the turnoff to right (Dwaalboom)There is a Lodge sign indicating only 21 Km left.
  • At 118 Km continue past the turnoff to your right (Buffelsdrift). Camp Mosela Sela will be on your right.
  • At 127 Km you will have arrived at the Reserve gate called Derdepoort. (On your right there is a farm filling station should you require fuel for your trip home). At this junction turn left and report to the gate guard at the boom. Inform him that you will be proceeding to Madikwe River Lodge. He will in turn confirm this by radio with us at the Lodge.
  • Proceed through the gate (40 km per hour) you are now in the reserve. After 3Km you will find a concrete sign indicating left to Madikwe River Lodge. Turn left and follow the reception signs.
  • The lodge is 3 Km from the main road.
From Johannesburg via Abjaterskop Gate
  • From Johannesburg get on the N1 Roodepoort Road
  • Take the 14th Avenue off ramp from the N1
  • Turn onto the M8, (M47), (M18) Ontdekkers road that goes west
  • Go straight for a few hundred metres, then turn right at the traffic lights on the M47 Krugersdorp North / Hillfox road
  • Follow the M47 Krugersdorp North road. Go straight on this road, you will cross several traffic lights and stop streets. After +- 7 km go straight over a busy 4-way stop street following N14 Ventersdorp sign
  • Go straight for +- 10 km, then turn right at stop street on N14 Ventersdorp / R563 Hekpoort
  • +- 0,8 km, turn left on the N14 Ventersdorp / (R24) Rustenburg road
  • After +- 10,5 km turn right at stop street on the R24 Rustenburg / Magaliesburg road
  • After +- 14,5 km you in Magaliesburg. Go straight through and turn left onto the R509 Koster / Derby road
  • Follow this road, and after +- 56 km you will be in Derby. Go straight through Derby still on the R509 to Koster
  • +- 17 km to Koster
  • In Koster turn right on the R509 to Swartruggens. +- 33 km to Swartruggens
  • Turn left at T-junction to Swartruggens on the N4
  • Go straight through Swartruggens on N4 to Zeerust
  • Go through tollgate
  • +- 70 km to Zeerust on the N4
  • In Zeerust turn right on the R47 / R49 to Gaborone / Madikwe Game Reserve
  • It is +- 90 km to the Abjaterskop Gate
  • Inside the reserve follow Derdepoort Gate signs for +- 35km, till you see a Madikwe River Lodge turnoff to the right. +- 3 km to the lodge
  • In total it is about 380 km, and will take +-4.5 hours

All rates quoted include 15%  VAT
All rates for South African properties include a 1% South African tourism development levy
Check in time is from 14h00 and check out time is by 10h00 at all aha properties.

Tariff Include
  • Rates are quoted per person per night and include accommodation, all meals, two game daily, TOMSA levy 1% and VAT at 15%
  • Rates exclude Conservation levy
  • Driver/Guide rates are quote per person per night and includes accommodation, three meals, TOMSA Levy and VAT at 15%
Payment and Cancellation Policy
  • 50% deposit is required on confirmation and the balance is due 30 days prior to arrival. For bookings made within 30 days of travel, full payment is required on confirmation
  • we have the right to request deposits or full payment in advance in the case of large groups, long stays, peak periods or high occupancy
Cancellation Charges
  •  45 – 30 Days prior to arrival 25%
  •  29 – 15 days prior to arrival 80%
  •  14 – 01 days prior to arrival 100%
  •  Cancellations will only be accepted in writing.
Game Lodges Policy:
  • Children: 0 - 5 years of age : Stay free of charge only when sharing with two full paying adults, meals charged on consumption
  • Children: 6 - 11 years of age: Pay 50% of the adult sharing rate when sharing with two full paying adults. Full adult rate applicable if occupying their own room
  • Children: 12 years & older: Occupy their own room and pay full adult rate Where a child shares with 1 adult the adult sharing rate applies.
    At Game Lodges, children under the age of 12 years will be accommodated on special children's game drives. This is subject to availability and at the discretion of the lodge manager.
Room Configuration
  • Standard Family: Maximum 2 adults & 2 children under the age of 12 on a sleeper couch;
  • Luxury Room: Maximum: 2 Persons
  • Standard Room: Maximum 2 persons;
Third Person Sharing: Not applicable

Additional Comments

  • 6 Family Rooms available.
  • Children 6 & over will be allowed on the game drives & bush braai's. 16 years and over will be allowed on guided game walks (Wilderness Trails & Day Walks)
  • Children under age of 6 not permitted on game drives.
  • Babysitting facilities are offered at R145/ sitter/ hr / -2020/04/01- R225 per hour max 2 children
Day Use Rooms
Strictly on request and are dependent on availability of room(s) at a rate of 50% off single public tariff and rooms are only available between 11h00 and 17h00. Any rooms required after 17h00 will be treated as a full additional night and the normal contracted rate attached will apply.

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!

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
Gate Entry Fees
  - R180
per Adults per STAY
  - R 80  per Child  
Guest Conservation Contribution  (GCC)
  - ZAR150 per Adults per DAY
  - ZAR75 per Child
Guest Conservation Contribution  from 1.1. 2020 (GCC)
  - ZAR R165 per Adults per DAY
  - ZAR 82.50 per Child     
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
Flight Entry
  - R240 per Adult  
  - R150 per Child from   
SUBJECT to change without notice