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Mateya Safari Lodge | Madikwe Game Reserve

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Mateya Safari Lodge is nestled amid the rugged Gabbro hills in the heart of the spectacular Madikwe Game Reserve. This ultra-luxurious Lodge is geared for the sophisticated adventure seeker and prides itself on offering the ultimate African safari experience coupled with five-star service.

Mateya caters for a maximum of ten guests in five exquisitely-appointed air-conditioned thatched suites. The five stylish suites are set in a semi-circle around one of the hilltops and built to merge seamlessly with the breathtaking natural surroundings.

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    Each spacious suite features handcrafted mahogany furnishings andauthentic African artworks, a fireplace, an elegant en-suite bathroom, outdoor shower, bar fridge, coffee/tea making station, and an elevated viewing deck with a natural window Sala and private rim-flow pool from where you can enjoy uninterrupted views of the waterhole.

    The central hub of Mateya Safari Lodge is every bit as plush as the suites. In keeping with its elite image, the main building boasts an impressive collection of original African art and literature.

    When you’re not out discovering Madikwe’s many wonders, take a moment to admire Paul Augustinus’ vibrant landscapes and wildlife portraits, Robert Glen’s magnificent bronze sculpture of an agile lioness attempting to bring down a leaping impala or the beautiful bronze sculptures by Dylan Lewis which are on display in the Mateya gallery. Or adjourn to the library which houses a rare collection of African literature dating back to the turn of the 19th century.

    Expand your cultural education with a visit to Mateya’s well-stocked cellar has an impressive choice of top local and rare French wines and champagnes.

    Come mealtimes, expect to be treated to a sumptuous royal feast prepared from the finest and freshest produce. Mateya’s chefs are also happy to cater to guest’s special requests and dietary requirements.

    Brunches and lunches are served on the Lodge’s main deck while evening meals are served in the graceful dining room or on the wooden viewing deck circling the fabulous “fire core” overlooking the vibrant wilderness below.

    Conclude your dinner on the perfect note with a choice brandy, cognac or single malt whiskey and a cigar from the humidor as you marvel at the majesty of the star-filled night skies above.

    For a unique dining experience, retire to the seclusion of the wine cellar which is available on request. Al fresco picnic lunches are also provided by prior arrangement.

    When business calls, Mateya’s bush boardroom which is furnished with full internet and e-mail amenities is the perfect spot to host a meeting or connect with the outside world.

    Naturally, the chief purpose of a visit to Mateya is to explore the incredible diversity of fauna and flora that call the world-renowned Madikwe Game Reserve home. Activities include game drives in custom-built 4X4 vehicles, thrilling nature trails, and birdwatching trips accompanied by qualified field guides and talented Koi San trackers.

    With a maximum of four guests per drive, you are assured of a memorable bushveld experience that focuses on your individual interests. For an even more exclusive safari encounter, Mateya does provide a two-person game drive on request.

    Regarding junior guests, Mateya Safari Lodge welcomes children aged nine years and older, but children under the age of 16 are not permitted on the nature trails. However, guests of all ages are welcome should you book the Lodge on an exclusive-use basis.

    Complete your journey to a rejuvenated mind, body, and soul with an indulgent range of spa treatments which can be enjoyed in the comfort and seclusion of your suite or relax with an invigorating soak in the Jacuzzi. Alternatively, get your pulse racing sweat with a
    workout in the well-equipped gym.

    Before you head home be sure to view the handcrafted memorabilia in the gift boutique, many of them created by the same artisans whose works adorn the Lodge.

    Every aspect of Mateya is designed to ensure guests enjoy a truly sublime African getaway – from the exceptional hospitality to the luxurious accommodations and unrestricted access to Madikwe Game Reserve. If you’re looking for the ultimate safari
    destination, Mateya Safari Lodge is bound not to live up to your high standards.
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Rates inclusive of 15% VAT • South African Rand • Subject to availability
Details  1 Jan 2020 to 31 Dec 2020
Single Per Night R17 455
Person Sharing Per Night R13 970
Child sharing 9 - 13 years and under R6 985

Rates Includes

  • Per person per night sharing or single as stated
  • Inclusive of all meals, teas and coffees
  • Game drive and bush walks
  • Local beverages and house wines
  • Laundry
  • Internet usage
  • Reserve gate entrance fee and landing fees
  • Levies and transfer from Madikwe Airstrip to Mateya
  • Quoted in South African Rand (ZAR)
  • Include of 15% VAT (subject to change)

Rates Exclude

  • Health therapy treatments
  • Vintage and imported wines & Premium label spirits
  • Cigars
  • Telephone calls
  • Curio Purchases
  • Transfers
  • Conservation levy

Valid 01 January – 31 December 2020

  Sharing Single
Safari Lodge R12 895 R15 710
Child Sharing R6 285  
Child 9-13 years R6 448  
Rates quoted are per person per night sharing or single in South African Rands (ZAR) inclusive of

15% VAT and are subject to change.

  • All Meals, Coffees & Speciality Teas
  • Local Beverages, Spirits & House Wines
  • Game Drives & Walks
  • Laundry Service & Internet
  • Entrance & Landing Fees
  • Transfers to/from Madikwe Airstrip

  • Vintage & Imported Wines
  • Premium Label Beverages
  • Spa treatments & Curio purchases
  • Telephone Calls
  • Private Game Drive Vehicle
  • Transfers to/from the Reserve
  • Conservation Levy per person per day:
  • Adult ZAR 165.00
  • Child (age 2-11) ZAR 82.50

10 JANUARY 2020 - 15 DECEMBER 2020  
Stay 4 nights & get 1 return flight p/p on FedAir to and from JHB International Airport complimentary
 * 10% Discount for Exclusive Use R130 950 per night

Terms & Conditions Applicable to Promotions:

  • Free of charge offer only applicable to every full paying guest per room
  • Subject to Federal Air Flight availability at time of booking
  • Flight cancellation fees apply as per Federal Air Terms & Conditions.
  • Offer not redeemable for cash nor applicable in combination with other special offers & promotions.
  • Promotions can't be used in conjunction with child rates

Rates quoted are:

  • Per Person Per night sharing or single as stated
  • Inclusive of all meals, teas, coffees, game drives, bush walks, local beverages, house wines, laundry, internet, entrance fees, landing fees, levies and transfers to and from Madikwe Airstrip
  • Rates quoted in South African Rand (ZAR)
  • Subject to change without prior notice
  • Inclusive of 15% VAT (Subject to change)

Rates quoted excluded:

  • Health therapy treatments
  • Vintage & Imported wines & Premium label spirits
  • Cigars
  • Telephone calls
  • Curio Purchases
  • Transfers
  • Conversation levy R150 per adult per day, R75 per child (under 12) per day

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5 Individually designed luxury thatched suites all nestled in the Gabbro Hills, offering spectacular views of a waterhole and plains up to the Tweedepoort Escarpment. The lodge caters for a maximum of 10 guests.

Each suite has wonderful comfort features such as:

  •  Hand – crafted mahogany furnishings
  •  En-suite Luxury bathroom with Secluded open-air shower
  •  A unique collection of original African artworks
  •  Private deck with natural window sala looking onto a rim flow pool
  •  Air- conditioned atmosphere control
  •  Fireplace in all suites
  •  Mini bar and tea/coffee making facilities


  • Dining, lounge and relaxation areas with high elevation views of the reserve
  • One of the world’s finest collections of African art
  • African interest Library
  • Curio Boutique
  • Business centre – full internet and e-mail facilities
  • Gym and Health spa with a therapist offering a complete range of full body relaxation therapies



  • Qualified experienced and professional field guides and trackers
  •  Personal and meticulous dedication to our guests’ ultimate enjoyment and satisfaction
The Suites

Mateya Safari Lodge accommodations consist of five individually designed luxury air-conditioned thatched suites. Each suite blends with its natural surroundings and offers uninterrupted views of the waterhole and plains. Guests can enjoy a balance of sophistication and comfort, in total privacy and harmony with nature, savouring the rare pleasure of their very own secluded slice of Africa.

Indeed, the original African artworks that adorn each suite seem to reflect the very essence of the Madikwe Game Reserve – a beautiful, vital, and untamed stretch of bush. Reclining in hand-crafted mahogany furnishings, looking out as the Zebra lead the plains game to the waterhole, the immediacy of your experience could not be more vivid. Lying under the shade of your natural window sala, or immersing in the cool water of your rim-flow pool, each and every feature of your suite provides total privacy and comfort. Your en-suite bathroom complete with a secluded open-air shower invites you to luxuriate in a sensual setting that is designed to satisfy your ultimate enjoyment.

The ambience of a fresh and clear night is warmed by the heat from the custom-designed fireplace, and as you settle down to admire the myriad of stars speckling the sky, the whispering breeze utters magical words that speak of tomorrow’s promise.

The Lounge & Library

It is at Mateya Safari Lodge that the unique fusion of diverse African heritage is drawn together with the utmost finesse and style. Guests with a thirst for an unsurpassed blend of beauty, discerning taste and cultural delights can relax and indulge in inspiration drawn from every corner of the continent.

In celebration of a rich history of diversity and the untamed beauty to which the lodge is home, Mateya Safari Lodge has acquired one of the world’s finest collections of art from throughout the continent. Each piece purposefully chosen for the way in which its canvas captivates a vibrant feel for Africa. Proudly, Mateya Safari Lodge is home to 21 original paintings by Paul Augustinus for whom the vast landscapes and abundance of wildlife have been an emotive inspiration. Nothing quite captivates the vitality and exhilaration of the wild like Robert Glen’s magnificent bronze sculpture of an agile lioness attempting to bring down a leaping impala – “Close Shave”. Adding to the allure of this piece, Mateya Safari Lodge also boasts several exquisite bronze sculptures by Dylan Lewis.

The Library

The library is home to an invaluably rare collection of works of African literature dating back to the turn of the 19th century. In quiet seclusion guests are able to immerse themselves in the rich past of this land and relive the splendor unique to Africa through the captivated eyes of superbly talented authors. Should you wish there is also a surround sound plasma screen audiovisual console. Guests may enjoy an afternoon viewing wildlife programs from the DVD collection or television if they so please

Our Wellness Centre

To bring home the renewing ambience of Mateya Safari Lodge and the majesty of the setting, guests can be treated to a full range of pleasurable and rejuvenating body treatments by a dedicated health therapist. Give way to the energetic call of the wilderness by making use of our personalized gym. Feel the freedom to take a healthy breath of Mateya Safari Lodge magic, restoring your mind, body and soul.WELLNESS TREATMENTSNestled in the splendor of the Madikwe bush, we offer an extensive & exclusive range of treatments of utmost luxury.  We invite you to escape from the everyday hustle for a unique experience of blissful unwinding & relaxation.Our wellness center facilities include a well equipped cardiovascular gym, body and facial treatments. Our therapist is of an international standard with extensive training and experience in the field.


A therapeutic journey to restore the skin’s softness, stimulate cell renewal & promote a healthy glow, combined with a back & neck massage that leads to the relaxation of local tissue & nerves.

Express Manicure - 30 minutes
Classic Manicure - 60 minutes
Express Pedicure - 30 minutes
Classic Pedicure    - 60 minutes
Re-polish - 20 minutes

A massage tailored to your pressure preference to either induce relaxation or target specific areas of tension and muscular discomfort, using slow forearm, hands and elbows.
Full Body Massage - 60 minutes
Back & Neck Massage - 30 minutes

Experience more than just a massage, aromatic oils are warmly applied to the body working on tight muscles and lymph drainage, combating tension in stiff aching bodies.
Full Body Massage - 60 minutes
Back & Neck Massage - 30 minutes


The direct warmth of the smooth stones deeply relaxes the muscles and allows for greater manipulation of the muscles creating a sedative effect on the nervous system.
Full Body Massage - 60 minutes
Back & Neck Massage - 30 minutes
An intensive facial that is designed to stimulate cellular regeneration, customized to meet all your skins needs and concerns.

A gentle yet deeply relaxing massage starting at the fingertips following the path all the way up your arms, shoulders, neck and scalp relieving tiredness, anxiety and stress - 30 minutes

Reflexology treats the body holistically by doing pressure points on the reflex areas of the feet whilst relieving stress and focusing on harmonizing the body to restore energy flow - 30 minutes


This therapy polishes and nourishes your skin bringing back the glow to tired, dull and lifeless complexions by the removal of dead skin cells.
Full Body Exfoliation - 30 minutes
Body Exfoliation & Back Massage - 60 minutes

Please inform your therapist of any medical conditions including:
  •  If you are on any medication
  •  If you have had surgery recently
  •  High blood pressure
  •  Heart conditions
  •  Epilepsy
  •  Diabetes
  •  Muscle or joint injuries
  •  Allergies
  •  Pregnancy
Please communicate with your therapist as to your level of comfort and areas in need of attention.


Wine & Dine

You may want to marvel at the canopy of stars on a clear night, whilst dining outdoors. For a wild culinary experience, submerge yourself in the glory of the African night skies as you dine beneath the clear glow of a galaxy of stars while the roar of an open-air fire core ensures your comfort. Mateya Safari Lodge will invite you to a royal feast and a demonstration of expert culinary skills. With the freshest produce offered straight from the earth and the finest cuisine you will find your palate transported on a journey of African fusion and gastronomic delight.The Mateya Safari Lodge wine cellar is also available for private dining, offering a more distinctly elegant setting. And for a spectacular view of the plains, both the glass-walled main dining room and lounge deck afford uninterrupted panoramas of the reserve. Of course, bush picnic lunches are available on request and on all guided walking safaris.Wine Cellar
Lingering flavors of the palate may be sampled from the extensive assortment of wines housed in the cool atmosphere of the Mateya Safari Lodge Cellar.An impressive collection of both esteemed local and rare French wines and champagnes make up the cellar’s
8 000 bottles of indulgence that lie chaste, waiting to be hand picked by Mateya Safari Lodge guests as an accompaniment to their dining. Select a brandy, a cognac or a single malt whiskey with a cigar from our humidor as the perfect conclusion to a pristine Mateya dining experience.

Boardroom & Curio

Bush Boardroom

When business calls guests have the facility to host meetings in the unique Mateya Safari Lodge Bush Boardroom. A business ‘pow wow’ in the heart of the African bush, with the magnificent scenery of Mateya Safari Lodge all around, is sure to inspire creative and lateral thought. Full Internet & WIFI and email facilities are available in our Bush Boardroom.

Curio Shop
Our curio shop is full of delightful items created by skilled craftsmen. Many of the items are hand crafted by the very same artisans whose works adorn the lodge. Unique items of memorabilia are also on sale with the Mateya Safari Lodge logo emblazoned on them as a reminder of one’s African adventure in one of Africa’s most exclusive game lodges. Guests can purchase all necessary safari regalia from the boutique, as well as any conventional items that may have been forgotten, for example, toothpaste or batteries.

Rates Includes

  • Per person per night sharing or single as stated
  • Inclusive of all meals, teas and coffees
  • Game drive and bush walks
  • Local beverages and house wines
  • Laundry
  • Internet usage
  • Reserve gate entrance fee and landing fees
  • Levies and transfer from Madikwe Airstrip to Mateya
  • Quoted in South African Rand (ZAR)
  • Subject to change without prior notice
  • Include of 15% VAT (subject to change)

Rates Exclude

  • Health therapy treatments
  • Vintage and imported wines & Premium label spirits
  • Cigars
  • Telephone calls
  • Curio Purchases
  • Transfers
  • Conservation levy


  • Only children 13 years & under can be accommodated on a triple basis in one room
  • Check in times is reserved for 12H00 check-out time is set at 11H00
  • Please note that departure times may be arrange, subject to availability of our suites
  • Arrival, departure times & method of transport must please be advised prior to arrival
  • Please advise us of any dietary requirements prior to arrival at the lodge
  • Private Vehicle Rate R2 500 per drive

Terms & Conditions

Payment Policy

  •  All reservations or amendments should be made in writing via e-mail please.
  •  Reservations will be held on a provisional basis for 14 days from the date the booking was made.
  •  A 25% deposit of the total accommodation is required 1-14 days after making the reservation.
  •  A 50% deposit of the total accommodation is required 31-60 days prior to arrival.
  •  The remainder of the payment will be due 30 days prior to arrival date.
  •  If the booking is made 30 days or less of the arrival date, full payment is required within 48 hours of making the booking.
  •  Should the deposit/pre-payment not be received within the time-frame specified, we reserve the right to release the reservation.

Cancellation Policy

  • 61 days prior to arrival – the deposit will be refunded in full.
  • 31-60 days prior to arrival - 50% of the total accommodation amount.
  • 1-30 days prior to arrival - 100% of the total accommodation amount.
  • All cancellations should be made in writing via e-mail please.
  • Flight cancellations and road transfer cancellations are subject to the policy of the respective suppliers.

Peak Season Payment and Cancellation  Policy :

  • All Bookings between 15 December and 10 January can only be secured once a non-refundable deposit of 25% has been paid.
  • The non-refundable deposit of 25% is required within 48 hours of making the booking.
  • Further to this, standard cancellation fees apply.

Minimum Stay

  • Please note that during peak season (15 December to 10 January) we operate a dynamic minimum night stay policy whereby we will seek to accommodate any length of stay provided that the booking does not create an unsellable night.


  •  Flights to be booked through Mateya Safari Lodge.
  •  Kindly note, free of charge offer only applicable to every full paying guest per room and subject to Federal Air Flight availability at time of booking.
  •  Flight cancellation fees apply as per Federal Airlines Terms & Conditions.
  •  Offer not redeemable for cash nor applicable in combination with other special offers and promotions or child rates.


  •  Children 9 years and older are welcome at Mateya Safari Lodge.
  •  Children 9-13 years will be charged 50% of the adult sharing rate, unless a child stays in a suite on their own, in such case the child will be charged the full adult rate.


  •  Persons 16 years and over are permitted on game walks.
  •  Guests over the age of 60 years need to have a medical certificate from their doctor confirming that they are medically fit to partake in the walk.
  •  Game walks are upon management’s discretion to refuse anyone whom they may deem unsafe / unsuited to participate in these activities


  •  Tour Leaders/Guides/Pilots will be accommodated at a rate of R 1 200.00 per person per night in specially allocated accommodation.
  •  The rate includes all meals with the Mateya Staff, should guests request their guide to join them for meals then there will be an additional fee of R 600.00 per day.
  •  Partaking in game drives or other activities will be at management’s discretion and subject to space available on the vehicle.


  •  Check-in time is 13h00
  •  Check-out time is 11h00
  •  Early check-in or late check-out is subject to availability and can only be confirmed on-site on the day.

Dietary Requirements 

  • Please advise us of any dietary requirements prior to arrival at the lodge.

Mateya Safari Lodge can be accessed by private air charter directly to the lodge, on the scheduled air services or by road.

Transfers are excluded from the daily rate but can be arranged at an additional cost.
The Madikwe Game Reserve Gates open at 06h00 and close at 21h00.

Air Transfers
We can arrange scheduled flights or private charters for your trip.
Flights can only be operated during daylight hours. Restrictions apply. (No jet engines allowed)
Federal Airlines offers daily air shuttle services operating from OR Tambo (Johannesburg)
International Airport to Madikwe Game Reserve.
Transfers from the Madikwe Airstrip to the Lodge are complimentary.

  •  Runway: Runs East to West
  •  Latitude: 24.733001 S
  •  Longitude: 26.407431 E
  •  Elevation: 3319ft
  •  Length: 1 400m
  •  Surface: Tar

Road Transfers
Registered, professional transfer companies, with all insurances and indemnities in place, are used for Road Transfers. Road worthy, comfortable, air-conditioned vehicles are used. Please contact our reservations team for further information and we will gladly assist with transfers through our
reliable partners.


From Johannesburg/Pretoria: approximately 4 to 4.5 hours’ drive. Please be advised that guests driving to the lodge who arrive after sunset will not be allowed to self-drive in the reserve. The lodge will send a representative to escort guests to the lodge.
We do not suggest using a GPS system after Zeerust / Sun City to reach the lodge. Google Maps do not yet supply accurate directions to get to the lodge. Reservations can assist with a map and directions depending on where you’re coming from.

Our concept of hospitality centers on personable and meticulousservice. We believe that for you to truly benefit from your Mateya Safari Lodge experience, your time spent in our company must elevate you to a new level of comfort and relaxation. Our staff will be available at all times to attend to your every need and are there to ensure your ultimate enjoyment and satisfaction.

Experienced game rangers and trackers will be on hand to take you on game drives and guided walking safaris.

Experts on the natural intricacies of the Madikwe Game Reserve, they will reveal to you a world rich in ecological and cultural history, opening your mind to a truly unique and fascinating safari experience.Mateya Safari Lodge’s chefs delight in the pleasure of preparing only the finest cuisine. Committed to satisfying the desires of your palate, their wholesome and sumptuous creations will seduce you with the textures and flavors of the African bush. Special requests and dietary requirements will be catered for with culinary relish and skill.

Mateya Safari Lodge’s health therapist is on hand to offer a complete range of full body relaxation therapies. Enjoyed in the comfort and privacy of your own suite, this may be the ideal way to soothe body and mind. So, whether you’re after sunrise or sundowner relaxation, this is just the type of invigoration to top or tail a perfect day’s excursion.
Guests to the lodge can experience the thrill of encountering the Super 7 – Elephant, White & Black Rhino, Buffalo, Lion, Leopard, Cheetah and Wild Dog, in addition to which, the Madikwe Game Reserve boasts among the best array of plains game on the continent and over 350 species of birds.

Accompanied by experienced rangers and trackers, you can venture on game drives in custom-built 4×4 vehicles, or track on guided walking safaris through the reserve. Each excursion will be planned around your’ specific interests, thereby ensuring you enjoy the full value of fulfilling your ideal safari experience.


The Xoi San (Bushmen) of the Kalahari were considered to be masters in the art of tracking. Specialist rangers and trackers at Mateya offer you a similar experience, opening the door onto a unique wildlife encounter. You will have the pleasure and thrill of viewing animals close up, as well as have a better understanding of how nature works in perfect harmony to sustain the delicate ecosystem that continues to thrive at Mateya. Coupled with the physical journey, our rangers will also enlighten you with the cultural heritage of tracking, as passed down over the centuries through the rich aural tradition of African Folk Lore.consectetur, from a Lorem Ipsum passage, and going through the cites of the word in classical literature, discovered the undoubtable source. Lorem Ipsum comes from sections 1.10.32 and 1.10.33 of “de Finibus Bonorum et Malorum” (The Extremes of Good and Evil) by Cicero, written in 45 BC. Contrary to popular belief, Lorem Ipsum is not simply random text. It has roots in a piece of classical Latin literature from 45 BC, making it over 2000 years old. Richard McClintock, a Latin professor at literature, discovered the undoubtable source. Lorem Ipsum comes from sections.

Game Drives

Tackling the African bush in custom-built 4×4 game drive vehicles offer guests the thrill of getting close to game and tracking over vast distances. With a maximum of four guests per drive each guest is assured the personal care and attention of our rangers who will introduce you to the intricate and wonderful features of the reserve.

Mateya’s vehicles are equipped with the following unique features:
  •  Binoculars, offering excellent viewing at all times.
  •  Spacious pouches for books and photographic equipment.
  •  Shade cover and side flaps offering protection against wind and rain.
  •  Comfy warm blankets in case of cold weather.
  •  Flasks for hot coffee on those early morning excursions.

Travel visas for South Africa can be obtained in most countries around the world, and offer unlimited access to all regions of the country. However, it is important to note that separate independent countries reside within South Africa’s geographical borders and that entry into and out of these countries will require a multiple entry visa.

The Madikwe Game Reserve district is home to the Tswana culture and language. However, travelers will find that English, although only third in terms of language preference among the population, is nonetheless widely understood and considered to be South Africa’s international language of choice, spoken by all staff at the lodge.


For general purposes, the most widely accepted currency is the South African Rand (ZAR), which can be exchanged for most major currencies at exchange bureaus located at all major airports and hotels.The following credit cards are also welcome:

  •  MasterCard
  •  Visa
  •  Diners Club
  •  American Express


A major advantage for tourists to the Madikwe Game Reserve region is that it has been classified as a Malaria-free area.

The reserve’s only perennial river, the Marico, is also free of all bilharzias. However, bathing in the Marico is prohibited due to the presence of hippo and crocodile, both of which nonetheless provide excellent game viewing opportunities. An additional advantage is that the water in the region is perfectly safe for drinking.

In order to make your stay as comfortable as possible, we suggest the following preparedness tips:

  •  UV protection sun block, lip creams, and sun hat
  •  Comfortable walking shoes for tracking safaris
  •  Prescription medicines
  •  During the winter (May to September) the mornings and evenings can be cold. Therefore we suggest you bring along a bush jacket and warm clothing for game drives and light clothing for the days.
  •  During the summer (October to April) light weight cotton clothing will provide both adequate shielding from the sun’s UV rays and comfort in the heat.

Weather and Seasons:

October – April (Rainy Season)
Summer months are warm with occasional thunderstorms, usually later in the afternoon.
The highest rainfall months are between November and February.

Many species give birth to their young around the start of the rains, so the bush is alive with new- born animals.

May to September (Dry Season)
The winter months in Madikwe can be dry, the temperature will be mild during the day, but colder in the mornings and evenings with night temperatures dropping to 2°C and day temperatures averaging 23°C.
Our waterhole gets busier as the dry season continues.

We recommend packing the following:

  •  Cotton clothing in neutral colours is recommended for game drives and bush walks. It is best to avoid white clothing for walks.
  •  For Summer Months: casual summer clothes (shorts and cool shirts) and a light jersey/sweater for the cooler mornings and evenings.
  •  For Winter Months: lighter clothing for day time, but gloves, beanies, scarfs and warm jackets/windbreakers or fleeces are essential in winter as it can get extremely cold on game drives in the early morning and evening (though not usually wet at this time of year).
  •  Please note that in the event of rain during a game drive, waterproof ponchos will be provided for guests’ comfort.
  •  Formal wear is not required for dining at our lodge
  •  Comfortable walking shoes/track shoes/hiking boots for walks; and sandals to wear around the lodge.
  •  Swimming costume/bathing suits, sun block, sun hat, sunglasses, lip balm. Mosquito repellent is provided for all our guests, but you may like to bring your own if you have a personal preference.
  •  Binoculars, camera and video camera, spare memory cards and charging equipment. (Two pairs of binoculars are provided per game drive vehicle)
  •  The lodge is located in a remote area and therefore guests should remember to bring a sufficient supply of any prescription medication.

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)
  - ZAR R165 per Adults per DAY
  - ZAR 82.50 per Child    
• Bed Levy
  - ZAR 10 pppn from age 1 year old    
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
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Molatedi Gate: R1250.00 per vehicle /
 escort (2020 Rate - subject to change without prior notice)
Derdepoort / Abjaterskop Gate: R1250.00 per vehicle /
 escort (2020 Rate - subject to change without prior notice)