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.
Each spacious suite features handcrafted mahogany furnishings and authentic 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.