• The Bush House

    Safari Lodge
  • The Bush House

    Safari Lodge
  • The Bush House

    Safari Lodge
  • The Bush House

    Safari Lodge
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The Bush House | Private Lodge | Madikwe

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The Bush House is a sublime owner-managed lodge set on the mid-western border of the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve. This four-star home-away- from-home in Big Five country is set in an old farmhouse which has been converted into an intimate bushveld hideaway. In keeping with its informal atmosphere, The Bush House invites visitors to kick back, relax and enjoy an unforgettable African safari.

The Bush House provides visitors six tastefully furnished en-suite rooms positioned around the hub of the lodge. Each double room features a choice of a king-sized bed or two twin beds made up with percale bed linen, a separate shower and bath with toiletries and fluffy towels as well as air-conditioning, a fan, hairdryer, safe, and tea/coffee making amenities. There is also access to AC electricity, free Wi-Fi, and cell phone signal should you need to stay in touch with the outside world.

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    The rooms all open to the exterior via sliding doors. Four of the rooms offer private patios from where you can fully appreciate the sheer tranquility of your pristine surroundings. A fifth room overlooks the manicured gardens and the expansive waterhole which is known for attracting a prolific diversity of game while the final room
    lies adjacent to a mesmerising water fountain.

    The beautifully-appointed interior of The Bush House’s central hub of boasts a cosy lounge, reading area, TV room with DSTV – for sporting emergencies only, and a congenial bar where you can get unwind with fellow guests and swap tales of your grand African adventure.

    The Bush House is the ideal destination for enthusiasts of the great outdoors. The rock swimming pool is just the spot to escape the afternoon heat and immerse yourself in the beauty of this spectacular bushveld idyll. If you’re up for some fun and games, why not enjoy a friendly game of cricket, rugby or soccer on the rolling lawn.

    Or retire to the Lodge verandah and watch the parade of resident wildlife making their way to and from the waterhole. Alternatively, take advantage of the unique opportunity The Bush House’s wheelchair-friendly underground hide provides to get a closer view of the activity at the waterhole. The waterhole is illuminated at night making it possible to observe the more elusive nocturnal game.

    Additional outdoor activities include dawn and dusk game drives in open 4X4 vehicles plus guided nature trails accompanied by expert field rangers. Being a family-oriented establishment, The Bush House does offer game drives that are specially tailored for children under six years who are not permitted on the regular game drives. A babysitting service is also can be arranged on request. As the five-hectare camp is fully fenced, it is perfectly safe to walk around freely and explore the various mini-bush walks.

    Come mealtimes, The Bush House chefs delight in preparing sumptuous bushveld cuisine as per your preferences, whether it’s an al fresco breakfast under the canopy of garden trees, afternoon tea bursting with tasty treats or a fireside dinner in the Boma.

    If you’re looking for a secluded wilderness haven in one of South Africa's prime safari destinations where authentic hospitality and personal attention is the norm, The Bush House will no doubt fulfill your wishes.
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Rates inclusive of 15% VAT • South African Rand • Subject to availability
All tariffs quoted are subject to change, without prior notice, however rates quoted for confirmed bookings will be honoured
Details 1 May 2020
to 31 Aug 2020
1 Sep 2020
to 31 Dec 2020
Single Per Night R6 385 R6 815
Per Person Per Night Sharing R4 870 R5 210
Children 0 - 5 yrs sharing R 850 R 850
Children 6 - 11 yrs sharing R2 435 R2 605
Children 12 yrs & Older sharing R4 870 R5 210

Rates Include

  • Accommodation, all meals, coffee and teas,
  • Welcome drinks on arrival and on return from game drives
  • Road transfer from the Madikwe Airstrip to the Lodge
  • Two game drives daily
  • Unlimited Internet

Rates Exclude

  • Curio shop purchases
  • Beverages
  • Landing Fee at airstrip
  • Laundry services
  • Gate entry fees
  • Conservation levy
The Lodge

The Bush House IS your home in Big Five country. Our informal style, intimate atmosphere and caring staff make you feel welcome, relaxed and part of our family.


We have six ensuite rooms. Four of them have private verandahs where you can sit and contemplate the world, one overlooks the garden and waterhole with another having the soothing sounds of a water feature outside the sliding door. All of our rooms are part of the main lodge so there are no unnecessary long walks to and fro.

The rooms are tastefully furnished with percale bed linen and fluffy towels. The rooms have air-conditoners and fans, hairdriers, coffee and tea facilties. The bathrooms have separate baths and showers with a variety of toiletries. We have 220v electricity, cell phone signal and free Wi-Fi should you need to stay in touch


Our Chefs, who together create a wonderful culinary repertoire, whether it is breakfast in the garden, afternoon tea packed with treats or a fire-lit dinner in the boma under the stars. We try as much as possible to accommodate all dietary requirements.


Enjoy relaxing in the large shaded garden overlooking the best waterhole in Madikwe. Lounge at the pool while our staff take care of your every need. Enjoy a friendly game of cricket, rugby or soccer on the lawn. Two game drives are conducted daily under the expert care of our guide, take a walk through our private nature trail which is within the electrified boundaries of camp.

Travelling by road to Madikwe
Travelling time approximately 3.5hrs
  • From the airport (OR Tambo) take R21 to Pretoria)
  • From Johannesburg head north on N1 towards the N4 Toll Road.
  • Take the N4 Toll road north west towards Rustenburg, Swartruggens, Groot Marico and Zeerust. The toll fee is over R70.00 one way.
  • Once in Zeerust turn right at the fourth stop street into President Street. There is a signpost on the left that says “ Madikwe Game Reserve/Gaborone” and an ABSA bank on the corner to the left.
  • Follow the R47/R49 towards the reserve for approximately 95km.
  • The first entrance to the reserve is Abjaterskop gate.
  • Pass that gate and enter at the next gate – Wonderboom Gate exactly 7km from the first gate.
  • Once you have gone through the boom there is a Bush House signboard about 300m along the gravel road. Turn left in here and travel through our gate entrance. Follow the road to reception.
Travelling Tips
  • Keep to the speed limit, especially when it drops down from 120kms to 80kms. The traffic officials are often at these spots including the small villages where the speed limit is 60kms as there is a lot of trapping along the R47/R49.
  • Best bathroom facilities enroute are at the Wimpy in Koster or the Wimpy in Zeerust.
  • If you drive an unleaded vehicle, fill up in Zeerust as you will have another 200kms before you return that way and the petrol stations between Zeerust and Madikwe are often out of unleaded fuel.
Charter Flights and Scheduled Flights
There is a scheduled Federal Air flight that flies in and out of the Reserve daily. Should you wish to charter a plane to suit your own time frame this can be arranged through Madikwe Charters.

Tariffs are quoted:

  • Inclusive of 15% V.A.T
  • In South African Rand
  • Subject to availability

Tariff Changes:

  • All tariffs quoted are subject to change, without prior notice, however fully paid bookings will be honoured.

Rates Include

  • Accommodation, all meals, coffee and teas,
  • Welcome drinks on arrival and on return from game drives
  • Road transfer from the Madikwe Airstrip to the Lodge
  • Two game drives daily
  • Unlimited Internet

Rates Exclude

  • Curio shop purchases
  •  Beverages
  •  Landing Fee at airstrip
  •  Laundry services
  •  Gate entry fees
  •  Conservation levy

Child Policy

  • Children of all ages are welcome at most of our lodges
  • Babysitters available at an extra cost.
  • Children under six years of age sharing with parents pay R850
  • Children under 6 years old are not permitted on game drives
  • Children’s programs available at Tuningi and Thakadu

Deposit Policy

  • For all bookings made within 30 days of travel
  • Full payment Is required within 48 hours of your booking. This payment can be made via bank transfer or credit card (Master/Visa).
  • For all bookings made more than 30 days of travel
  • A 50% deposit Is required within 48 hours of your booking and the balance 30 days prior to arrival. This payment can be made via bank transfer or credit card (Master/Visa).

Information Arrival / Departure

  • Guest may arrive from 13:00 and rooms are to be vacated by 11:00
  • Early arrivals and late departures can be arranged with prior notice.

What to Take

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun block
  • Cameras and binoculars
  • Light, neutral coloured clothing
  • Swimming costume
  • Warm jackets are essential in winter (May -October)

Gate Entrance Fees

Gates open @ 06h00 & closes @ 21h00. Entrance fee into the Madikwe Reserve by Road, please settle in camp.

Cancellation Policy

  •  All cancellations must be in writing.
  •  If a booking is cancelled after confirmation, a 25% cancellation fee will apply.
  •  Four weeks before arrival - 50% of full amount
  •  Two weeks before arrival - 100% of full amount
  •  A 10% admin fee will be retained for cancellations made after the card has been charged.

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)