Little Madikwe Hills

distinctive Camp | Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa

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Little Madikwe, set in the middle of the famed Madikwe Game Reserve of South Africa, gives a nod to her sister lodge, Madikwe Hills; while the design and ethos is much the same, Little Madikwe is specially situated to host a family or small group of four to eight guests on a fully private basis. With your own private, fully serviced living and social areas, chef, vehicle and safari guide, nothing could be closer to home.

Photo of Jordy Oleson

Our Expert Says

Little Madikwe Hills is a long-established camp in a diverse private reserve. It's so ideal for a small family or group of friends, as you have a private dining room, living room, kitchen, and still the services of a gracious and helpful staff.

– Jordy Oleson

Photo: The Lodge

The Lodge

Location: Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa
Number of Suites: 2 to 4 (this is a private lodge for 4-8 guests)

Little Madikwe itself features two en suite bedrooms with a shared living area, kitchen, dining area, all fully serviced by Madikwe Hills staff, a private chef and a private safari guide and vehicle to host all of your activities. While Little Madikwe accommodates four guests under a single roof, an additional two suites from the main lodge can be used in conjunction with the private lodge to accommodate a total of eight guests. Little Madikwe is your private home during your stay, allowing children of all ages and thus offering an excellent option for young families. The lodge also features a private deck and swimming pool, a small library, satellite television, outdoor showers, and both fireplaces and air conditioning to offer enjoyment in all seasons. The standard suites, which can be booked in conjunction with Little Madikwe, feature private plunge pools, fire places, air conditioning and all the same room amenities.

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Photo: Facilities & Amenities

Facilities & Amenities

  • 2 en suite bedrooms sharing a living, dining and kitchen area (option of 2 additional suites from main lodge)
  • En suite bathrooms with bathtub and indoor/outdoor showers
  • Private lounge and dining room
  • Full kitchen and stocked mini-bar
  • Small library
  • Private chef, butler, safari ranger and vehicle
  • Swimming pool
  • Air-conditioning
  • Room fans
  • Fireplaces
  • Direct-dial telephones
  • Hair dryers
  • 220v charging points in rooms and main area
  • In-room safe boxes
  • Wi-Fi
  • Spa at Madikwe Hills
  • Fitness center at Madikwe Hills
  • Laundry service included
  • Local drinks included (house alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks)
  • Major credit cards accepted

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Photo: Private Lodge

Private Lodge

Little Madikwe is sold exclusively to one private group or family of four to eight guests at one time. The adjacent 10-room Madikwe Hills Lodge can be booked for individuals seeking accommodation for only one to three guests. Pricing for Little Madikwe is based on four guests sharing. The per person rate for fewer than four guests will incur a surcharge.

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Photo: Wildlife Viewing & Activities

Wildlife Viewing & Activities

Madikwe Game Reserves is the meeting point of the Kalahari's dry savanna and the bushveld, creating one of the most diverse arrays of wildlife in a single wildlife reserve. The Big Five, including lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino, are prevalent, and the reserve has a great reputation for wild dog, a rare sighting in most other areas. Early morning wildlife drives reveal that animals are still active in the cool hours, and later in the afternoon, they emerge again, grazing and preparing to hunt at dusk. With the reserve's varied ecosystem, gemsbok (oryx), springbok, eland and kudu may also be seen. Madikwe is a private reserve, allowing guests to enjoy wildlife drives well into twilight hours, revealing nocturnal species otherwise not visible. Walks are also possible in the dryer winter months when the bush thins out and visibility is good. You have the eyes and ears of both a naturalist guide and a tracker, who sits on the front of the vehicle to spot signs of animals impressively.

Madikwe's common large mammal and predator sightings are illustrated in the below chart. Other typical sightings may include warthogs, baboons, a variety of birds and a number of other mammals and reptiles. Exact sightings will depend on weather and wildlife movements.

Country Park/Reserve
Black Rhino
Gemsbok / Oryx
Greater Kudu
White Rhino
Wild Dog
South Africa Madikwe Game Reserve

Usually viewed
Frequently viewed
Occasionally viewed
Sporadically viewed
Rarely to never viewed

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Month Max Min Rainfall
January 90° F 68° F 3.25 in
32° C 20° C 83 mm
February 89° F 67° F 2.5 in
31° C 19° C 64 mm
March 87° F 64° F 2.78 in
30° C 17° C 71 mm
April 82° F 57° F 1.17 in
27° C 13° C 30 mm
May 77° F 47° F 0.4 in
25° C 8° C 10 mm
June 72° F 41° F 0.16 in
22° C 5° C 4 mm
July 72° F 40° F 0.12 in
22° C 4° C 3 mm
August 78° F 46° F 0.02 in
25° C 7° C 1 mm
September 84° F 54° F 0.51 in
28° C 12° C 13 mm
October 88° F 62° F 0.81 in
31° C 16° C 21 mm
November 88° F 64° F 2.86 in
31° C 17° C 73 mm
December 89° F 66° F 2.47 in
31° C 18° C 63 mm

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