Madikwe Safari Lodge

distinctive Camp | Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa

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Madikwe Safari Lodge has the unique ability to provide the best safari experience for both couples and families at three distinct lodges. Lelapa, Kopano and Dithaba each cater to a different style of traveler within independent settings. The scenery from the lodge of the hills and plains of Madikwe Game Reserve inspires. Wildlife abounds here with the resident Big Five animals as well as cheetah, unique antelopes and the elusive and beautiful wild dog.

Photo of Wendy Klausner

Our Expert Says

Madikwe Safari Lodge is a great place for both families and couples. With the three different lodges, there is room to cater to kids and give adults private settings as well.

– Wendy Klausner

Photo: The Camp

The Camp

Location: Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa
Number of Rooms: 20

Madikwe Safari Lodge features three distinct safari accommodations—Lelapa Lodge has 12 rooms, while Kopano Lodge and Dithaba Lodge each have just four rooms. Each of the rooms has a soft, neutral color palette and affords the warmth of a grand fireplace for cool evenings and a private plunge pool for escaping the daytime heat. Family rooms with bunk beds for kids are also available. The main areas of the three lodges are entirely independent of one another, lending multiple relaxation and dining spaces for guest enjoyment and allowing couples and families their own environments. The ECO-HOUSE is the perfect place for kids to stay entertained between other activities. With animal artifacts, bones, nests, as well as a pet snake and tarantula, kids can learn about what they've seen in the bush and engage more closely with nature.

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Facilities & Amenities

  • En suite bathroom with tub and indoor/outdoor showers
  • Shampoo, soap and lotion
  • Hair dryer
  • Air conditioning
  • Room fan
  • Fireplace
  • Mini bar
  • Tea/coffee in room
  • 220v charging outlets in room
  • In-room safe
  • Private plunge pool
  • Massage treatments (extra cost)
  • Wi-Fi in main area
  • Laundry (extra cost)
  • Local drinks included (house alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks)
  • Credit cards accepted (Visa, MasterCard, Diners)

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Photo: Wildlife Viewing & Activities

Wildlife Viewing & Activities

Madikwe Game Reserve is famed as one of South Africa's hidden gems. This 185,000-acre reserve tucked against the border of Botswana is a malaria-free wildlife area, boasting the Big Five—lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and black rhino—along with white rhino, cheetah, wild dog and unique antelopes like the gemsbok and springbok, typically found in the more arid Kalahari semi-desert. Lying within a transitional zone that marries the lowveld of Kruger Park and the semi-arid Kalahari thornveld, Madikwe supports a broad range of wildlife to impress even the most seasoned safari-goer. Activities at Madikwe Safari Lodge include morning, afternoon and evening wildlife drives, guided nature walks in the dry season when the grass is low, bush picnics, and the ECO-HOUSE, where kids and adults can both engage in the wonders of the bush up close.

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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