Madikwe Safari Lodge
5 Star Game Lodge in Madikwe Game Reserve
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Ideal for family or small groups
Rich biodiversity of game
Large elephant population
Over 300 bird species
Effortless road and air access

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Situated in one of South Africa’s largest and malaria-free sanctuaries; rich biodiversity of mammals, such as Africa’s Big 5, cheetah, wild dog, brown and spotted hyena, oryx, eland, springbok & ostrich; excellent bird watching with over 350 bird species. Madikwe Safari Lodge diverse geology and broad mix of habitats; exceptional field rangers; intimate accommodation with sweeping views over the game-filled plains with the Dwarsberg range forming a purple-hued backdrop; unique area imbued in history. Get closer to the raw wilderness than ever before, unchanged, untamed and untainted. So many people who look to South Africa for a safari know about Kruger but not so many know about the Madikwe Reserve. Our family are 4th generation owners of Lion Sands Private Game Reserve, Sabi Sand, Kruger National Park and although this is the region we know best and is the premier wilderness reserve in Southern Africa the Madikwe Reserve should be considered for its own unique strengths and is the reason why we have recently partnered in this area.

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Rates inclusive of 14% V.A.T. • South African Rand • Subject to availability
Lelapa, Kopano & Dithaba - Single per night
Validity Period
Seasonal Rates
11 Jan 2018 to 30 Apr 2018 13 085.00
01 May 2018 to 31 Aug 2018 11 125.00
01 Sep 2018 to 30 Nov 2018 14 540.00
01 Dec 2018 to 17 Dec 2018 11 125.00
18 Dec 2018 to 03 Jan 2019 16 720.00
04 Jan  2019 to 30 Apr 2019 15 050.00
Lelapa, Kopano & Dithaba - Per Person Sharing Per Night
Validity Period  Seasonal Rates
11 Jan 2018 to 30 Apr 2018 8 725.00
01 May 2018 to 31 Aug 2018 7 415.00
01 Sep 2018 to 30 Nov 2018 9 690.00
01 Dec 2018 to 17 Dec 2018 7 415.00
18 Dec 2018 to 03 Jan 2019 11 150.00
04 Jan  2019 to 30 Apr 2019 10 035.00

2.1 SeeMORE Experience

Valid from    11 January 2018 - 17 December 2018 & 4 January - 30 April 2019 and subject to availability of rooms

Valid at:
Madikwe Safari Lodge - Lelapa Lodge, Kopano Lodge & Dithaba Lodge
Book three nights and receive 2 free nights in a More Quarter’s 1 Bedroom Luxury Apartment.

  • Subject to availability of rooms
  • Valid for maximum 2 rooms/ 4 guests
  • The SeeMORE package can only be booked on your contracted rates and not on any other negotiated or discounted rates, or in conjunction with other packages
  • Must specify “SeeMORE Package” on enquiry. If not requested and stipulated at time of reservation with MORE, the package will not be honoured
  • Block Out Dates:    18 Dec 2017 – 3 Jan 2018; 1 - 15 Feb 2018; 18 Dec 2018- 3 Jan 2019 ;1 – 15 February 2019
2.2 SafariMORE Experience

 Valid from    11 January 2018 - 17 december 2018 & 4 January - 30 April 2019  and subject to availability of rooms

Valid at: Madikwe Safari Lodge
Pay for five nights and get the sixth night free
Minimum 3 night stay at Madikwe Safari Lodge, and the free night will be offered at Marataba Safari Lodge or Marataba Trails Lodge (ie. Guests will stay 3 nights at Madikwe Safari Lodge & 3 nights at Marataba Safari Lodge or Marataba Trails Lodge)

  • Subject to availability of rooms
  • Valid for maximum 2 rooms/ 4 guests
  • The SafariMORE package can only be booked on your contracted rates and not on any other negotiated or discounted rates, or in conjunction with other packages 
  • Must specify “SafariMORE Package” on enquiry. If not requested and stipulated at time of reservation with MORE, the package will not be honoured

2.4 DiscoverMORE

Valid from    11 Janury 2018 - 17 December 2018 & 4 January - 30 April 2019 and subject to availability of rooms

Book a minimum of six nights at any MORE property / properties in one itinerary, and receive a further 5% off your contracted Rate.

  • Subject to availability of rooms
  • Valid for maximum 2 rooms/ 4 guests
  • The DiscoverMORE package can only be booked on your contracted rates and not on any other negotiated or discounted rates, or in conjunction with other packages
  • Must specify “DiscoverMORE Package” on enquiry and properties must be requested and booked at the same time. If not requested and stipulated at time of reservation with MORE, the package will not be honoured.

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Our three lodges, Lelapa, Dithaba and Kopano comprise of 20 suites in total and give guests a choice to stay together as a group of family and friends, or to have a more private bush experience as a couple. Our staff know exactly how to make you feel welcome, comfortable and relaxed. If you curl up on your couch at home, that is what we encourage you to do with us at Madikwe Safari Lodge.

Lelapa Lodge

Lelapa which means family in the local dialect is exactly that. It has the spirit and comfort of being at a home and is the Lodge where we allow guests of all ages to stay.

Kopano Lodge

Kopano which means “small gathering” comprises only four suites with a beautiful common area offering an intermit and private experience.

Dithaba Lodge

Dithaba, meaning mountain in the local dialect, is located slightly higher up on the mountain and has incredible views over the open plans.

We have provided an easy reference table to make sure you make the best choice of Lodge for your stay with us and if you have any further questions please contact us as the better informed you are about your stay with us the more you will get out of your safari.

The Eco House - Kids Activities

The Eco-House is only a part of the Madikwe Cubz activities on offer but is such a highlight during a kids stay that we wanted to provide a little more information about what is offered. The center is managed by our Field Ranging team so there is continuity between the activities done outdoors to what we continue with as experiential learning done inside the Eco-House. The relationship is also continued so the kids don’t need to meet a new team of the staff and have the ranger taking them on safari and doing the learning. The center is a hive of activity where we are painting, drawing, making location specific models and arts and or getting to touch & smell some of the live specimens in the center. Parents have the choice to either engage in the learning with their kids or steal a few hours for themselves knowing their kids will never even know they are not by their side. This experience is unique to Madikwe Safari Lodge and has been done in consultation with the owner parents, guest parents, managers and North West parks, who have assisted in all the required permits for the live specimens.

Safaris & Game Viewing

Madikwe’s game viewing is of a very high standard, aided by the fact that all guides are in radio contact with one another, and provides regular sightings of zebra, Impala, wildebeest, giraffe, warthog, white rhino, lion, wild dog, elephant, white rhino, brown hyena, and spotted hyena. Leopard sightings in Madikwe have always been a topic of discussion but the sightings are becoming a lot more frequent as individuals are becoming more relaxed with the presence of vehicles in the area. Along with Buffalo and Black Rhino, Leopard are now seen fairly regularly in the reserve.


We have hosted both intimate and larger safari weddings at our different private lodges, so we know what a memorable setting they can be for that special occasion. If you are considering getting married with us, please make contact so that we can start planning and tailoring the event early, as we know that each occasion is unique in its requirements. You can either come meet with us at the lodge, or we can communicate via telephone to start sculpting the perfect programme of events for your consideration. If you love being in nature and have an appreciation for the spirit of the African bush, we highly recommend a wedding at one of our private lodges.


Follow your heart to the bush. Whether it’s your first breakaway as a couple or your second honeymoon, you want it to be an unforgettable experience. Romantic, idyllic, private and secluded – Madikwe Safari Lodge is the ideal setting to celebrate the start of a new life together or to fall in love all over again. The suites are private and spacious equipped with their own private swimming pools with great views over the surrounding landscape. In Winter, May through to August, the wood burning fireplace in each suite makes for once of the most romantic turndowns, falling asleep as the soft light flickers throughout the room. Surrender to the beauty and serenity of the bushveld and enjoy being pampered and looked after by our staff, while you get to relax and truly enjoy each other’s company. Surrounded by nature and all its charms, a honeymoon at Madikwe Safari Lodge is without a doubt one of the most romantic getaways you’ll ever experience.

Recommended Route to Madikwe Safari Lodge

Note this route is recommended if you prefer to travel a shorter distance on a gravel road bearing in mind that you do not require a 4x4 vehicle.

  • Starting at Oliver Tambo International Airport. Head southwest on O R Tambo Airport Rd toward To Parking Rd;
  • O R Tambo Airport Rd turns slightly left and becomes Short Term Parking Rd; Turn right toward Exit 46, take exit 46 on the right to merge onto R24 toward Johannesburg; take the exit onto N12/R24; take exit 113 for N3 S/N12 toward M2/Kimberley/Germiston/Durban; keep right at the fork, follow signs for N3 N/N1/Pretoria; continue onto N1 Western Bypass heading South West, direction Krugersdorp. Turn left onto the N14 highway, following the Krugersdorp signposts; travel in a south-westerly direction;
  • At the four-way stop, turn right onto the N14 towards Ventersdorp; at the T-junction, turn right towards Ventersdorp/Hekpoort; the road then splits again – take the left fork towards Ventersdorp;
  • Follow this road until you get to a four-way junction; here you will turn right towards Rustenburg;
  • Pass through the town of Magaliesberg and take the left fork in the road – the R509 to Boons and Derby
  • (approximately 53 km/27 miles);
  • Proceed through Derby towards Koster for approximately 17 km / 11 miles;
  • In Koster, turn right towards Swartruggens (R509) for 34 km / 21 miles;
  • Turn left at the stop street onto the N4 to Swartruggens, Groot Groot Marico and Zeerust (In Zeerust, be sure to refuel as there is no fuel available in the Reserve);
  • Turn right at President Street onto the R47/R49 to Gaborone;
  • It is ± 90 km / 56 miles to the Abjaterskop Gate, where you will enter Madikwe Game Reserve
  • Here you will be welcomed by the friendly gate staff, who will confirm your reservation and direct you to the correct camp at Madikwe Safari lodge;
  • Now, you will travel on a gravel road (travelling time is approximately 45 minutes) towards Derdepoort for approximately 11 km / 7 miles; at the T-junction, turn left;
  • On your way, you will pass a signboard to Derdepoort Gate after 2 km / 1.2 miles, and again 1.1 km / 0.68 miles later – just follow the directions to the Derdepoort Gate;
  • After approximately 5 km / 3.1 miles, you will drive through the “Ambush Alley” mountain pass; here you will see a sign warning drivers to be mindful of klipspringers in the area;
  • Continue on the same road and after 5 km / 3.1 miles, there is a crossroad where you will still continue straight;
  • Continue until you see the sign for Madikwe Safari Lodge (with the relevant Lodge name), where you turn right, off the main road and continue to the Lodge.
  • WELCOME, well done and ahead lies a great few days on safari so time to relax and we will take care of everything from here on in!

Please Note

  • It is safe to drive so don’t worry about driving through the rural areas as the locals sense of community and the importance your security is very highly regarded;
  • Please advise us of your estimated time of arrival and note Winter (May to September) game drives leave at 15h30 & Summer at 16h30 so try make it to us before then.
  • Please drive carefully and be aware of village pedestrians, their children and domestic animals;
  • There are always a number of speed traps with traffic police along the way, so please be sure to follow the speed restrictions;
  • The elephants at Madikwe Game Reserve must be treated with respect, so please keep a safe distance and don’t get out of the vehicle for any reason as one is never aware of who may be watching!;
  • Madikwe Reserve entrance fees are payable per person directly at the Lodge and will be added to your extra’s bill.
  • Please take note that the gate opens at 06h00 and closes at 21h00. Please advise the Lodge if you will be arriving outside of these times so that the relevant arrangements can be made.

Rates Include

  • Luxury accommodation in a suite with private plunge pool; All meals; Teas/Coffees;
    Mini bar in room; Inclusive drinks (all soft drinks and selection of local beers, spirits & house wines); Two game drives daily with FGASA qualified ranger; Game drive refreshments & snacks; Transfers to and from the Eastern Madikwe airstrip; Specified inclusive safari activities;  Wi-Fi
  • Inclusive of 17% VAT (subject  to giverment change)

Rates Exclude

Laundry; Premium brand beers, spirits, cellar wines & champagnes; Cigars & cigarettes; All flights and transfers not specified; Gratuities; Telephone calls; Curio shop purchases; Spa treatments); Madikwe Game Reserve Landing fees (subject to change);Madikwe Game Reserve entrance/ conservation fees; Any additional extras will be for the guests account

  • Park fees - R210 per adult per STAY | R105 per child per STAY
  • Landing fees - R280 per adult | R140 per child (provisional, subject to change)
  • Guest Conservation Contribution: R210 per adult per DAY | R75 per child per DAY 
 Specialist Activities Included:

Game drives; Bush walks; Astronomy; Wildlife lectures; Bush breakfasts, picnic lunches & bush dinners; Children’s activities

Specialist Activities Excluded:

Cultural village experience; Private Land Rover; Any additional external services

Single Room Policy

  • An allocation of rooms/suites is kept for single travellers where a supplement will not apply. These rooms/suites are subject to availability.
  • A supplement of 50% of the adult rate will be applied if the single rooms/suites are not available.
  • Single supplements will not be wavered when a booking involves one of the MORE Experiences.

Triple Rooms & Interconnecting Rooms

  • 3rd person sharing will be restricted to children under the age of 16.
  • 1 room at Lelapa  have a sleeper couch which are suitable for triple rooms and booking of these rooms is subject to availability
  • The rate for the third person in a triple room is 50% of the per person sharing rate (maximum 3 pax)
  • Four family suites where the second bedroom has two single beds for children only (under 16 years of age). There is an additional sleeper couch in the family suites for a 3rd child.
Dithaba Lodge
  • has sleeper couches only to be used for children if the lodge is booked exclusively
Kopano Lodge
  • There are no triple or interconnecting rooms available at Kopano Lodge

Child Policy

Lelapa Lodge

Children of all ages are welcome. For safety reasons, children aged 5 years and younger cannot participate on game drives and gaming activities.

A family drive is offered for younger children, after breakfast.

  • Children aged 0 - 5 years stay free of charge
  • Children aged 6 -15 years pay 50% of the adult sharing rate
  • Children aged 16 years and older pay the full adult rate
  • If two children under 16 are in a room on their own, the first child pays full adult sharing rate

Dithaba Lodge

Children are only accepted if the lodge is booked exclusively. If the lodge is booked exclusively  

Kopano Lodge

  • We regret that we are unable to accommodate children under the age of 16 years.
  • Children aged 16 years and older will be accommodated in their own room and will pay the adult rate.
Private Land Rover

R8,530.00 per day
Rates are quoted per vehicle “per night booked”
Minimum 2 day booking and subject to availability.

Cancellation Policy

  • 31 - 60 days prior to arrival 25% cancellation fee on the value of the booking
  • 0 - 30 days prior to arrival 100% cancellation fee on the value of the booking

Deposit Policy

  • Upon confirmation 50% deposit is due to secure the reservation, of which 10% is non-refundable
  • 30 days prior to arrival Full prepayment
More provides a transfer service between Marataba South Africa, Madikwe Safari Lodge and Sun City
-This transfer is offered in a luxury air-conditioned vehicle
-The transfer takes approximately 2 hours
-The rate for this transfer is:
  • 1-3 guests is ZAR 4 360 per vehicle (One Way) (2018) ZAR4 700
  • 4-8 guests is ZAR 4 360 per vehicle (One Way) (2018) ZAR6 200