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Madikwe Game Reserve is currently the country’s fourth largest game reserve, created from 75,000 ha of farmland, which had been extensively degraded by overgrazing. It is situated in the North West Province and is bordered by Botswana to the North, the spectacular Dwarsberg Mountains to the South and the Marico River to the East. The reserve comprises a diverse range of habitats from acacia savannah to riverine.

TAU GAME LODGE is part of a unique wildlife project. In 1992, Madikwe Game Reserve was chosen as the site of Operation Phoenix, the biggest ever government-sponsored game relocation programme in Africa. It involved re-stocking and conserving flora and wildlife, which had long disappeared from the region. Ten thousand animals of 27 major species have been re-introduced to the reserve over a six-year period, with animals coming from various reserves and breeding centres. Northwest Parks has adhered to a strict policy of re- introducing only those species, which originally occurred in the area.

The name Phoenix is appropriate as, like the mythical bird that burnt itself to a crisp on the pyre and then rose from the ashes to live again with new vigour, nature has regained a stronghold on the land. The programme has been hugely successful with game viewing now at its prime. Madikwe Game Reserve boasts year-round game viewing and is one of the few reserves where one can view a wide variety of fauna. Breeding herds of Elephant, White and Black Rhino, Lion, Cheetah, Spotted and Brown Hyena, Buffalo, Leopard, Zebra and the endangered Wild Dog.

Various Antelope species include Impala, Springbok, Kudu, Waterbuck, Eland, Blesbok, Nyala and Sable. Wildebeest, Giraffe, Ostrich and Warthog, together with an array of small mammals, are amongst the magnificent animals that roam in the reserve. Madikwe is also home to a bird population of over 250 different species.

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Rates inclusive of 15% V.A.T. • South African Rands • Subject to Availability
Details
1 Apr 2018 to
30 Apr 2018
Standard Chalet -  Per Person Per Night Sharing R4 065
Standard Chalet -Single surcharge of 20% applies when more than 2 single  rooms are booked in one party/group in high season R 810 
Deluxe Chalet - Per Room Per Night R12 190
Family Unit - Per Room Per Night R16 250
Family Suite - Per Room Per Night R20 315
Details
1 May 2018 to
30 Sept 2018
Standard Chaler  - Per Person Per Night Sharing R3 030
Standard Chalet -Single surcharge of 20% applies during low season on all rooms booked. R 605 
Deluxe Chalet - Per Room Per Night R9 090
Family Unit - Per Room Per Night R12 120
Family Suite - Per Room Per Night R15 150
Details
1 Oct 2018 to
31 Oct 2018
Standard Chaler -  Per Person Per Night Sharing R4 065
Standard Chalet -Single surcharge of 20% applies when more than 2 single  rooms are booked in one party/group in high season  R810
Deluxe Chalet - Per Room Per Night R12 190
Family Unit - Per Room Per Night R16 250
Family Suite - Per Room Per Night R20 315
Details
1 Nov 2018 to
30 Apr 2019
Standard Chalet -  Per Person Per Night Sharing R4 430
Standard Chalet -Single surcharge of 20% applies when more than 2 single  rooms are booked in one party/group in high season R885
Deluxe Chalet - Per Room Per Night R13 290
Family Unit - Per Room Per Night R17 720
Family Suite - Per Room Per Night R22 150
Details
1 May 2019 to
30 Sept 2019
Standard Chaler  - Per Person Per Night Sharing R3 300
Standard Chalet -Single surcharge of 20% applies during low season on all rooms booked.  R665
Deluxe Chalet - Per Room Per Night R9 905
Family Unit - Per Room Per Night R12 010
Family Suite - Per Room Per Night R16 510
Details
1 Oct 2019 to
31 Oct 2019
Standard Chaler -  Per Person Per Night Sharing R4 430
Standard Chalet -Single surcharge of 20% applies when more than 2 single  rooms are booked in one party/group in high season  R885
Deluxe Chalet - Per Room Per Night R13 290
Family Unit - Per Room Per Night R17 720
Family Suite - Per Room Per Night R22 150

Thirty luxury chalets are spread out in U-formation on either side of the lodge, offering excellent views of animals approaching the waterhole from the opposite bank. The lodge has a 5 star rating and chalets are equipped with both air-conditioning and ceiling fans, mini-bars, tea and coffee facilities.

Each chalet has its own wooden deck, which allows one to experience the bush in privacy and is equipped with an en-suite bathroom and open-air shower. All the Standard chalets are suitable for two adults and can be shared with one infant (below the age of 2). The more spacious Deluxe chalets with comfortable seating areas, can accommodate parents and children wishing to share the same room. The sliding doors allow for spectacular views of the breathtaking beautiful tranquillity of the rugged surroundings of the diverse bushveld.

The Family suite and Family unit are both consisting of two bed rooms and are semi inter-leading and share a comfortable lounge.

  Room type Room Description No. of guests wich
can be accommodated in
each room type
Special Rate
Infromation
no. of
rooms
Family Unit Rooms 29 & 30 -
1 unit made up of
2 adjacent chalets
joined by an
interleading
lounge.
Suitable for 2 adults
and 2 children or 4
adults. (1 room has a
double bed and 1
room has twin beds)
Minimum
charge =
equivalent of 4
x applicable
adult sharing
rate.
1 Unit
Family Suite Rooms 1 & 2 - 1
unit made up of 2
adjacent chalets
joined by an
interleading
lounge.
(ENLARGED
Family Unit)
Suitable for 2 adults
sharing in a double
room and 2 children
sharing in a twin
room. Due to the
additional space now
available in this
enlarged suite, it is
possible to add extra
beds / sleeper
couch(es) to
accommodate a larger
family.Max 6 guests –
2 adults and 4
children all under
12yrs
Minimum
charge =
equivalent of 5
x applicable
adult sharing
rate.
1 Suite
Deluxe Chalet Water-facing
chalet with a
bedroom double
the size of the
standard chalet
bedroom.
2 adults and 2
children under 12
years of age or 3
adults sharing
Minimum
charge =
equivalent of 3
x applicable
adult sharing
rate.
6
Standard
Chalet
Water-facing
chalet. (1 of these
rooms is adapted
for a guest in a
wheelchair)
2 adults and 1 infant
under 2 years
No charge for
2 yr old or
under
20
Tour leader
rooms
1 rondawel
(traditional african
building) made up
of 2 adjacent
rooms with own
entrances.
2 adults per tour
leader room - twin or
double
  2

 

Mid April LAST MINUTE SPECIAL
For accommodation booked for guests travelling between 8 April 2018 - 26 April 2018
 

Special Rate per person sharing R3 510
Rate per Standard Chalet R7 020
Rate per Deluxe Chalet R10 530
Rate per Family Unit R14 040


Please note that this rate is valid for bookings for guests staying between
  • 8 April and 26 April 2018 only, for overnight stays from 27 April onwards
Please note that the above rates include all meals and safaris.

Excluded are:
  • Any drinks, curios, telephone, spa treatments.
  • Bed levies
  • Rhino Conservation levies
  • Park Entrance Fees
Please don't hesitate to contact me should you have any questions inconnection with the above.




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Check-in/out time
Check in time is 14h00. Check out time is 10h00.

Health
TAU GAME LODGE is in a malaria free area so no prophylactics are required. The lodge has qualified first-aid staff members. In the case of medical emergency Paramedic Medical Emergency
Service are available.

Children’s Policy

Families with children are welcome at TAU GAME LODGE. Children under the age of 2 years sharing with parents stay free. Children under the age of 6 years are not allowed to join the adults on the standard game drives, unless the party with the children have booked a private vehicle (At an additional charge).
A shorter kiddies safari of approximately an hour can alternatively be arranged and a children’s program is in place for their entertainment . Please discuss further policies relating to children directly with Tau Lodge Management.

Babysitting

An hourly fee will be charged.

Curio shop

The Curio shop carries items created by skilled craftsmen, traditional ornaments or handcrafted jewellery as well as useful safari gear.

Laundry
A laundry service is available at a nominal cost.

Room Amenities
Hairdryers, mosquito nets, Hostess tea/coffee trays, bar fridge and mini-safe. Air-conditioning and overhead fans.

Tipping and Gratuities
Tipping of Rangers, Mochundas and lodge staff is at the guests own discretion. A suggested amount can be advised by lodge management.

What to take
Comfortable light clothing – neutral colours recommended, walking shoes, sun hats, sunglasses, sun block, insect repellent and bathing suits. A good bird book, binoculars and camera could come in handy. During winter, please pack warm jackets, gloves and beanies for the game drives.

Levies
North West Parks Board charges an entrance levy per person (subject to change), which we will collect on check-out on their behalf. A Government Bed levy is charged per person per night and is due for payment on check-out. A compulsory Rhino conservation Levy) is applicable to assist the Reserve in its anti-
poaching efforts.

LUXURY GAME VIEWING LOUNGE
The African inspired game viewing lounge area situated at close proximity to the infinity pool allows for guests to meet for morning and afternoon drinks prior to game drive departure. The cosy bar area serves both the swimming pool and the game viewing lounge from where guests can enjoy a daily parade of amazing wildlife passing through from the big 5 to the smaller antelope and bird population.

THE CONVENTION CENTRE
The state-of the art convention centre, which is situated at walking distance from the lodge can seat up to 150 delegates.

High quality equipment has been installed in the 3 sub-halls and all systems have been integrated and configured to maximise performance. The centre offers specialist equipment designed with simple plug in and play options for all presentation needs.
Each of the 3 breakaway rooms are 5.5m x 4m in size and are able to accommodate 10 delegates comfortably.

Our luxury South African safari lodge was designed to reflect the natural surroundings and makes use of the natural resources wherever possible. Privately-owned Tau Game Lodge was built in 1995 and overlooks a vast natural waterhole, which attracts a variety of game, as does the diverse vegetation which thrives in the fertile topsoil.

The main body of the Lodge is two-leveled and has a comfortable lounge, a conference room, bar and dining room which are semi open-air and overlook the waterhole. Delicious buffet breakfasts and lunches are generally served in the main building or on the verandah next to the plunge pool and dinner is served in one of the cosy boma's under the stars, or in the lapa next to the main lodge.

Madikwe Game Reserve is one of the few reserves where one can come for a truly South African safari holiday and view an unusual wide variety of South African wildlife.

Come and see the magnificent animals that have settled in our South African game reserve, such as:

  • breeding herds of elephants
  • white and black rhino's
  • lions
  • cheetahs
  • spotted & brown hyena's
  • buffalo
  • leopards
  • zebra
  • endangered wild dogs
  • giraffes
  • ostriches
  • warthogs

 Various antelope species roam Madikwe Game reserve, namely: 

  • Impala
  • Springbok
  • Kudu
  • Waterbuck
  • Wildebeest
  • Eland
  • Blesbok
  • Nyala
  • Sable

Madikwe is also home to a bird population of over 250 different species. A spectacular diversity of South African wildlife is conserved at Madikwe Game Reserve and you can enjoy the South African wildlife and the tranquility of nature right on your doorstep while on your South African safari holiday at Tau Game Lodge.

Relax, revitalise and rejuvenate your body, mind and soul in the uniquely African surroundings of the Tau Spa Oasis...

On entering the Spa you are transported into another world – a calm sanctuary that reflects the soul of Africa with its natural surroundings enhancing your experience. Indulge your senses in a unique fusion of different therapies designed to replenish and soothe body, mind and soul. The spa body treatments are specifically designed to detoxify the body, revitalise the skin and calm the mind.

FACILITIES

The main hall of the conference venue (270m² in total) is made up of three sub-halls (11m x7.6 m each), each of which can operate independently or together via a touch-screen control system. High quality, strategically placed equipment has been installed in the 3 sub-halls and all systems have been integrated and configured to maximize performance and enhance aesthetic qualities.

  • Wall-mounted presentation speakers
  • Motorised 2.5m x 1.m screens working in sequence with the audio system
  • WiFi Connection
  • High-resolution projectors

The system has been designed to maximise ease of use and functionality, with simple plug-in and play options for all presentation needs. Custom designed floor panels have been installed into all 3 sub-halls with connections for computers and other electronic equipment. A conference one delegate microphone system is available.

INCENTIVE OPTIONS AT AN ADDITIONAL COST

  • Potjiekos competition
  • The Tau Tree Conservation Fund (planting of Indigenous trees)
  • Cultural visits to local community - Day trips into the local village and participation  in  the  Tau  Foundation  community project on request.
  • Traditional Tswana Singers (Ditshepe tse di Tshetlhana)
  • Welcome gifts – can be provided on request at an extra cost.
  • Soccer game -  local community
  • Interactive Drumming
  • Traditional African Theme Dinner Evening
  • Symphony of Sounds – Elephants in Main stream
  • Amazing Race – Elephants in Main stream
  • Various entertainment options

STANDARD EQUIPMENT INCLUDES

  • DVD / CD / Data projector

THE CONVENTION CENTRE HAS ITS OWN FACILITIES AND IS EQUIPPED WITH

  • Kitchen
  • Bar
  • Lapa
  • Standard and wheelchair-friendly toilets. These are all easily accessible in the main building of the convention centre as well as alongside the breakaway rooms.
  • Each of the 3 breakaway rooms are 5.5m x 4m in size and are able to accommodate 10 delegates comfortably.

ADDITIONAL SUPPLIES

  • Basic stationery, notepads and pens
  • Tea, coffee, fruit juice, filtered water and peppermints

SPECIAL ACTIVITIES

  • Soft team building activities including Treasure Hunts and Boma Dinners
  • Game Drives twice daily
  • Bush Walks on request
  • Swimming Pool
  • Spa treatments at the Oasis
  • Bush Dinners and Sundowners
  • Library area
  • Flat screen TV to monitor sports events in the elegant Big 5 Lounge

On the far northern border of South Africa lies a beautiful area known as the Great Marico and it is in this spectacular setting, in the malaria free Madikwe Game Reserve, that Tau Game Lodge South Africa is situated. The jumbled hillocks of Tshwene-Tshwene and the dramatic ridge of the Dwarsberg Mountains expose rocks of up to 2630 million years old and artifacts of the Stone and Iron Ages are still found in the Great Marico dust.

Privately owned Tau Game Lodge South Africa was built in 1995 and overlooks a vast natural waterhole, which attracts a variety of game, as does the diverse vegetation that thrives in the fertile topsoil. Situated at an easy 4 hours driving distance from Johannesburg or 50 minutes daily scheduled flight from Johannesburg International airport, Tau "The Place of the Lion" can host and accommodate up to 60 people.

Tau Game Lodge is 360 km from Johannesburg, an easy 4 hour drive on National roads (see map) The Parksboard charges a conservation levy on entering the park.

Directions for driving from Johannesburg and surrounds:

  • Travel to Fourways shopping centre via Rivonia or N1 South. Take direction to Hartbeespoort Dam. Keep on going straight and then turn left onto the N14 highway in the Krugerdorp direction.
  • Travel Southwest for a while.
  • At the four-way stop, turn right onto the N14 towards Ventersdorp.
  • At the T-junction turn right into the direction of Ventersdorp / Hekpoort.
  • The road then splits again, take the left fork in the Ventersdorp direction.
  • Follow this direction for some time until you arrive at a four way junction. Turn right in the Rustenburg direction.
  • Pass the town Magaliesburg and take the left fork in the road, the R509 to Boons and Derby (+53km)
  • Proceed through Derby, towards Koster (+17km)
  • In Koster, turn right towards Swartruggens (R509 for 34km). (This is a toll road)
  • Turn left at the stop street onto the N4 to Swartruggens, Groot Marico and Zeerust. In zeerust, turn right at President street onto the R47/R49 to Gaborone. Travel to the Kopfontein Border Post, bypassing 2 gates to Madikwe Game Reserve. Turn right onto the sand road (Direction Derdepoort) just before the border post and follow the road for approximately 10km to Tau Lodge Gate.
  • Tau Game Lodge is a two hour drive from Sun City and 28km from Gaborone Arport in Botswana.
How to get there
  •  Daily scheduled fl ights from Johannesburg O.R. Tambo to Madikwe are departing daily. Flights can be booked and confi rmed on line by the TAU GAME LODGE reservations team.
  •  Scheduled fl ights from Johannesburg International to Gaborone International (transfer back into South Africa takes approximately 45 minutes and can be done at an extra cost by a Botswana Operator)
  •  Fly-in safari packages are available on request.
  •  Private charters available on request
  •  380 km by car from Johannesburg is an easy 4 hours drive on national roads.
  •  Road transfers from Johannesburg and Pretoria to Madikwe or from Madikwe to Suncity are available on request. 

Check-in/out time Check in time is 14h00. Check out time is 10h00.

The above rates are inclusive of:
  • Accommodation
  • Three meals per night booked
  • 2 Game drives per day in open Land Rovers guided by experienced Rangers, includes sundowner drink
  • If scheduled flights are booked through Tau – then Airstrip Transfers are included
The above rates are exclusive of:
  • Conservation Levy of R180.00 p.p
  • Government / Bed Levy R 10.00 p.p. per night (Above rates subject to change)
  • The Rhino Conservation levy payments will be utilised for anti-poaching and general conservation initiatives and will be charged at R 150.00 per Adult per night and R 75.00 per child (2-12) this fee is VAT inclusive
  • Transfers to and from the lodge
  • Telephone/Internet Use, Curio and Bar purchases, Spa Facilities, Gratuities and Laundry
  • Convention Centre Venue Hire – R 3 750.00 (2018)  R3800 (2019)
  • The Rhino Conservation levy payments will be utilised for anti-poaching and general conservation initiatives and will be charged at R 210.00 per Adult per night and R 75.00 per child (2-12yrs) this fee is VAT inclusive.
Payment and Cancellation Policy
Payment Policy
3.9 FIT Reservations require a 25% non-refundable deposit to confirm a booking 14 days after the booking is made and full and final payment no later than 30 days prior to arrival.
3.10 Any reservations made inside of 30-days prior to arrival, will be held on confirmed status only, and require full payment within 7 days or less from booking depending on arrival date.

Cancellation Policy

3.7 The cancellation of a provisional FIT reservation will incur no cancellation fees.
3.8 Tau Game Lodge reserves the right to charge the following cancellation fees on cancellation of a confirmed reservation:
Date of confirmation to 61 days prior to arrival - 25% of total reservation value (no refund of deposit)
  • 60-days to 31 days prior to arrival - 50% of total reservation value
  • 30-days to date of arrival -100% = total reservation value
Child Policy - Tau Game Lodge
1. Room sharing and Child Policy
  • The standard chalets are suitable for 2 adults only and 3 adults per room are not accepted.
  • 2 Adults and 1 infant / child aged 2 years or under per chalet is accepted
  • 2 Adults and 2 children (under 12 years) per room are not accepted in standard chalets.
  • 2 children per standard chalet is accepted
  • 3 or 4 children per chalet are not accepted in standard chalets. They are accepted in 2-bedroomed family unit / suite and in deluxe chalets( under 12years)
  • 2 adults and 2 children (under 12 years) are accepted only in a deluxe chalet or family unit/suite.
  • 2 adults and 1 child and 1 infant per chalet are accepted only in a deluxe chalet or family unit/suite.
1.1 Pricing Structure for Children (applies to Standard Chalets unless otherwise stated)
  • Infants 0 – 2 years
  • Stay free of charge in a cot – not allowed on safaris (standard chalet)
  • Child 6 – 11 years, sharing with 1 adult
  • Pay 50% of the adult rate (standard chalet) (With exception of the peak holidays, Easter, Christmas & New Year period: then charged as adults)
  • 2 Children 6 –11 years, occupying their own standard chalet
  • Oldest Child pays adult sharing rate, other child pays 50% of the adult Rate. (With exception of the peak holidays, Easter, Christmas & New Year period: then charged as adults)
  • 2 Children under the age of 12, occupying 1 room of the family unit
  • Both Children pay adult sharing rate.
  • 2 Children under the age of 12, sharing a deluxe chalet with 2 adults
  • Both children pay 50% each of the adult rates.
  • If this room is requested and only 1 child shares with 2 adults, that child pays the full adult sharing rate, as the room rate for these units is the equivalent of 3 adults sharing.
  • 1 Child 6 – 11 years, occupying his/her own chalet/family unit room
  • Pays the full adult rate.
  • Children 12 years and over
  • Pay the full adult rate.
  • The Family Suite is sold at a “SUITE RATE” for up to 5 guests in total, it could take up to Maximum 6 people (I.e family of 2 adults and 4 children under 12 years)
1.2 General Information Relating to Children
  • Children 6 to 11 years of age are accommodated on standard game drives, subject to the discretion of Lodge Management.
  • Child minders are available in the evenings as well as during the game drives, at a nominal charge. Child minders are booked on arrival at the lodge and fees are payable at the lodge on departure.
  • Short Kiddies Safaris are provided for the smaller children (3-5 yrs).
  • Rates include special child activity package.
  • Early dinners for children can be arranged with the lodge caterer.
PARK & CONSERVATION FEES
  • 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 (under 12 years) per DAY