Tau Game Lodge
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Tau is a South African luxury safari lodge situated on the far northern border of South Africa, in malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve, the 4th largest game reserve in the country. 27 major species of game roam this South African nature reserve, making Tau Game Lodge the ideal place for a safari holiday, offering Big 5 game safaris and bird-watching safaris. Privately owned Tau Game Lodge, situated in the North West Province, can accommodate up to 60 people and offers an ideal South African conference venue as well as an idyllic wedding venue overlooking a natural waterhole. Enjoy an authentic African safari vacation in the midst of natural wildlife, complete with great game viewing and luxury private facilities, at our luxury safari lodge.

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Rates inclusive of 14% V.A.T. • South African Rands • Subject to Availability
Details
1 Nov 2017 to
30 Apr 2018
Standard Chalet -  Per Person Per Night Sharing 4 030.00
Standard Chalet -Single surcharge of 20% applies when more than 2 single  rooms are booked in one party/group in high season 805.00 
Deluxe Chalet - Per Room Per Night 12 090.00
Family Unit - Per Room Per Night 16 115.00
Family Suite - Per Room Per Night 20 145.00
Details
1 May 2018 to
30 Sept 2018
Standard Chaler  - Per Person Per Night Sharing 3 005.00
Standard Chalet -Single surcharge of 20% applies during low season on all rooms booked. 600.00 
Deluxe Chalet - Per Room Per Night 9 010.00
Family Unit - Per Room Per Night 12 015.00
Family Suite - Per Room Per Night 15 020.00
Details
1 Oct 2018 to
31 Oct 2018
Standard Chaler -  Per Person Per Night Sharing 4 030.00
Standard Chalet -Single surcharge of 20% applies when more than 2 single  rooms are booked in one party/group in high season  805.00 
Deluxe Chalet - Per Room Per Night 12 090.00
Family Unit - Per Room Per Night 16 115.00
Family Suite - Per Room Per Night 20 145.00
Details
1 Nov 2018 to
30 Apr 2019
Standard Chalet -  Per Person Per Night Sharing 4 430.00
Standard Chalet -Single surcharge of 20% applies when more than 2 single  rooms are booked in one party/group in high season 885.00 
Deluxe Chalet - Per Room Per Night 13 290.00
Family Unit - Per Room Per Night 17 720.00
Family Suite - Per Room Per Night 22 150.00
Details
1 May 2019 to
30 Sept 2019
Standard Chaler  - Per Person Per Night Sharing 3 300.00
Standard Chalet -Single surcharge of 20% applies during low season on all rooms booked.  660.00
Deluxe Chalet - Per Room Per Night 9 905.00
Family Unit - Per Room Per Night 12 015.00
Family Suite - Per Room Per Night 16 510.00
Details
1 Oct 2019 to
31 Oct 2018
Standard Chaler -  Per Person Per Night Sharing 4 430.00
Standard Chalet -Single surcharge of 20% applies when more than 2 single  rooms are booked in one party/group in high season  885.00 
Deluxe Chalet - Per Room Per Night 13 290.00
Family Unit - Per Room Per Night 17 720.00
Family Suite - Per Room Per Night 22 150.00
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   (subjective to change)
  • Government / Bed Levy   per night (Subject to change). 
  • Transfers to and from the lodge
  • Telephone/Internet Use, Curio and Bar purchases, Spa Facilities, Gratuities and Laundry
  • Convention Centre Venue Hire – R 3 800.00
  • 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 issues 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
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.

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. 

The décor and furnishings of Tau Game Lodge are Africa-inspired and the rooms are equipped with both air-conditioning and ceiling fans. Thirty rustic thatched chalets are spread out in U-formation on either side of the lodge, offering excellent views of animals approaching the water from the opposite bank.

Each chalet has its own wooden game viewing deck, which allows one to experience the bush in privacy and is equipped with an en-suite bathroom and open-air shower. Each of the two corner units, on either side of (and furthest away from) the lodge, have been linked with the next-door unit by a communal outdoor lounge. These chalets can be utilised for two couples traveling together or for parents with small children sharing the room.

Enjoy the South African wildlife and the tranquility of nature right on your doorstep while staying in our comfortable and luxury accommodation.

  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