The Bush House
5 Star Game Lodge in Madikwe Game Reserve
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Madikwe Entry Fees

Once-off payment
Paid directly by clients
Park fees
  - R180 per Adults per STAY
  - R105 Child per  STAY
Guest Conservation Contribution
  - R150 per Adults per DAY
  - R75 per Child (under 12 years) per DAY
SUBJECT to change without notice
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Once-off payment
Paid directly by clients
Flight landing fee
  - R240 per Adult
  - R150 per Child (under 12 years)
SUBJECT to change without notice

Best time to visit

The best time to visit malaria free Madikwe Game Reserve is during March and November, when temperatures are lower.


The Bush House is a private lodge in Madikwe Game Reserve. The lodge is an old farmhouse that has been transformed into an inviting and relaxing residence that encourages guests to kick off their shoes and unwind. Guests are welcomed as if to someone’s home. The house overlooks a beautiful waterhole that attracts fantastic game. The Bush House is your home in Big 5 country. Our informal style, intimate atmosphere and caring staff make you feel welcome, relaxed and part of our family. Game drives are conducted through out the year at optimum viewing times when game activity is generally at its peak, early morning and late afternoon into the evening.

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Rates inclusive of 15% VAT • South African Rand • Subject to availability
All tariffs quoted are subject to change, without prior notice, however rates quoted for confirmed bookings will be honoured
Details 1 May 2018
to 31 Aug 2018
1 Sep 2018
to 31 Dec 2018
Single Per Night R5 280 R5 905
Per Person Per Night Sharing R4 035 R4 515
Children 3 - 5 yrs sharing R805 R805
Children 6 - 11 yrs sharing R2 015 R2 255
Children 12 yrs & Older R4 035 R4 515
Details 1 Jan 2019
to 30 Apr 2019
1 May 2019
to 31 Aug 2019
Single Per Night R6 385 R5 960
Per Person Per Night Sharing R4 870 R4 555
Children 0 - 5 yrs sharing R850 R850
Children 6 - 11 yrs sharing R2 435 R2 275
Children 12 yrs & Older sharing R4 870 R4 555
Details 1 Sep 2019
to 31 Dec 2019
Single Per Night R6 385
Per Person Per Night Sharing R4 870
Children 3 - 5 yrs sharing R805
Children 6 - 11 yrs sharing R2 435
Children 12 yrs & Older sharing R4 870

We have six en suite rooms, each tastefully furnished with percale, aircon/heaters, 200v electricity, separate shower and bath, and private verandahs. The Bush House is more than a lodge- it’s your home in Big Five Country.Our intimate atmosphere, friendly staff and attentive care of our guests make You feel welcome, relaxed and part of our family.

Enjoy relaxing in the large shady garden overlooking the best waterhole in Madikwe.Lounge at the pool while our staff take care of your every need. Enjoy two game drives daily- take a look at “on Safari” for a more detailed account.

Morning and afternoon/evening game-drives in open game-viewing vehicles, bush sundowners and drink stops on the Reserve, visits to hides. Regrettably, due to safety concerns, children under 6 years of age are unable to participate in game-drives (shorter kiddies game drives can be arrange after breakfast).

Game-rich country with Big Five (black & white rhino, elephant, lion, buffalo and leopard) cheetah, wild dog, kudu, springbok, eland, red hartebeest, giraffe and impala, A paradise for bird watchers. “Your home in big 5 country”

Travelling by road to Madikwe

Travelling time approximately 3.5 hrs 

  • From the airport (OR Tambo) take R21 to Pretoria)
  • From Johannesburg head north on N1 towards the N4 Toll Road.
  • Take the N4 Toll road north west towards Rustenburg, Swartruggens, Groot Marico and Zeerust. The toll fee is over R70.00 one way.
  • Once in Zeerust turn right at the fourth stop street into President Street. There is a signpost on the left that says “ Madikwe Game Reserve/Gaborone” and an ABSA bank on the corner to the left.
  • Follow the R47/R49 towards the reserve for approximately 95km.
  • The first entrance to the reserve is Abjaterskop gate.
  • Pass that gate and enter at the next gate – Wonderboom Gate exactly 7km from the first gate.
  • Once you have gone through the boom there is a Bush House signboard about 300m along the gravel road. Turn left in here and travel through our gate entrance. Follow the road to reception.

Travelling Tips 

  • Keep to the speed limit, especially when it drops down from 120kms to 80kms. The traffic officials are often at these spots including the small villages where the speed limit is 60kms as there is a lot of trapping along the R47/R49.
  • Best bathroom facilities enroute are at the Wimpy in Koster or the Wimpy in Zeerust.
  • If you drive an unleaded vehicle, fill up in Zeerust as you will have another 200kms before you return that way and the petrol stations between Zeerust and Madikwe are often out of unleaded fuel.

Charter Flights and Scheduled Flights

There is a scheduled Federal Air flight that flies in and out of the Reserve daily. Should you wish to charter a plane to suit your own time frame this can be arranged through Madikwe Charters.


Tariffs are quoted:

  • Inclusive of 15% V.A.T
  • In South African Rands
  • Subject to availability

Tariff Changes:

  • All tariffs quoted are subject to change, without prior notice, however fully paid bookings will be honoured.

Rates Include

  • Accommodation, all meals, coffee and teas,
  • Welcome drinks on arrival and on return from game drives
  • Road transfer from the Madikwe Airstrip to the Lodge
  • Two game drives daily
  • Unlimited Internet

Rates Exclude

  • Curio shop purchases
  • Beverage unless otherwise indicated
  • Telephone calls
  • Lodge transfers
  • Airport Tax
  • Tourism Levy
  • Landing Fee at airstrip
  • Laundry services unless otherwise indicated
  • Specialised coffees
  • Gate entry fees
  • Babysitting
  • Road transfer from the Eastern airstrip

Child Policy

  • Children of all ages are welcome at most of our lodges (please enquire)
  • Babysitters available at an extra cost and with prior notice.
  • Children under six years of age sharing with parents pay R850
  • Children under 6 years old are not permitted on game drives
  • Children’s programs available at Tuningi and Thakadu

Payment Policy

  • Deposit of 50% of the total accommodation charge is required on confirmation.
  • Balance is due 30 days prior to arrival


Arrival / Departure

  • Guest may arrive from 13:00 and rooms are to be vacated by 11:00 
  • Early arrivals and late departures can be arranged with prior notice.

What to Take

  • Comfortable walking shoes 
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses 
  • Sun block 
  • Cameras and binoculars 
  • Light, neutral coloured clothing 
  • Swimming costume 
  • Warm jackets are essential in winter (May -October)

Gate Entrance Fees

Gates opent @ 06h00 & closes @ 21h00. Entrance fee into the Madikwe Reserve by Road, please settle in camp.

Cancellation Policy

  • The scale of charges expressed as a percentage of the total booking value.
  • If a booking is cancelled after confirmation the following cancellation fees will apply
  • Four weeks before arrival - 50% of full amount
  • Two weeks before arrival - 100% of full amount

Flight & Road Transfers:

  • There are daily flights into the Reserve with Federal Air.
  • These depart from ORTambo Johannesburg and can be arranged on request.
  • Road transfers can be arranged on request
  • The gate entrance fee/ fly in fee is payable on departure in camp.
In order to confirm a booking over this period the agent / operator must supply a 25% non-refundable deposit.