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Safari Holidays in South Africa - Etali Safari Lodge

In the heart of the spectacular Madikwe Game Reserve, embraced by pristine bushveld, Etali Safari Lodge offers lavish hospitality. Built in harmony with the surrounding nature reserve under the vibrant African sun, Etali is an exclusive, intimate haven, where body and soul are rejuvenated. The lodge is modern and stylishly decorated with traditional African artefacts.

The Madikwe Game Reserve offers world class game viewing including the big 5 animals and is every good as its more famous neighbour, the Kruger National Park. If you are very lucky you might catch a glimpse of one of the packs of endangered African Wild Dog. 

Watch a short video clip filmed in Madiwke here.

The Lodge has a superb open gym and spa where you can luxuriate with a massage or how about the 'Warthog Mud Wrap'?! Enjoy your treatment whilst enjoying views across the plains.

Game Viewing
Every day in the bush brings a new experience. Enjoy the exciting unpredictability of an early-morning game drive with an expert ranger, look out for giraffe, lion, elephant, wild dog and the elusive black rhino to name but a few. Madikwe has a vast diversity of birds with over 300 species recorded so far. Later, enjoy a sunset game drive, the best time to enjoy rush hour at the water hole.

You'll find sheer bliss in any one of the eight luxurious air-conditioned suites, each set apart for total privacy in its own bushveld domain. The mix of cool and earthy colours in the decor is a peaceful contrast to the unsurpassed beauty of the sweet-thorn Acacia trees outside.

Cool off in the splendid outdoor whirlpool, sipping a cocktail as you watch the breathtaking African sunset on your own deck, is the ultimate indulgence. Nothing beats a long, lingering shower taken outside with only a bird or an antelope as audience. Big comfortable beds with fine crisp linen promise an unforgettable night's sleep beneath the thatched roof.

Etali's delectable cuisine is a contemporary fusion of traditional African with an Asian twist. Meals are light and healthy with lots of fresh seasonal and organically grown vegetables, fruit and herbs. There is no set menu as the chef selects only the best local produce daily with which to work his magic.

Madikwe reserve is 4 hours drive from Johannesburg or a short 40 minute hop by plane to the airstrip. It is only 2 hours drive from Sun City making it an ideal combination, especially for families. 

For our golfing clients, we can offer a Sun City Golf and Madikwe Safari itinerary, which can also include a few nights in Cape Town. Have a look at our South Africa Golf Holidays.

Speak to our experts about a safari holiday in South Africa at Madiwke and staying at Etali Lodge. Call us on +44 208 249 5919 or +65 919 412 56 or by email, contact us here.


  • Air conditioning
  • Books and magazines
  • Disabled facilities
  • Mini bar / tea/ coffee
  • Internet access
  • Fireplaces
  • Hairdryer
  • Laundry
  • TV
  • Telephone
  • Safes in room (electronic)
  • Under floor heating

Getting there

A scheduled flight by Madikwe Air leaves from Johannesburg to Madikwe every day at 12h00 and returns from Madikwe at 13h15 to JIA. The flying time is about 50 minutes. It is also possible to drive and the 4 hour trip passes through interesting terrain - quite enjoyable. Flights and road transfers  are available from Sun City & Pilanesburg Airport. (2 hrs)