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Madikwe Safari Lodge - South Africa Safari Holidays

Madikwe Safari Lodge is situated in the heart of the richly diverse and malaria-free 76 000-hectare (187 800-acre) Madikwe Game Reserve - one of South Africa's biggest wildlife sanctuaries. Famed for Operation Phoenix, the world's largest game translocation exercise with the introduction of more than 8 000 animals, Madikwe's diverse geology and broad mix of habitats allows a wide range of African wildlife to flourish - including the Big 5, cheetah and a thriving population of wild dog.

Madikwe Game Reserve is malaria-free making it ideal for families looking for a Safari Holiday in South Africa. It is only 2 hours drive from Sun City making it a perfect two centre family-friendly break. Madikwe can also be reached by a short flight (40 mins) from Johannesburg Airport.

Set on a gentle slope nestled between two rolling hills, Madikwe River Lodge overlooks game-filled plains with the Dwarsberg Hills in the distance and the Marico River nearby. The Lodge is divided into 3 sections accommodating smaller groups separately giving a more intimate feel, with bigger groups sharing the large deck and dining bona.

Lelapa Lodge is family focussed and can accommodate 24 guests including children. Kopano and Dithaba both have just 4 suites and will only accept children over 16.

Game Viewing
Professional and skilled rangers deliver an interpretive experience of the bush on morning and afternoon/evening game-drives in 4x4 safari vehicles. Photographic opportunities of the Reserve's fauna, flora and topography are excellent. Positioned at the ecological junction between the bushveld and the Kalahari, Madikwe comprises five distinct habitats, which are home to an array of African wildlife. In addition to Africa's Big Five, you may see large numbers of elephant, giraffe and impala occurring alongside oryx, springbok and red hartebeest.

Each of the suites features a sitting area, a bedroom with circular fireplace, a spacious dressing area with personal bar, an en suite bathroom with bath, indoor and outdoor shower and a private plunge pool. The rooms are organic in design and woven copper screens add intriguing detail. The rooms are secluded with stunning views across the plains.

All meals are included and are served either on the viewing deck, in the boma or in winter in the dining area. Breakfast and Lunch are buffet style and dinner is a choice of main courses or a traditional 'braai' (South African barbeque).

Madikwe Safari Lodge will take children under 16 in all of the lodges but families are required to have their own game viewing vehicle which can be at extra cost. In the Lelapa Lodge, children of all ages are catered for with baby sitting services and family suites.

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 Madikwe Safari Lodge. Call us on +44 208 249 5919 (UK) or +65 919 412 56 (Asia) or by email, contact us here.


  • African safari shop
  • Air-conditioning
  • Airstrip
  • Babysitting
  • Expansive guest areas with sweeping views
  • Disabled facilities
  • Indoor & Outdoor Showers
  • In Room Safe
  • Hairdryers
  • Libraries and interpretive centres
  • Personal Bars
  • Private 4x4 safari vehicle
  • Private plunge pools
  • Public Pool (coming soon)
  • wifi

Getting There
Federal Air operates a daily flight from Johannesburg International Airport (JIA) to Madikwe airstrip, departing at 12h00 and returning at 13h30. There are also daily scheduled flights from JIA and Cape Town to Pilanesburg Airport (Sun City). Transfers can be arranged for the approximate 2-hour road trip. Private air charters fly directly to Madikwe airstrip, 10 minutes from the Lodge.