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Mateya Safari Lodge

Mateya offers a truly magnificent honeymoon safari location, a graceful fusion of luxury accommodation with top game viewing. The lodge caters for a maximum of ten guests. As such, you are assured exclusivity, privacy and the very highest standards of personal care and attention at all times. It is one of the most luxurious safari lodges in South Africa and perfect for a honeymoon safari. The reserve has the added bonus of being malaria free.

Nestled in the rocky outcrop of the Gabbro hills, the lodge, has uninterrupted view of the reserve. The main building houses a large lounge area, a library, the dining room and wine cellar and a large wrap-around deck with fire pit and seating. The rooms are packed with the most exquisite collection of African art and sculpture - be sure to spend time enjoying these treasures that form the private collection of the owner.

The suites are arranged in a radial configuration around one of the hills, each with a private, rim-flow pool deck and shaded sala overlooking the waterhole and plains. Huge marble bathrooms look out over the plains with glass fronted double showers and an outdoor shower area - very romantic! Each room has a large 4-poster bed with views straight out to the bushveld in front.

There is a therapist offering spa treatments and a small jacuzzi/gym area.

At Mateya Safari Lodge you can expect the very best service and attention to detail. Meals are truly superb, from freshly baked apple strudels and brioche at the breakfast buffet to delicate sorbets and outstanding venison at dinner. In our opinion, the best safari lodge food anywhere.

Game Viewing
Game drives are conducted in open sided vehicles and are equipped with night vision binoculars. They are also fully equipped with blankets and rain ponchos should the need arise. Track down Africa's Big 5 game animals on the reserve and look out for some rare species such as the African Wild Dog. Madikwe is also one of the few reserves where you can see Springbok in the wild.

It is possible to combine a stay at Mateya with the nearby Sun City Resort or venture further afield and combine your safari with a trip to Cape Town, Botswana or even some time on the beach in Mozambique or Mauritius. If you would like to discuss ideas for your honeymoon, speak to our Africa safari holiday experts. Call us on +44 208 249 5919 or email us at

  • Bar
  • Library
  • Wine cellar
  • private plunge pools
  • private deck
  • air conditioning
  • indoor/outdoor shower
  • tea and coffee making facilties
  • spa treatments
  • Gym
  • Jacuzzi
Getting There
Mateya can be reached by 45 minute flight from Johannesburg Airport to the Madikwe Reserve airstrip or by road from Johannesburg which takes approx 4 hours.