Madikwe Safari Lodge


  • Per person per night sharing
  • Single supplement payable
  • Subject to change

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Lodge Setting

The lodge is located in the central eastern region of Madikwe Game Reserve in an area well known for its superior game viewing. Madikwe Safari Lodge consists of 3 separate private lodges offering 20 luxury suites in total:

  • Lelapa Lodge
  • Dithaba Lodge
  • Kopano Lodge.

Guests have a choice to stay together as a group of family and friends, or to have a more private bush experience as a couple.

Children of all ages are welcome at Lelapa Lodge at Madikwe Safari Lodge

The Three Madikwe Safari Lodges

Lelapa Lodge

Lelapa Lodge (Tswana for 'family') is the heart of Madikwe Safari Lodge. It is situated on a hill overlooking the reserve and comprises of twelve luxury suites, blending into the surrounding landscape.

The dedicated staff will go out of their way to make your stay special and memorable. There is complimentary wireless in the reception, as well as both an indoor and outdoor dining area.

You can relax in the bar lounge, or wander outside to take in the night sky and star gaze from the veranda.

Children of all ages are welcome at Lelapa Lodge.

Dithaba Lodge

Dithaba Lodge (Tswana for 'mountain') is located slightly higher up on the mountain and has incredible views over the open plans. It is a few minutes’ walk from the other lodges.

Dithaba Lodge can be reserved exclusively for a family or group to enjoy. The service and expertise of a private lodge manager, chef and field ranger will together create a fantastic experience for you and your family or safari group.

The lodge has an inviting reception area and both indoor and outdoor dining areas. Relax in the library lounge, indoor lounge with roaring fireplace, or take in some stargazing on the outdoor lounge area and boma.

Kopano Lodge

Kopano Lodge (Tswana for 'small gathering') is the gem in the Madikwe Safari Lodge collection. The 4 exclusive suites are private and secluded, providing you with a truly personal experience. The open plan spaces create a seamless flow between interior and exterior.

You will be welcomed at the main lodge into an intimate and unique reception area. There is both an indoor and outdoor dining area for you enjoy, as the weather determines. Relax in the library lounge, indoor lounge with roaring fireplace, or outdoor lounge area and boma.

Suite Facilities

Each of the 20 luxury suites has:

  • air-conditioning
  • private plunge pool
  • gym-in-a-basket (dumbbells, exercise mats, core strengthener ring)
  • fireplace and electric blanket for chilly winter months
  • international adaptor plugs
  • hairdryer
  • insect repellent
  • safe
  • minibar.


Madikwe entrance gate fees and airstrip fees are extra - please enquire as to the cost.

Rates include: Luxury Accommodation, Meals Daily, Selected Local Beverages, Game Drives Daily.

Families on Safari

There are many activities available for children including:
Family safari drives, bush orientation, bug CSI, dung tracking, track pack with plaster of Paris, baking in the kitchen, making pizzas in the boma, star gazing, games night and much more.

We also don’t charge additional costs for any of the activities listed above; however there are a few basic terms and conditions that apply to this offer. Please enquire for more details on family and children’s activities.

Unfortunately no game drives are allowed for children under the age of two years and children between the ages of two and five are only allowed on the late morning family safari drive.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any specific questions, as the more information we get before your arrival, the better prepared we will be for you and your family.

Children of all ages are welcome at Lelapa Lodge at Madikwe Safari Lodge

  • children between the ages of 0 and 5 years stay free of charge
  • children between the ages of 6 and 15 years pay 50% of the per person adult rate
  • children 16 years and older pay the full adult rate when in their own room.


  • morning and evening game drives in open safari vehicles
  • bush walks
  • bird watching
  • astronomy
  • ecology house and local community village tour
  • bush breakfasts and dinners
  • boma dinners
  • health spa
  • children's activities.

Wildlife & Birdlife

The high standard of Madikwe's game viewing provides regular sightings of amongst other animals, zebra, Impala, wildebeest, giraffe, warthog, white rhino, lion, wild dog, elephant, white rhino, brown hyena, and spotted hyaena.

Birdwatching is excellent with over 350 bird species recorded. The best bird-watching period is from October to April.

Spa Facilities

Pamper yourself and indulge in a relaxing and revitalising treatment with our qualified therapist in the luxury and privacy of your suite. All of the treatments are done in the privacy of your suite and can be arranged during your stay at the Lodge.

Weddings - Let us plan your special day

If you love being in nature and have an appreciation for the spirit of the African bush, we highly recommend a wedding at one of our private lodges.

Although the wedding party numbers are limited due to lodge size, this in fact can add to making this an even more unforgettable experience, shared only with close friends and family.

As we know that each wedding occasion is unique in its requirements, you are welcome to come and meet with us at the lodge, or we can communicate via telephone to start tailoring the perfect programme of events for your consideration.

We look forward to planning this special day for you and your partner.

For more details and rates, please contact us.

Honeymoons - Surrounded by nature and all its charms

Romantic, idyllic, private and secluded - Madikwe Safari Lodge is the ideal setting to celebrate the start of a new life together or to fall in love all over again.

The suites are private and spacious equipped with their own private swimming pools with great views over the surrounding landscape. During winter, the wood burning fireplace in each suite makes for once of the most romantic turndowns, falling asleep as the soft light flickers throughout the room.

Relax and truly enjoy each other's company. Surrounded by nature and all its charms, a honeymoon at Madikwe Safari Lodge is without a doubt one of the most romantic getaways you'll ever experience.

Community Involvement

Madikwe Safari Lodge is committed to building on-going, meaningful relationships with local communities.

It is in our opinion that education is a critical success factor for our young democracy as while our government is providing leadership and direction in the larger parts of our economy we need to tackle the challenges in these very rural and often forgotten about areas of South Africa.


Access to Madikwe Safari Lodge is either by road or by air.

By air

Federal Air operates a daily flight from O.R.T. International Airport to Madikwe airfield, departing at 12h00 and returning at 13h30. The airfield is 10 minutes' drive from the Lodge.

By road

Gaborone, Botswana is 2 hours from Madikwe Safari Lodge. If you are either coming from or going on safari in Botswana, transfers can be arranged.

The driving time from Johannesburg is approximately 4 to 4.5 hours and there are two different routes to consider. Our reservations desk can send you detailed information on both flight and self-drive access.