Fodor's Expert Review Madikwe Safari Lodge

Madikwe Game Reserve, North-West, South Africa

This stunning 5-star lodge in the central eastern region of the park is managed by the More family of Lion Sands, and their attention to detail, reputation for fine food and excellent service, and thrilling game drives are readily apparent. Michelle Obama, Beyonce, and Jay-Z have all spent family time here. The lodge comprises three different lodges: Lelapa, the largest, with 12 suites; Kopano and Dithaba both with 4 suites each. Imagine a happy union between Middle Earth and Great Zimbabwe—adobe and thatch buildings with pointed roofs, house nooks, crannies, viewing decks, bars, and dining areas. The suites are huge, with floor-to-ceiling windows, a lounge area with a comfy sofa, and an open fireplace. Your room includes a king-sized bed, dressing area, bathroom with his-and-her basins and large tub, and an indoor-outdoor shower. Earth tones are complemented by bright cushions and throws. Sit out on your large wooden deck and watch the amazing birdlife, or dip into the plunge pool on those very hot days. Kids are welcome and a visit to the fascinating Eco House, which houses all kinds of interesting natural exhibits is a must.


  • malaria-free
  • superb accommodation
  • great food
  • excellent game viewing
  • superb accommodations
  • excellent game-viewing


  • not as scenically beautiful as the Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal reserves
  • long walks between suites


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Phones: 018-350–9902


20 suites
Rate Includes: All meals

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