Fodor's Expert Review Jamala Madikwe

Madikwe Game Reserve, North-West, South Africa

This intimate lodge, with only five suites, is the ultimate in luxury, with its marble floors, elaborate chandeliers, and plush furnishings. Watch animals at a waterhole on a wide plain from the deck in front of the main lodge area, the sunken fire pit, or from the luxury of your own deck or private plunge pool. Many Madikwe lodges serve excellent food, but at Jamala Madikwe, fine dining is taken to the next level, with three chefs serving up a different menu each night, sometimes running up to six courses and including dishes like tempura lobster served with a soy dipping sauce and compressed pork belly with wilted pak choi. For something really special, inquire about joining a unique conservation experience such as notching a rhino or collaring a cheetah, which the lodge offers in conjunction with the park's management.

PROS

  • memorable food
  • superb accommodations
  • excellent game-viewing

CONS

  • pricey
  • some rooms have better views than others
  • more formal than some of the other lodges

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
ServiceRomantic
Sophisticated
Remote
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HOTEL INFO

Phones: 082-929--3190 | 082-927--3129

HOTEL DETAILS

5 suites
Rate Includes: All-Inclusive

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