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4 Days Family Safari South Africa

  • Madikwe Safari Lodge, Madikwe Game Reserve, North West, South Africa

Game Park Safari in South Africa

Experience safari in Madikwe Game Reserve, a 75,000 hectare malaria-free reserve located northwest of Johannesburg. Everything about this place is vast; its landscapes, its heavens, and its wildlife. Madikwe Safari Lodge team cannot wait to welcome you. Start and finish every day out in the wild in search of big and small animals!

Highlights

  • 2 daily game drives
  • Entrance / conservation fees
  • Madikwe Eastern Airstrip transfers
  • Game drive refreshments & snacks
  • 3 nights' accommodation
  • Daily meals and drinks
  • 3 activity days
  • English
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You can choose to stay in Lelapa Lodge, Kopano Lodge, or Dithaba Lodge at Madikwe Safari Lodge.

Lelapa Lodge

Lelapa Lodge is for families, where children of all ages are welcome. 12 deluxe suites (including family rooms) are spacious and comfortable with wood-burning fireplaces, private plunge pools, outdoor showers, and private plunge pool, just some of the added creature comforts to enhance Mother Nature’s subtle signature.

Lelapa literally means ‘family’, and this is exactly how Madikwe Safari Lodge wants you to feel. There is no restriction in terms of age or generation. You can expect warm hospitality, sublime comfort, and a compelling charm which will make you want to stay forever.

Kopano Lodge

Kopano Lodge comprises just 4 suites (each with private plunge pool) which share a magnificent common area. Each suite has an en-suite bathroom, private deck, wood-burning fireplace, and private plunge pool. This lodge is ideal for the person looking for something more intimate or for smaller groups of friends. Children older than 16 are welcome. Fine dining to the hoot of an owl, the roar of a lion, or the crazed whoop of a hyena is the stuff that dreams are made of.

Dithaba Lodge

Dithaba Lodge has a spectacular view over the open plains. With only 4 suites (each with private plunge pool), this lodge is well-suited to a group of friends or family members making it their own while on safari, or for those who simply prefer the sound of nature and little else. Children of all ages are welcome (if the lodge is booked exclusively).

You will experience 2 daily game drives in Madikwe Game Reserve. Your game drives head out early morning at sunrise and late afternoon just before sunset in search of the many animal species which call this place home. Vehicles will stop off in a scenic spot over the course of each drive to enjoy a hot or cool beverage under a vast African sky.

Madikwe’s game viewing is on a very high standard, with regular sightings of zebra, impala, wildebeest, giraffe, warthog, white rhino, lion, wild dog, elephant, white rhino, brown hyena, and spotted hyena. Leopard sightings have become a lot more frequent as individuals are more relaxed in the presence of vehicles in the area. Along with buffalo and black rhino, leopard are now seen regularly in the reserve. Sightings are generally limited to a maximum of 3 vehicles at any given time so as not to unduly stress the animals.

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, night games, and many more. Children between the ages of zero and five years stay free of charge and children aged six to fifteen pay 50% of the adult rate.

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. The family safari drive for children aged two to five departs at 11:00 in winter and 10:00 in summer, and lasts approximately two hours.

Your safari will take place in Madikwe Game Reserve. This malaria-free game reserve is just three hours’ drive from both Johannesburg and Pretoria, and is located along the Botswana border (90 kilometers north of Zeerust). At 75,000 hectares, this reserve is one of the largest in South Africa. The area is well-known for providing the best game viewing within the reserve, as well as having the lowest concentration of safari vehicles which makes for a superior game viewing experience.

Madikwe is a Big Five game reserve. The immense diversity of vegetation ensures a wide range of animal species and the distinctive topography presents incredible game viewing opportunities. Madikwe is home to 66 mammal species and approximately 300 resident and migrant bird species.

Nearby places

  • Madikwe Eastern Airstrip - 10 minutes
  • Madikwe Western Airstrip - 45 minutes

During your safari, you will be served all meals, teas / coffees, all local beverages (including soft drinks, local brand beers, spirits, and house wines), and game drive refreshments and snacks.

  • Astronomy tour
  • Bush walk
  • Ecology house and local community village tour
  • Spa treatments
  • 2 daily game drives
  • 3 nights’ accommodation
  • Daily meals
  • Game drive refreshments and snacks
  • Madikwe Game Reserve entrance / conservation fees
  • Specified safari activities
  • Teas, coffees, and all local beverages (including soft drinks, local brand beers, spirits, and house wines)
  • Transfers to and from Madikwe Eastern Airstrip
  • Additional activities
  • Cigars and cigarettes
  • Curio shop purchases
  • Gratuities
  • Laundry
  • Madikwe Game Reserve landing fees
  • Premium brand or imported beers, spirits, cellar wines, and Champagnes
  • Telephone
  • Transfers not specified

Driving directions from O. R. Tambo International Airport (JNB)

  • Depart from the airport, follow the exit signs R21 and R24.
  • Approximately 200 meters thereafter the road forks, take the right fork towards R21 N Pretoria / R24 Johannesburg.
  • The road immediately turns sharply right. Stay in the left lane immediately and follow the signs to R21 N Pretoria while exiting the airport.
  • After exiting the airport, get into the left lane and follow the R21 N Kempton Park / Pretoria signs.
  • After 300 meters, take the left off ramp following the R 21 N Kempton Park / Pretoria signs.
  • Once on the R21 N, drive for 36.3 kilometers.
  • After 34 kilometers, you will see signs indicating exit 134 (N1 Noord, Pretoria / Polokwane / Johannesburg) and take exit 134.
  • Immediately thereafter the road forks, take the right fork towards N1 North Polokwane.
  • Travel for 22.5 kilometers along the N1.
  • After 20 kilometers, look for exit 156 to the left (N4 Rustenburg). Take exit 156 and get onto N4 to Rustenburg.
  • The N4 is a toll road, so please be aware of toll taxes.
  • Once on the N4, continue for 62 kilometers.
  • Take exit 225 for the R556 Sun City / Majakaneng.
  • Turn right at the top of the off-ramp towards Sun City and continue straight to Sun City (approximately 73 kilometers /45 miles from this off-ramp). It is advisable to fill up with fuel at the Sun Village, just after the Sun City entrance on the right.
  • After passing Sun City and the Sun Village on the right, continue straight until you reach a four-way junction.
  • Turn right to Derdepoort, follow the road for approximately 8 kilometers / 5 miles.
  • Turn left at the sign for Bapong and continue straight along this road. Please ignore all signs for Madikwe Hospital or Village, etc.
  • After passing through Mabeskraal (approximately 45 kilometers / 28 miles), you will come to a four-way stop where you must turn right to Derdepoort and continue for about 25 kilometers / 16 miles. This is a newly-tarred / sealed road and has very few signs. It then becomes gravel / dirt, with the Dwarsberg Liquor Store on your left, then continue for 58 kilometers / 36 miles.
  • Continue straight along the gravel road towards Molatedi Village (do not take the next Derdepoort road to the right, continue straight).
  • Pass through the Molatedi Village, over the Marico River and straight to the Molatedi gate entrance into the reserve which will be approximately 85 ZAR per car per gate.
  • Here, you will be welcomed by the friendly gate staff who will confirm your reservation and direct you to the correct Lodge at Madikwe Safari Lodge.
  • Proceed into the reserve on the main road following the signs to the Derdepoort gate / Madikwe Safari Lodge, approximately 33 kilometers / 20 miles and it should take you approximately 45 minutes. Please note that the reserve speed limit is 40 kilometers/hour or 25 miles/hour.
  • Welcome to Madikwe Safari Lodge, where a great few days on safari awaits. It’s time to relax, Madikwe Safari Lodge team will take care of everything from here on out!
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

Testimonials

  • Review by Anthony Lawler from London, United Kingdomn
    10 out of 10

    "We have out group of 7 families here. We are half way through our 4 night stay. This place is absolutely perfect. Madikwe is a hilly, v large park with a lot of scrub bush. Very picturesque. Lelapa itself is spectacular. The pool area, where the kids have spend a lot of time, overlooks a very close waterhole where we have had elephant, giraffe and kudu come through. We had wild dog through the camp this morning. The staff is outstanding and the food has been the best food I have had on safaris. We have 19 children aged 6-15 in our group. The staff and catering for the children had been just outstanding. Activities and learning for them every day. The guides are excellent on the drives. This is an exceptional lodge. Like!!!"

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  • Review by a traveler
    9 out of 10

    "What can I say! Everyone at Madikwe Safari Lodge made my stay incredibly special. From how accommodating Pieter was, to Clive who gave us the most amazing, fun, and insightful sunset wine tasting session. His knowledge and humor made it an incredibly memorable experience. Our ranger, Michael, was incredibly knowledgeable and always made this crazy group of ladies feel safe while out on the drives. I would definitely put visiting Madikwe Safari Lodge on your bucket list!"

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  • Review by a traveler
    9 out of 10

    "We had the most amazing stay, could not find fault with anything. For somebody who wasn’t keen on a safari, I’m already trying to work out when can I return. Noelle, our ranger, was just brilliant and knowledgeable. The accommodation and food was just incredible and the staff were absolutely lovely. As you will see from my marks above, I could not find fault with anything and this will remain as one of the best memories so far. What a way to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. Thank you so much."

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  • Review by a traveler
    9 out of 10

    "My family of five just returned home from the Madikwe Safari Lodge and we had an delightful experience! Without exception, the staff was exemplary. Every meal was beautiful and delicious. Thanks to Margaret for her special service. Thula made spending money in the gift shop fun. Our ranger, Donald, made every game drive an adventure. He is a wealth of knowledge! A special thank you to Clive for our enchanted wine and brandy tasting in the bush with our rhino in attendance. Keep up the good work!"

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