Madikwe Safari Lodge is situated in one of South Africa's largest malaria-free wildlife sanctuaries - the Madikwe Game Reserve. This family-owned lodge consists of three different camps: Lelapa is for families with children under 16 while Kopano and Dithaba are for adults and couples only. All rooms have welcome safari extras like private plunge pools, outdoor showers and your own viewing deck over the reserve, which stretches 76 000 hectares to the border with Botswana and to the far-off Dwarsberg. Madikwe Safari Lodge is in the eastern portion of the reserve, which has the lowest vehicle density of all.

Children are especially well catered for: there is a dedicated late-morning kids' game drive and little ones staying at Lelapa Lodge can undertake age-appropriate bush orientation courses, 'bug CSI', spoor and dung tracking, star gazing and messing about in the kitchen to make their own pizzas or delicious baked goods. The ecology house, which is home to a collection of skulls, horns, hides and so on, will teach children more about the age-old rhythms of nature.

Between morning and afternoon game drives, you can also go on guided bush walks, get your checklist out for bird watching (the best time of year is the Green Season stretch between October to April) or visit the spa for a revitalising treatment.

There are daily flights to the nearby airstrip and there is also a helipad for guests who prefer to chopper in. There is complimentary Wi-Fi access and satellite TV in most of the public areas of all three mini lodges.

Recent accolades & press

  •  Conde Nast Traveler 2014 Readers' Choice Awards - # 11 of the Best Resorts in Africa


  • In the heart of Madikwe - a prime malaria-free safari reserve
  • Big 5, predators & 350 bird species
  • Great for family safaris with babysitting & kids' game drives
  • Separate wing for families with children
  • Great location with stunning views of the reserve
  • Excellent cuisine served beneath the stars

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There are three intimate sitting areas in the camps, including the shaded seating area strewn with beanbags and cushions.

Grab a book from the well-stocked library or choose a travel book from the safari shop to read in front of the fireplaces inside and outside the lodge.

The Lelapa lodge has a communal swimming pool but all rooms, regardless of lodge, have their own private plunge pools. Satellite TV and Wi-Fi are accessible in the public areas of all camps.

General Facilities

    Babysitting service available
    Children's Club
    Swimming Pool
    Laundry service
    Wi-fi available
    Curio or Gift shop
    Private garden
    Children’s play area


Tasty breakfasts, lunches and dinners are served in the lodge's relaxed, communal dining area.

The nearby boma is often the setting for romantic star-lit dinners, while pizza ovens provide fun dining. A kosher menu can be arranged with prior notice.

Lelapa Suite

Madikwe Safari Lodge consists of three self-contained camps known as Lelapa (for families with children under 16) and Dithaba and Kopano (for adults only). Lelapa has 12 suites (including five triple rooms) while Kopano and Ditaha have only four suites each, making for quieter and more intimate accommodation.

All suites offer beautiful wooden viewing decks accessible through stacking doors, and lead onto an inviting heated plunge pool.

Each spacious suite features a sitting area, a bedroom with a circular fireplace and a spacious dressing area. In addition, the suites all have a mini-bar and a lovely en suite bathroom with twin hand basins, a tub and both an indoor and outdoor shower.

Lelapa Suite AMENITIES

    Private pool
    Mini bar
    Private balcony
    En-suite bath and shower
    Outdoor shower


  • Animal tracking experience
  • Bird watching
  • Game drives
  • Night drives
  • Specialist guides
  • Star gazing
  • Bush dining
  • Sundowners
  • dates rates from board basis
  • 01 Sep 2017 - 30 Nov 2017 $675 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 01 Dec 2017 - 17 Dec 2017 $515 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 18 Dec 2017 - 03 Jan 2018 $775 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 04 Jan 2018 - 10 Jan 2018 $675 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 11 Jan 2018 - 30 Apr 2018 $685 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 01 May 2018 - 31 Aug 2018 $585 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 01 Sep 2018 - 30 Nov 2018 $760 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 01 Dec 2018 - 17 Dec 2018 $585 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 18 Dec 2018 - 03 Jan 2019 $875 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 04 Jan 2019 - 30 Apr 2019 $790 Fully Inclusive Plus

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please note, additional room types are also available. Dithaba Suite,Kopano Suite,Dithaba Exclusive Use Villa,Lelapa Family Suite Request a quote for rate detail

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply
  • Rates may be different for different room types
  • The most competitive rates for accommodation are available in our tailored packages

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

Traveller Reviews

  • Thank you very much for your help for our trip. It was wonderful, we discovered and saw beautiful areas, met lovely people. Our three days in Madikwe were amazing...

    Stephane Bourdain, March 2016
  • Madikwe was our favourite and our guide, Michael, and all the staff there went above and beyond!

    Clay Tappan, January 2016
  • We loved Madikwe Safari Lodge. Exceptional service and facilities and the most incredible life-changing safari that both our kids and us absolutely loved.

    Roslyn Switzer-Hewson, October 2015
  • Toni took heaps of photos as we saw all of the Big Five at Madikwe. The transfers were all on time and the accommodation was excellent especially at Madikwe.

    Charles Burgwyn, April 2015
  • Everything was fantastic!! Madikwe was incredible - my kids could not get enough of it - the lodge and the staff were phenomenal. The only thing that I would have done different is booked it for longer.. we all were really sad when it ended. But that's ok it just means that we need to go back again.

    Elpitha Gournakis, January 2015
  • I just wanted to let you know that trip worked out fine. The flights coordinated and the lodges were good. We really loved Madikwe and Selinda.

    Judy Kaminstein, October 2014
  • The Madikwe Safari Lodge was clearly the gem of the trip– super kids friendly, super ranger, incredible room, exquisite food, great staff, very niche and boutique and top-end all the way – all together, you can feel very comfortable recommending the place to your pickiest travelers; we loved it

    Sammy Saad, September 2014
  • I am settled back home and would love to provide feedback. I must say overall I was blown away by the experience. It was so incredible to see all the animals, eat great food, relax, meet great people. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. I can't think of a single suggestion to make it better. Madikwe Lodge was perfect. The people there were incredible and the place is beautiful. It was the nicest place we've ever stayed. The entire schedule and set up that they have is perfect with 2 game drives every day. I would highly recommend it to anyone wanting to go on a Safari in South Africa.

    Maile Madigan, August 2014
  • Madikwe Safari Lodge was great, the staff and management were very attentive to the grown ups as well as the kids. They keep our girls occupied with activities.

    Ronald Kong, July 2014
  • The safari was amazing. Couldnt have been happier with it.

    Brad Woods, June 2014

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Lauren Vorster

Lauren Vorster

Africa Safari Expert

"Madikwe Safari Lodge made me feel so at home with their friendly staff and tastefully designed rooms. Choose from one of three lodges, each uniquely suited for families, honeymooners, couples or friends in the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve."



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Thank you very much for your help for our trip. It was wonderful, we discovered and saw beautiful areas, met lovely people. Our three days in Madikwe were amazing...

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