Overview of Mateya Safari Lodge

Set in South Africa’s malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve, Mateya Safari Lodge offers comfort and luxury from the moment you pass through its antique Zanzibari elephant doors. The thatch and timber lodge is arranged around a rocky outcrop and its elevated position affords uninterrupted views of the surrounding Gabbro Hills. The breath-taking location, combined with exclusive accommodation and a tranquil wellness centre, make Mateya perfect for honeymooners and couples seeking a romantic safari getaway.

Madikwe is the largest private game reserve in South Africa and is home to an interesting mix of savannah animals and desert specialists. You have good chances of spotting Africa’s Big 5, and Madikwe is one of the best places in the country to sight endangered African wild dog. Morning, afternoon and early evening game drives as well as guided walking excursions will ensure that you come away with great wildlife sightings and unforgettable memories of Southern Africa’s great wilderness. Nature walks also touch on the cultural heritage of tracking and African folklore, and be sure to ask your guide about the fascinating Stone Age and Iron Age artefacts found in the Madikwe area.

Rates

Competitive rates for unforgettable experiences
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Date Board Price
01/01/2024 - 31/12/2024 Fully Inclusive Plus (All Meals, Selected Beverages, Selected Extras) $970

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Highlights & Activities

What's on offer whilst on this itinerary?
  • Malaria-free private Big 5 game reserve
  • Just 5 large & luxurious suites
  • Private plunge pools
  • Extensive wine cellar
  • Views of the Gabbro Hills
Animal tracking experience

Animal tracking experience

Bird watching

Bird watching

Game drives

Game drives

Guided walking safaris

Guided walking safaris

Guided walks

Guided walks

Rooms at Mateya Safari Lodge

Unwind and relax, in your own private luxury
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    Luxury Thatched Suite

    Mateya Safari Lodge comprises just five large, individually designed suites, each with original African artworks, hand-crafted mahogany furniture and luxurious furnishings. Suites overlook the nearby watering hole and from your spacious deck you can watch zebra stroll by as you recline in a comfortable sun lounger, enjoy sundowners or take a dip in your private rim-flow pool. Each suite is located separately so you can take in the quiet sights and sounds of the wilderness without interruption.

    General Facilities

    There are never more than 10 guests at the lodge, ensuring exclusivity, attention to detail and warm, personal service. The opulent lounge is filled with antique furniture and beautiful art pieces from across the continent, while the well-stocked library has a collection of rare African literature dating back to the early 19 century. The history and grandeur of the lodge are combined with modern furnishings and beautiful views to deliver a comfortable and luxurious experience. At the wellness centre you can indulge in a range of relaxing massages and treatments, while the art gallery exhibits a selection of beautiful bronze sculptures and oil paintings to browse.

    Art Gallery

    Art Gallery

    Computer facilities

    Computer facilities

    Gym

    Gym

    Library

    Library

    Plunge pool

    Plunge pool

    Spa

    Spa

    Dining

    Dine in the glass-walled dining room or on the private pool deck of your suite while looking out over the spectacular African landscape. You can also sample the lodge’s delicious cuisine in the Mateya wine cellar which offers a private and elegant setting for romantic dinners as well as an 8 000-bottle collection of local, international and French wines. After dinner, treat yourself to a select brandy, cognac or single malt whiskey before bed. Scrumptious bush picnic lunches are served on all guided walking safaris and can be requested for full-day game drives.

    Expert Opinion

    We know because we go
    Mariam Ngoyi

    Mariam Ngoyi

    Africa Safari Expert

    A beautiful lodge, with a colonial feel. The big rooms allow unrestricted views of the wilderness in close proximity. There is also a great African-themed art collection and sculptures.

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    Traveller Reviews

    • EI

      We were blown away by the personalised service at Mateya. Everything from the rooms, to the service, the game drives and the food was nothing short of outstanding. It was the trip of a lifetime!

      Erika Iskandar
    • JS

      The safari went beyond our wildest imagination. Mateya is a beautiful lodge where we felt like the staff just welcomed us into their home and then introduced us to a world of wildlife that we never expected to get so intimate with.

      Joseph Shapiro
    • JS

      The safari went beyond our wildest imagination. Mateya is a beautiful lodge where we felt like the staff just welcomed us into their home and then introduced us to a world of wildlife that we never expected to get so intimate with.

      Joseph Shapiro

    Traveller Reviews

    • EI

      We were blown away by the personalised service at Mateya. Everything from the rooms, to the service, the game drives and the food was nothing short of outstanding. It was the trip of a lifetime!

      Erika Iskandar
    • JS

      The safari went beyond our wildest imagination. Mateya is a beautiful lodge where we felt like the staff just welcomed us into their home and then introduced us to a world of wildlife that we never expected to get so intimate with.

      Joseph Shapiro
    • JS

      The safari went beyond our wildest imagination. Mateya is a beautiful lodge where we felt like the staff just welcomed us into their home and then introduced us to a world of wildlife that we never expected to get so intimate with.

      Joseph Shapiro