Overview of Royal Madikwe

Situated in the malaria-free private game reserve of Madikwe – which is just an hour’s flight from Johannesburg – award-winning Royal Madikwe is a small and private safari camp that is perfect for couples but that can also be booked for exclusive use by your family or a group of your friends. The spacious, thatched lodge is luxuriously decorated with natural elements such as wood and stone, as well as tasteful African elements.

The lounge, dining room and well-appointed library lead to broad elevated decks that overlook the popular waterhole. Search at dawn and dusk for the spectacular variety of wildlife with your expert ranger – especially endangered African wild dogs and cheetahs – before spending the hottest part of the day lazing around the swimming pool or your private plunge pool, preferably with an iced drink from one of the bars.

Royal Madikwe welcomes children of all ages, offering an environment where they feel at home as well as an exciting children’s programme where they learn about their natural surroundings. The Clubhouse Family Suite houses two adults and two children in perfect comfort, and childminding services can be arranged. Keen astronomers can book a session with an expert stargazer to study the southern stars in advance.

Highlights & Activities

What's on offer whilst on this itinerary?
  • Located in the game-rich Madikwe Game Reserve
  • Child-friendly luxury lodge with an emphasis on family safaris
  • Watch the waterhole from the lodge
  • Outstanding game viewing
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi & air conditioning
  • Outdoor rain showers & private plunge pools
  • Daily children's programme
Animal tracking experience

Animal tracking experience

Bush dining

Bush dining

Game drives

Game drives

Guided walks

Guided walks

High tea on offer

High tea on offer

Night drives

Night drives

Photographic safaris

Photographic safaris

Star gazing

Star gazing

Rooms at Royal Madikwe

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

    There are five Luxury Suites at Royal Madikwe, both of which are perfect for a romantic getaway for couples seeking a peaceful haven in the bush. The suites feature large 4-poster beds swathed in mosquito netting; en suite bathrooms with indoor and outdoor rain showers; air conditioning; and a log-burning fireplace – perfect for snugglling up in front of during crisp winter evenings.

    Outside, all have private elevated sun decks and exclusive plunge pools. There are also complimentary Wi-Fi, iPod docking stations and mini-bars with hot beverage stations.

    General Facilities

    Enjoy a good book from the library as you sit out on the upper viewing deck spotting the wildlife that come to the waterhole for a drink.

    Cool off during the day in the lodge’s swimming pool, relaxing in the outside sitting area, or on the shady veranda as you gaze out on the stunning landscape in the distance.

    Sit out by the boma in the evening with a drink from the outdoor bar as you look up at the night sky, and get a closer look to the stars above by pre-booking an evening with an expert local astronomer.

    Royal Madikwe offers a daily children’s programme that includes crafts (making African beaded necklaces or face and T-shirt painting), cooking (decorate doughnuts or make pizzas) and bush skills (track animals at the waterhole or learn how to bake in the wilderness with the chef).

    Bar

    Bar

    Beauty therapist

    Beauty therapist

    Children's club

    Children's club

    Computer facilities

    Computer facilities

    Library

    Library

    Local airstrip transfers

    Local airstrip transfers

    Swimming pool

    Swimming pool

    Wi-Fi available

    Wi-Fi available

    Dining

    From a well-timed light breakfast in the bush to a substantial brunch and imaginative high tea, you are kept well fed by the willing staff at Royal Madikwe. Using only the best ingredients, they create sophisticated, yet wholesome cuisine. Dinner is an elegant affair with beautifully presented and delicious meals served under the African night sky, overlooking the waterhole or in the stylish dining room. Each African-inspired dish is accompanied by the best South African wines from the lodge’s well-stocked cellar. Expect homemade ginger beer, tasty soups, delicate canapes and decadent desserts made with produce from the kitchen garden.

    Expert Opinion

    We know because we go
    Justin Chapman

    Justin Chapman

    Africa Safari Expert

    Originally designed for exclusive use, communal areas edge towards the intimate. Personalised service, elegant décor and a charming pool area overlooking a striking, oft-frequented watering hole.

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    Traveller Reviews

    • BM

      Our accommodations at Royal Madikwe Lodge were outstanding. Our guide was patient, kind, resourceful and most knowledgeable!

      Bernadette Mast
    • CW

      The safari really stood out for us, the management and staff went out of their way to make sure that we enjoyed every aspect of it. Our anniversary was really magical and we loved it all including the nightly poems.

      Curlet Wilson
    • GK

      Royal Madikwe was great – we saw lots of animals including the Big 5!

      Greg Kulawski
    • RJ

      Royal Madikwe was fantastic and your recommendation having the Royal Villa was really the best choice. All staff was very friendly and service minded inclusive Sarah and Kyle. We didn’t spot the wild dogs and
      cheetah but we had the big 5. The leopard twice, first time 200 meters from the waterhole at the lodge when returning from the game drive at second evening.

      Rainer Jakobson
    • VGE

      Just today I returned to active life, traveling with kids was tiring, though very good for them. We had a good stay at the three places we had. For me the best was undoubtedly the Royal Madikwe.

      Vanessa Guimar es
    • VGE

      Just today I returned to active life, traveling with kids was tiring, though very good for them. We had a good stay at the three places we had. For me the best was undoubtedly the Royal Madikwe.

      Vanessa Guimar es
    • VGE

      Just today I returned to active life, traveling with kids was tiring, though very good for them. We had a good stay at the three places we had. For me the best was undoubtedly the Royal Madikwe.

      Vanessa Guimar es
    • AR

      Wonderful staff and beautiful place. Our most memorable experiences were the meals and especially the last night in the boma. Godfrey & Andrew were spectacular, as were the rest of the staff. Professional and friendly is not enough to describe it!!

      Alan Rosenberg
    • AR

      Wonderful staff and beautiful place. Our most memorable experiences were the meals and especially the last night in the boma. Godfrey & Andrew were spectacular, as were the rest of the staff. Professional and friendly is not enough to describe it!!

      Alan Rosenberg
    • AR

      Wonderful staff and beautiful place. Our most memorable experiences were the meals and especially the last night in the boma. Godfrey & Andrew were spectacular, as were the rest of the staff. Professional and friendly is not enough to describe it!!

      Alan Rosenberg

    Traveller Reviews

    • BM

      Our accommodations at Royal Madikwe Lodge were outstanding. Our guide was patient, kind, resourceful and most knowledgeable!

      Bernadette Mast
    • CW

      The safari really stood out for us, the management and staff went out of their way to make sure that we enjoyed every aspect of it. Our anniversary was really magical and we loved it all including the nightly poems.

      Curlet Wilson
    • GK

      Royal Madikwe was great – we saw lots of animals including the Big 5!

      Greg Kulawski
    • RJ

      Royal Madikwe was fantastic and your recommendation having the Royal Villa was really the best choice. All staff was very friendly and service minded inclusive Sarah and Kyle. We didn’t spot the wild dogs and
      cheetah but we had the big 5. The leopard twice, first time 200 meters from the waterhole at the lodge when returning from the game drive at second evening.

      Rainer Jakobson
    • VGE

      Just today I returned to active life, traveling with kids was tiring, though very good for them. We had a good stay at the three places we had. For me the best was undoubtedly the Royal Madikwe.

      Vanessa Guimar es
    • VGE

      Just today I returned to active life, traveling with kids was tiring, though very good for them. We had a good stay at the three places we had. For me the best was undoubtedly the Royal Madikwe.

      Vanessa Guimar es
    • VGE

      Just today I returned to active life, traveling with kids was tiring, though very good for them. We had a good stay at the three places we had. For me the best was undoubtedly the Royal Madikwe.

      Vanessa Guimar es
    • AR

      Wonderful staff and beautiful place. Our most memorable experiences were the meals and especially the last night in the boma. Godfrey & Andrew were spectacular, as were the rest of the staff. Professional and friendly is not enough to describe it!!

      Alan Rosenberg
    • AR

      Wonderful staff and beautiful place. Our most memorable experiences were the meals and especially the last night in the boma. Godfrey & Andrew were spectacular, as were the rest of the staff. Professional and friendly is not enough to describe it!!

      Alan Rosenberg
    • AR

      Wonderful staff and beautiful place. Our most memorable experiences were the meals and especially the last night in the boma. Godfrey & Andrew were spectacular, as were the rest of the staff. Professional and friendly is not enough to describe it!!

      Alan Rosenberg