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The Royal Madikwe

The Royal Madikwe, North West Safari

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Step through the Clubhouse doors at The Royal Madikwe and we can guarantee you are in for an out-of-this-world experience! Weave your way through the soothing interior, straight out of your favourite interiors magazine, to the focus of the whole Lodge - the wrap-around deck, which overlooks what must surely be one of the best and busiest waterholes in all Madikwe. You could well be in the midst of The Jungle Book, surrounded as you are by elephants, zebra, giraffe, waterhog and the many other wonderful creatures that come here to freshen up. Back inside, the relaxed, intimate vibe is truly a balm for the soul and those exquisite suites - what can we say, prepare to be pampered and indulged safari-style! You really won't want to leave....

“ Discover wild Africa and discover yourself ” – Dr. Chai Patel

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The Royal Madikwe
  • rooms

    The five suites are spread out either side of the welcoming Clubhouse, ensuring plenty of privacy. All have wooden decks, plunge pools with sunbeds, outdoor showers and/or baths and mesmerising views of the waterhole and hence the plentiful wildlife that pass by. The owner's flair for style is apparent in the relaxing interiors which reflect both Afican and mediterrean chic, with four-poster beds, wood floors, high thatched ceilings, cosy windown seats and of course those lovely fireplaces for chilly evenings. Bathrooms are equally stylish with rain showers, twin basins, a bath with waterhole views and Africology toiletries. Mini bars, hairdryers, air-conditioning, safes, and Bluetooth devices are in all rooms.

    Luxury Double Suite

    This beautifully appointed spacious suite (46m²) boasts a king size four poster bed, en-suite bathroom with indoor / outdoor rain showers and a bath with a beautiful wilderness view, a cosy indoor wood fire place and comfortable outdoor seating. The large private viewing deck encompasses plush sun loungers conveniently placed beside the plunge pool to soak up the Madikwe sunshine all year round! The Luxury Double Suite is situated parallel to a regularly frequented game path on the Royal Madikwe conservancy within Madikwe Game Reserve. With breathtaking views of the surrounding wilderness and mountains, this freestanding suite offers privacy, tranquility and luxury.

    The Luxury Twin Suite

    The Twin Suite flaunts lavish extra length ¾ beds, and an en-suite bathroom with indoor / outdoor rain showers. This suite can comfortably be converted into a double for couples. The large private viewing deck, furnished with plush sun loungers allows you to soak up the sunshine beside your private plunge pool while enjoying the flurry of animals passing by your suite along the game path to the waterhole. These lovely spacious suites (43m²) offer the perfect space for friends, older children or couples.

    The Honeymoon Suite

    Situated directly across from the busiest waterhole in Madikwe, the freestanding Honeymoon Suite offers spectacular views of this wildlife meeting point from the privacy of the elevated sun deck.The focal point is the beautiful four poster bed, draped in luxurious percale linens although the adjacent en-suite bathroom with indoor / outdoor rain showers, romantic bath with beautiful wilderness and waterhole views and the charming indoor wood fire place all combine for real wow factor - you really won't want to leave! The large private viewing deck wraps around the all-to-tempting plunge pool. This sumptuous and romantic retreat is perfectly suited to couples celebrating their honeymoon, an anniversary or simply in search of a special getaway. 

    The Emperor Suite

    Boasting spectacular views of the waterhole from the elegant sunken lounge, this spacious (105m²) 2 bedroom suite is conveniently located on the second level of the Clubhouse. The Emperor master bedroom offers an extra length king size bed, an en-suite bathroom with an open-air rain shower and bath for two - although if you have a baby in tow there;'s room for a cot too! The lounge divides the additional bathroom, equipped with a rain shower, and the children’s room which is fitted with two single beds for children up to age 14. We think the Emperor suite, with its’ adjacent TV lounge and beautifully appointed private dining space is perfectly suited to families with 2-3 children.

    The Royal Villa

    This luxurious 2 bedroom family villa offers exclusivity and privacy, perfectly suited to families with 2 – 3 children.The master bedroom boasts a lavish four poster bed, indoor wood fire place, en-suite bathroom with both indoor and outdoor rain showers and a bath with exquisite views out to the waterhole. Separated by a large dining area and small kitchenette, the second bedroom offers sumptuous twin beds and a large en-suite bathroom with indoor rain shower and bath. The library and TV lounge located on the second level gives way to another viewing deck with perfect waterhole views, while the 138m² private viewing deck with plunge pool and a comfortable outdoor seating area is the ideal haven to enjoy the sights and sounds of the African bush. When booking the Villa in conjunction with another Suite a private vehicle for game drives will be included as an added luxury ensuring intimate family safari experiences as well as the flexibility sometimes required with younger children.

    Coming soon: The Sovereign House

    This exquisite home-from-home offering 438m² of space, accommodates 6 guests in 3 spacious bedrooms all with incredible views and en-suite bathrooms. The modern, yet homely, interiors include an open plan dining area with wine cellar (oh yes!) and a large lounge with a wood-burning fire place and library.  It is enveloped by lavish spacious viewing decks with outdoor seating, shaded dining space and daybed beside a crystal clear plunge pool with an adjacent private boma under the stars. A private vehicle is included for an even more exclusive experience. 

  • facilities & activities

    The charming Clubhouse is a thatch and stone affair which blends perfectly with the colours of the bush and belies the stylish interior, oozing laid back sophistication. Outdoors, terraces on different levels, one with a firepit, make the most of the incredible waterhole views which you can also soak up from the appealing deck pool too. The lodge is partially fenced but wild animals do visit occasionally and you can stay guilt-free as 20% of the profits support local education and healthcare initiatives.

    The dawn and dusk game drives are the main attraction - highly qualified and experienced rangers are on hand to ensure you get the most out of your safari experience. The Big Five, (Elephant, Buffalo, Rhino, Lion and Leopard) are all present in Madikwe Game Reserve, as well as many species of birds, antelope and other mammals; including the endangered African Wild Dogs and Cheetah. Children under the age of 5 years are not allowed on scheduled Game Drives but can take part in the Kiddie bumbles, depending on availability at time of arrival.

    Bushwalks offer a different perspective - following in the footsteps of the animals allows you the opportunity to learn more about the smaller creatures as well as the flora that make up this unique wildlife reserve. NB for ages 16+ although adults over the age of 60 years require a medical fitness certificate in order to participate.

    For something with a cultural angle, how about Tswana Dancing? The 'warrior tribe', as the Tswana are known, were mighty and fierce in their battles on the plains of Africa, using their dramatic tribal dance as a means to instill fear in the hearts of their enemies! Unlike the warrior men in the tribe, the Tswana women danced to show joy and love. Or budding drummers might like to take some drumming lessons - used as an instrument to send messages to warn the tribe of approaching danger, as well as to celebrate happy occasions, the Jemba drum was a vital form of communication amongst African tribes. Pre-booking is essential for these activities.

    The Lodge also offers massage treatments in the comfort and privacy of your suite or on the sundeck - what could surpass a gentle breeze blowing over your shoulders as you relinquish your mind to the tranquil wilderness surrounding you….

    Last but by no means least, star-gazers will be mesmerised by the African night sky, ablaze with sparkling lights hanging in the dark of night like diamonds. Witness the awe inspiring constellations and clusters that form part of our solar system through the crisp lens of a GPRS Telescope. Best viewing from February to late August but available year-round with pre-booking.

  • dining

    Post game-drive breakfasts are a hearty affair with a plentiful buffet of pastries, cereals, fruit and yoghurt, with hot meals to order. Lunch and dinner options can be selected in advance from the daily menu but typically you can expect lunch to be a light three-course offering, maybe a soup, followed by quiche or salmon salad and of course a delicious desert as you gaze out over the waterhole! For dinner, you could be looking at a Boma - a meal around the campfire under the stars, accompanied by some very tempting South African wines - maybe a Chenin Blanc or Pinotage, guaranteed to help lull you to sleep. Game-drives are puntuated by a drool-worthy coffee and muffin stop, or sun-downers - depending on the time of day. For most guests these little safari rituals quickly become a real highlight!

  • family

    Madikwe is malaria-free, so it’s ideal for little explorers. Children over five can join game drives and babysitters are available at extra cost. Kids’ Club activities include bush bumbles, tracking, crafts, bush baking, face painting and African story-telling. 

    Children over the age of 5 years are welcome to join their parents on the scheduled game drives. There are also daily bush bumbles for younger children, which are designed to suit all interests with tolerant rangers assessing and evaluating which sightings your children would enjoy most. Children receive a wonderful Royal Madikwe back pack filled with all sorts of goodies to take with them on the bush bumbles.

  • location

    The Royal Madikwe is easily accessed by road, daily shuttle flights or private charter flights. The lodge, overlooking a waterhole teeming with wildlife, is a 10-minute drive from Wonderboom Gate or half an hour from the airstrip.

    Many guests transfer by car - it's approximately 4.5 hours’ drive from Johannesburg, about 3 hours from Sun City and1.5 hours’ drive from the Sir Seretse Khama Airport in Gaborone, Botswana. For the more intrepid, there's also the option of renting a vehicle at the airport and driving yourself to the lodge. The roads are generally in good condition, so a 4×4 vehicle isn't essential.

    Alternatively, you can opt for a shuttle flight from (OR Tambo) Johannesburg International Airport to Madikwe Game Reserve Western Airstrip (flight time is approx. 1 hour). You will be met on arrival by one of the lodge guides. Shuttle flight times may vary by up to an hour, so please ensure to allow a minimum of 3-4 hours between connecting flights.

    Current departure times are as follows: 

    Depart Johannesburg @ 13h00 and arrive at Madikwe Western Airstrip @ 14h00
    Depart Madikwe Western Airstrip @ 11h15 and arrive in Johannesburg @ 12h15

    NB Luggage restrictions are very strict with an allowance of 20kg checked luggage per person in soft sided bags only as well as 5 kg hand luggage per person. For excess luggage, there is complimentary luggage storage at the Federal Airlines lounge.  If flights are fully booked there is the option of Private Charter flights.

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