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Traversing over 75 000 hectares, Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge is situated on a hill, in the heart of the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve. Ingeniously set amongst boulders and age-old Tamboti trees, the lodge offers visitors the utmost in luxury and hospitality, where you will find yourself enchanted by a world of intrigue and majestic beauty. The Madikwe Game Reserve is home not only to the Big Five, but also to a wealth of other fascinating creatures, including the rare Wild Dog. Our team at Madikwe Hills looks forward to showing you Africa’s wonderful wildlife and to fulfilling your every wish, making your stay the ultimate in privacy and luxury. The utter dedication and passion of the team at Madikwe Hills ensure that every guest departs with a memory of an African safari never to be forgotten. Madikwe Hills consists of a Main Lodge with ten suites, and a private camp, Little Madikwe Hills, accommodating twenty-four guests in total. At the Main Lodge, ten ultra-luxurious glass-fronted suites complete with their own deck and private plunge pools offer absolute privacy and majestic views. The unusual, yet subtle “Afrochic” décor integrates natural elements with colours highlighting Africa’s ambience, with each suite boasting soft sofas, voluptuous mosquito netting and cotton picot linen. Your suite has been designed for complete relaxation and comfort, with fireplaces and under-floor heating for the winter months, and for summer, overhead fans and air-conditioning, proving a welcome respite from the harshness of the African heat. Outside showers, romantic bathrooms and concertina glass doors allow you to truly feel at one with the environment.

Along with a warm and friendly atmosphere, Madikwe Hills offers the highest standard of service, ensuring that each guests’ needs are satisfied during their stay. Therefore, the central area is an important part of everyday life at the lodge. From the threshold of majestic, age-old East African doors, you will immediately feel the cool breeze emanating throughout our central area. Each table in our lounge is stocked with beautiful books, waiting to be opened and explored. The bar entices every guest to a pre-dinner drink and fireside chat with your friendly rangers and managers, while the main deck overlooking the waterhole is the perfect place to while away the day under a cool umbrella. Our main swimming pool offers a cool respite from the harsh African afternoon sun, and is a great way to relax with a cocktail! Dinners in our dining room are a silver-service experience of memorable proportions. The dining room consists of three mahogany tables and awaits guests in eager anticipation of serving up meals of the highest standard. With beautiful artworks on the walls and cutlery and crockery fit for a king, the dining room is the perfect place to spend each evening. Fine cuisine is accompanied by superb local and international wines, which can be found in our esteemed wine cellar next to the dining room. The cellar is a treat for the avid wine connoisseur as well as the learning amateur, and our staff will assist you by suggesting the perfect wine in accordance to the menu for that evening.


Little Madikwe
Separate from the Main Lodge is the ultimate in luxury and privacy, Little Madikwe Hills. Boasting a two bedroom suite with its own private landrover and game ranger, as well as a personal butler to take care of your every need. A gourmet kitchen and entertainment centre complete the picture. Two additional standard suites can also be reserved to form a completely private camp, which accommodates up to eight guests. Verandah’s, plunge pools, luxurious décor, outside shower s, fireplaces, under-floor heating, air-conditioning, and concertina glass doors that open the room up entirely, are standard in each suite at Little Madikwe Hills. Little Madikwe Hills has one large swimming pool and also offers extended amenities to groups of guests wanting to truly get away from it all.

Mouth watering cuisine is created by your personal chef in the gourmet kitchen of Little Madikwe Hills. You can even pick up a few culinary tips whilst you watch your meal being prepared! A luxury is being able to set your own meal and game drive times, making this the ideal exclusive family escape. All the sumptuous gourmet experiences are enjoyed in Little Madikwe’s beautifully decorated and enchanting dining room, and prepared in the state-of-the-art kitchen by a personal chef. A butler is on hand to respond to the group’s every need. A dedicated game ranger and game viewing vehicle means that Little Madikwe Hills’ guests can enjoy private game drives at their leisure, for as long or as short as they wish. Parents need not worry about their young ones disturbing the peace for other guests. Little Madikwe Hills’ reception room is also equipped with a satellite TV, and DVD collection. Little Madikwe Hills is ideal for families wanting to spend a special weekend together, and a permanent child minder is on hand for young family bookings. The Main Lodge does not accommodate children under the age of ten years. Most importantly the Madikwe Game Reserve is the ideal destination for families with young children, since the reserve is one of a few game-viewing areas in Southern Africa which is malaria free.

The secluded environment and outstanding service is also an ideal retreat for corporate groups needing to get away and focus, whether with the objective of strategising, or simply spending time relaxing together as a team. There are internet and presentation facilities, and the outstanding yet discreet service ensures that corporate clients can stay focused on the job at hand. Nowhere else in South Africa can groups be accommodated in such privacy and luxury, whilst being able to experience some of Southern Africa’s best Big 5, and Wild Dog viewing at their leisure creating a truly unforgettable experience, that far exceeds expectations. Little Madikwe Hills is also available for private and exclusive weddings for guests of up to eight people. For more information, please contact reservation

Dining At Madikwe Hills

Head Chef, Lara Whyte is on hand to create a variety of wholesome and satisfying dishes, which leave each and every guest alive to the possibility of fusion food mixed with the finest in African ingredients and decadent flavours. A culinary marvel in her own right, Marita has perfected the art of combining freshness with flavour and turning simple ingredients into cuisine of great visual appeal with every plate that makes its way from the kitchen. Marita acknowledges passion as her secret ingredient when perfecting that ultimate dining experience. Traditional Full English and Continental breakfasts served on the main deck are hearty and unpretentious; we like to call it “comfort food with a twist!” In addition to the English breakfast, there is also a selection of Eggs Benedict, Eggs Florentine, mouth watering Canadian French toast among other selections on the menu. Breakfasts at Madikwe Hills are a relaxed and fulfilling affair. Lunches under shady umbrellas on the main deck are a highlight of each day at Madikwe Hills. Marita and her team have kept a careful balance between old and new, but have stuck to the basics of simplicity, authenticity and freshness, reviving old classics into ‘food with soul.’ Dinners at Madikwe Hills are without compromise, ensuring that style and substance is main priority.No two dinners will be the same at Madikwe Hills, from dining under the stars in our traditional b oma to fine silver service dinners in our dining room, or next to the fire on the main deck. The perfect end to the perfect safari experience! A private dinner on the deck of your suite is offered to couples wanting to spend time together in privacy. The ultimate in romance, private dinners at Madikwe Hills will seduce the senses and soothe the soul…


Activities At Madikwe Hills

  • Game drives and Guided Wildlife Activities At Madikwe Game Reserve
  • Experience the Sabi Sand, Timbavati, Manyeleti Game Reserves
  • Connect to South Africa safaris to Madikwe, Kruger Parks and Reserves
  • Connect to Victoria Falls & Zambia safaris in South Luangwa, Lower Zambezi & Kafue Parks
  • Connect to Botswana safaris in Okavango Delta, Chobe, Moremi, Savuti & Central Kalahari
  • Connect to Tanzania safaris in Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Lake Manyara, Tarangire, Selous, Ruaha, Gombe, Mahale
  • Connect to Kenya safaris in Masai Mara, Samburu, Amboseli, Lake Nakuru, Tsavo, Laikipia
  • Connect Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya climb tours
  • Relax at Indian Ocean Beach Islands of Zanzibar, Kenya, Mauritius, Seychelles.


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