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Madikwe River Lodge
Situated in the heart of the malaria free Madikwe Game Reserve just four hours drive from Johannesburg, Madikwe River Lodge is the perfect venue for both groups and private guests. Surrounded by 75 000 hectares of African sand veld, this luxury lodge is ideally positioned on the Groot Marico River, and is home to the Big Five, wild dog, cheetah and vast open spaces.
Madikwe River Lodge consists of 16 secluded split-level thatched chalets set in the cool tranquillity of a riverine forest. Each chalet offers an en-suite bathroom and shower with a full range of guest amenities, ceiling fans, complimentary tea and coffee making facilities, hairdryers, a mini- bar, and a private wooden viewing deck overlooking the river. Luxury Suite features includes a separate lounge area as well as an outside shower. Madikwe River Lodge is a child-friendly establishment, and offers 6 family rooms, with twin beds and an additional sleeper couch. Cots are available on request. Facilities and activities at Madikwe River Lodge include 24-hour security (the lodge is surrounded by an electric fence), a swimming pool with a sundeck at the main lodge, a rock pool, and a curio shop. The lodge also offers a complimentary laundry service to its guests, as well as a babysitting service. Weather permitting, meals are usually served outdoors. Dinner is served in the Island Boma or in the lodge dining room, while lunch is served on the main lodge deck and breakfast in the dining room or outdoor deck. The summer months allow for the added experience of Bush Dinners, which can be arranged on request.
Madikwe Game Reserve is home to an incredible array of wildlife. All predator species are represented and also black and white rhino, buffalo, giraffe, zebra and a great number of antelopes. More than 350 bird species have been registered. The re-stocking of Madikwe with animals indigenous to the area began in mid-1991. Since then, more than 8,000 animals of 28 species have been introduced in the largest game translocation exercise in the world at that time. Species introduced to date include the Big Five, lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino plus cheetah, wild dog, spotted hyena, giraffe, zebra and many species of antelope and other herbivores. Early morning and late afternoon game drives, as well as guided bush walks are offered at Madikwe River Lodge. Guests not only get close to Big Game but also learn to identify birds and trees, taste edible fruit, follow in the footsteps of animals great and small and learn about local bush lore. Become one with the bush as you track silently after the spoor of wildlife during game drives.
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