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Last Word Madikwe Bush House

Safari Lodge in the Madikwe Reserve


Madikwe Big 5 Game Reserve, North West Province
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The Bush House is not your typical Game lodge. The Lodge is set in the malaria free Madikwe Game Reserve. It is an old farmhouse that after years of family laughter and happiness has been transformed into an inviting and relaxing residence that encourages guests to kick off their shoes and unwind.

What makes The Bush House different?
Perhaps it’s in the people who make you feel so warmly welcome, at the bar after your game drive, at the brunch table, or in the boma for dinner under the stars. The staff prides themselves on really caring for guests and being attentive to their needs. As an owner managed Lodge the personal touch is an integral part of the service.

Perhaps it’s in the sense of the bushveld. The dust of the elephant herds, the closeness of the rhino, the fleeting glimpse of the leopard… or the massive power of the buffalo coming down to drink at the waterhole within meters of the front lawn.

It could be the luxuries you enjoy. The sumptuous bushveld cuisine or the service so close you only have to lift a finger. Or maybe it’s more about the whole experience than a single sighting. More about the memories you made while you were one with nature as you pulled the bushveld around your shoulders like a blanket, and in a strange, familiar way you felt completely at home.
The Bush House does not have to be booked out exclusively, each room can be sold individually.

That’s why people come back to The Bush House. Again and again. For most of our guests it’s just like that, like coming home – even for the first time.

There are six en-suite bedrooms. Four of them have private verandas where you can sit and contemplate the world, one overlooks the garden and waterhole with another having the soothing sounds of a water feature outside the sliding door. All rooms form part of the main lodge so there are no unnecessary long walks to your room.

The Bush House Chefs, who together create a wonderful culinary repertoire, whether it is breakfast in the garden, afternoon tea packed with treats or a fire-lit dinner in the Boma under the stars.

Enjoy relaxing in the large shaded garden overlooking the best waterhole in Madikwe. Lounge at the pool while the staff take care of your every need. Enjoy a friendly game of cricket, rugby or soccer on the lawn. Two game drives are conducted daily in the Madikwe Game Reserve under the expert care of a trained guide, take a walk through our private nature trail which is within the electrified boundaries of camp.

Special SADC 3 Night Rate


per person sharing per night. Valid until 30 April 2024.

Special SADC Any Time Rates


per person sharing per night. Valid until 30 April 2024

Standard rate


per person sharing per night.


All meals
Two game drives daily (off road driving is permitted)
Teas & coffees
Complimentary Wi-Fi


An exciting addition to our offering is an underground hide that borders on the very edge of our most active waterhole. A water point is located close to the front opening and elephants regularly drink from this point or walk right past the front of The Hide. The roof which is just above ground level is reinforced and can carry the weight of any elephant that might wander across the top.

The Hide is accessed from a path within the Lodge garden, or from the swimming pool, so guests can safely move along the walkway and into the tunnel without being seen by the animals and in complete safety.

The front of The Hide has an expanded metal grid which is completely open and out of sight but can be quickly dropped if anyone is feeling nervous.


The pathways, tunnel and hide are all lit at night so are available for use by guests 24 hours a day.
Those guests with walkers and in wheelchairs can also use The Hide as the walkway has ramps that ensure ease of access.

Viewing of all the visiting animals and birds close up is truly spectacular and offers a whole new dimension in game viewing.
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