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Madikwe Safari Lodge - Lelapa Lodge

Luxury Safari Lodge in the Madikwe Reserve


Madikwe Game Reserve, North West Province
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Situated in the game-rich northern section of the Madikwe Reserve, Madikwe Safari Lodge is ideally placed for great game viewing in the reserve.

All the luxury suites offer stunning views of the Madikwe Game Reserve that can be enjoyed from the comfort of your suite’s private deck, which includes an outdoor shower and plunge pool.
Each of the twelve suites are comfortable, spacious and ever respectful of the natural environment beyond. Each suite boasts an indoor and outdoor shower, private plunge pool and wood-burning fireplace which seek to enhance Mother Natures’ subtle signature.

Some of the features of Lelapa Lodge include;

12 Suites
Children of all ages welcome
Children’s activities and babysitting available
Family Rooms available
Private plunge pools
Communal pool
Suitable for disabled travellers (with assistance)
Full range of dietary preferences catered for
Free Wi-Fi (in public areas)

Four of the lodge suites are best suited for families with young children. Whether you want to spend time as a family or enjoy your own space, all guests can indulge in total, stress-free comfort and convenience. Each family suite provides a kids’ room equipped with bunkbeds, gown and slipper sets, and bedside hot-chocolate mugs as well as an array of toys, games, and books. While the children enjoy the perks of their stay, you and your partner can enjoy some much-needed alone time.

If you’d prefer a little more company, you can always take a plunge in the lodge’s larger guest pool and take in the sights of the animals doing the same at their very own watering hole just across the lawn.

Madikwe, meaning “Africa in its majesty”, sits in the uniquely beautiful and malaria-free North West Province, close to the Botswana border. It is one of the largest and most exclusive private game reserves in South Africa.

Madikwe’s wooded-hills give way to flat savannah plains, characterized by deep-red earth and sekelbos thickets extending into the dryer yellow-sanded Kalahari plains as you make your way west into the 75 000-hectare reserve. A beautiful diversity of biomes roamed freely by Africa’s notorious Big Five as well as many other mammal species. Twice daily game drives are conducted by qualified guides in open vehicles, giving you the best opportunities to view the wide range of animals in the Madikwe Reserve, with frequent sightings of the Big 5.

Special SADC Rate


per person per night sharing. Book within 45 days of travel. Valid until 15 December 2024

Standard Rate


per person sharing per night


All meals
Two game drives daily with FGASA qualified ranger
Game drive refreshments & snacks; Transfers to and from the Eastern Madikwe airstrip
Wi-Fi in public areas.


The uniqueness of Madikwe lies in its diversity – not only the complexity of biomes but the range of fauna and flora that is a result of the changing landscapes – all of which can be covered in a three-hour safari.

The Kalahari plains in the western sections of park transition into more recognizable lowveld savannah and acacia thickets, while the hillsides and riverine sections provide more wooded areas, providing the perfect environment for an extraordinary array of wildlife.


Madikwe Safari Lodge is one of South Africa’s very best family-friendly safari destinations. Being a family-owned lodge, they strongly believe in quality family time, creating unforgettable memories in nature that get passed from generation to generation.

The experienced child-minders also allow parents to enjoy some relaxing time to themselves, while children are treated to an array of activities, both fun and educational.
You don’t even have to leave your luxury accommodations at the Madikwe Safari Lodge to learn about the fascinating animal life that lives within the reserve.

Drop your kids off at Lelapa Lodge’s Eco House or Safari Club, where they can play, craft, and learn more about the local wildlife through an interactive learning programme. By the end of your holiday, your kids may be able to teach you a thing or two about the Big Five, Secret Seven, and the rest of the Madikwe animal gang.
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