My wife and I have stayed in 6 or 7 other lodges in Madikwe but we have to admit that Royal Madikwe is now top of our list! Attention to detail in all aspects from the room, to the food presentation, to the attentive staff in the hotel is unbelievable. Our game ranger “Doctor” was fantastic – we thought we were reasonably knowledgeable about the various animals but he added interesting facts that we hadn’t previously heard.
We will definitely return, probably in summer so that we can get full use of the rooms private plunge pools and the awesome deck where you can chill and watch the game meander past.
Roll on summer!
“Stunning stay at a perfect lodge”
Royal Madikwe Lodge is surely a once in a lifetime experience. My husband and I enjoyed a fantastic 2-night stay in January.
Royal Madikwe is 5* luxury, the staff are super friendly and professional.
The Madikwe Game reserve itself also did not fail to impress us – we had a 4-hour game drive with amazing wildlife sightings and tracking and following a male lion.
I loved the honeymoon room’s fantastic view over the waterhole. We saw a whole herd of Elephants quietly passing through which was one of our highlights.
Unfortunately the weather did not play along for us to enjoy the plunge pool – but then again the water and rain was much needed after a very dry season.
There were a few water leaks through the thatch roof, but we did inform the staff and I am sure this was attended to.
Royal Madikwe Luxury Safari Lodge was like a breath of fresh air – we loved every minute.
“Lovely intimate Safari Lodge”
This was my first Safari, my husband’s 6th and both of us were absolutely blown away. We travel about 70% of they year worldwide and the resort was absolutely top notch. We stayed in the villa which was gorgeous and comfortable… the outdoor bath and shower look over the watering hole so each and every morning you have the gift of seeing animals completely unencumbered (you could even skip game drives and hang there alone!) The service was impeccable, the staff offered to start our fireplaces while we were out at game drives and the house/refrigerator was stocked with all the homey comforts. The food and service in the main resort is amazing and has the same attention to detail. All the accommodations were clean and pristine, the service was extraordinary and it was the perfect balance of luxury and authenticity.

We had a private jeep and our guide was Kevin. He went out of his way to not only look for the Big 5 (all of which we saw!) but he varied the drives so we had a chance to see the plants, birds and the highest point in the reserve where we watched the sunset. We learned so much, he was attentive and had answers to all of our questions. Each time there was a special viewing it was organized and private allowing us to really enjoy each animal. The reserve was set up so that we had the opportunity to see new animals each day and was the perfect size. The animals all looked healthy and because of the size and care of the grounds we felt incredibly safe (yet adventurous).

There are not enough superlatives to describe the experience of The Royal Madikwe. Visit here and you won’t miss out on anything – luxury vacation, the adventure of Safari and the awe of South Africa.

“Once In A Lifetime”
Such a fabulous few days here, the villas was amazing, I would love it as a permanent holiday house. The food was another highlight.
Martin our ranger was so knowledgeable on animals, birds, argiculture and South Africa in general. Who knew termites could also be interesting. We saw the big 5 and also wild dog which was a highlight. We would of loved to stay longer and will def return.
“Luxury villas that I wanted to move into permanently”
On arrival, we were met with ice cold towels from managers Cherie and staff who treated us like royalty. Stunned by our sensational surroundings both outside, naturally and our Devine with inside and outside shower together with our own private pool where you could sit and watch these incredible animals come and not too far away! Martin our wonderful ranger, was fantastic with an incredible wealth of knowledge by which I felt humbled. We found everything, and more which we had come to see. Gorgeous staff with beautiful smiling faces. Food incredible, chef made anything to please all palates. Want to come back soon! Thank to everyone who made this a great experience.
“Unforgettable and outstanding Accommodation and Safari experience!”
It is said that you cannot find paradise on Earth but our experience challenges that! We spent the most extraordinary time at Royal Madikwe, this beautiful hotel set in the heart of the Madikwe Game Reserve. The RM team made us so welcome from the moment we arrived to the second we left and throughout our stay, they all gave us 300%, always with a smile and the utmost courtesy. Nothing was ever too much trouble and we really cannot praise them highly enough.

The accommodation and location was spectacular, the service impeccable and the food glorious and abundant!

We have been lucky to stay in some amazing hotels but none of our previous experiences have come close to what we found at Royal Madikwe; a unique sense of total peace and tranquillity.

The game drives taught us how to look, listen and smell again and we saw all of the Big Five, aside from the elusive leopard, but that gives us a very good excuse to return! On our last game drive, we had an extraordinary encounter with a pride of lions and a fully grown male who passed by the Land Cruiser within touching distance, a memory we will never forget!

At the hotel itself, our accommodation was in an enchanted detached thatched lodge which overlooked the water hole. There was constant activity here with visits every day from large herds of elephant, impala, zebra, warthogs and buffalo. Throughout our stay, just as we thought we had seen the best Madikwe had to offer, something even more extraordinary happened.

We have returned fully reset! To all the staff; Cheri, Lauren, Chris, Doc, Eva, Eunice, Happy, Bright, Gift, Beauty and the amazing chefs and all the other staff at RM a massive thank you for making our stay so special. We miss you all and look forward to seeing you again as soon as we can.

Greg and Julie

“Paradise on Earth”
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