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Gettting To The Royal Madikwe Luxury Safari Lodge

The Royal Madikwe is easily accessed by road, daily shuttle flights or private charter flights, all of which we will happily arrange. Travelling to The Royal Madikwe is hassle free and we’ll assist you every step of the way. There are various options below depending on your preferred mode of transportation.

Important Notice

ADULTS TRAVELLING WITH CHILDREN UNDER 18 YEARS: As from 01 June 2015, all persons under the age of 18 years of age, traveling to/from South Africa are required to produce an UNABRIDGED BIRTH CERTIFICATE indicating the biological parents of the minor. In the case where only one parent is travelling with the child, a consent from the other parent in the form of an affidavit, is required. Airlines will be forced to refuse travel to persons under the age of 18 not in possession of these documents.

Shared Shuttle Flights

The Royal Madikwe is easily accessed by daily shuttle flights from (OR Tambo) Johannesburg International Airport to Madikwe Game Reserve Western Airstrip. Approximate flight time is 1 hour. Guests will be collected from the Western Airstrip by one of our guides and transferred to Royal Madikwe at no extra cost – approximately 25 minute drive time. Shuttle flight times may vary by up to an hour, so please ensure to allow a minimum of 3-4 hours between connecting flights. 

Depart Johannesburg @ 13h00 and arrive at Madikwe Western Airstrip @ 14h00
Depart Madikwe Western Airstrip @ 11h15 and arrive in Johannesburg @ 12h15

Luggage restrictions are very strict with an allowance of 20kg checked luggage per person in soft sided bags only as well as 5 kg hand luggage per person. For excess luggage, the complimentary luggage storage facility at the Federal Airlines lounge can be utilized, or an additional seat must be booked and is dependent on availability at the time of enquiring. Please do note that seats are very limited and if flights are fully booked there is an option of Private Charter flights, or a Road Transfer as below.

Private Charters Flights

Private Charters can be arranged in the event of the shared Shuttle Flights being fully booked, or for a more luxurious experi-ence and includes a meet & greet facility whereby guests will be escorted off international flights through customs / immigra-tion on arrival. Flight times are reasonably flexible to suit guests’ requirements and dependent on flight and lodge operations. Please be sure to enquire with Reservations about the possibility of an earlier check-in or later check-out as a surcharge may be applicable for transfers to / from the airstrip.

Road Transfers

Alternatively, a road transfer can be arranged to transfer guests to/from The Royal Madikwe.
Approximately 4.5 hours’ drive from Johannesburg, approximately 3 hours’ drive from Sun City and approximately 1.5 hours’ drive from the Sir Seretse Khama Airport in Gaborone, Botswana. Please enquire for transfers from other destinations.

Driving Yourself

For the more adventurous, there is also the option of renting a vehicle at the airport and driving yourself to the lodge. This is a great way to see more of the country and the roads are generally in good condition, thus a 4×4 vehicle is not a requirement. We do advise using the downloadable directions to the lodge.

Reserve Entry Fees

Drive in - ZAR 200 per adult l ZAR 90 per child under 12 years l No charge for children under 2 years
Fly in - ZAR 260 per adult l ZAR 170 per child under 12 years l No charge for children under 2 years

Conservation Levy

ZAR 165 per adult | ZAR 82,50 per child (2-11yrs) | No charge for children under 2 years

Check-In / Check-Out Times

Check-in time 13h00 – 14h00
Check-out time 10h00 – 11h00

Please contact us for a personalised transfer quote.

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