Madikwe Safari Lodge | Big 5

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Madikwe Safari Lodge is set in the north-eastern corner of malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve, an area acclaimed for its superior diversity of fauna and flora, including the Big Five. This sublime Lodge comprises three separate accommodations – Lelapa Lodge, Dithaba Lodge, and Kopano Lodge – providing 20 charming thatched rooms in total.

The spacious rooms are all beautifully decorated in a crisp contemporary style with an eclectic Afro-centric twist and positioned to maximise the panoramic views of the magnificent terrain below and across to the Dwarsberg mountains in the distance.

Each of the 20 air-conditioned rooms boasts a double bed, wood-burning fireplace plus an electric blanket for the cooler winter months, a comfortable lounge, full bathroom, indoor and outdoor showers, and raised wooden verandah with a private plunge pool. Extra amenities include gym-in- a-basket (dumbbells, exercise mats, core strengthener ring), a hairdryer, insect repellent, international adaptor plugs, a safe, and mini-bar.

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  • Family-oriented Lelapa Lodge

    Lelapa Lodge takes its name from the Tswana term meaning “family” and lies in the centre of the Madikwe Safari Lodge group of accommodations. This family-oriented Lodge can sleep a maximum 24 visitors in twelve delightful rooms and welcomes children of all ages. It is also suitable for disabled travellers who have assistance).

    Four of the rooms offer a second bedroom with two single beds for children aged 15 years or younger. One of these extended rooms is fitted with a sleeper couch, making it perfect for families with a third child.

    Lelapa’s open-plan reception area has indoor and outdoor dining spaces and a bar lounge which opens onto a patio from where you can take in the panoramic vistas or amble down to the communal pool. Additional facilities include free Wi-Fi in the common areas, children’s activities, babysitting services, and menu alternatives for visitors with specific dietary requirements.

  • Lofty Dithaba Lodge

    This hillside Lodge takes its name from the word Dithaba which means “mountain” in Tswana and offers a spectacular outlook on Madikwe’s extensive savannah.

    With just four double rooms, this secluded Lodge is perfect for small family and group breakaways. Visitors should be aware, however, that the Lodge is usually only open to teenagers 16 years and older and is not fit for disabled travellers due to its elevated position.

    Dithaba can also be booked on a sole-use basis for a larger family or group gathering in which case children of all ages are permitted.  Exclusive-use of this fabulous Lodge includes the services of a dedicated lodge manager, a chef who will happily cater to your dietary preferences, and a certified field guide.

    The Lodge’s chilled visitor hub has an indoor lounge, complete with a wood-burning fireplace, and dining area as well as an outdoor sitting area and dining space where dinners are served under the infinite twinkling stars of the Milky Way.
  • Secluded Kopano Lodge

    Secluded Kopano Lodge truly lives up to the essence of its name which translates as “small gathering” in Tswana. As the flagship Lodge of the Madikwe Safari collective, Kopano can sleep up to eight visitors in four elite suites, ensuring the ultimate in memorable bushveld getaways.

    Visitors should be aware that Kopano does not cater to young adults and children aged 15 years and younger. However, it is open to disabled travellers with assistance. The Lodge also has menu options for visitors with specific dietary demands.

    Kopano’s striking open-plan main visitor area features tastefully-appointed indoor and outdoor dining spaces as well as an interior lounge, complete with a wood-burning fireplace, and exterior gathering space from where you can appreciate the utter peace and impressive scenery of Madikwe Game Reserve uninterrupted.

    A stay at Madikwe Safari Lodge promises ample opportunities to explore the wonderful array of fauna and flora that call Madikwe Game Reserve home. Activities include morning and evening game drives in 4X4 safari vehicles, guided nature trails, bird spotting, bush breakfasts, picnics, and dinners, stargazing, and cultural village tours.

    For safety reasons, children under six years of age cannot participate in the regular game viewing activities. The good news is that Madikwe Safari Lodge is known for the special attention it pays to junior visitors. To this end, the Lodge offers a late morning family drive for children aged two to five years.

    The highlight for junior visitors, however, is sure to be the Lodge’s Eco House. Here youngsters can join in a range of supervised interactive “Cubz” activities including bush orientation, bug CSI, dung tracking, track pack with plaster of Paris, painting, drawing, arts, crafts, baking, pizza-making, stargazing, games nights, and more.

    While the kids play, why not take the time to indulge in a revitalising spa treatment in the privacy of your room. Or peruse the Lodge’s gorgeous curio boutique.

    If the idea of an idyllic bush wedding is your dream come true, each of Madikwe Safari Lodge’s individual accommodations can be reserved on a sole-use basis for intimate nuptial parties. The Lodges are all equipped to ensure your wedding ceremony lives up to your expectations of a memorable “big day” against the background of the pristine African bushveld. And what better destination to spend your honeymoon, celebrate an anniversary or enjoy a romantic couples hideaway.

    Renowned for its five-star service and authentic hospitality, Madikwe Safari Lodge is the ideal setting to commemorate life and answer the call of the great outdoors without sacrificing on life’s little luxuries.
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 Rates inclusive of 15% VAT • South African Rand • Subject to availability 
01 Jan 2022 - 31 Aug  2022
Description Sharing Single
Madikwe Lelapa R9 000 R13 500
Madikwe Kopano R10 350 R15 525
Madikwe Kopano - Exclusive  use  up to 6 Pax R67 500
Madikwe Kopano - Exclusive  use  up to 8 Pax R72 900
Madikwe Dithaba R12 600 R18 900
Madikwe Dithaba - Exclusive  use  up to 6 Pax R81 900
Madikwe Dithaba - Exclusive  use  up to 8 Pax R88 200
01 Sep 2022 -19 Dec 2022
Description Sharing Single
Madikwe Lelapa R10 800 R16 200
Madikwe Kopano R12 420 R18 630
Madikwe Kopano - Exclusive  use  up to 6 Pax R80 820
Madikwe Kopano - Exclusive  use  up to 8 Pax R87 300
Madikwe Dithaba R15 120 R22 680
Madikwe Dithaba - Exclusive  use  up to 6 Pax R98 100
Madikwe Dithaba - Exclusive  use  up to 8 Pax R106 200
20 Dec 2022 -04 Jan 2023
Description Sharing Single
Madikwe Lelapa R12 960 R19 440
Madikwe Kopano R14 850 R22 320
Madikwe Kopano - Exclusive  use  up to 6 Pax R96 930
Madikwe Kopano - Exclusive  use  up to 8 Pax R104 400
Madikwe Dithaba R17 550 R28 325
Madikwe Dithaba - Exclusive  use  up to 6 Pax R115 100
Madikwe Dithaba - Exclusive  use  up to 8 Pax R122 850




1st JULY ’22 – 16th DECEMBER ’22

Per Person per night sharing Single
Madikwe Lelapa R4 550 R6 850
Madikwe Kopano R4 950 R7 450
Madikwe Dithaba R5 450 R8 200


  • All meals; 
  • Teas/Filter coffees; 
  • Two game drives daily with FGASA qualified ranger; 
  • Game drive refreshments & snacks; 
  • Transfers to and from the Eastern Madikwe airstrip; 
  • Specified inclusive safari activities. 
  • Wi-Fi in public areas.


  • Laundry; 
  • Beverage & Specialty coffees; 
  • Corkage fee
  • Cigars & cigarettes;
  • All flights and transfers not specified; 
  • Gratuities; 
  • Telephone calls; 
  • Curio shop purchases;
  • Spa treatments;
  • Park & conservations fees.
  • Any additional extras will be for the guest’s account.


  • There is a drinks package available at R595 per person per day.
  • We are able to cater for Kosher dietary requirements but please note that there will be a surcharge of R350 per person per day.
  • There is a corkage fee of R500 per room per night should you choose to bring your own alcohol.


  • Rates are for South African Residents or SADC Residents only and a South African ID or SADC passport will be required.
  • Rates are subject to change at the discretion of Madikwe Safari Lodge.
  • A 50% non-refundable deposit is required upon confirmation.
  • Balance payment must be received no later 14 days prior to travel.
  • Cancellations from 07 -14 days prior to travel with incur a 50% cancellation fee.
  • Bookings made 14 days before arrival will require full pre-payment upon confirmation.


Madikwe Safari Lodge (Lelapa Lodge):

  • Children of all ages are welcome.
  • For safety reasons, children aged 5 and younger are not permitted on game drives and safari activities. A family game drive is offered for younger children after breakfast. A private vehicle can be arranged at an additional cost of R5000 per day upon request and will not be limited to occupants over 6 years old.
  • Children 0-5 stay free of charge.
  • Children 6-15 are charged at 50% of adult per person sharing rate.
  • Children 16 and older are charged at full adult per person sharing rate or at a full single supplement if staying in their own room.
  • If two children under 16 are in a room on their own, one child is charged for at the full adult per person sharing rate and the second child will be charged according to their age.
  • Please note that a maximum of 4 people is permitted in a room with the exception of an additional child under 2 years old (a cot will be provided).

Kopano & Dithaba Lodge:

  • We regret we are unable to accommodate children under 16 years of age.
  • Children 16 years or older will be accommodated in their own suite and are charged at the full adult per person sharing rate or single supplement rate.
  • Children are only accepted at Kopano and Dithaba Lodge if booked out exclusively - then Lelapa Lodge policy applies
  • Please note that a maximum of 4 people is permitted in a room with the exception of an additional child under 2 years old (a cot will be provided).

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Validity: From 01 June 2021 - 18 Dec 2022. 

Valid across all three luxury camps, Lelapa, Kopano and Dithaba.
Promotions cannot be combined unless explicitly stated. Promotions can be applied to exclusive use offerings.

Come and stay at any one of our camps for 4 nights and only pay for 3.
For newlyweds on their honeymoon! Spend 3 nights at any
of our luxury camps and one of the happy couple gets 50%
off their accommodation rate.
Repeat guests will be gifted 10% off their accommodation rate
  • Valid for repeat guests who have visited the lodge within the last 5 years.
  • Excludes travelling companions who have not stayed at Madikwe Safari Lodge before.
  • Can be combined with other promotions and specials.

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Our three lodges, Lelapa,Dithaba and Kopano comprise of 20 suites in total and give guests a choice to stay together as a group of family and friends, or to have a more private bush experience as a couple. Our staff know exactly how to make you feel welcome, comfortable and relaxed. If you curl up on your couch at home, that is what we encourage you to do with us at Madikwe Safari Lodge.

Lelapa Lodge

Lelapa literally means ‘family’, and this is exactly how we want you to feel – there is no restriction in terms of age or generation. You can expect warm hospitality, sublime comfort and a compelling charm which will make you want to stay forever.

Each of the 12 Suites are spacious, comfortable and ever respectful of the natural environment beyond. Indoor and outdoor showers, private plunge pool and wood-burning fireplace are just some of the added creature comforts to enhance Mother Nature’s subtle signature.

  • 1 Suite at Lelapa has a sleeper couch, which is suitable for a triple booking, and booking of this room us subject to availability
  • The rate for the third person in a triple room is 50% of the per person sharing rate (maximum 3 pax)
  • Third person sharing will be restricted to children under the age of 16
  • 4 Family Suites, where the second bedroom has two single beds for children (under 16 years of age) only. there is an additional sleeper couch in each Family Suite for a third child

Quick Facts

  • 12 Suites for 24 people
  • 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)

Kopano Lodge

Kopano directly translated means ‘small gathering’. The Lodge comprises just 4 Suites (each with private plunge pool) which share a magnificent common area. Fine dining to the hoot of an owl, the roar of a lion or the crazed whoop of a hyena is the stuff that dreams are made of. Salut!

There are no triple or interleading Suites available at Kopano Lodge
Quick Facts

  • 4 Suites for 8 guests
  • Children of 16 and older welcome
  • Private Plunge Pools only
  • Open plan lounge and dining area
  • Suitable for disabled travellers (with assistance)
  • Full range of dietary preferences catered for

Dithaba Lodge

Dithaba (meaning ‘mountain’ in the local dialect) is located slightly higher up and has a spectacular view over the open plains.

With only 4 Suites (each with private plunge pool), this Lodge is well suited to a group of friends or family members making it their own while on safari.

Or for those who simply prefer the sound of nature and little else.

Has 1 sleeper couch, only to be used for a child if the lodge is booked out exclusively
Quick Facts

  • 4 Suites for 8 guests
  • Children of 16 and over welcome, unless lodge is booked exclusively then children of all ages are welcome
  • Private Plunge Pools only
  • Open plan lounge and dining area
  • Not suitable for disabled travellers
  • Full range of dietary preferences catered for

It doesn’t take much to be enamoured by Madikwe. Everything about this place is vast – its landscapes, its heavens, its wildlife. This is rugged Africa, and then some! Those with an adventurous spirit will feel like they have come home.


  • Go on a bush walk
  • Drink a glass of bubbles on safari while watching the sunset
  • Take a self portrait at my favourite animal sighting
  • Enjoy a body treatment, distracted only by the sound of the birds
  • Have a glass of wine while enjoying a bit of retail therapy in the shop
  • Join the Madikwe Facebook page and become part of the family
  • Take at least one picture of an African sunset and sunrise
  • Take a walk around the lodge and see how many trees I can identify
  • Lie back and look up at the Milky Way and spot some shooting stars
  • Learn 5 Afrikaans words and their meanings
  • Spend some time in the Eco House, and learn something new
  • Take a picture of my favourite team member
  • Count how many animals I can identify at the Lelapa Lodge pool
  • Learn 5 Setswana words and their meanings

Charter flight arrivals land directly at Madikwe Game Reserve, and passengers are immediately immersed in this wild

Spa & Wellnes

Madikwe offers a number of spa & beauty treatments. Wellness means walking in the wild, breathing fresh air, sleeping well and eating freshly prepared food.

Pamper yourself and indulge in a relaxing and revitalising treatment with Madikwe’s qualified therapist, all in the privacy of your suite.

All products used are 100% organic.


Including Massages, Facials, Reflexology, hand and foot treatments, and a specialised treatment for kids.


This is the place for romance. Spend your honeymoon at Madikwe, & take with you beautiful memories of a very special time that will remain with you forever!

Whether it’s your first breakaway as a couple or your second honeymoon, you want it to be an unforgettable experience. Romantic, idyllic, private and secluded – Madikwe Safari Lodge is the ideal setting to celebrate the start of a new life together or to fall in love all over again.

The suites at Kopano Lodge, Dithaba Lodge and Lelapa Lodge are private and spacious, each with its own private swimming pool boasting a breathtaking view over the surrounding landscape. In Winter (May through to August) the wood burning fireplace makes for a beautiful turndown, and the perfect accompaniment to falling asleep as the crackling light flickers throughout the room.

Our special treat to honeymooners

  • A romantic ‘turn down’
  • A surprise gift
  • A bottle of sparkling wine

“We recently held our wedding here, and what an amazing place with amazing people. We have been to Madikwe before, and knew that we would have an excellent experience but we never thought that they could be even better! They pulled out all the stops, from the rangers to the managers who helped us with every little detail and request – no matter how small.

What a wonderful friendly bunch of people in the most beautiful setting. All we can say is Thank You – Thank You – Thank You. And we look forward to coming back soon.”

- Warren and Nat Shaw

There is arguably no better place to celebrate the start of a very special union than in the African bush. Whether small and intimate, or more extravagant, Madikwe Safari Lodge is highly flexible and can accommodate groups of up to 40 guests across our 3 lodges.


  • Lelapa “Family“ Lodge: 12 suites for 24 guests
  • Kopana “Private” Lodge: 4 suites for 8 guests
  • Dithaba “Mountain” Lodge: 4 suites for 8 guests


  • A private wedding venue for your exclusive use
  • Legal fees which include fees for your unabridged marriage certificate application and collection (a full marriage certificate must then be applied for which can take up to 2 months to process in South Africa. Once completed it will be mailed to your address)
  • A Christian minister to officiate the ceremony. If you require another religious ceremony, this will have to be contracted out (for your account)
  • Dedicated on-site co-ordinator to ensure the experience runs smoothly
  • Elegant wedding venue set-up, inclusive of white & cream tablecloths and overlays
  • Specially created wedding menu (exclusive of drinks). Menu can be discussed with our chef
  • A handcrafted two-tiered wedding cake
  • Champagne for the bridal couple 
  • Romantic in-room breakfast the morning after the wedding
  • A private game vehicle
  • Special gift for the Bride & Groom
  • Bridal bouquet
  • Romantic turndown
  • Groom’s button hole flower
  • A relaxing couples spa treatment
  • Champagne for guests to toast the bridal couple (1 glass per guest)
  • A photographer to capture special moments during the day (excluding accommodation & transport costs)
  • Hairdresser & make-up artist for exclusive use of the bride


Healthy. Fresh. Delicious. Plentiful. That’s the secret to Madikwe’s culinary success.

[Unforgettable! Tripadvisor] “I would be remiss if I did not mention the extraordinary food served throughout the visit. From the sit down meals to the impromptu snacks while on the drives in the bush. Everything was delicious!

No two mealtimes at Madikwe are the same. Whether in the dining room, on the deck, in the boma or out in the bush – the one thing that remains consistent is the calibre of dishes presented. Simple and unpretentious, yet packed with wholesome flavour.

Younger palates will also find their flavour, with a full kid’s menu specially crafted around our younger guests.

As parents of twins – Mack and Madi – my late wife Britt (matriarch of the MORE family until her passing in 2016) and I learned first-hand what it meant to travel with young children. They don’t fit into prescribed timelines, and have specific needs when it comes to what they eat, where they sleep, and their entertainment. We experienced the joy in their effervescent excitement at discovering a new place, and came to realise that schedules should be left at home, with a little extra freedom for them to just play, explore, and be kids… And so began our journey of crafting the Mack & Madi Family Experience, which we have brought into our lodges and hotels for our family travellers. – Robert More, Owner of MORE

We have carefully created environments that are welcoming to guests of all ages, and encourage your family to feel at home away from home – but with some added luxuries. We provide space and places for loved ones to come together, and with every comfort and convenience afforded, there is time for the rest to take care of itself.

Madikwe offers families (with both older and younger children) a very special place to experience something magic together. At Lelapa Lodge children of all ages are welcome and we offer a host of activities for their enjoyment. Dithaba Lodge: Regret no children except if the Lodge is booked exclusively.

Many of us have kids of our own, so we know and understand what an unforgettable experience it is for children to be in the bush. We have taken a lot of time to design a kids’ menu of activities which will keep juniors entertained, and parents relaxed.

The ECO HOUSE is an educational (and entertainment) centre built specifically for kids – and anyone with a fascination for the wild world and its inhabitants.

The facility is always a hive of activity, where kids can partake in painting, drawing, making location specific models and arts and get to experience some of the live specimens from the reserve.

Parents have the choice of either engaging in the learning with their kids, or stealing a few hours for themselves. This experience is unique to Madikwe Safari Lodge, and has been crafted in consultation with the owner parents, guest parents, managers and North West parks (who have assisted in all the required permits for the live specimens).

In kid language… ECO-HOUSE is just AWESOME!


  • Children between the ages of zero and five years stay free of charge and children aged six to fifteen pay 50% of the per person adult rate.
  • Children under the age of 3 years old are not permitted on any of the daily safari drives, but may participate on a dedicated family safari game drive between 10:00am & 12:00pm daily. Parents are welcome to join this game drive too, subject to the availability of seats on the vehicle.
  • Children younger than 6 years old are not permitted on the scheduled daily safari drives that take place early mornings & late afternoons. Children aged between 3 and 5 years old .


  • Family safari drives
  • Bush orientation
  • Bug CSI
  • Long hours spent in the Eco-House
  • Dung tracking
  • Baking in the kitchen
  • Making pizzas in the boma
  • Star gazing
  • Games night, and much more..
Recommended Route to Madikwe Safari Lodge

Note this route is recommended if you prefer to travel a shorter distance on a gravel road bearing in mind that you do not require a 4x4 vehicle.

  • Starting at Oliver Tambo International Airport. Head southwest on O R Tambo Airport Rd toward To Parking Rd;
  • O R Tambo Airport Rd turns slightly left and becomes Short Term Parking Rd; Turn right toward Exit 46, take exit 46 on the right to merge onto R24 toward Johannesburg; take the exit onto N12/R24; take exit 113 for N3 S/N12 toward M2/Kimberley/Germiston/Durban; keep right at the fork, follow signs for N3 N/N1/Pretoria; continue onto N1 Western Bypass heading South West, direction Krugersdorp. Turn left onto the N14 highway, following the Krugersdorp signposts; travel in a south-westerly direction;
  • At the four-way stop, turn right onto the N14 towards Ventersdorp; at the T-junction, turn right towards Ventersdorp/Hekpoort; the road then splits again – take the left fork towards Ventersdorp;
  • Follow this road until you get to a four-way junction; here you will turn right towards Rustenburg;
  • Pass through the town of Magaliesberg and take the left fork in the road – the R509 to Boons and Derby
  • (approximately 53 km/27 miles);
  • Proceed through Derby towards Koster for approximately 17 km / 11 miles;
  • In Koster, turn right towards Swartruggens (R509) for 34 km / 21 miles;
  • Turn left at the stop street onto the N4 to Swartruggens, Groot Groot Marico and Zeerust (In Zeerust, be sure to refuel as there is no fuel available in the Reserve);
  • Turn right at President Street onto the R47/R49 to Gaborone;
  • It is ± 90 km / 56 miles to the Abjaterskop Gate, where you will enter Madikwe Game Reserve
  • Here you will be welcomed by the friendly gate staff, who will confirm your reservation and direct you to the correct camp at Madikwe Safari lodge;
  • Now, you will travel on a gravel road (travelling time is approximately 45 minutes) towards Derdepoort for approximately 11 km / 7 miles; at the T-junction, turn left;
  • On your way, you will pass a signboard to Derdepoort Gate after 2 km / 1.2 miles, and again 1.1 km / 0.68 miles later – just follow the directions to the Derdepoort Gate;
  • After approximately 5 km / 3.1 miles, you will drive through the “Ambush Alley” mountain pass; here you will see a sign warning drivers to be mindful of klipspringers in the area;
  • Continue on the same road and after 5 km / 3.1 miles, there is a crossroad where you will still continue straight;
  • Continue until you see the sign for Madikwe Safari Lodge (with the relevant Lodge name), where you turn right, off the main road and continue to the Lodge.
  • WELCOME, well done and ahead lies a great few days on safari so time to relax and we will take care of everything from here on in!

Please Note

  • It is safe to drive so don’t worry about driving through the rural areas as the locals sense of community and the importance your security is very highly regarded;
  • Please advise us of your estimated time of arrival and note Winter (May to September) game drives leave at 15h30 & Summer at 16h30 so try make it to us before then.
  • Please drive carefully and be aware of village pedestrians, their children and domestic animals;
  • There are always a number of speed traps with traffic police along the way, so please be sure to follow the speed restrictions;
  • The elephants at Madikwe Game Reserve must be treated with respect, so please keep a safe distance and don’t get out of the vehicle for any reason as one is never aware of who may be watching!;
  • Madikwe Reserve entrance fees are payable per person directly at the Lodge and will be added to your extra’s bill.
  • Please take note that the gate opens at 06h00 and closes at 21h00. Please advise the Lodge if you will be arriving outside of these times so that the relevant arrangements can be made.
About the Lodge

Madikwe Safari Lodge’s Kopano Lodge is ideally located for guests to appreciate the vastness and diversity of Madikwe Game Reserve’s land-scapes and wildlife. The modern lodge, influenced by an African design aesthetic, comprises just 4 luxury Suites and reminds of a traditional homestead. Kopano (meaning ‘small gathering’ in Setswana) can be booked out on an exclusive basis and is well-suited to a get-together of friends or family. Each Suite’s private lounge, viewing deck, and plunge pool provide personal space and are ideal positions from where to spot the animals coming by.

Lodge Features
  • Main lodge viewing/dining deck
  • Boma terrace, hosting fireside diners under the stars
  • Indoor dining room, with a fireplace
  • Guest lounge, with a fireplace and library nook
  • Kosher dining offering to ensure our Jewish guests can enjoy every treat a stay here has to offer
  • Access to Lelapa Lodge’s guest pool, positioned just up a waterhole for an incredible ‘poolside safari’
  • In-room spa and beauty treatments at the hands of expert therapists
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi – but we recommend reconnecting with each other
  • Madikwe Safari Lodge Gallery (at Lelapa Lodge), retailing rare and beautiful keepsakes, as well as everyday essentials
  • Kopano Lodge, Madikwe Safari Lodge is located in the central-eastern region of Madikwe Game Reserve. The area surrounding the lodge is well known for its rich biodiversity and provides some of the best game-viewing opportunities on the reserve.
  • GPS co-ordinates: should not be followed as these may get guests lost and most recommended routes are not navigable by normal vehicle.
Average maximum temperatures range from 23°C/73°F in July to 40°C/104°F in January, with the lowest average minimum occurring in July at 2°C/36°F • The region is semi-arid, with an average annual rainfall of 500mm (20in), occuring mostly during the summer months (December – February) • Rain is usually in the form of thundershowers, where a downpour is experienced, very seldom lasting longer than a few hours

Best Time to Travel
A year-round safari destination
The animals in Madikwe Game Reserve are non-migratory, and variation in the safari experience is season rather than location related
The best period for birdwatching is from October to April

Health Info: Malaria
Kopano Lodge, Madikwe Safari Lodge is situated in a region of South Africa that is not inhabited by the malaria-carrying mosquito (Anopheles) and is therefore classified MALARIA FREE.

Your private African safari

Head out on safari each morning and afternoon. Start and finish every day out in the wild in search of animals big and small. Whether leopard or chameleon, rhino or dung beetle, no two drives are the same!

Game Drives head out early morning at sunrise, and late afternoon just before sunset in search of the many animal species which call this place home. No more than six people at a time (for Kopano & Dithaba lodges) share in a private and intensely personal safari experience in the company of their Madikwe Guide. At Lelapa Lodge up to 8 guests are accommodated per safari vehicle.

Madikwe, with its rugged terrain, bold colours and habituated wild animal species make for a Photographer’s Dream. Wild Dogs are a signature species of the Madikwe Game Reserve.

Suggested Daily Programme

05h00 Wake-up call 06h30
05h30 Tea/Coffee and game drive departs 07h00
09h00 Game drive returns, breakfast/brunch is served 09h30
At leisure Bush walk or activities of personal preference At leisure
16h00 Afternoon tea 15h00
16h30 Game drive departs 15h30
19h30 Game drive returns and dinner follows 18h30

Rates Include

  • Luxury accommodation in a suite with private plunge pool;
  • All meals; Teas/Coffees;
  • Mini bar in room;
  • Inclusive drinks (all soft drinks and selection of local beers, spirits & house wines);
  • Two game drives daily with FGASA qualified ranger;
  • Game drive refreshments & snacks;
  • Transfers to and from the Eastern Madikwe airstrip;
  • Specified inclusive safari activities;
  • Wi-Fi
  • Inclusive of 15% VAT (subject to government change)

Rates Exclude

  • Laundry;
  • Premium brand beers, spirits, cellar wines & champagnes;
  • Cigars & cigarettes;
  • All flights and transfers not specified;
  • Gratuities;
  • Telephone calls;
  • Curio shop purchases;
  • Spa treatments;
  • Madikwe Game Reserve Landing fees (subject to change);
  • Madikwe Game Reserve entrance/ conservation fees;
  • Any additional extras will be for the guests account

Specialist Activities Included:

  • Game drives;
  • Bush walks;
  • Stargazing
  • Wildlife lectures;
  • Bush breakfasts,
  • picnic lunches & bush dinners;
  • Children’s activities

Specialist Activities Excluded:

  • Private open safari vehicle hire
  • Any additional external services
  • Kids Adventure Safari Club experiences

Additional Fees:

  • Recovery & Rebuilding Levy (optional): R 115 p.p.p.n.
  • MGR Entrance (child): R 80 p.p.
  • MGR Entrance (adult): R 180 p.p.
  • Conservation levy (child): R 82.50 p.p.p.n.
  • Conservation levy (adult): R 165 p.p.p.n.

Please note that the entrance fees and additional levies rates are subject to change, without prior notice. These are third party rates which are outside our control.

Single Room Policy

  • An allocation of rooms/suites is kept for single travellers where a supplement will not apply. These rooms/suites are subject to availability.
  • A supplement of 50% of the adult rate will be applied if the single rooms/suites are not available.
  • Single supplements will not be wavered when a booking involves one of the MORE Experiences.

Triple Rooms & Interconnecting Rooms


  • 1 room at Lelapa have a sleeper couch which are suitable for triple rooms and booking of these rooms is subject to availability
  • The rate for the third person in a triple room is 50% of the per person sharing rate (maximum 3 pax)
  • 3rd person sharing will be restricted to children under the age of 16.
  • Four family suites where the second bedroom has two single beds for children only (under 16 years of age). There is an additional sleeper couch in the family suites for a 3rd child.

Dithaba Lodge

  • Has one sleeper couch only to be used for child if the lodge is booked out exclusively

Kopano Lodge

  • There are no triple or interconnecting rooms available at Kopano Lodge

Child Policy

Lelapa Lodge

**Children of all ages are welcome. For safety reasons, children aged 5 years and younger cannot participate on game drives and gaming activities. 

A family drive is offered for younger children, after breakfast.

  • Children aged 0 - 5 years stay free of charge
  • Children aged 6 -15 years pay 50% of the adult sharing rate
  • Children aged 16 years and older pay the full adult rate
  • If two children under 16 are in a room on their own, the first child is charged for at the full adult per person sharing rate

Dithaba Lodge

  • Children are only accepted if the lodge is booked exclusively. If so, tnen same policy as above ** applies.

Kopano Lodge

  • We regret that we are unable to accommodate children under the age of 16 years.
  • Children aged 16 years and older will be accommodated in their own room and will pay full adult per person sharing rate.

Cancellation Policy

  • 31 - 60 days prior to arrival 25% cancellation fee on the value of the booking
  • 0 - 30 days prior to arrival 100% cancellation fee on the value of the booking

Deposit Policy

For all bookings made within 45 days of travel

Full payment Is required within 48 hours of your booking. This payment can be made via bank transfer or credit card (Master/Visa).

For all bookings made more than 45 days of travel

A 50% deposit Is required within 48 hours of your booking and the balance 30 days prior to arrival. This payment can be made via bank transfer or credit card (Master/Visa).

Check-in is from 14h00 and check-out is by 11h00.