Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge
Luxury Suite Private dinner on the deck of your suite
Luxury Suite
Private dinner on the deck of your suite

Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge

Set within 75 000 hectares of safari park, Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge is situated on a rocky outcrop in the heart of the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve in the North West Province of South Africa. Ingeniously set amongst boulders and age-old Tamboti trees, the private game lodge is situated in the middle of Madikwe, giving visitors a huge game drive advantage over other lodges situated on the borders of the reserve and offers visitors the most amazing South African safari adventure. Accommodating up to 24 guests in vast, well-spaced and utterly private glass-fronted suites scattered across the hillside, camouflaged by tamboti-beamed thatch roofs. Wooden walkways lit by hurricane lamps criss-cross the grounds and connect the secluded suites to the central open-plan lounge, bar, wine cellar, library and dining area up the slope, where cooling fans make slow rotations and the giant twisted trunks of leadwood trees hold up the vaulted ceiling. The total dedication and passion of the team at the Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge ensure that every guest departs with a memory of an African safari never to be forgotten. From outstanding wildlife holidays to unforgettable safari weddings and honeymoons – Madikwe offers the complete adventure in South Africa.


South Africa


Enthralling Malaria-Free Big 5 Safaris. Private plunge pools. Exquisite 150m² Suites. Luxurious Bush Experience. The Ultimate Wedding & Honeymoon Destination. Exclusive Private Safaris in Little Madikwe.

Need to Know

RATES INCLUDE Luxury accommodation Three meals daily Two game drives per day with refreshments Laundry Service A wide selection of beverages, wines and spirits but excluding premium spirits and cellar wines Tea / Coffee High tea canapés & snacks Selection of Fruit Juices during Breakfast Road transfers from the Madikwe Airstrip to the Lodge RATES EXCLUDE Curio shop purchases Optional walking safaris Telephone calls Spa Treatments Cellar wines Premium brand spirits, champagne, cognacs cigars and cigarettes Transfers Gratuities Park entry fee by road R160.00 per person (subject to change without prior notification) Park entry fee by air R215.00 per person (subject to change without prior notification) 


Traversing over 75 000 hectares, Madikwe Hills Private Game Reserve is where the plains still team with game and the acacia savannah symbolizes a paragon of beauty. Madikwe Hills is in the middle of the reserve, giving you a huge advantage on game drives. The malaria-free Madikwe Reserve is home not only to the Big 5 of Africa, but also to a wealth of other fascinating creatures, including the rare Wild Dog. Our team at Madikwe Hills looks forward to showing you Africa’s wonderful wildlife, and to fulfilling your every wish. Wildlife can be viewed on game drives, walking safaris, and from the privacy of your suite deck. WHY NOT BOOK A PRIVATE SAFARI VEHICLE & RANGER : Make your safari experience exclusively yours by booking a private vehicle where the experience is yours with no mixed groups, no competing for views with other guests, and no conflicting interests. You have maximum flexibility, comfort and wildlife viewing. Your safari time is yours and you decide the length of your drive, what animals you would like to see and where you would like to traverse (within the allocated traversing rights). Your ranger will be completely devoted to you and your party - answering all your questions and tailoring each experience to maximize your interests. This is fabulous for photography enthusiasts where the time is yours and the vehicle can be manoeuvred for you to get your perfect shot. Explore the wonders of the African bush in state of the art open game vehicles with bucket seats and fold-down armrests ensuring your optimum safety and comfort. Knowledgeable and professional rangers conduct early morning and late afternoon, or evening, game drives in search of Africa’s big game and smaller wildlife. On Morning Game drives, should you be feeling energetic, you may choose to experience an up close and personal glimpse of the African bush on foot with a gentle bush walk through the bush back to the Lodge. This experience provides exceptional close encounters with the smaller inhabitants of this wilderness.

Wildlife HighlightsWildlife Highlights

n December 1994, as part of the huge game translocation operation called Operation Phoenix, wild dogs were relocated into the Madikwe Game Reserve. Three female dogs, captive bred at a breeding station for rare and endangered species, were put into an enclosure in the reserve with three male dogs captured just outside the Kruger National Park. The six animals formed a new pack and were then released into the reserve. The project was resoundingly successful and today the Madikwe Game Reserve has a viable and thriving population of Wild Dogs.

Local ActivitiesLocal Activities

BUSH BREAKFASTS & BOMA MEALS : As guests complete their evening game drive, they will be enticed by the essence of a burning fire, to arrive to a hurricane lit “dining room” in the bush. With the finest in cuisine and service excellence, guests will enjoy an unforgettable feast under starlit African skies.


Elegant Spacious Lounge. Dining Room. Intimate Bar. Wine Cellar with Local wines. Viewing Deck Overlooking Waterhole. Central Swimming Pool with Deck. Library with Free Internet Facilities. Satellite Television in the Central Lounge. Traditional Boma. Well Stocked Curio Shop. Spa & Gym.


Madikwe Hills Main Lodge boasts 10 supremely spacious and luxurious suites which are very hard to leave. A cosy living room with huge slate-clad chimney (perfect to snuggle up in front of an open fire on cooler nights) leads into the peaceful bedroom with a gigantic pillow-strewn four-poster bed draped in generous layers of muslin, from where it’s possible to lie and gaze in wonder as herds of wandering animals make their way to the watering hole. Throw open all the floor-to-ceiling windows and retreat to a sunbed in the shade of an acacia tree, or grab a towel and jump into your own personal plunge pool for the ultimate in relaxed game viewing – you’ll be amazed at what passes by just a hundred feet or so from your deck. The cathedral-like bathrooms are ultra luxurious. A large deep tub takes centre stage in front of fold-back windows that reveal the same wilderness views and a cavernous step-up circular shower is built into the opposite wall – but that’s not all. Just outside the far door is an open-air extension with a private outdoor shower (with hot water) perfect after prolonged plunge pool dips. As the sun goes down, there’s nothing better than a candle lit bath open to the elements. Some nights, you may even find a freshly run bath when you return to your room, a trail of rose petals leading the way. If you are celebrating your wedding or have booked the Honeymoon Suite, you will not be able to resist the claw-foot bath tub built into a well-concealed outdoor corner for secluded soaks under African skies. There is absolute privacy here, and it really is quite a feat to tear yourself away for your game drives, especially when you are treated to your own private show of elephants in the waterhole below…


We are privileged in South Africa to have hours of sunshine, amongst the highest in the world. At Madikwe Hills, spring and summer give way to green, lush and thick bush. It is the time of the year where there are many newborn animals. Autumn and winter can be dry, the bush being less dense and waterholes frequented more often due to the lack of water. The Reserve experiences summer rainfall with the bulk of the rain falling between November and March. Months of no or very little rainfall are May to August. The southern area, just north of the Dwarsberg range, normally receives over 600mm of rain per annum. The annual rainfall average is less in the northern section of Madikwe with the north-eastern corner receiving less than 500mm per annum. The varied rainfall naturally has an impact on the vegetation and fauna in the various regions of the Reserve. Generally the summer days are hot and the evenings mild with the winter days being mild and evenings cold.

Average StayAverage Stay

Three to four nights.

Average PriceAverage Room Prices

(per person per night unless otherwise stated)

R7,600 - R9,700 per person per night (2017)

R10,860 per person per night (2018)

Children PolicyChild Policy

At Main Camp children over 10 will be accepted (one child may share a suite with 2 full paying adults at 50% of the adult rate) Little Madikwe - Our Family Suite can accommodate children of any age. Babysitters are available.

Contact and Social Media

To find out more, visit Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge's website.

To find out more call us on +44 (0)1865 982290 or email us at enquiries at

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