We have six en-suite rooms. Four of them have private verandahs where you can sit and contemplate the world, one overlooks the garden and waterhole with another having the soothing sounds of a water feature outside the sliding door. All of our rooms are part of the main lodge so there are no unnecessary long walks to and fro. The rooms are tastefully furnished with percale bed linen and fluffy towels. The rooms have air-conditoners and fans, hairdriers, coffee and tea facilties. The bathrooms have separate baths and showers with a variety of toiletries. We have 220v electricity, cell phone signal and free Wi-Fi should you need to stay in touch.
Enjoy relaxing in the large shaded garden overlooking the best waterhole in Madikwe. Lounge at the pool while our staff take care of your every need. Enjoy a friendly game of cricket, rugby or soccer on the lawn. Two game drives are conducted daily under the expert care of our guide, take a walk through our private nature trail which is within the electrified boundaries of camp.
Game drives are conducted through out the year at optimum viewing times when game activity is generally at its peak, i.e. early morning and late afternoon into evening. The morning safari departs at sunrise, and the evening drive leaves late enough in the afternoon for guests to enjoy a bush sunset and the opportunity to view nocturnal animals after dark. The spectacular southern night skies, especially vivid during the winter months, provide guests with stunning views of famous constellations such as the Southern Cross, Orion in summer and Scorpio in the clear winter evenings. Our Summers are traditionally very hot and wet with Winter being dry and cold. Hats and sun block are an absolute must as are sweatshirts and jerseys. The varying layers of all of these are dependent on the time of the year! Seasons differ vastly in the African bushveld, but no one season can be rated above another, for each has its own unique appeal. Spring (September) and Autumn (April) are very short seasons and usually provide milder weather conditions and subtle changes in vegetation. Summer (October to March) tends to be hot, but the bush looks wonderfully green and lush.
The Underground Hide
An exciting addition to our offering is an underground hide that borders on the very edge of our most active waterhole. A water point is located close to the front opening and elephants regularly drink from this point or walk right past the front of The Hide. The roof which is just above ground level is reinforced and can carry the weight of any elephant that might wander across the top. The Hide is accessed from a path within the Lodge garden, or from the swimming pool, so guests can safely move along the walkway and into the tunnel without being seen by the animals and in complete safety. The front of The Hide has an expanded metal grid which is completely open and out of sight but can be quickly dropped if anyone is feeling nervous. The pathways, tunnel and hide are all lit at night so are available for use by guests 24 hours a day. Those guests with walkers and in wheelchairs can also use The Hide as the walkway has ramps that ensure ease of access. Viewing of all the visiting animals and birds close up is truly spectacular and offers a whole new dimension in game viewing.
Madikwe Game Reserve is a malaria free Big 5 game reserve. Imagine over seven hundred and fifty square kilometers of untamed bushveld the way it was long before man interfered. The Madikwe Game Reserve, situated in the North West Province of South Africa and run by the North West Parks and Tourism Board, reclaimed over seventy five thousand hectares of farmland and turned it into a wild life sanctuary that has become home to a wonderful variety of Africa’s animals. Guests visiting Madikwe have the opportunity to witness this wonderful interaction of game in one of the finest conservation areas in the continent. The reserve has one of the largest elephant populations, all the predators, as well as the endangered wild dog, black and white rhino, buffalo and general plains game. Bird life is abundant. Photographic opportunities are endless, not only from the raised vantage of your vehicle whilst on game drive but also from the shaded serenity of the garden. Our water feature and feeding log ensure a steady flow of wonderful bird life during the course of the day.
The Bush House Reviews
“We stayed at this lodge with our guests from England and Germany and fell in love with this place. The Bush House is close to the Abjaterskop gate and away from the other lodges and this is a plus point if you are renting a vehicle. The lodge is well designed and open to nature with a view over a water hole and this hole is frequently visited by wildlife. You can actually stay at the lodge and view your animals from an underground hide next to the water hole and get great photos. The staff are great people and a well managed team. We felt at home and had some great meals. The game drives are excellent and we saw some game very close to the open vehicle. We will from now on use this lodge for our guests who want to visit the Madikwe to view the big 5. So, if you want to visit the Madikwe, the Bush House is excellent and also on the route to Botswana if you want to travel by car. This lodge is also child friendly and the water hole has a webcam installed so you can view the hole from home.” –YV28072015
“This lodge is so comfortable and it is beautiful. You feel like you are in your own home. The owners, the staff are like family by the time you leave. Our room was wonderfully appointed.The food was great at all meals and served so beautifully. Our game driver was extremely knowledgeable and delightful to be with. He was ready to take on any animal challenge we gave him. This lodge has a special treat in that the lovely lawn overlooks a very popular watering hole that is constantly host to elephants, wart hogs, baboons, leopard. I spent my off time between safari drives lounging by the pool overlooking the watering hole constantly enchanted wondering what group of animals would come by next. I loved this place-wish I could have stayed longer.” –geraldine c
“The owners are the friendliest people the place is awesome and a the food is to die for, a definite come back. A home from home the underground lookout is a winner. The birds are fantastic and the game drive one of the best. I cannot fault this place with anything” –ptrisher