Madikwe River Lodge

Discover the Diverse Wildlife of Southern Africa


Nestled beside the flowing Groot Marico River, Madikwe River Lodge offers an unparalleled gateway to the vibrant wildlife of the surrounding landscape, teeming with the renowned ‘Madikwe Super Seven’, which includes the Big Five, African wild dogs, and cheetahs. This conservation success story provides guests with an extraordinary opportunity to engage with nature through twice-daily game drives, guided bush walks, and countless serene spots to simply relax and absorb the breathtaking scenery.

Madikwe River Lodge is a haven for families, enthusiastically welcoming children of all ages. Accommodations are thoughtfully designed to cater to all needs, offering well-appointed Deluxe River Chalets, spacious Deluxe River Family Chalets, and the exquisite Luxury River Chalet. Each option reflects a blend of comfort and rustic charm, capturing the essence of the wilderness beyond.

Dining at Madikwe River Lodge is an experience unto itself, with fireside boma dinners and immersive bush breakfasts that celebrate both the local flavours and the captivating surroundings. With an attentive and dedicated team at your service, every aspect of your stay is tailored to ensure complete satisfaction and memorable moments.

Whether you’re an adventurous explorer or seeking a tranquil retreat, Madikwe River Lodge promises a rich and varied experience, connecting you and your loved ones with the wonders of the African bush.


  • Wi-Fi
  • Swimming Pool
  • Curio Shop
  • Babysitting
  • Boma
  • Private Airstrip

Room Amenities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Tea / Coffee
  • Minibar
  • En-Suite
  • Shower

What to Expect

At Madikwe River Lodge, the thrill of the wild awaits at every corner. Embark on twice-daily private game drives with our charismatic and highly qualified rangers, exploring the malaria-free Madikwe Reserve. Witness the majesty of the Big Five and other fascinating creatures that inhabit this diverse ecosystem. Families with children under six can enjoy a specialised family safari, ensuring an unforgettable experience for even our youngest explorers.

For those eager to venture beyond the usual game drive, Madikwe River Lodge offers dedicated bush walks, guided by our skilled and armed tracker guides. Explore the wonders of the bush on foot, uncovering the unique secrets of both the grand and the minuscule creatures. From the industrious dung beetles to the elegant bat-eared foxes, a bush walk opens up a world often hidden to the casual observer.

Dining at Madikwe River Lodge is an experience that resonates with the very essence of the bush. Relish fireside dinners in our outdoor boma or savour special bush breakfasts prepared upon request. Surrounded by star-spangled skies and the soothing sounds of nature, you’re invited to dine in a setting that transcends the ordinary.

Madikwe River Lodge offers an immersive safari experience that goes beyond mere observation. It’s a place to connect, discover, and delight in the wild, where every moment is a step closer to the heart of Africa.


Deluxe River Chalets

The Deluxe River Chalets at Madikwe River Lodge provide an intimate retreat within the lodge’s collection of sixteen split-level thatched chalets. Designed for those seeking simplicity without sacrificing comfort, the Deluxe River Chalets are a lock-up-and-go solution, ideal for couples or solo travellers.

Each of these six one-bedroom units sleeps two guests, accommodating either a single or double configuration. Fitted with an en-suite bathroom equipped with a shower, the chalets also boast lounge areas, air conditioning, and a bar fridge to ensure your stay is as convenient as it is cosy.

What truly sets the Deluxe River Chalets apart is the private deck overlooking the tranquil river. It’s here that you can begin your day with a steaming cup of coffee, watching the sunrise as it paints the landscape with its golden hues. With the sights and sounds of nature just beyond your doorstep, these chalets offer a genuinely immersive experience, blending the rustic charm of the wilderness with modern amenities.

Deluxe River Family Chalets

The Deluxe River Family Chalets at Madikwe River Lodge cater to families seeking an adventurous getaway with the comforts of home. Within the lodge’s collection of sixteen split-level thatched chalets, you’ll find six designated family rooms ready to accommodate your family’s unique needs.

These one-bedroom units come with your choice of twin or double beds, ensuring a comfortable night’s sleep for everyone. The addition of a sleeper couch offers further flexibility, while cots can be provided upon request for the smallest members of your family.

Featuring en-suite bathrooms, lounge areas, air conditioning, and a bar fridge, the Deluxe River Family Chalets provide all the essential amenities for a relaxed and convenient stay. The private deck overlooking the beautiful river completes the experience, offering a peaceful place to unwind together and enjoy the picturesque surroundings.

With a blend of adventure and comfort, the Deluxe River Family Chalets create an inviting home base for exploring all that the Madikwe River Lodge has to offer. Whether you’re a family of seasoned travellers or embarking on your first wilderness experience, these family-friendly accommodations provide the perfect setting for creating cherished memories.

Luxury River Chalet

For those seeking a higher level of indulgence, the Luxury River Chalet at Madikwe River Lodge offers an elegant retreat amidst the natural beauty of the area. Nestled among sixteen split-level thatched chalets, this exclusive unit is designed with sophistication and comfort in mind.

The Luxury River Chalet features a private lounge area, the perfect space to relax and unwind after a day of adventure. Leading out from the lounge, you’ll find a private balcony that offers breathtaking views of the Groot Marico River, allowing you to connect with the tranquil surroundings.

The en-suite bathroom, equipped with all the modern conveniences, adds to the luxurious feel of the chalet. For those who desire a closer connection to nature, the additional outdoor shower provides a unique and refreshing experience.

Complete with air conditioning and a bar fridge, the Luxury River Chalet ensures your stay is as comfortable as it is lavish. Whether you’re looking to celebrate a special occasion or simply pamper yourself with an upscale getaway, this chalet offers a refined escape in the heart of the wild. Experience the fusion of luxury and nature at Madikwe River Lodge, where elegance meets adventure.

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