The lodge offers guests sixteen comfortable and secluded split-level thatched chalets, which surround the main lodge. Each of these luxurious chalets are decorated to ensure a rich African feel, with en-suite bathrooms, romantic outside showers and a full range of guest amenities. Each of the chalets also have a private wooden deck overlooking the stunning forest and gently flowing river, and a separate lounge.
A gorgeous outdoor Boma is located on a central island in the river, and can be accessed by a wooden bridge. Here, early morning breakfasts are served under the Acacia trees and leisurely, fine-dining diners are experienced under an expansive, sparkling African sky. Given its stunning location, Madikwe River Lodge is the ideal venue to host intimate wedding ceremonies and is also very popular for conferencing and incentive group packages.
Activities on offer centre on the spectacular wildlife, and include: game drives, Big Five spotting, bird watching programmes, game walks, and bush dinners. What’s more, star gazing, swimming and treasure hunts are also on offer. All Safari experiences are in 4×4′s and take guests through the untamed wilderness of the Kalahari Thornveld, home to 66 large mammal species and 350 bird species. There also exists the incredible opportunity to view lion, leopard, wild dog, cheetah, white and black rhino, buffalo and elephant.
Madikwe River Lodge Reviews
“Out along the banks of the Madikwe river lies this awesome place. The attention one gets from the hosts exceeds expectations. The rooms are well laid out and very comfortable to give one the rest promised by the surroundings. The staff always ready to cater to the flimsiest of requests. The game drive an event to be spoken of for time to come. Benson the game ranger, a knowledgeable individual who gave us a bush lesson in a space of 5 hours. He made every effort to get us the best views of the wild still giving them their space and respect. Madikwe river lodge definitely exceeded on their promise of a memorable holiday.” –708rm
“Have just returned from a 6 night stay and cannot understand all the negative reviews of this lodge. This was the 5th time we have been on safari and the best value for money we have ever had. All I can say on the comments regarding the food portions is that some people must have far bigger appetites than mine. We were fed 7 times a day and invariably could not manage lunch as we were still full from breakfast. All staff very attentive and entertained us with local songs on 3 of the 6 nights we were there. Benson our game drive guide is by far the best we have ever had and was the one that the guides from all the other lodges took their lead from. If there was something to be tracked, Benson was always the first to find it. He was great company with a good sense of humour. This was the first lodge to be built in Madikwe, so is a bit older than most and is currently being refurbished and upgraded to include a gym and spa, not sure when they will be opened. We occupied 3 rooms all with verandas overlooking the river. Rooms were more than adequate.” –mandsTickhill
“Located right on a river, the wildlife you can spot from your room. The guides that took us out on the game drives were so knowledgeable and the staff at the lodge couldn’t help enough. The lodge has an African feel that fits well with the surroundings. It is a malaria free area too which was a bonus.” –TravelWriterKate