Madikwe River Lodge

Family-friendly Madikwe River Lodge is a comfortable safari lodge in South Africa’s malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve which is home to all of the iconic “Big 5” and much more.

On the banks of the Groot Marico River in the heart of the exclusive Madikwe Game Reserve, Madikwe River Lodge is an ideal safari destination as well as the perfect venue for a special occasion such as a birthday or wedding. Conveniently close to Johannesburg, Madikwe is South Africa’s fourth-largest game reserve and it is also considered malaria-free, making it a great choice for travellers seeking a hassle-free holiday.

Accommodation at Madikwe River Lodge is in 16 secluded, split-level chalets set in lush riverine forest, with private decks overlooking the river. All feature African-inspired decor, and six of the units can be converted into family suites with cots available on request. Meals are enjoyed at the central main lodge or in the lodge’s evocative outdoor “boma”, located on an island in the river. There is also a small outdoor swimming pool here, ideal for warm afternoons.

Activities at Madikwe River Lodge include game drives, guided walks and bird-watching. All excursions are led by highly qualified rangers. All of the “Big 5” are present in the Madikwe Game Reserve and there are also a range of rare species including African wild dog and cheetah.


How to get to Madikwe River Lodge

Guests can transfer to Madikwe River Lodge from Johannesburg (around 4 hours) or reach the reserve by air, flying directly to Madikwe’s private airstrip (approximately 50 minutes’ flight duration from Johannesburg).

Activities at Madikwe River Lodge

  • Game drives 
  • Nature walks
  • Bush dining
  • Bird-watching

*Some activities are available at extra cost.

Madikwe River Lodge Highlights

  • A relaxed and very comfortable safari lodge
  • Set by a scenic river in the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve
  • Family-friendly accommodation and facilities
  • Go on ranger-guided game drives and nature walks 
  • An ideal choice for special occasions such as a wedding 

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Accommodation in Malaria Free Game Reserves.

Below are some of our preferred tented camps and lodges in Malaria Free Game Reserve regions. Please contact us to tailor accommodation options to suit the style of your trip and your budget.

Kwandwe Private Game Reserve

Malaria-free Kwandwe Private Game Reserve on South Africa’s Eastern Cape offers five safari lodges, each designed to showcase the remote beauty of the surrounding landscape.

Madikwe River Lodge

Family-friendly Madikwe River Lodge is a relaxed, comfortable safari lodge set in South Africa's wonderful, malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve which is home to all of the iconic "Big 5" and much more.

Shamwari Game Reserve

On South Africa’s pristine Eastern Cape, Shamwari Game Reserve is an excellent safari destination being malaria-free and home to fantastic wildlife including all of the legendary "Big 5".

Tau Game Lodge

Located on the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve, Tau Game Lodge offers an authentic safari experience in a relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere.

Tswalu Kalahari

South Africa’s largest private game reserve, Tswalu Kalahari is inhabited by over 80 mammal species including meerkat and desert rhino.

Tuningi Safari Lodge

On the vast Madikwe Game Reserve is the luxurious Tuningi Safari Lodge as well as family-friendly Little Tuningi, a self-contained private villa.


South Africa Itineraries

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South Africa Overview

Why travel to South Africa? 
Described as “a world in one country” South Africa is more than just a safari destination. The wildlife of Kruger and the many private reserves throughout the country are complemented by South Africa’s fascinating history and diverse cultures, the beautiful coastline and majestic landscapes of the Cape. 

 When is the best time to view animals in South Africa?
Gameviewing is best during the dry season (May-Oct); however the summer months are good for general touring and sightseeing. 

What is the culture of South Africa? 
There are many different cultures including Zulu, Swazi, Xhosa, Indian, Cape Malay and European. As a result, there are many unique culinary dishes as well as distinct music and dance. Elegant Cape Dutch architecture is also a highlight of South Africa’s cape. 

What is the climate in South Africa? 
The inland plateau has a temperate climate (17°-30°C), whilst the coast is subtropical and more humid (22°-30°C). The seasons are the same as Australia, however most of the rain falls in summer. Winters are dry and sunny, but nights can be very cold. The Western Cape is the exception, with a “Mediterranean” climate – cool, wet winters and warm dry summers (17°-24°C). 

What can I combine South Africa with?
South Africa is easily combined with neighbouring Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Mozambique, Zambia or the nearby tropical island of Mauritius. Johannesburg is a very popular gateway to most of southern and eastern Africa.  

How to get to South Africa?
Many major airlines including South African Airways, Qantas, Etihad, Emirates, Kenya Airways, Qatar, Singapore Airways and British Airways fly into Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport. There are also many regional and domestic carriers that service local cities such as Cape Town and the Kruger National Park area. 

US – South African Airways fly’s directly to east coast cities including New York and Washington. Delta Airlines is another option to consider flying directly to Johannesburg from Atlanta.  

UK / Europe – There are direct flights to OR Tambo International Airport with South African Airways from London-Heathrow, Frankfurt and Munich. Major European Airlines flying directly into Johannesburg include British Airways, Air France, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Lufthansa and Swiss International Airlines.  

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