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Royal Madikwe: award-winning luxury with an eco-conscience

In the north of South Africa, on the border with Botswana, lies Madikwe Reserve, a patch of Eden. Set in this vast natural landscape, Madikwe Safari Lodge offers magnificent wildlife encounters coupled with five-star luxury and clear eco-conscious values.

Madikwe, the fourth largest game reserve in South Africa, is a joint venture between the state, the local community and the private sector and is a landmark in modern conservation and community development. It is home to a wide range of animals, birds and plants, and a refuge for endangered species. Here, the big five roam free across bushveld plains, open grasslands, rocky outcrops and solitary mountains. Herds of antelope graze and there are giraffe, zebra, hyena, wild dogs and cheetahs... as well as over 350 species of bird. And in this wildlife haven there's a sanctuary for humans, too: the Royal Madikwe Safari Lodge.

With space for just ten guests in the four independent suites, and available on an exclusive basis, the Lodge offers tailor-made programmes of activities including bush walks and game drives. You could take traditional African dancing lessons, learn ranger skills, or indulge in a luxurious outdoor massage treatment to rejuvenate mind, body and spirit.  Family-oriented options are available, too, including arts and crafts, music and story-telling, all focused to ensure the kids get the most out of their wilderness adventure.

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Royal Madikwe Safari Lodge
The Royal Madikwe Safari Lodge offers an unrivalled wilderness experience silhouetted against a backdrop of five-star luxury and unsurpassed hospitality 

Royal Madikwe Safari Lodge
The main lodge building includes a lounge, bar and dining room, as well as the breakfast deck overlooking a watering hole frequented by many of the local animals 

Royal Madikwe Safari Lodge
The decor is inspired by the natural surroundings; ancient leadwood and marula trees and organic textures are juxtaposed with contemporary style and bright flashes of tribal colours 

Royal Madikwe Safari Lodge
Elevated observation decks offer sweeping views of the African bush where the big five - lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhinoceros - roam alongside endangered species such as wild dog and cheetah 

Royal Madikwe Safari Lodge
Natural tones fuse with contemporary style and comfort in the four independent suites that are arranged around the main lodge building 

Royal Madikwe Safari Lodge
The sumptuous en suite bathrooms are fitted out in natural materials and feature luxury bath robes and own-brand exclusive toiletries 

Royal Madikwe Safari Lodge
Whether you are sipping exotic drinks, or enjoying a lavish evening meal in the formal dining room, a gourmet feast under the stars, a sumptuous al fresco high tea, or breakfast on the lower deck watching a parade of African wildlife at the watering hole, the gastronomic experience is best described as 'gourmet excellence' 

Royal Madikwe Safari Lodge
Royal Madikwe is a thriving reserve that offers spectacular wildlife encounters as well as being committed to responsible tourism and investing heavily in local community projects 

Royal Madikwe Safari Lodge
The Madikwe Reserve is home to over 66 large animal species and 350 resident and migrant bird species; set alongside a watering hole on the rolling savannah near the Botswana border, the Lodge is a perfect place to enjoy an African safari 

Royal Madikwe Safari Lodge
The Lodge is family-friendly with a range of activities for kids including special safaris, arts and crafts, treasure hunts and animal spotting. There are story-telling sessions, too, and trained staff make sure the children get the most out of their wilderness adventure