Royal Madikwe, Madikwe Game reserve


Madikwe, the fourth largest game reserve in South Africa, offers an unparalleled eco-safari teeming with magnificent wildlife encounters and a wealth of plant and bird species.

Along the Marico river lies a piece of Eden. Where the animal kingdom lives united, against the uncontested authority of the Big Five. Where the horizon is immortalized by the palette of the sun and Africa draws her breath. The Madikwe Game Reserve. Heralded as the boutique reserve in South Africa, this 76,500 hectares of malaria-free bushveld is easily accessed by daily flight or road charter [three and a half hours from Johannesburg]. This is Africa, as originally intended.

A landmark in modern conservation and community development. The setting for Africa’s biggest translocation of wild game including endangered species such as wild dog and cheetah. The massive 76,500 hectare reserve is a joint venture between the state, the community and the private sector, which has breathed new life into a beautiful but economically depressed region. The Madikwe reserve is now a thriving refuge for the most precious sustainable resource in Africa, its flora and fauna. We are proud to be part of this ongoing success story.

Royal Madikwe accommodates a maximum of 10 guests on an exclusive basis only. The same contrast of natural tones against a unique fusion of modern and comfortable furnishings is integrated in five open-style suites, each with it's own distinct setting and complete privacy.

Indoor meets outdoors with each spacious air-conditioned suite flowing into it's own elevated game-viewing deck to blend into the African landscape. Guests can enjoy the exclusivity of a private pool, game viewing deck, spacious interiors, fireplace, en-suite bathroom and and inside and outside shower.

The following room types are available.


The bush retreat is perfect for families with young children and can accommodate up to 4 guests. Special features include: 1 x Double Room en-suite room with indoor & outdoor shower | 1 x Twin en-suite Room | Air Conditioning | Fireplaces | Large dining room with an open designer kitchen | Lounge, library & TV lounge | Viewing deck with hot tub


This romantic suite, situated in front of the water hole, is an ideal haven for couples celebrating an anniversary, enjoying their honeymoon or simply on a romantic retreat. Features include: Large four poster bed draped in a luxurious mosquito net; En-suite bathroom with indoor and outdoor rain showers; Mini Bar plus tea and coffee making facilities; Complimentary Wi-Fi and iPod docking station; Air conditioning and Indoor wood fireplace; Private elevated sun deck and plunge pool.


The lodge also has one twin suite which accommodates two guests. Special features include: Large twin beds | En-suite bathroom with indoor & outdoor showers | Mini bar & coffee making facilities | Fireplace | Air Conditioning | Elevated Sun Deck | Private plunge pool


Located on the second level of the main clubhouse, the newly renovated Emperor Suite boasts spectacular views of the waterhole from the elegant sunken lounge! Perfectly suited to couples in search of a lavish, spacious suite, honeymoon couples or families with 2 younger children. Features include: The Master Suite features a King size bed draped in a luxurious mosquito net; En-suite with bath and rain shower; Mini Bar plus tea & coffee making facilities; Complimentary Wi-Fi and air conditioning; The children’s room features bunk beds suited to 2 younger children and is also draped in a luxurious mosquito net; En-suite bathroom featuring a rain shower; Elegant sunken lounge with beautiful views of the mountains and waterhole


In addition to exceptional game drives and walks, other leisure activities are also offered at Royal Madikwe:

  • Celestial Safari
  • Guided Photographic Safari
  • Ranger Skills Training
  • Traditional African Dancing Lessons
  • Pampering Outdoors Massage Treatments - Rejuvenate Mind, Body And Soul.