Royal Madikwe is an award-winning luxury lodge located in the lesser known Madikwe Reserve which borders with Botswana and is only an hours flight from Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport. Royal Madikwe offers impeccable accommodation and facilities, exceptional service and an unsurpassed African safari experience. Whether you’re on a romantic getaway, a family celebration, or a group adventure, Royal Madikwe caters to all your needs.
Accommodation offered at the lodge includes the Luxury Double Suite, the Luxury Twin Suite, the Emperor Suite
The Luxury Double Suite and Luxury Twin Suite offer intimate accommodation complete with a four-poster kingsize bed or large twin beds respectively, an en-suite bathroom with bathtub, indoor and outdoor rain showers; wood fireplace, in-room safe, hairdryer, Harmon Bluetooth speaker, air conditioning, tea & coffee making facilities, minibar, bathrobes and slippers, complimentary Wi-Fi, and a private deck complete with loungers and a plunge pool.
The Honeymoon Suite is exquisitely decorated and features a four-poster kingsize bed, an en-suite bathroom with romantic bathtub, indoor and outdoor rain showers; wood fireplace, in-room safe, hairdryer, Harmon Bluetooth speaker, air conditioning, tea & coffee making facilities, minibar, bathrobes and slippers, complimentary Wi-Fi, and a private deck complete with loungers, a plunge pool and views across the active waterhole.
The Emperor Suite is ideal for families with young children, featuring two spacious bedrooms with an extra length king-size bed in the main bedroom and bunk beds in the second bedroom, two bathrooms with rain showers and the addition of a romantic bathtub in the main bedroom, a sunken lounge with satellite television (selected channels) and a DVD player, dining room, minibar, tea & coffee making facilities, bathrobes and slippers, complimentary Wi-Fi, in-room safe, hairdryer, and a private deck complete with loungers and a plunge pool.
The Royal Villa is a split level two bedroom family villa that offers complete privacy and guest comfort. The villa features a main bedroom with four poster bed, main en-suite bathroom with a romantic bathtub, indoor and outdoor rain showers; separate dining area and a small kitchenette, a second bedroom with twin beds and en-suite bathroom with bathtub and indoor rain shower, a library and TV lounge on the second level, satellite television, Harmon Bluetooth speaker and DVD player, air conditioning, in-room safe, hairdryer, tea & coffee making facility, minibar, wine cooler, bathrobes and slippers, and a private viewing deck complete with loungers, plunge pool and unrivalled views of the active waterhole.
The lodge facilities include an infinity pool, cozy lounge, dining room
The game rich surrounds of the reserve provide spectacular sightings of the Big Five and
Activities offered at the lodge include twice daily open-vehicle game drives, guided bush walks that explore the fauna, flora and smaller wondrous creatures; traditional drumming displays, Zulu dancing, star gazing, and in-room massages.
Royal Madikwe is a family-friendly lodge so a tailor-made children’s program offers a range of specially created children’s activities, such as bush safaris, arts and crafts and African beading lessons, which gives parents a chance to relax and unwind. Family game drives are offered daily and allow children under the age of five years to participate in the excitement of the safari experience.
Royal Madikwe is ideal for solo explorers, couples
From $ 746
A minimum two-night stay is required throughout the year.
Includes: Accommodation, all meals, local brand beverages, teas & coffees, game drive beverages and snacks, return transfers from Madikwe Western airstrip, two game drives daily, and guided bush walks (in place of a game drive and subject to availability).
|Dates||Rates (PPS)||Rates (SINGLE)|
|01 Feb 2020 — 31 Jan 2021||$ 746||$ 1,119|
"The Royal Malewane was, hands down, one of the most fantastic places we've ever had the pleasure of staying in. Andrew and his staff were incredibly accommodating and kind, unobtrusive and very welcoming. Upon arrival, we were warmly greeted by staff members at the entrance with some cooled towels to freshen up our hands, and some much-appreciated cocktails after a very long few days of travel. Once we were shown the general layout of the resort, we were escorted to our accommodations - and were so very pleased. The very elegant and luxurious colonial style decor was perfect, as was the infinity pool, a really welcome sight. The safari drives (two times per day) were spectacular, where we viewed so many more animals than we had ever anticipated. Our Ranger (Juan) was incredibly knowledgeable and experienced, which made the drives that much more enjoyable. It really shows when someone has a passion for what they do, and Juan's passion for the animals and conservation was most definitely a highlight of our trip. One other couple from California had commented to us that they were thrilled to have been able to see so many more animals than at a previous resort, so hopefully that's a clear sign the conservation efforts at Thornybush are working. The service at the resort itself was top notch. The meals were absolutely delicious, with the poached eggs on truffled parmesan mushroom rye toasts being the highlight of the breakfasts for me. Every need was promptly attended, and all the staff members we encountered were very friendly and kind. The sundowners (afternoon cocktails) were always a treat. I recall having a lovely type of South African stew one evening, and wondered about a recipe, which of course they gave to me (called Potjie, pronounce poi-kee, very yummy). The Spa and staff were wonderful, especially after arriving tired from long travel days. I honestly can't think of any negative experience. It was overall a very luxurious, yet at the same time a cozy experience. We are most definitely going to return, perhaps with the kids this time. What an absolute treat."
Privately-owned and fully independent, our core aim is to ensure the smoothest safari experience possible with 24/7 support.
Tailor-made, full service itineraries including flights, transfers, car hires and any extras at no extra cost to you.
Enjoy complete financial protection. We are fully accredited and bonded, any money paid to us receives a third-party guarantee.
If you find a better rate, we will match it. Our relationships with Africa’s top operators means you get the best rates.