This Madikwe family safari offers the freedom of a self-drive safari, ideal for a family with 1 or 2 children under the age of 11 years. It is also safe for pregnant women, as the game reserve is located in a malaria-free area. You can reach the lodge in about 4 hours by road from Johannesburg.
The Madikwe lodge and spa has a superb position overlooking a huge natural waterhole, which attracts a lot of game and birdlife. The luxury thatched chalets are spread out around the water, offering excellent views of animals approaching from the opposite bank. Boma dinners in the open-air enclosure offer a truly African experience under the stars.
Create memories that last while spending quality family time together. You can relax at the pool in the heat of the day and enjoy delicious meals that are served indoors or outdoors in a variety of settings. There is an optional children's programme for younger kids (ages 3 - 5 years) with plenty of supervised activities including a child-friendly game drive. Children between 6 and 11 years of age can accompany parents on adult game drives into Big Five territory.
There is an early start today so that you can collect your rental car from the nearest depot in Johannesburg or Pretoria. You will then drive to Madikwe Game Reserve, which takes about 5 hours with the last 30 minutes being on gravel roads. Depending on your arrival time, you can enjoy lunch after check-in.
Once you have settled in, you could explore the lodge facilities or spend time at the pool. Children enrolled for the Kids club will be issued with a backpack filled with everything they need. Babysitters can be reserved for those times outside of the Kids club hours.
Following afternoon tea, the evening game drive sets off. There will be a stop along the way for sundowners and then the ranger will get out the spotlight for nocturnal game viewing en route back to the lodge for dinner.
The morning game drive sets off early in the cooler hours of the day after your wake-up call and tea or coffee. All game drives take place in open land rovers and are led by enthusiastic and knowledgeable armed rangers.
The Madikwe Game Reserve is home to Lion, Leopard, Black and White Rhino, Elephant, Buffalo, Kudu, Gemsbok, Impala and Eland, Cheetah, Wild Dog and many more. Refreshments will be served along the way in a scenic spot.
When you return from the morning game drive, breakfast will be served and afterwards you can enjoy leisure time. Kids club members will be kept busy so parents can relax, browse the curio shop or visit the spa. In the late afternoon the evening game drive will once again take place, returning to the lodge in time for dinner in the boma.