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Etali Safari Lodge | Madikwe Game Reserve

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Etali Safari Lodge lies in the heart of the magnificent Madikwe Game Reserve. This elite bushveld haven prides itself on five-star hospitality and ensuring you enjoy an African safari experience that surpasses your expectations.

Etali’s minimalist architecture, which incorporates boulders and other elements, serves to create a harmonious ambience that is sure to rejuvenate mind, body, and soul and put the focus on what matters: the vibrant natural surroundings. The combination of contemporary Afro-chic décor and cool earth colours perfectly enhances the pristine beauty of Madikwe’s sweet-thorn Acacia bushveld.

Etali Safari Lodge has eight luxurious two-person suites – one of which is wheelchair accessible for visitors with limited mobility – and one family suite. The free-standing thatched suites are all slightly elevated on a wooden platform and positioned for maximum privacy.

Each generous suite boasts a comfortable lounge area with built-in fireplace, en-suite bathroom, indoor/outdoor shower, viewing deck, plunge pool, air-conditioning and WiFi facilities. Three of the suites offer uninterrupted views of the Lodge’s waterhole. However, visitors should note that these suites cannot be pre-booked.

Etali’s family suite offers two back-to- back rooms connected by a spacious shared deck and includes all facilities provided by the double two-person suites as well as a private swimming pool and Lapa.

When it comes to making the most of your stay in Madikwe Game Reserve, Etali offers a range of activity options from the adventurous to the extravagant. These include twice-daily game drives and guided nature walks in the company of the Lodge’s highly knowledgeable trackers and rangers. For ardent wildlife enthusiasts, more personalised game viewing excursions can be organised on request. You can also enjoy an inspiring evening stargazing courtesy of Etali’s guest astronomer who visits monthly to instruct the rangers.

For those seeking some “me time,” Etali’s Wellness Spa is the ideal spot for a little self-indulgence. The Wellness Spa is equipped with a steam room, open-air gym and three treatment rooms where professionally trained therapists will soothe away your stresses and strains with a range of treatments like hot stone massages, aromatherapy, and the Lodge’s flagship “thlakanya” massage.

Come mealtimes, Etali’s delectable menu will not disappoint. All dishes are an artful blend of local flavours with an Asian twist and are freshly prepared by Etali’s in-house chef extraordinaire using seasonal and organically grown vegetables, fruit and herbs, complemented by house wines from Glenwood Estate.

You can choose between fine dining in the main dining room or on the viewing terrace, and custom South African cuisine served in the Lodge’s stone “lesaka” kraal adjacent to the waterhole. (The Tswana elders used to gather in such a “lesaka” kraal to discuss important tribal issues.) There is also an al fresco site where bush breakfasts and dinners are catered, weather permitting.

If you’re looking for an opportunity to explore the incredible diversity of fauna and flora that call Madikwe Game Reserve their home without compromising on life’s little luxuries, Etali Safari Lodge is sure to prove an unforgettable breakaway destination.


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Rates inclusive of 15% VAT • South African Rand • Subject to Availability 
Details    01 Nov 2018 to 14 Dec 2018
Per Person Per Night Sharing   R7 650
Per Person Per Night Single   R9 945
Per Child 6 - 15 years sharing with parents   R4 650
Per Child 0 - 5 years sharing with parents   R2 325
Details 15 Dec 2018 to 12 Jan 2019 13 Jan 2019 to 18 Apr 2019 19 Apr 2019 to 30 Apr 2019
Adult Per Person Per Night Sharing R9 685 R8 900 R11 900
Per Person Per Night Single R12 590 R11 570    R15 480
Per Child 6 - 15 years sharing with parents R6 780 R6 230 R8 330
Per Child 0 - 5 years sharing with parents R2 610 R2 670 R3 570
Details   May 2019  Jun - July 2019 August 2019
Per Person Per Night Sharing R6 500 R7 900 R11 900
Per Person Per Night Single R8 450 R10 270 R15 470
Per Child 6 - 15 years sharing with parents R4 550 R5 530 R8 330
Per Child 0 - 5 years sharing with parents R1 950 R2 370 R3 570
Details September- Octover  2019 01 Nov - 11 Dec 2019 12 Dec 2019 to 12 Jan  2020
Adult Per Person Per Night Sharing R8 900 R6 500 R11 900
Per Person Per Night Single R11 570 R8 450 R15 470
Per Child 6 - 15 years sharing with parents R6 230 R4 550 R8 330
Per Child 0 - 5 years sharing with parents R2 670 R1 950 R3 570

Inclusive:

  • Accommodation
  • All Game Drives
  • Kids activities & babysitting
  • All meals and snacks
  • House wines, local beers, soft drinks & bottled  mineral wates
  • Use of the gym & steam room  
  • Wifi

Exclusive:

  • Game Reserve entrance fees  
  • Conservation Levy  
  • Flight entrance fees  
  • Bar and beverage other than the inclusive
  • Wellness center treatments 
  • All drinks not listed as inclusive.
  • Curio Items
  • Gratuities
  • Bush Walks
  • Cigars 

The Single guests surcharge is 30% of the adult rate.


Conditions
  •  All rates are given in South African Rand and include VAT.
  •  Children rates are applicable  for 1 child per adult.
  •  Waterhole viewing  suites 6, 7 cannot be pre-booked. Waterhole viewing  suites 5 is reserved for erderly and disabled guests and cannot be pre-booked. Availability can be requested upon arrival.
  •  Rates may be subject to change. All confirmed bookings will be honored at the agreed rate.
  •  A 30% Deposit is required to confirm a booking  with full payment made no later than 4 weeks before check-in.
  •  Cancelation fees are 50% up to two weeks before check in  and 100% thereafter.
Game Drives
  • Guests at Etali enjoy two game drives per day. Drives are open to all guests over the age of six. Younger guests can arrange for kids-friendly bumble drives between game drive times.
  • Game walks can also be arranged upon request for guests older than 16 years.  Guests over 60 years old require a bill of clear health from a medical doctor in order to go on game walks.
Meals & Dietary Requirements

Te Etali kitchen team prides itself on the quality and fexibility of our cuisine. Guests are encouraged  to list their dietary requirements when making a booking.

Kosher Meals
Kosher meals are prepared fresh on site to your specifcations, preferences and satisfaction. With hundreds of Kosher bookings every year, guests benefit from our experience.  Our specially Kashered kitchen  and Kosher-only cooking utensils, cutlery and  crockery is used throughout. A surcharge of R750 per person per day does apply to all Kosher meals.

Families and Limited Mobility Guests
Intergenerational travel is a specialty of Etali. Allow  us to take of the entire family
Young Guests


Over the years we have perfected the art of keeping children entertained during their stay in Madikwe. Whether casting animal tracks, or cooking up a treat we have a range of kids activities available to keep the young ones entertained.  For toddlers child minding   services are also available.    
Our side-by-side family suites are also available for guests who would like to stay close to their children while also having their own rooms.

Limited Mobility Guest

 Weelchair bound guests, and guests with limited mobility are welcome at Etali, including on game drives. Our weelchair accesible suite means that their stay will be as comfortable and memorable as any!

Getting to Madikwe
Etali Safari Lodge can be reached by road or air, from both Botswana and South Africa. Depending on your selected method, the journey should take between 1h and 4h30m.

Self Drive

Self drive is a popular option amongst local guests.  The drive from Gabarone(1h), or Johannesburg(3h30 min - 4h30 min) is scenic and enjoyable, provided you do not get lost.
We suggest that guests unfamiliar with South African roads do not use the self drive option. We do not suggest using a GPS system to reach the lodge!
Detailed road directions can be found here: http://www.etalisafari.co.za/resources/etali-directions.pdf

Road Transfer
Road transfers are a cost e fective way of reaching Etali from Johannesburg or Gabarone. Contact our reservations department for assistance in finding experienced and reliable road transfers.
We suggest guests using road transfer services contact use one of our, trusted and experienced, prefered suppliers

Air Transfer
Air Transfers are convenient with regularly scheduled fights available from O.R. Tambo international airport in Johannesburg(1h). A fer landing in Madikwe enjoy a 7km game drive back to the lodge. Airplane and helicopter charters are also available.Our reservations department can assist with booking air transfers

Our spacious and luxurious suites offer a refuge from the stresses of everyday life. Here everything is designed to facilitate a connection to the natural surroundings of the Madikwe Game Reserve. Each free-standing suite comes standard with private game viewing deck, splash pool and outdoor shower along with additional amenities such as air-conditioning,  fireplace and wifi.

Spa & Gym

The Etali Spa offers the perfect space to relax and  be rejuvenated and revitalised! Treatments include massages, body wraps, manicures, pedicures, facials and more. Te adjacent gym and steam room is open for the use of all guests

Luxury Suites & Family Suite

To ensure individual guest attention and privacy Etali offers only 8 luxury suites and one family suite. 3 Luxury suites have direct views of the waterhole at our main lodge. These cannot be pre-booked. Suite 5 is wheelchair accessible, for guests with limited mobility.
Our family suite offers 2 back-to-back rooms with a shared deck and no inter-leading door. The family suite includes all facilities of our luxury suites along with a larger shared deck, swimming pool and private lapa.

Game Experience

We use Toyota Cruisers with bucket seats and canvas roofs, we also make use of trackers enabling our rangers to find their own sightings and use ear pieces to minimize the noise levels on the vehicles. Four vehicles ensure that if a guest would like a private vehicle, we can provide it. All our rangers have been trained to do guided drives or walks. We offer a special star gazing experience and have an astronomer who visits the lodge on a monthly basis to do training with our field guides and if there is a need expressed by guests he comes in at no extra charge.

Wellness Centre

Our wellness centre forms a very important part of our philosophy to allow guests to get connected to their inner self and enjoy the luxury of relaxation. We have three treatment rooms and two permanent therapists allowing guests to relax and feel how good you can feel using different therapies i.e. hot stone massage, aromatherapy or our thlakanya massage.

 

Please refuel at Sun Village / Zeerust as there is no fuel available inside the reserve.

Directions

There are 2 routes to Etali

  • Via Rustenburg / Zeerust
    • Via Rustenburg / Zeerust will take approximately four to four and a half hours (depending on amount of stops made) to the Abjagterskop Gate and another hour inside the Game Reserve.
  • Via Sun City / Molatedi
    • Via Sun City / Molatedi will take approximately three to three and a half hours to the Molatedi Gate and another thirty minutes inside the Game Reserve. (This is the route we prefer to use). It is advisable to fill up with fuel at the Sun Village, just after the Sun City entrance on the right as there is no fuel available inside the reserve.

After passing Sun City on the right, continue straight (approximately 5 km) until you reach a four-way junction. Turn right to DERDEPOORT.
Follow the road for approximately 8 kms and turn left at the sign saying, "BAPONG" (ignoring ALL signs saying "MADIKWE") after passing through MABESKRAAL at the 4 way junction/stop turn right to DERDEPOORT . After 26kms the road will become gravel, the Dwarsberg Liquor Store will be on your left. Continue straight along this road, passing through the Molatedi village, over the Marico River and straight to the MOLATEDI GATE entrance into the Park. From here, just follow the signs to Derde poort gate, until you get a Etali safari lodge sign. We are 21 km from this gate.

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What sets us Apart !

MALARIA FREE
Ideal for family or small groups
Rich biodiversity of game
Large elephant population
Over 350 bird species
Effortless road and air access

Why Book With Us

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South African based
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Best time to visit

The best time to visit malaria free Madikwe Game Reserve is during March and November, when temperatures are lower.

Madikwe Entry Fees

Once-off payment
Paid directly by clients
Park fees
  - R180 per Adults per STAY
  - R105 Child per  STAY
Guest Conservation Contribution
  - R150 per Adults per DAY
  - R75 per Child (under 12 years) per DAY
SUBJECT to change without notice
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Once-off payment
Paid directly by clients
Flight landing fee
  - R240 per Adult
  - R150 per Child (under 12 years)
SUBJECT to change without notice