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Royal Madikwe | Luxury Lodge | Safari Residence

Royal Madikwe Safari Lodge is located in the western section of Madikwe Game Reserve, internationally acclaimed for its rich diversity of fauna and flora. This five-star Lodge is committed to offering visitors old and young the ultimate in exceptional safari experiences amid the splendour of the African bushveld. It is this commitment that made the Royal Madikwe the winner of the “World Luxury Hotel Awards” in 2010, 2011, and 2013 in the Luxury Game Lodge category.

The Royal Madikwe can sleep up to 14 visitors in five exquisitely-appointed suites. Inspired by the pristine natural surroundings, each suite fuses organic colours and textures with contemporary design, inviting visitors to lose themselves in the sheer beauty of the Madikwe wilderness.

The Luxury Double, Luxury Twin, and Honeymoon suites can each accommodate two visitors while the Royal Villa has two separate bedrooms, making it perfect for families with up to three children. The Emperor suite, which lies on the second level of the Lodge Clubhouse, is suitable for families with younger children.

In keeping with its upmarket status, every suite has an extensive range of amenities including complimentary WiFi, an iPod docking station, a safety deposit box, hairdryer, air-conditioning, tea and coffee making facilities, a fully stocked minibar, velour bathrobes, and slippers. As well as a sublime choice of liquid soap, bath foam, bath salts, hand and body lotion, shower gel, shampoo, and conditioner. In addition to these fantastic amenities, the Emperor and Royal Villa suites provide an HD TV plus DVD player with selected satellite channels.

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Rates inclusive of 15% VAT • South Afican Rand • Subject to Availability
Seasonal Rates 1 May 2018
to 30 Jun 2018
1 Jul 2018
to 31 Aug 2018
1 Sep 2018
to 30 Sep 2018
Luxury Suite Single R8 860 R14 455 R11 040
Luxury Suite Per Person Per night sharing R5 905 R9 635  R7 360
Royal Villa (1-4 Guests) pn R26 875 R39 220 R33 600
Royal Villa pn Additional Adult R6 730 R9 875 R8 425
Royal Villa pn  Additional Child R3 365 R4 935 R4 210
Honeymoon Suite Single R10 020 R15 980 R12 495
Honeymoon Suite pppns R6 685 R10 650  R8 325
The Emperor Suite pppns (1-2 Guests) R7 695 R12 200 R9 635
The Emperor Suite per night (2-4 Guests)   R19 905 R30 505  R24 885
Exclusive Use per night ( 1-14 Guests) R83 770 R129 575 R104 590
Seasonal Rates 1 Oct 2018
to 31 Oct 2018
1 Non 2018
to 30 Nov 2018
1 Dec 2018
to 31 Jan 2019
Luxury Suite Single R14 455 R8 860 R14 455
Luxury Suite Per Person Per night sharing R9 635 R5 905  R9 635
Royal Villa (1-4 Guests) pn R39 220 R26 875 R39 220
Royal Villa pn Additional Adult R9 875 R6 730 R9 875
Royal Villa pn  Additional Child R4 935 R3 365 R4 935
Honeymoon Suite Single R15 980 R10 020 R15 980
Honeymoon Suite pppns R10 650 R6 685  R10 650
The Emperor Suite pppns (1-2 Guests) R12 200 R7 695 R12 200
The Emperor Suite per night (2-4 Guests)   R30 505 R19 905  R30 505
Exclusive Use per night ( 1-14 Guests) R129 575 R83 770 R129 575
Royal Madikwe- SA Resident Special Offer Valid June-July 2018
.Bookable immediately..

  • Stay Dates between 20 June – 20 July 2018
  • At least one guest traveling must hold a valid South African Passport
  • Not available in conjunction with any other special offer
  • Terms & Conditions apply
Luxury Double Suite
Luxurí Twin Suite
Honeymoon Suite
The Emperor Suite
The Royal Villa    
NOW R5.500 per person per night

Book within 30 days of travel and receive a 30% discount  

Minimum of 2 night stay required
Room Type's Non-Peak
Last Minute Rate
1 – 30 September 2018
Last Minute Rate
 1 July -31 August 2018  
 1 – 31 October 2018
1 Dec 2018 – 31 Jan 2019
Luxury Suite  single  R7 725 R10 115
Luxury Suite ppns
Max: 2 guests
R5 150 R6 745
Honeymoon Suite  single  R8 670 R11 185
Honeymoon Suite ppns R5 830 R7 455
Emperor Suite  ppns (1-2 pax) R6 745 R8 540
Emperor Suite  pn (2-4 pax) R17 420 R21 355
Royal Villa  pn (1-4 pax) R23 525 R27 455
Royal Villa pn additional Adult R5 895 R6 915
Royal Villa pn additional Child R2 950 R3 455

Emperor Suite: Max: 2 Adults & 2 Children, 2 Bedroom Suite
Royal Villa : Max: 5 guests, 2 Bedroom Villa

Standard Inclusions
Luxury Accommodation l Breakfast, Lunch / High-Tea & Dinner l Bottled Water, Soft Drinks, A Selection of Local Beer/Cider & Spirits,
House Wines, Tea / Coffee, Game Drive Beverages and Snacks l Transfers to/from Madikwe Western Airstrip l 2 Game Drives daily l Bush
Walks if in place of a Game Drive and dependent on availability l Kids Activities
Standard Exclusions
All Other Beverages l Cigars and Cigarettes l Gift Shop Purchases l Optional Specialized Activities l Reserve Entry/ Landing Fee’s l
Conservation Levy l Laundry Service l Private Vehicle l Gratuities
Additional Fee’s
RESERVE ENTRY FEE’S (Compulsory once off fee) – Pending Price Increase
Drive in - ZAR 180 per adult l ZAR 80 per child under 12 years l No charge for children under 2 years
Fly in - ZAR 240 per adult l ZAR 150 per child under 12 years l No charge for children under 2 years
CONSERVATION LEVY (Compulsory levy per person per night) – Pending Price Increase
ZAR 150 per adult per night l ZAR 75 per child under 12 years per night l No charge for children under 2 years
The Luxury Double Suite
This freestanding suite stands alongside a well-worn game path. Positioned to enhance  your privacy and breathtaking views of the adjacent landscape and out across to the majestic mountain range in the distance, this intimate suite is ideal for couples looking for a relaxing getaway.

The Luxury Double suite features a king-sized four-poster bed with mosquito netting, a wood fireplace, en-suite bathroom with indoor/outdoor rain showers and an enticing bathtub. The generous viewing deck with its plush sun loungers and inviting plunge pool is sure to prove popular for soaking up the Madikwe sunshine no matter the season.

The Luxury Twin Suite
Like the Luxury Double suite, this deluxe freestanding suite is placed to maximise your privacy as well as your ability to view the resident wildlife meandering past on their way to the nearby waterhole. This convertible suite can be transformed into a comfortable double for couples, friends travelling together, or families with older children.

The Luxury Twin Suite boasts extra length ¾ beds draped with mosquito netting, a wood fireplace, an en-suite bathroom with indoor/outdoor rain showers, and over-sized bathtub. The spacious viewing deck, furnished with comfortable outdoor seating is the perfect spot to appreciate the glorious serenity alongside your private plunge pool.

The Honeymoon Suite
This romantic freestanding suite is placed directly across from the Lodge waterhole which is frequented by the resident bird- and wildlife. As its name suggests, this lavish suite is designed for couples celebrating their honeymoon, anniversary or simply in search of a unique and unforgettable retreat.

The Honeymoon Suite is furnished with a fabulous four poster bed draped in percale linen and mosquito netting, a wood fireplace, an en-suite bathroom with indoor/outdoor rain showers, and an opulent bathtub. Take in the magnificent views of the pristine bushveld from the privacy of the wraparound sundeck which features a rejuvenating plunge pool and plush sun loungers.

The Emperor Suite
This elegant two-bedroom suite is conveniently situated on the second level of the Lodge Clubhouse and suited to families with little ones.

The Emperor Suite includes a substantial master bedroom and a children's bedroom, separated by a sumptuous sunken lounge. The adjacent TV room, refined dining area, and extra bathroom, fitted with a rain shower, further serve to create this exclusive private villa complete with all the creature comforts of home.

The master bedroom boasts an extra length king-size bed furnished with mosquito netting and luxurious percale linen, an en-suite bathroom with an open-air rain shower, and a deluxe bathtub while the children’s bedroom is equipped with double bunk beds.

With its mesmerising vantage on all the wildlife action at the Lodge waterhole, a stay in The Emperor Suite is sure to be a highlight of your African safari adventure.

The Royal Villa
This elite two-bedroom villa has been built with small groups of friends travelling together and families with up to three youngsters in mind.

The Royal Villa provides a master bedroom and a second bedroom divided by a dining space and kitchenette, all of which open onto an elevated wooden deck that features a plunge pool, a cosy outdoor dining area, and comfortable outdoor seating. The library and TV lounge are located on the second level and give way to an additional deck.

The master bedroom has an extravagant four-poster bed draped in mosquito netting, a wood fireplace, en-suite bathroom with both indoor/outdoor rain showers, and an ornate bathtub while the second bedroom is furnished with twin beds, mosquito nets, as well as en-suite bathroom with an indoor rain shower and bathtub.

This exquisite villa is placed to afford visitors utter seclusion and maximise the views of the Lodge waterhole and the topography beyond, making it the perfect hideaway for a memorable bushveld encounter.

When booking the Royal Villa in conjunction with another suite, the Lodge will include an exclusive-use game drive vehicle as an added luxury ensuring visitors the flexibility to enjoy an outstanding safari experience.

The Royal Madikwe Safari Lodge also offers visitors the option to book the whole Lodge on a sole-use basis, making it the perfect locale for an intimate wedding ceremony, or to celebrate a once-in- a-lifetime event with friends and family.

The Clubhouse of the Royal Madikwe is decorated in the same tasteful Afro-chic style as found in the suites. Here you will find a welcoming sitting area, dining room, TV lounge with DSTV, library, distinguished wine cellar, and indoor and outdoor bar areas.

The Royal Clubhouse opens onto numerous broad decks from where you can take in the sweeping views and vivid greens of the ancient Leadwood and Marula trees and lush surroundings. Or unwind alongside the rejuvenating infinity pool as you drink in the mesmerising waterhole panorama. There is also a Boma where you can gather with  fellow visitors for a fireside alfresco meal against the backdrop of the ethnic choir.

If you’re in the mood for a more formal culinary experience, the impressive indoor dining room with its chandeliers and crystal is sure to fulfill your wishes. Created with the personal preferences of visitors in mind the menu is sophisticated yet wholesome. Inspired by Africa's myriad cultural influences, meals are prepared using only the freshest seasonal ingredients, and paired with top South African wines.

As a family-friendly Lodge, Royal Madikwe welcomes families with youngsters of all ages. While children under the age of five are not permitted on game drives, an hour- long nature ramble can be arranged for them.

What’s more Royal Madikwe offers many fun activities to keep the little ones amused and build their enthusiasm for Mother Nature, including arts and crafts, face painting, T- shirt painting, beading lessons, animal spotting, treasure hunts, storytelling, and baking.

Outdoor activities for adults and teenagers aged 16 and older include twice-daily game drives and guided walking trails accompanied by expert rangers and customised around visitors’ interests as well as stargazing and the opportunity to contribute to the “Conservation for A Cause” program.

For those who are fascinated by Africa’s multi-faceted heritage, Royal Madikwe also offers Zulu dancing, a Marimba band, and drumming lessons. And if it’s some pampering you’re seeking, why not treat yourself to a massage or two. Or browse the curio shop for a treasured reminder of your stay.

Responsible Tourism
Royal Madikwe is passionate about community-centric tourism practices and strives to make a worthwhile difference by combining tourism, environmental management, and local economic development. It is this philanthropic vision that leads Royal Madikwe to re-invest 20% of all profits generated in local community projects.

Royal Madikwe’s unwavering commitment to superb hospitality and spectacular wildlife encounters is what makes it such an exceptional safari destination.

The Main Lodge has a distinctively stylish lounge, dining roomand well appointed library, lead to broad elevated decks and sweeping views of the landscape.

  • Curio Shop
  • Viewing Deck
  • Main Lounge
  • Dining Room
  • TV Lounge
  • Wine Cellar
  • Boma
  • Indoor and Outdoor Bar
  • Main Pool & a variety of other elevated decks, all overlooking our well frequented Water Hole
  • Wifi available in both The Clubhouse (Main lodge) and guest suites 
  • Note: we do not have fax facilities
Luxury Accommodation l All meals (Breakfast, Lunch or High Tea and Dinner) l Bottled water, Soft drinks, Beer, Cider, House Wines, Tea / Coffee, Fresh juices with breakfast, Game drive beverages and snacks l Transfers to/from Madikwe Western Airstrip l 2 Game Drives daily l Bush Walks if in place of a game drive and dependent on availability

All other beverages l Cigars and Cigarettes l Gift Shop purchases l Optional specialized safari’s l Reserve Entry/ Landing Fee’s l Laundry Service l Gratuities 

The Royal Madikwe offers luxurious accommodation on a per person sharing basis to a maximum of 14 guests in 5 beautifully appointed suites. Please enquire with our reservations team regarding the option of Exclusive Use of the lodge.

A written request is required to proceed with a reservation. A reservation will be held as provisional for a maximum of 10 days only if requested in writing and confirmed via return e-mail with a provisional reference number. No provisional booking will be held for last minute requests within 14 days of arrival.

A minimum of 2 nights stay is required for all bookings in both the Non-Peak and Peak Period, unless otherwise confirmed in writing. A deposit of 50% of the total invoiced amount is required to secure a reservation and must be paid within 10 days of accepting the quote. A deposit made to guarantee a reservation is non-refundable and once the deposit has been received, the client is liable for cancellation fees. Full and Final payment is due 4 weeks prior to the date of arrival.

A private vehicle for game drives is now offered when booking the Royal Villa in conjunction with another suite (it can be any other suite).
Cancellations are only effective on receipt of written notification.
  •  Less than 4 weeks’ notice prior to arrival - 50% of total invoiced amount.
  •  Less than 2 weeks’ notice prior to arrival - 100% of total invoiced amount
  •  Less than 8 weeks’ notice prior to arrival - 100% of total invoiced amount. (25 Mar – 25 April / 15 Dec – 5 Jan)
All rates quoted for both accommodation and transfers are valid at the time of booking, but until such time as full and final payment has been received, the price is subject to change without prior notice.
Bookings are not transferable.
In the event of premature departure the full extent of the stay, as originally booked and confirmed, will be charged.
In the unlikely event of there being an unscheduled postponement of a reservation caused by bad weather, strikes or any other matter beyond our control, it is understood that expenses incurred will be for the client's account.
Check in time is strictly 14h00.
Please enquire about the possibility of an earlier check in if required. No check in’s will be accepted before 12h00- should you require an even earlier check in than 12h00, an additional night will be charged prior to the day of arrival and is dependent on availability at the time of enquiring.
Check out time is strictly 11h00.
Please enquire about the possibility of a later check out if required. Check outs later than 14h00 will not be available for guests departing on a Private Charter or Scheduled flight.
Extras must be settled directly at the lodge on departure.  .

Children of all ages are welcome at Royal Madikwe!

Children under the age of 2 years stay for free in a cot when sharing with 2 adults in a Luxury Suite.
Creating triple suites in a Luxury Suite or adding an additional child to a Family Suite will be subject to availability based on occupancy.
Children under the age of 5 years are not permitted on the scheduled game drives, however, a 1 hour kiddie’s bumble can be arranged at the lodge and is dependent on availability at the time of enquiring.
Children under the age of 16 are not permitted on Bush Walks.
Children’s Activities (Daily between 12h00 – 13h00)
A complimentary fun filled program created just for your little ones to keep them entertained and excited about their adventure at Royal Madikwe. With T-shirt painting, Doughnut decorating, Animal tracking, Face painting, Arts and crafts, African beading, and Storytelling, they will have endless fun to look forward to!


Royal Madikwe is easily accessed by daily shuttle flights from (OR Tambo) Johannesburg International Airport to Madikwe Game Reserve Western Airstrip. Approximate flight time is 1 hour. Guests will be transferred from the Western Airstrip in an open vehicle to Royal Madikwe at no extra cost – approximately 25 minute drive.

Shuttle Times (These times are subject to change)
Johannesburg – Madikwe Western Airstrip l Madikwe Western Airstrip to Johannesburg
13h00 – 14h00 l 11h15 – 12h15


Private Charters can be arranged for a more luxurious experience and includes a meet & greet facility whereby guests will be escorted off international flights through customs/immigration. Flight times are reasonably flexible to suit guests’ requirements.


Alternatively, a road transfer can be arranged to transfer guests to/from Royal Madikwe. Approximately 5 hours’ drive from Johannesburg or 3 hours from Sun City. Please enquire for transfers from other destinations.

As from 01 June 2015, all persons under the age of 18 years of age, traveling to/from South Africa are required to produce an UNABRIDGED BIRTH CERTIFICATE indicating the biological parents of the minor. In the case where only one parent is travelling with the child, a consent from the other parent in the form of an affidavit, is required.  Airlines will be  forced to refuse travel to persons under the age of 18 not in possession of these documents.
Additional Activities

  • Zulu Dancing ZAR 9,430 per performance
  • Marimba Band ZAR 10,540 per performance
  • African Drumming Lesson ZAR 6,555 per group (Up to 14 guests)
  • ZAR 790 per person (Minimum of 4 guests)
  • Conservation for a cause Personalized quote will be provided on request.
  • Star Gazing
  • ZAR 7,210 per group (1-6 guests)
  • ZAR 10,540 per group (7-14 guests)  
  • This includes a presentation and star gazing through a GPS Telescope
  • Massage Treatments
  • ZAR 855 Full Body Aromatherapy Massage (1 hour)
  • ZAR 615 Back, Neck & Shoulder Massage (3/4 hour)
  • ZAR 685 Back Massage (1/2 hour)
  • ZAR 575 Foot Massage (1/2 hour)
The suggested route from Johannesburg is via Krugersdorp, Magaliesburg, Derby, Koster, Swartruggens and Zeerust.
  • From Johannesburg head north west on R24 to Magaliesburg
  • Once in Magaliesburg, follow Route 509 to Derby, Koster and Swartruggens
  • From Swartruggens follow the N4 “Toll Road” to Zeerust
  • Once in Zeerust, turn right at Gabarone/Madikwe signs on Route R49.
  • Pass the Abjaterskop Gate (first entrance to Madikwe), 7Kms before the Wonderboom gate
  • Enter Madikwe Game Reserve at the Wonderboom gate, 97Km north of Zeerust

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

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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
  - R140 per Child
SUBJECT to change without notice