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Tau Game Lodge | Madikwe Reserve

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Tau Game Lodge lies close to the far northern border of malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve and overlooks a massive waterhole, which is frequented by a variety of bird- and wildlife species.

This privately-owned five-star Lodge is built to reflect the rugged natural beauty of the surrounding Great Marico and is an ideal destination for an authentic African safari vacation as well as a first-class venue for conferences and nuptial celebrations.

Tau Game Lodge sleeps up to 60 visitors in 30 luxury thatched chalets: 20 Standard and six Deluxe chalets, one Family Unit, and one Family Suite.
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    The chalets are placed in a U-formation on either side of the mainlodge, distanced to ensure your seclusion and provide spectacular views of the resident game approaching the waterhole from your wooden deck.

    Each chalet has air-conditioning and overhead fans, an en-suite bathroom, open-air shower, hairdryer, mosquito nets, tea and coffee making facilities, bar fridge, and mini- safe.

    The Standard chalets, one of which has been modified to be wheelchair friendly, can accommodate two adults sharing or a single adult. The Deluxe chalets, on the other hand, are double the size of the Standard chalets and can accommodate two adults and two pre-teen children. However, as the Deluxe chalet is open-plan, visitors should be aware there is limited privacy.

    This Family Unit is made up of two Standard chalets joined linked by a communal lounge. One bedroom is furnished with a double bed and the other with twin beds, making this Unit suitable for a family of two adults and two children or two couples traveling together.

    The Family Suite consists of two adjacent Deluxe chalets connected an interleading sitting area. This Suite includes one bedroom fitted with a double bed and a second bedroom with twin beds, plus the option to put in additional sleeper couches, making it perfect for larger families with up to four children under the age of 12.

    The double-level main lodge is decorated in the same eclectic Afro-chic style evident in the chalets and features a comfortable lounge, dining area, and bar all of which are open-air, affording visitors panoramic vistas of the waterhole and out across the jumbled hillocks of Tshwene-Tshwene to the Dwarsberg mountains on the horizon.

    The views are just as magnificent from alongside the main lodge’s refreshing plunge pool or the recently constructed infinity pool which lies close to the dedicated game viewing sitting area.

    Mouthwatering buffet breakfasts and lunches are generally served in the main dining area or on deck next to the plunge pool, while dinners are served in the Lapa or under the star-filled skies in one of the cosy Boma's.

    What typically attracts visitors to “The Place of the Lion” [*] and the world-renowned Madikwe Game Reserve is its impressive biodiversity. To this end, Tau Game Lodge prides itself on giving visitors ample opportunities to discover all that this unique bushveld region has to offer. Adult-oriented activities include twice-daily game drives in open Landrovers, informative nature trails and exceptional birdwatching safaris in the company of the Lodge’s passionately knowledgeable guides.

    And as Tau Game Lodge believes your inner journey is just as vital to your well-being, it is equally proud of its beautiful Spa facilities where you can pamper yourself with a choice of specialised therapies from authentic Africology to revitalising hydrotherapy treatments. Or retire to the calm sanctuary offered by the secluded relaxation Sala.

    Or if some retail therapy is what you’re looking for, the curio shop is stocked with quality outdoor gear, handcrafted mementos and jewelry, postcards, cuddly toys, and more.

    While youngsters under the age of six years are not allowed on the standard game drives, unless their parents have arranged a private vehicle, as a family-friendly establishment, Tau Game Lodge does provide an extensive programme of supervised activities for junior visitors.

    Youngsters aged 3 to 5 years are automatically granted membership of the Tau Cubz Club. The Cubz Club programme includes a short morning game drive, treasure hunts, and arts and crafts. And as a member of the Club, each child receives a backpack filled with a wildlife activity booklet, animal sticker checklist, deputy ranger sticker badge, and certificate as well as a special Tau Game Lodge T-shirt. Children aged six and older are also welcome to join their younger siblings during the Cubz club activities. Plus, there is a babysitting service available for an additional fee.

    Should you be organising a convention, Tau’s world-class conference venue is sure to meet your demanding standards. The venue is fitted with state-of- the-art amenities and can accommodate up to 150 delegates. The main hall can be split into three sub-halls, each of which can operate independently or together via a touch-screen control system.

    The system includes simple plug-in- and-play options to meet your presentation needs and has been set up to maximise ease of use, performance, and aesthetic qualities. The venue features a kitchen, bar, Lapa, and regular as well as wheelchair-friendly toilets making it perfect for team building events, corporate retreats, and seminars.

    And if it is a once-in- a-lifetime wedding you’re planning, Tau Game Lodge offers visitors the opportunity to experience a nuptial ceremony with a difference. Tau’s flexible packages and professional service will transform your nuptials into a magical event, designed around celebrating with dear friends and close family against the backdrop of this pristine bushveld oasis.

    The Lodge can cater to wedding parties of up to 60 visitors in the main building while the resident game looks on from the far side of the waterhole. For more adventurous bridal couples there is the option of a bush ceremony at a beautifully secluded site within the Reserve including a gazebo, red carpet, and chairs with white chair covers.

    Madikwe Game Reserve is run as a joint venture between the state, the private sector, and local communities. In keeping with this vision, Tau's owner Robert Gerard setup the Tau Foundation which focuses on encouraging overseas business visitors to contribute to this non-profit organisation. The Tau Foundation runs several successful projects in the local Supingstad community, including a leather factory, school soup kitchens, and traditional heritage sites.

    And because the Lodge understands that the conservation of our environment depends on planting more indigenous trees, the owner also established the Tau Tree Fund. The Fund enables visitors to give back by planting a protected tree species of their choice.

    [* The English translation of the Setswana word “Tau.”]
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Rates inclusive of 15% VAT • South African Rands • Subject to Availability
Details
1 May 2018 to
30 Sept 2018
Standard Chalet  - Per Person Per Night Sharing R3 030
Standard Chalet -Single surcharge of 20% applies during low season on all rooms booked. R 605 
Deluxe Chalet - Per Room Per Night R9 090
Family Unit - Per Room Per Night R12 120
Family Suite - Per Room Per Night R15 150
Details
1 Oct 2018 to
31 Oct 2018
Standard Chaler -  Per Person Per Night Sharing R4 065
Standard Chalet -Single surcharge of 20% applies when more than 2 single  rooms are booked in one party/group in high season  R 810
Deluxe Chalet - Per Room Per Night R12 190
Family Unit - Per Room Per Night R16 250
Family Suite - Per Room Per Night R20 315
Details
1 Nov 2018 to
30 Apr 2019
Standard Chalet -  Per Person Per Night Sharing R4 430
Standard Chalet -Single surcharge of 20% applies when more than 2 single  rooms are booked in one party/group in high season R 885
Deluxe Chalet - Per Room Per Night R13 290
Family Unit - Per Room Per Night R17 720
Family Suite - Per Room Per Night R22 150
Details
1 May 2019 to
30 Sept 2019
Standard Chaler  - Per Person Per Night Sharing R3 300
Standard Chalet -Single surcharge of 20% applies during low season on all rooms booked.  R 665
Deluxe Chalet - Per Room Per Night R9 905
Family Unit - Per Room Per Night R12 010
Family Suite - Per Room Per Night R16 510
Details
1 Oct 2019 to
31 Oct 2019
Standard Chaler -  Per Person Per Night Sharing R4 430
Standard Chalet -Single surcharge of 20% applies when more than 2 single  rooms are booked in one party/group in high season  R 885
Deluxe Chalet - Per Room Per Night R13 290
Family Unit - Per Room Per Night R17 720
Family Suite - Per Room Per Night R22 150
Details
1 Nov 2019 to
30 Apr 2020
Standard Chalet  - Per Person Per Night Sharing R4 915
Standard Chalet -Single surcharge of 20% applies during low season on all rooms booked. R 985
Deluxe Chalet - Per Room Per Night R14 740
Family Unit - Per Room Per Night R19 655
Family Suite - Per Room Per Night R24 570
Details
1 May 2020 to
30 Sep 2020
Standard Chaler -  Per Person Per Night Sharing R3 665
Standard Chalet -Single surcharge of 20% applies when more than 2 single  rooms are booked in one party/group in high season  R 730
Deluxe Chalet - Per Room Per Night R11 000
Family Unit - Per Room Per Night R14 665
Family Suite - Per Room Per Night R18 330
Details
1 Oct 2020 to
30 Oct 2020
Standard Chalet -  Per Person Per Night Sharing R4 915
Standard Chalet -Single surcharge of 20% applies when more than 2 single  rooms are booked in one party/group in high season R 985
Deluxe Chalet - Per Room Per Night R14 740
Family Unit - Per Room Per Night R19 655
Family Suite - Per Room Per Night R24 570

N.B single surcharge will apply for all singles (Easter & Festive Season Christmas/New Year).

Check-in/out time Check in time is 14h00. Check out timeis10h00.

The above rates are inclusive of:
  • Accommodation
  • Three meals per night booked
  • 2 Game drives per day in open Land Rovers guided by experienced Rangers, includes sundowner drink
  • If scheduled flights are booked through Tau – then Airstrip Transfers are included
The above rates are exclusive of:
  • Conservation Levy  (subjective to change)
  • Government / Bed Levy R 10.00 p.p. per night (Above rates subject to change)
  • Transfers to and from the lodge
  • Telephone/Internet Use, Curio and Bar purchases, Spa Facilities, Gratuities and Laundry
  • Convention Centre Venue Hire – R 3 750.00 (2018)  R3 800 (2019-2020)
  • The Rhino Conservation levy payments will be utilised for anti-poaching and general conservation initiatives and will be charged at   R150 per Adult per night and R 75.00 per child (under 12yrs) this fee is VAT inclusive.
Payment and Cancellation Policy
Payment Policy
3.9 FIT Reservations require a 25% non-refundable deposit to confirm a booking 14 days after the booking is made and full and final payment no later than 30 days prior to arrival.
3.10 Any reservations made inside of 30-days prior to arrival, will be held on confirmed status only, and require full payment within 7 days or less from booking depending on arrival date.

Cancellation Policy

3.7 The cancellation of a provisional FIT reservation will incur no cancellation fees.
3.8 Tau Game Lodge reserves the right to charge the following cancellation fees on cancellation of a confirmed reservation:
Date of confirmation to 61 days prior to arrival - 25% of total reservation value (no refund of deposit)
  • 60-days to 31 days prior to arrival - 50% of total reservation value
  • 30-days to date of arrival -100% = total reservation value
Child Policy - Tau Game Lodge
1. Room sharing and Child Policy
  • The standard chalets are suitable for 2 adults only and 3 adults per room are not accepted.
  • 2 Adults and 1 infant / child aged 2 years or under per chalet is accepted
  • 2 Adults and 2 children (under 12 years) per room are not accepted in standard chalets.
  • 2 children per standard chalet is accepted
  • 3 or 4 children per chalet are not accepted in standard chalets. They are accepted in 2-bedroomed family unit / suite and in deluxe chalets( under 12years)
  • 2 adults and 2 children (under 12 years) are accepted only in a deluxe chalet or family unit/suite.
  • 2 adults and 1 child and 1 infant per chalet are accepted only in a deluxe chalet or family unit/suite.
1.1 Pricing Structure for Children (applies to Standard Chalets unless otherwise stated)
  • Infants 0 – 2 years
  • Stay free of charge in a cot – not allowed on safaris (standard chalet)
  • Child 6 – 11 years, sharing with 1 adult
  • Pay 50% of the adult rate (standard chalet) (With exception of the peak holidays, Easter, Christmas & New Year period: then charged as adults)
  • 2 Children 6 –11 years, occupying their own standard chalet
  • Oldest Child pays adult sharing rate, other child pays 50% of the adult Rate. (With exception of the peak holidays, Easter, Christmas & New Year period: then charged as adults)
  • 2 Children under the age of 12, occupying 1 room of the family unit
  • Both Children pay adult sharing rate.
  • 2 Children under the age of 12, sharing a deluxe chalet with 2 adults
  • Both children pay 50% each of the adult rates.
  • If this room is requested and only 1 child shares with 2 adults, that child pays the full adult sharing rate, as the room rate for these units is the equivalent of 3 adults sharing.
  • 1 Child 6 – 11 years, occupying his/her own chalet/family unit room
  • Pays the full adult rate.
  • Children 12 years and over
  • Pay the full adult rate.
  • The Family Suite is sold at a “SUITE RATE” for up to 5 guests in total, it could take up to Maximum 6 people (I.e family of 2 adults and 4 children under 12 years)
1.2 General Information Relating to Children
  • Children 6 to 11 years of age are accommodated on standard game drives, subject to the discretion of Lodge Management.
  • Child minders are available in the evenings as well as during the game drives, at a nominal charge. Child minders are booked on arrival at the lodge and fees are payable at the lodge on departure.
  • Short Kiddies Safaris are provided for the smaller children (3-5 yrs).
  • Rates include special child activity package.
  • Early dinners for children can be arranged with the lodge caterer.
 

Thirty luxury chalets are spread out in U-formation on either side of the lodge, offering excellent views of animals approaching the waterhole from the opposite bank. The lodge has a 5 star rating and chalets are equipped with both air-conditioning and ceiling fans, mini-bars, tea and coffee facilities.

Each chalet has its own wooden deck, which allows one to experience the bush in privacy and is equipped with an en-suite bathroom and open-air shower. All the Standard chalets are suitable for two adults and can be shared with one infant (below the age of 2). The more spacious Deluxe chalets with comfortable seating areas, can accommodate parents and children wishing to share the same room. The sliding doors allow for spectacular views of the breathtaking beautiful tranquillity of the rugged surroundings of the diverse bushveld.

The Family suite and Family unit are both consisting of two bed rooms and are semi inter-leading and share a comfortable lounge.

  Room type Room Description No. of guests which
can be accommodated in
each room type
Special Rate
Information
no. of
rooms
Family Unit Rooms 29 & 30 -
1 unit made up of
2 adjacent chalets
joined by an
inter-leading
lounge.
Suitable for 2 adults
and 2 children or 4
adults. (1 room has a
double bed and 1
room has twin beds)
Minimum
charge =
equivalent of 4
x applicable
adult sharing
rate.
1 Unit
Family Suite Rooms 1 & 2 - 1
unit made up of 2
adjacent chalets
joined by an
inter-leading
lounge.
(ENLARGED
Family Unit)
Suitable for 2 adults
sharing in a double
room and 2 children
sharing in a twin
room. Due to the
additional space now
available in this
enlarged suite, it is
possible to add extra
beds / sleeper
couch(es) to
accommodate a larger
family.Max 6 guests –
2 adults and 4
children all under
12yrs
Minimum
charge =
equivalent of 5
x applicable
adult sharing
rate.
1 Suite
Deluxe Chalet Water-facing
chalet with a
bedroom double
the size of the
standard chalet
bedroom.
2 adults and 2
children under 12
years of age or 3
adults sharing
Minimum
charge =
equivalent of 3
x applicable
adult sharing
rate.
6
Standard
Chalet
Water-facing
chalet. (1 of these
rooms is adapted
for a guest in a
wheelchair)
2 adults and 1 infant
under 2 years
No charge for
2 yr old or
under
20
Tour leader
rooms
1 rondawel
(traditional african
building) made up
of 2 adjacent
rooms with own
entrances.
2 adults per tour
leader room - twin or
double
  2

 

Check-in/out time
Check in time is 14h00. Check out time is 10h00.

Health
TAU GAME LODGE is in a malaria free area so no prophylactics are required. The lodge has qualified first-aid staff members. In the case of medical emergency Paramedic Medical Emergency Service are available.

Children’s Policy

Families with children are welcome at TAU GAME LODGE. Children under the age of 2 years sharing with parents stay free. Children under the age of 6 years are not allowed to join the adults on the standard game drives, unless the party with the children have booked a private vehicle (At an additional charge).
A shorter kiddies safari of approximately an hour can alternatively be arranged and a children’s program is in place for their entertainment . Please discuss further policies relating to children directly with Tau Lodge Management.

Babysitting

An hourly fee will be charged.

Curio shop

The Curio shop carries items created by skilled craftsmen, traditional ornaments or handcrafted jewellery as well as useful safari gear.

Laundry
A laundry service is available at a nominal cost.

Room Amenities
Hairdryers, mosquito nets, Hostess tea/coffee trays, bar fridge and mini-safe. Air-conditioning and overhead fans.

Tipping and Gratuities
Tipping of Rangers, Mochundas and lodge staff is at the guests own discretion. A suggested amount can be advised by lodge management.

What to take
Comfortable light clothing – neutral colours recommended, walking shoes, sun hats, sunglasses, sun block, insect repellent and bathing suits. A good bird book, binoculars and camera could come in handy. During winter, please pack warm jackets, gloves and beanies for the game drives.

Levies
North West Parks Board charges an entrance levy per person (subject to change), which we will collect on check-out on their behalf. A Government Bed levy is charged per person per night and is due for payment on check-out. A compulsory Rhino conservation Levy) is applicable to assist the Reserve in its anti-
poaching efforts.

LUXURY GAME VIEWING LOUNGE
The African inspired game viewing lounge area situated at close proximity to the infinity pool allows for guests to meet for morning and afternoon drinks prior to game drive departure. The cosy bar area serves both the swimming pool and the game viewing lounge from where guests can enjoy a daily parade of amazing wildlife passing through from the big 5 to the smaller antelope and bird population.

THE CONVENTION CENTRE
The state-of the art convention centre, which is situated at walking distance from the lodge can seat up to 150 delegates.

High quality equipment has been installed in the 3 sub-halls and all systems have been integrated and configured to maximise performance. The centre offers specialist equipment designed with simple plug in and play options for all presentation needs.

Each of the 3 breakaway rooms are 5.5m x 4m in size and are able to accommodate 10 delegates comfortably.

Convention Center
Spa Facilities
Wedding Venue
Luxury Game Viewing Lounge

 Enjoy the Wildlife in our 5 Star Communal Area
 The African inspired game viewing lounge area situated at close proximity to the infinity pool allows for guests to meet for morning and afternoon drinks prior to game drive departure.
 The cosy bar area serves both the swimming pool and the game viewing lounge from where guests can enjoy a daily parade of amazing wildlife passing through from the big 5 to the smaller antelope and bird population.

Curio Shop
African Treasures and Trinkets

Little Pieces of Africa

Our curio shop is situated at the entrance of the lodge and is one of the first lodge features one will notice on arrival when walking through to the reception and entrance hall.
Once you are comfortable and have more or less settled into your new home we encourage you to have a good look around and discover some delightful items created by skilled craftsmen, traditional ornaments or handcrafted jewellery as well as useful safari gear.
Unique items of memorabilia are also on sale carrying the Tau Game lodge logo as a reminder of your African safari; making the bush memories linger long after your return back home.
We also offer elegant fashion inspired by the beauty of the bush as well as quality outdoor gear, such as peak caps or broad brimmed hats.
Guests can purchase anything from either child and/or adult clothing, through to postcards, batteries, wild animal "soft" toys and books.

Childrens Programme
Caring for the Cubs at Tau Game Lodge
The Cubz Club

Children aged 0-2
years sharing with parents stay free and baby-sitting services are on offer at an extra charge.
Children aged 3 to 5 years automatically become members of the Tau Cubz Club, which is great fun and works best over school holidays,. It includes a short game drive after breakfast just for the kids. After their game drive, children are entertained with treasure hunts and arts and crafts activities. The children are provided with their own Cubz Club backpacks, which are filled with a wildlife activity booklet, which includes an animal sticker checklist, a deputy ranger sticker badge and certificate, (which is signed off by their personal ranger) as well as a special Tau T-shirt.
Additional Cubz entertainment options are for sale in the Tau Curio Shop, including a wide variety of children's goods. These items also make for ideal children’s gifts.
The Cubz Club is especially welcomed by families visiting during school holidays, providing parents the opportunity to enjoy some adult safari time, knowing the kids are well taken care of as well as stimulated and entertained.
The bush is the ideal environment in which families can share relaxation time together, provided they are disciplined and respect the rules of the bush. Tau is discreetly electrically fenced around the living area for added safety.
A playroom is also reserved for children’s arts and crafts and other supervised activities. The chef offers additional child-friendly food to complement the adult meals, including plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables.
Children between 6 and 11 years old can join the adult safaris, they will however also be issued with a special Cubz Club activity booklet and are welcome to join their siblings during the Cubz club activities.

Swimming Pools
Relax and Cool off while Game Viewing

Tau offers a new infinity pool located in close proximity to the Game Viewing Lounge, with stunning views of the amazing wildlife passing through from the Big 5 to the smaller antelope and birdlife.
We also have the relaxing plunge pool situated at the main lodge area, for those guests who prefer to sit around the pool and enjoy their drinks with a spectacular view of the waterhole.
Tau's Convention Centre

The main hall of this South African conference venue (270m2 in total) is made up of three sub-halls, each of which can operate independently or together via a touch-screen control system. (11m x 7.6 m each)

High quality, strategically placed equipment has been installed in the 3 sub-halls and all systems have been integrated and configured to maximize performance and enhance aesthetic qualities.
  • Wall-mounted presentation speakers
  • Motorised 2.5m x 1.m screens working in sequence with the audio system
  • Motorised window blinds (open & close in conjunction with chosen audio-visual setting)
  • High-resolution projectors
  • Network points
The system has been designed to maximise ease of use and functionality, with simple plug-in and play options for all presentation needs.

Conference Facilities Tau  Game Lodge
Custom designed floor panels have been installed into all 3 sub-halls with connections for computers and other electronic equipment. Standard equipment includes:
  • DSTV
  • DVD
  • CD
  • Microphone
The system allows other equipment to be linked to it for specialist conferencing.

The convention centre has its own facilities and is equipped with
  • Kitchen
  • Bar
  • Lapa
  • Ordinary & wheelchair-friendly toilets
 
These are all easily accessible in the main building of the convention centre as well as alongside the breakaway rooms.

Each of the 3 breakaway rooms are 5.5m x 4m in size and are able to accommodate 10 delegates comfortably.

Our South African conference venue is ideal because of its high-quality facilities, privacy and beautiful surroundings, which provides your business team with an additional team-building opportunity in a relaxed and luxurious environment. 

Relax, revitalise and rejuvenate your body, mind and soul in the uniquely African surroundings of the Tau Spa Oasis...

On entering the Spa you are transported into another world – a calm sanctuary that reflects the soul of Africa with its natural surroundings enhancing your experience. Indulge your senses in a unique fusion of different therapies designed to replenish and soothe body, mind and soul. The spa body treatments are specifically designed to detoxify the body, revitalise the skin and calm the mind.

Enter an Oasis...

On entering the Spa you are transported into another world - a calm sanctuary that reflects the soul of Africa with its natural surroundings enhancing your experience. Indulge your senses in a unique fusion of different therapies designed to replenish and soothe body, mind and soul. The spa body treatments are specifically designed to detoxify the body, revitalise the skin and calm the mind.

A range of massages are available to reduce tension and relieve the cumulative effects of everyday stress. This serene environment is aimed at assisting you to unwind in the natural and tranquil surroundings.

Africology incorporates energy therapy into treatment formulations. The active energetic essences of plants are always respected in formulations, giving nature an opportunity to work in harmony with the body's energy field.

The use of radionics to transfer energetic patterns to the Africology products is another special way of keeping the treatment products constantly alive. To embody Africa's untamed spirit and majesty, healer and skin care therapist RENCHIA DROGANIS uses indigenous ingredients in her unique body treatment products. She prefers to stay away from harsh chemicals, and is always focusing on creating a therapeutic experience on the body.

TAU OASIS SPA TREATMENT MENU

HYDRO TREATMENTS

H1. Steam Room: Sessions include a refreshing outside shower and then time in the Tau
Relaxation Sala. 15 min R152
                         25 min R232

H2. Hydro Spa Bath: Sessions include a choice of spa additives for the water and a refreshing drink. You may order an alcoholic beverage to enjoy during your spa bath, which will be debited to your room account. Following your spa bath, you may take some time to further unwind in our Tau Relaxation Sala.            For one 30 min R303
                   For two 30 min R424

MASSAGE TREATMENTS 

M1. Intonga (Stick) Massage: Intonga is a deep tissue and stress relieving treatment. Skillful movements are performed with the hands, while different sized wooden sticks are used to stretch tight muscles and ease toxic overload from daily stress. Symbolically the stick represented wisdom and direction to the healer. Created from wood, the stick symbolized growth and abundance, and the traditional healer knew that the energy of the earth was a valuable tool, not only in massaging the individual, but also for its intrinsic ability to absorb and purify negativity, re-channelling energy flow.     60 min R626 

M2. Aromatherapy Full Body Massage: Aromatherapy is the unique combination of aromatherapy essential oils, to enhance and rebalance health & well-being with a light pressure massage. Your essential oils will be chosen for specific ailments.    60 min R556 

M3. Swedish Full Body Treatment: The classic body massage will ease muscular tension, aid in promoting a restful sleep whilst increasing blood circulation and lymphatic flow. For this deep massage we utilize natural sweet almond oil or grapeseed oil with no essential oils added.   60 min R505 

M4. Back & Neck Massage: Experience a deep tissue back massage that will assist in relaxing taught, sore muscles.  30 min R364 

M5. African Head Massage: Eases muscle spasms in the neck and headaches. The shoulders, neck, face and scalp is given an amazing concentrated massage incorporating pressure points and draining movements.  30 min R253

M6. Deep Relaxing Foot Massage: Experience true African hospitality with our signature foot massage – your feet are pampered by a true African warming foot massage leaving you feeling refreshed and relaxed.   30 min R192 

M7. Soul of Africa Body Conditioning Massage: A ceremonial process, using Africa's ‘miracle’ oil, blended with Neroli, to soften signs of ageing through its anti-stress action. Benzoin further acts as an anti-inflammatory and aids chapped, inflamed and irritated skin. Traditionally Marula was used in anointment ceremonies to bless and bring abundance.    90 min R768 

M8. Hot Stone Massage: Hot stone massage is a unique connection we experience with nature, offering a sense of profoundness and sacredness that we too often forget. Hot stone massage is a specialty massage that uses smooth, heated basalt stones. It is a deeply soothing, relaxing form of massage and the warmth of the hot stones improves circulation and calms the nervous system. 
 Back & Neck 30 min          R384
 Back, Neck & Feet 45 min R465
 Full Body 60 min                R576

FACIAL TREATMENTS 

F1. African Goddess anti –ageing Skin Treatment: A de-stressing, anti-ageing cell renewal care is rich in natural oils. A velvety textured treatment lubricates the skin to restore elasticity and softness, combats aging and promotes a healthy glow. Our combination of anti-oxidant ingredients was carefully selected to stimulate new cell growth, to keep skin healthy, lubricated and elastic, making it less prone to wrinkles. Formulated with a cocktail of Marula Nut Oil, Hypoxis Root Extract, Rooibos Extract, Aloe Gel and the wonderful anti-oxidant Coenzyme Q10, and finally scented with Frankincense, Geranium and Rose Otto. A therapeutic journey starts with a warm neck and shoulder massage. We use a traditional oil blend, followed by a cleansing, exfoliation, mask, and nourishment.   90 min R768 

F2. Africology Repair Facial: This wonderfully deep cleansing and repairing facial works to balance the skin and maintain the skins natural healthy radiance. Therapeutic serums treat the appropriate skin conditions to give the skin what it needs, circulation, nutrient supply and radiance of the skin is improved through massage, and hydration maintained to protect and support the skin.   60 min R626 

F3. Africology Vitamin Boost Facial: This uplifting facial uses a rich vitamin and mineral cocktail to replenish the skin and boost your immune system and energise the skin. Vitamin C stimulates collagen production, while vitamin A, E, and B complexes restore and strengthen your skin naturally. Great for tired, stressed or run down skin, leaving you revitalized. 60 min R556 

F4. Africology Balancing & Refining Facial: For a non-reactive calmer skin this facial helps to brighten your complexion with a combination of Alpha Hydroxy acids, vitamin C and B complex, you will recognise fresh lemon and Rosemary with their promise of a clearer, brighter result. Working in concert to clear clogged pores, and encourage the production of Elastin to refine and retexture uneven skin. 60 min R556

BODY TREATMENTS 

Our body work recognises the mind, body and soul connection and great care is taken to restore balance between the three, understanding that total calmness and relaxation is obtained when a gentle harmony is achieved. 

B1. Tau Spa Oasis African Foot Ritual: Allow your feet to be pampered by our therapists in a soothing footbath to drain away tiredness. Next your feet are pummeled and massaged with an aroma-therapeutic based scrub to remove all dead skin followed by a true African warming foot massage. 30 min R313 

B2. Inkomfi Sloughing: Our Sloughing process gently exfoliates lifeless skin cells while nourishing the skin and is followed by a warm compress and a nourishing, anti-oxidant body cocktail. The aromas of South African Geranium, Lemon, & Neroli, essential oils further transform a usually stressful mindset to one of enduring tranquillity since a powerful memory is invoked each time you think of your Africology experience. 30 min R354 

B3. Skin Smoothing Back Treatment: A unique treatment to cater for one of those hard to reach areas, this treatment is designed to cleanse the pores and remove dead skin from the back encouraging a healthy smooth back, whilst the essential oils in the massage oil relax you. 45 min R414 

B4. Coffee & Mint Body Wrap: Once the body has been prepared with our Walnut & Marula shell exfoliator, our proven combination of Coffee extract combined with Mint is applied as a mud wrap and sets on the body to stimulate lymph and blood flow together with toxin elimination. This wrap is particularly helpful in water retention and cellulite reduction. It is highly recommended as part of a Lymph Draining Treatment. Upon completion of your massage, enjoy time in our Steam Room. 90 min R778 

B5. Africology African Clay Wrap: This wonderfully therapeutic wrap contains deep cleansing Kaolin and Bentonite for the absorption of excess oil and toxins from the skin, which makes it ideal for the treatment of skin conditions such as eczema, rashes, sunburn and swelling. Jojoba, Marula, Aloe Ferox with Rooibos and Lavender help to leave skin feeling smooth and refined, stimulating blood and lymphatic flow. The skin is prepared with our Africology Body scrub, and completed with a massaged application of hydrating oil. 90 min R778 

Note: Our African Body Wraps commence with a full body exfoliation, followed by a refreshing shower and your chosen body wrap.

On the far northern border of South Africa lies a beautiful area known as the Great Marico and it is in this spectacular setting, in the malaria free Madikwe Game Reserve, that Tau Game Lodge South Africa is situated. The jumbled hillocks of Tshwene-Tshwene and the dramatic ridge of the Dwarsberg Mountains expose rocks of up to 2630 million years old and artifacts of the Stone and Iron Ages are still found in the Great Marico dust.

Privately owned Tau Game Lodge South Africa was built in 1995 and overlooks a vast natural waterhole, which attracts a variety of game, as does the diverse vegetation that thrives in the fertile topsoil. Situated at an easy 4 hours driving distance from Johannesburg or 50 minutes daily scheduled flight from Johannesburg International airport, Tau "The Place of the Lion" can host and accommodate up to 60 people.

Tau Game Lodge is 360 km from Johannesburg, an easy 4 hour drive on National roads (see map) The Parksboard charges a conservation levy on entering the park.

Directions for driving from Johannesburg and surrounds:

  • Travel to Fourways shopping centre via Rivonia or N1 South. Take direction to Hartbeespoort Dam. Keep on going straight and then turn left onto the N14 highway in the Krugerdorp direction.
  • Travel Southwest for a while.
  • At the four-way stop, turn right onto the N14 towards Ventersdorp.
  • At the T-junction turn right into the direction of Ventersdorp / Hekpoort.
  • The road then splits again, take the left fork in the Ventersdorp direction.
  • Follow this direction for some time until you arrive at a four way junction. Turn right in the Rustenburg direction.
  • Pass the town Magaliesburg and take the left fork in the road, the R509 to Boons and Derby (+53km)
  • Proceed through Derby, towards Koster (+17km)
  • In Koster, turn right towards Swartruggens (R509 for 34km). (This is a toll road)
  • Turn left at the stop street onto the N4 to Swartruggens, Groot Marico and Zeerust. In zeerust, turn right at President street onto the R47/R49 to Gaborone. Travel to the Kopfontein Border Post, bypassing 2 gates to Madikwe Game Reserve. Turn right onto the sand road (Direction Derdepoort) just before the border post and follow the road for approximately 10km to Tau Lodge Gate.
  • Tau Game Lodge is a two hour drive from Sun City and 28km from Gaborone Arport in Botswana.

How to get there

  •  Daily scheduled fl ights from Johannesburg O.R. Tambo to Madikwe are departing daily. Flights can be booked and confi rmed on line by the TAU GAME LODGE reservations team.
  •  Scheduled fl ights from Johannesburg International to Gaborone International (transfer back into South Africa takes approximately 45 minutes and can be done at an extra cost by a Botswana Operator)
  •  Fly-in safari packages are available on request.
  •  Private charters available on request
  •  380 km by car from Johannesburg is an easy 4 hours drive on national roads.
  •  Road transfers from Johannesburg and Pretoria to Madikwe or from Madikwe to Suncity are available on request. 
Wedding Venue

For those wedding couples with a common love for the African Bush, who would prefer to avoid a traditional wedding in favour of a unique wedding experience, Tau Game Lodge offers an adventurous alternative with its South African wedding venue.
Tau Game Lodge, situated in the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve, has hosted various never-to-be-forgotten weddings.

A Safari Wedding Destination

The Lodge can host and accommodate smaller, intimate wedding parties of up to 60 people. Taking over the entire Lodge for a wedding has definite advantages, in that the whole day can be designed to suit the couple's needs and guests don't have to drive home afterwards.

We offer a personalised and professional service for the event and a flexible package to suit both your budget and personal style.

This exciting, romantic setting with beautiful African sunsets and sunrises will make the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable occasion. The hire of our wedding venue is inclusive of
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • use of all lodge facilities for the function
  • teas & coffees
  • a safari in an open Land Rover
  • one nights accommodation (minimum 2 night stay over weekends)
The menu is flexible and can be tailor-made according to the couple's preferences for their celebration meal, whether that be
  • a champagne breakfast or brunch
  • a lunch overlooking the spectacular waterhole, followed by an exciting Safari through "Big 5" country
  • a romantic Boma dinner around the fire, under the stars

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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

Personal inter-action
Lodges with high standards
Stay in control of your booking
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Secure payment process (SSL)
South African based
Superior knowledge
Expert advice
No booking fees

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