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The Bush House | Private Lodge | Madikwe

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The Bush House is an upmarket owner-managed safari destination located on the mid- western side of the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve. This four-star lodge in Big Five country is set in an old farmhouse which has been transformed into a homely family-oriented haven. In keeping with its intimate ambience, The Bush House encourages guests to kick back, unwind and enjoy a memorable African excursion.

The Bush House offers guests six stylishly appointed en-suite rooms centered around the body of the lodge. Each double room boasts a choice of two twin beds or a king- sized bed made up with percale bed linen, a separate shower and bath with toiletries and fluffy towels, plus air-conditioning, a fan, hairdryer, safe, and coffee/tea making facilities. There is also access to power, free internet, and adequate cell phone reception should you need to stay in touch with the outside world.

The rooms all open to the exterior via sliding doors. Four of the rooms have private verandahs from where you can contemplate the absolute peace of your natural surroundings. One of the rooms has a view of the lush gardens and the large waterhole which is a favourite haunt for the resident bird- and wildlife while the sixth room is
positioned alongside a magnificent water feature.

The stylishly decorated interior of The Bush House’s central hub has a comfortable sitting room, reading zone, TV lounge with DSTV – for sporting emergencies only, and a congenial pub where you can enjoy socialising with fellow visitors after another amazing day on safari.

The Bush House is geared for outdoor enthusiasts looking to escape the stresses and strains of the daily grind. The crystal-clear rock pool is the ideal spot to soak up the tranquility of this idyllic wilderness haven. If you’re up for some fun and games, why not partake in a friendly game of cricket, rugby or soccer on the manicured lawn.

Alternatively, retreat to the Lodge patio and watch the diversity of game meandering to and from the waterhole. Or take advantage of The Bush House’s wheelchair-friendly underground hide to get an eye-level perspective on all the activity at the waterhole. The waterhole is lit up at night giving you the opportunity to observe the more elusive nocturnal species.

Additional outdoor adventures include early morning and late afternoon game drives in open 4X4 vehicles, and informative bush walks conducted by expert field guides. Being a family-friendly destination, The Bush House provides special game drives for those children who are too young to join the regular game drives. A babysitting service is also available on request. As the five-hectare camp is fully fenced, it is completely safe to move around freely and explore the various mini-nature trails.

Come mealtimes The Bush House chefs delight in preparing fine traditional fare made to suit your taste preferences, whether it’s brunch in the shade of the indigenous trees, afternoon tea packed with treats or an al fresco dinner in the firelit Boma.

If you’re looking for an authentic home-away- from-home in Madikwe Game Reserve where warm hospitality and attentive care are the order of the day, The Bush House is sure to live up to your expectations.

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Rates inclusive of 15% VAT • South African Rand • Subject to availability
All tariffs quoted are subject to change, without prior notice, however rates quoted for confirmed bookings will be honoured
Details 1 Sep 2018
to 31 Dec 2018
1 Jan 2019
to 30 Apr 2019
Single Per Night R5 905 R6 385
Per Person Per Night Sharing R4 515 R4 870
Children 3 - 5 yrs sharing R 805 R 805
Children 6 - 11 yrs sharing R2 255 R2 435
Children 12 yrs & Older R4 515 R4 870
Details 1 May 2019
to 31 Aug 2019
1 Sep 2019
to 31 Dec 2019
Single Per Night R5 960 R6 385
Per Person Per Night Sharing R4 555 R4 870
Children 0 - 5 yrs sharing R 850 R 850
Children 6 - 11 yrs sharing R2 275 R2 435
Children 12 yrs & Older sharing R4 555 R4 870
Tariffs are quoted:
  • Inclusive of 15% V.A.T
  • In South African Rand 
  • Subject to availability
Tariff Changes:
  • All tariffs quoted are subject to change, without prior notice, however fully paid bookings will be honoured.
Rates Include
  • Accommodation, all meals, coffee and teas,
  • Welcome drinks on arrival and on return from game drives
  • Road transfer from the Madikwe Airstrip to the Lodge
  • Two game drives daily
  • Unlimited Internet
Rates Exclude
  • Curio shop purchases
  • Beverage unless otherwise indicated
  • Telephone calls
  • Lodge transfers
  • Airport Tax
  • Tourism Levy
  • Landing Fee at airstrip
  • Laundry services unless otherwise indicated
  • Specialised coffees
  • Gate entry fees
  • Babysitting
  • Road transfer from the Eastern airstrip
Child Policy
  • Children of all ages are welcome at most of our lodges (please enquire)
  • Babysitters available at an extra cost and with prior notice.
  • Children under six years of age sharing with parents pay R850
  • Children under 6 years old are not permitted on game drives
  • Children’s programs available at Tuningi and Thakadu
Payment Policy
  • Deposit of 50% of the total accommodation charge is required on confirmation.
  • Balance is due 30 days prior to arrival
Information Arrival / Departure
  • Guest may arrive from 13:00 and rooms are to be vacated by 11:00 
  • Early arrivals and late departures can be arranged with prior notice.
What to Take
  • Comfortable walking shoes 
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses 
  • Sun block 
  • Cameras and binoculars 
  • Light, neutral coloured clothing 
  • Swimming costume 
  • Warm jackets are essential in winter (May -October)
Gate Entrance Fees

Gates open @ 06h00 & closes @ 21h00. Entrance fee into the Madikwe Reserve by Road, please settle in camp.

Cancellation Policy
  • The scale of charges expressed as a percentage of the total booking value.
  • If a booking is cancelled after confirmation the following cancellation fees will apply
  • Four weeks before arrival - 50% of full amount
  • Two weeks before arrival - 100% of full amount
Flight & Road Transfers:
  • There are daily flights into the Reserve with Federal Air.
  • These depart from ORTambo Johannesburg and can be arranged on request.
  • Road transfers can be arranged on request
  • The gate entrance fee/ fly in fee is payable on departure in camp.
Christmas Period: 15th December – 15th January
In order to confirm a booking over this period the agent / operator must supply a 25% non-refundable deposit.
The Lodge
The Bush House IS your home in Big Five country. Our informal style, intimate atmosphere and caring staff make you feel welcome, relaxed and part of our family.

Accommodation
We have six ensuite rooms. Four of them have private verandahs where you can sit and contemplate the world, one overlooks the garden and waterhole with another having the soothing sounds of a water feature outside the sliding door. All of our rooms are part of the main lodge so there are no unnecessary long walks to and fro.

The rooms are tastefully furnished with percale bed linen and fluffy towels. The rooms have air-conditoners and fans, hairdriers, coffee and tea facilties. The bathrooms have separate baths and showers with a variety of toiletries. We have 220v electricity, cell phone signal and free Wi-Fi should you need to stay in touch

Meals
Our Chefs, who together create a wonderful culinary repertoire, whether it is breakfast in the garden, afternoon tea packed with treats or a fire-lit dinner in the boma under the stars. We try as much as possible to accommodate all dietary requirements.

Facilities
Enjoy relaxing in the large shaded garden overlooking the best waterhole in Madikwe. Lounge at the pool while our staff take care of your every need. Enjoy a friendly game of cricket, rugby or soccer on the lawn. Two game drives are conducted daily under the expert care of our guide, take a walk through our private nature trail which is within the electrified boundaries of camp.

 
Travelling by road to Madikwe
Travelling time approximately 3.5hrs
 
  • From the airport (OR Tambo) take R21 to Pretoria)
  • From Johannesburg head north on N1 towards the N4 Toll Road.
  • Take the N4 Toll road north west towards Rustenburg, Swartruggens, Groot Marico and Zeerust. The toll fee is over R70.00 one way.
  • Once in Zeerust turn right at the fourth stop street into President Street. There is a signpost on the left that says “ Madikwe Game Reserve/Gaborone” and an ABSA bank on the corner to the left.
  • Follow the R47/R49 towards the reserve for approximately 95km.
  • The first entrance to the reserve is Abjaterskop gate.
  • Pass that gate and enter at the next gate – Wonderboom Gate exactly 7km from the first gate.
  • Once you have gone through the boom there is a Bush House signboard about 300m along the gravel road. Turn left in here and travel through our gate entrance. Follow the road to reception.
 
Travelling Tips
 
  • Keep to the speed limit, especially when it drops down from 120kms to 80kms. The traffic officials are often at these spots including the small villages where the speed limit is 60kms as there is a lot of trapping along the R47/R49.
  • Best bathroom facilities enroute are at the Wimpy in Koster or the Wimpy in Zeerust.
  • If you drive an unleaded vehicle, fill up in Zeerust as you will have another 200kms before you return that way and the petrol stations between Zeerust and Madikwe are often out of unleaded fuel.
 
Charter Flights and Scheduled Flights
 
There is a scheduled Federal Air flight that flies in and out of the Reserve daily. Should you wish to charter a plane to suit your own time frame this can be arranged through Madikwe Charters.

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Business Hours
Mon – Fri (09:00 - 17:00)
Sat (09:00 - 13:00)
Time Zone UTC/GMT +2 hours
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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

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