Royal Madikwe

Contemporary style blends with African elegance at Royal Madikwe Lodge, set in the western sector of the famed Madikwe Game Reserve, overlooking a busy waterhole. With just four Suites, plus the Royal Villa and Sovereign House, this intimate lodge lives up to its regal name, offering luxurious accommodation, sincere hospitality and top notch wildlife encounters.

Three Luxury Suites are well positioned to enjoy wonderful views and plenty of privacy, and for families, the two-bedroom Emperor suite is located close to the Clubhouse. For those looking for extra flexibility, the lavish two-bedroom Royal Villa is ideal for an exclusive family safari. Plus Royal Madikwe’s latest addition, the spectacular Sovereign Villa, boasts three en suite bedrooms and is a great option for a multi-generational family retreat with its own private guide.

All guestrooms at Royal Madikwe are beautifully appointed, extending out onto private decks with plunge pools. The interiors are elegant Afro-chic with four-poster beds, dark wood floors and carvings, high thatched ceilings and fireplaces for chilly evenings.

The attractive Clubhouse at Royal Madikwe is thatch and stone, with a sophisticated natural ambience, sumptuous cream leather sofas and wood furnishings with a single dark-wood table for communal dining. Outdoors, elevated decks on different levels make the most of views of the waterhole – there’s almost always something to see, from common impalas to rare rhinos.

Dawn and dusk game drives are the best way to enjoy the areas superb Big Five wildlife, or there are options for guided bush walks, as well as cultural experiences such as learning the art of traditional drumming and Zulu dancing. British owners Chai and Katherine Patel work closely with local communities: 20 per cent of their profits support education and healthcare. Royal Madikwe welcomes children, with activities including bush bumbles, face painting and African story-telling.