Madikwe is South Africa`s fourth largest game reserve at 75 000 hectares. This magnificent malaria free area offers you the opportunity to experience the magic of the Big Five and a true safari adventure.
Situated in the North West Province bordering Botswana, Madikwe is just a 3½ hour drive from Johannesburg or Pretoria, 1½ hours from Sun City and an easy hour from Gaborone.
"I have seen the moon in other places besides the Marico. But it is not the same there. It does strange things to you the Marico moon, and in your heart are wild and fragrant fancies, and your thoughts go very far away." (Herman Charles Bosman)
Mosetlha Eco-experience Mosetlha is family owned and run, a rustic and intimate, unfenced bush camp nestling at the very heart of the magnificent Madikwe Game Reserve.
In order to ensure our guests the best possible attention, we accommodate just 16 to 18 people, and it is our mission to provide you with an exclusive and unique wilderness experience.
We believe our catering is of a high standard – we prepare breakfast, lunch and dinner in traditional bush style on open fires and gas rings. Included, too, are all refreshments: tea, coffee, fruit, fruit juice, rusks and snacks throughout the day and on your daily walks and drives.
Our very affordable, fully inclusive rate is per person per night sharing and covers: gate entrance fee, comfortable accommodation, three meals a day plus tea, coffee, snacks, fruit, fruit juice through the day, a morning bush walk or game drive and a sunset game drive, and MRI emergency evacuation insurance cover.
Children Policy Children 6 years and older are more then welcome at the Mosetlha Bush Camp.
Weekend Policy A Minimum of 2 nights over a weekend, from the Friday - Sunday.
Madikwe Game Reserve Madikwe is a haven of amazing diversities. The landscape has mountainous areas, plateaux, rocky hills, a perennial river, seasonal wetlands, a variety of sandy and clay areas, bushveld, Kalahari veld and savanna areas. This broad spectrum of habitats supports an animal life which is consequently richly varied.
Guests to Madikwe are promised the chance of seeing the Magnificent Seven which comprises the Big Five (the largest elephant population outside of Kruger, both black and white rhino, the biggest disease free herd of buffalo in the country, lion and leopard), as well as the rare and endangered wild dog and cheetah.
In addition to these, you may see brown and spotted hyena and all other South African predators. A multitude of plains game includes giraffe, zebra, springbok and sable, the first scientific discovery of which was in 1836 in this very area. We also have large populations of wildebeest, impala and warthogs.
For birders, Madikwe is an unmissable destination with the latest official bird list boasting an incredible 340 species.
Facilities & Services:
Our guests are accommodated in true safari style in raised wooden cabins set amongst the natural vegetation around a central camp fire and lapa area.
The camp is unfenced and cabins have partly open sides and are arranged in adjoining or detached double rooms with twin beds and simple amenities. Duvets, pillows, blankets and towels are provided by us.
Whilst bathrooms are not ensuite, there are fenced toilet/shower complexes discreetly situated around the cabins.
We pride ourselves in our bushveld simplicity and do not have mod cons such as electrical power or running water - our showers are safari showers and water is heated through a donkey boiler … so you only have a cold shower if you want one!
Mosetlha Bush Camp Activities:
Check in time at the Gate is 12.30 and you will be directed from there to the NWPB admin office where you will park your car and one of our guides will meet you and take you back to Mosetlha.
On arrival at the Camp you will find lunch ready for you and you can unpack and settle in.
That afternoon you`ll be taken on your first game drive. One of our professional, qualified field guides will take you out into the Reserve in an open 4x4 vehicle where you will have the chance to see the spectacular features and creatures of Madikwe.
You`ll stop at a picturesque spot for drinks and snacks at sunset. After dark spot lights are used to ensure that you are able to witness our more secretive and nocturnal animal and bird life.
The next morning we`ll wake you up for coffee and rusks and an early morning start. Here the choice is yours: we offer morning guided bush walks which are not strenuous but rather interpretive - this is the time to experience the wonders of the flora and fauna, insects and birds that Madikwe has to offer.
For those who would prefer to find the big and hairies, it`s another game drive for you.
When you get back you`ll have breakfast and some relaxation time before lunch, then some (more!) chill out time – read your book, do some bird spotting at the little water holes we have around the camp, or have an afternoon nap.
Then it`s time for the afternoon drive.
On your day of departure, after your morning game activity, we get you back to the camp for a cooked brunch.
We then take you back to your car at around midday for your return trip home (where it`s back to real life after a few days of fabulous game viewing and serious relaxation, taking with you lots of photographs and some wonderful memories!).
Mosetlha Bush Camp Map:
Clothing & Accessories: Guests are asked to bring their own personal effects and toiletries including:
Anorak (a thick jacket in winter)
T-shirts/shorts for around camp
Light raincoat/poncho (Summer)
Comfortable boots/walking shoes
Jeans or equivalent
Sun protection cream and hat
Insect repellent (Tabard/Mylol)
Binoculars, torch, camera
People were fabulous and the food was delicious. Accommodation was very comfortable.
Reviewed by Jean Rubanick over a year ago
Really enjoyed it! Great bush experience. Very friendly and personal. Food good, although not stunning. Can do with better rusks - the Ouma is not really making the grade. The warm water bottles in our beds were great!
Reviewed by Maryna Steyn over a year ago
We are very happy for all.
Reviewed by Macadre Francine over a year ago
We came to Mosetlha first for photography and second for the true bush camp experience hosted by Caroline. Both my daughter and I are photographers. Our expectations were completely fullfilled by our 3 night stay. We felt cared for by the entire staff. The morning and evening game drives were without question meeting all of our needs to see and photograph game. Patrick tracked and found them. We were the first to track and witness a rare wild dog pack kill of a water buck. 7 or 8 vehicle were marshalled ready to view the remains as we left the scene. The leopard remained elusive to all lodges including ours. We left satisfied by the food, other guests, lodging, weather, and 3000 images plus memories.
Reviewed by Robert Paluf over a year ago
Other Accommodation near Mosetlha Bush Camp:
Accommodation options within 8km from Mosetlha Bush Camp include:
Makanyane Safari Lodge
Makanyane is a luxurious and exclusive safari lodge, situated on private land within the magnificent 75,000 hectare malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve - home to the Big 5 and a myriad of other animal and bird species.
From:R5600.00 per person sharing
Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge
Traversing over 75,000 hectares of true, untamed Africa and set in magnificent koppies amongst boulders, Madikwe Hills gently ebbs to the pulse of Africa’s drumbeat. The luxurious suites are ingeniously placed amongst the boulders.
Madikwe Safari Lodge
In the heart of the richly diverse and malaria-free 76 000-hectare Madikwe Game Reserve, North West Province. Close to the South Africa-Botswana border.
From:R3660.00 per person sharing
Impodimo Game Lodge
Situated in Madikwe Game Reserve, Impodimo Game Lodge is carved from the hillside, eight glass fronted luxury chalets line a natural spring, each enjoying striking views either from within or from the outdoor shower.
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