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Privately owned Tau Game Lodge is situated in the in the malaria free Madikwe Game Reserve overlooking a vast natural waterhole which attracts a variety of game.

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.

The area is of great cultural interest, with the old school building where Herman Charles Bosman taught in the reserve, and the outline of Abjaterskop looming just beyond the western boundary.

Main Lodge
Our luxury South African safari lodge was designed to reflect the natural surroundings and makes use of the natural resources wherever possible.

The main body of the Lodge is two-leveled and has a comfortable lounge, a conference room, bar and dining room which are semi open-air and overlook the waterhole. Delicious buffet breakfasts and lunches are generally served in the main building or on the verandah next to the plunge pool and dinner is served in one of the cosy boma`s under the stars, or in the lapa next to the main lodge.

Children at Tau Game Lodge 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 old sharing with parents are charged a nominal fee and automatically become members of the Tau Cubz Club, which is great fun and includes a short game drive after breakfast just for the kids.

Madikwe Game Reserve is one of the few reserves where one can come for a truly South African safari holiday and view an unusual wide variety of South African wildlife.

Come and see the magnificent animals that have settled in our South African game reserve, such as breeding herds of elephants, white and black rhino`s, lions, endangered wild dogs, various antelope species and many more.

Madikwe is also home to a bird population of over 250 different species.
R2415.00 pps

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  • Tau Game Lodge - Chalets
  • Tau Game Lodge - Lodge reception
  • Tau Game Lodge - Big 5 Lounge
  • Tau Game Lodge - Upstairs lounge
  • Tau Game Lodge - Lodge & swimmingpool
  • Tau Game Lodge - Main Lodge
  • Tau Game Lodge - Lapa
  • Tau Game Lodge - Boma dinner
  • Tau Game Lodge - Standard chalet
  • Tau Game Lodge - Deluxe chalet
  • Tau Game Lodge - Double Room
  • Tau Game Lodge - Twin Room (part of family suite)
  • Tau Game Lodge - Game viewing
  • Tau Game Lodge - View on water hole
  • Tau Game Lodge - Game viewing
  • Tau Game Lodge - Deluxe balcony
  • Tau Game Lodge - Spa
  • Tau Game Lodge - Spa partner room
  • Tau Game Lodge - Conference Room

Facilities & Services:

  • Babies
  • Disabled
  • Children under 12 years
  • Honeymoon Couples
  • Elderly
  • Babysitting Service
  • Laundry Service
  • Special Meals on Request
  • Conference facilities
  • Other
  • Wedding facilities
  • Team Building
  • Dining room
  • Other
  • Bar on the Premises
  • Restaurant
  • Spa
  • Other
  • Cots available
  • Library
  • Petrol on site
  • Curio Shop
  • Internet Access
  • Fax & Photocopy Machine
  • Fireplace on the Premises
  • Parking (off-street - open)
  • Garden
  • Afrikaans
  • English
  • Other Language
  • Games Room
  • Swimming Pool
  • Communal Satellite TV
  • Playground
  • DVD and/or VCR


The d├ęcor and furnishings of Tau Game Lodge are Africa-inspired and the rooms are equipped with both air-conditioning and ceiling fans.

Thirty rustic thatched chalets are spread out in U-formation on either side of the lodge, offering excellent views of animals approaching the water from the opposite bank.

Each chalet has its own wooden game viewing deck, which allows one to experience the bush in privacy and is equipped with an en-suite bathroom and open-air shower.

Each of the two corner units, on either side of (and furthest away from) the lodge, have been linked with the next-door unit by a communal outdoor lounge. These chalets can be utilised for two couples traveling together or for parents with small children sharing the room.

Standard chalets - suitable for 2 adults sharing, with en-suite bathroom and private balcony.

Deluxe chalets - suitable for 3 adults sharing, or adults with 1 or 2 children - en-suite bathroom and private balcony.

Family units - suitable for larger families; made up out of 2 chalets joined by a lounge.

Tau Game Lodge Activities:

Exciting early morning and afternoon/evening game drives in open landrovers and guided safari walks and night safaris with powerful spotlights.

Guest are accompanied by enthusiastic and knowledgeable armed rangers.

Madikwe Game Reserve is one of the few reserves were one can view an unusual variety of fauna.

Breeding herds of elephant, white and black rhino, lion, cheetah, spotted & brown hyena, buffalo, leopard, zebra the endangered wild dogs and various antelope species.

Impala, springbok, kudu, waterbuck, wildebeest, eland, blesbok, nyala, sable, giraffe, ostrich and warthog are among the magnificent animals that roam the reserve.

Madikwe is also home to a bird population of over 250 different species.

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Clothing & Accessories:

No dress code applicable - Neutral colors during the Safaris.
During the winter months (June, July)it is quite cold in the early morning and during the nights. Jackets, scarves and even gloves can be useful.

Health & Climate:

Madikwe Game Reserve is Malaria free.

During June & July the climate is warm and pleasant during day time and cold at night after sundown.

Tau Game Lodge Guest Reviews

Average Guest Rating: 
  5.0 out of 5 based on 5 reviews. - View all Guest Reviews

It was a very enjoyable experience. One suggestion is around the starting times of the morning drives. I understand that they move forward in 30 minute increments as sunrise comes earlier, but in my experience, you are still not early enough. And if you happen to visit at a time just before it changes, you are really quite late arriving to the bush. Last week we should have left no later than 5:30, if not earlier.
 Reviewed by Lynn Rubow on 7 November 2016

Our entire experience was incredible! I will return and highly recommend Tau to everyone I know.
 Reviewed by Meghan McBride over a year ago

Great lodge, great people, very nice food.
 Reviewed by Joshua Motsuenyane over a year ago

We enjoyed our stay very much! The warm welcome and the facility was great. We shall recommend it to other people.
 Reviewed by Orna Dreazen over a year ago

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