The Madikwe Game Reserve is the fourth largest game reserve in South Africa, and has the second largest elephant population, the largest being in the Kruger Park.
Guests are offered fantastic sightings of predators like Aardwolf, Cheetah, Brown and Spotted Hyaena, Lion, Leopard and Wild Dog. Herbivores present include Blessbuck, Buffalo, Eland, Elephant, Gemsbok, Giraffe, Red Hartbeest, Impala, Kudu, Nyala, Ostrich, Black and White Rhino, Sable, Springbok, Tsessebe, Waterbuck, Blue Wildebeest and Zebra.
Over 340 species of birds were recorded in the Park.
One of the original farmhouses in the area was renovated to create The Bush House, it's more than a lodge, it's home in Big Five country. With only six en-suite air-conditioned bedrooms a personal, relaxed and friendly atmosphere is guaranteed. The lodge has a lounge, bar, covered veranda and a rock swimming pool overlooking the waterhole.
Evening meals are held in the outdoor boma. Our Chef produces a superb dinner, served under the African night-sky. Enjoy this very special time, sitting around the campfire, reviewing the sightings of the day, while a cacophony of calls from the wild resound in the bush.
The rock swimming pool has a wonderful view of the reserve and overlooks the waterhole. Guests to date have enjoyed sightings of lion, rhino, wild dog, buffalo and tons of elephant, literally a couple of meters distance from their deck chairs. Cool off during the day, or enjoy a glass of wine at the pool at night as the floodlight illuminates the surrounding bush.
The highlight of your stay is going out on game-drives in open 4x4's in search of the Big Five. Our rangers are highly qualified professionals, who enjoy sharing their knowledge of the bush, birds and wildlife with guests. At sunset, a table is laid beside the vehicle, and guests can alight and enjoy a much deserved "sundowner" in the bush.
The Bush House has an electric game fence encompassing about 10 hectares around the lodge with a nature trail for guests to walk in the bush on their own, in complete safety. With over 400 bird species in Madikwe Game Reserve, this is the ideal birding opportunity.
For the more adventurous, the rangers are qualified to take guests on Bush Walks in the reserve, observing the wildlife and even the Big Five on foot.
The Bush House accommodates a maximum of 12 adults in six ensuite bedrooms. Each room has a mosquito net canopy over the large and very comfortable bed, 220 volt electricity and air-conditioning.
Children under the age of about 10 are able to share with parents on camp stretchers.
The Bush House Activities:
Game drives are conducted through the year at optimum viewing times when game activity is generally at its peak, i.e. early morning and late afternoon into evening. The morning safari departs at sunrise, and the evening drives leaves late enough in the afternoon for guests to enjoy a bush sunset and the opportunity to view nocturnal animals after dark.
A must for all nature enthusiasts is the bush walk. This affords guests the ultimate close-to-the-wild experience, and a chance to focus on the smaller bush inhabitants including birds, insects and butterflies. One can also discover the interesting worlds of tress, grasses, flowers, geology and ecology - of course, occasionally big game can be seen on walks, including the Big Five.
The Bush House Map:
The Bush House Guest Review
Average Guest Rating:
out of 5
based on 1 review.
What a wonderful place to stay, a superbly run establishment set in gorgeous surroundings. Our room overlooked the waterhole, which enticed many different animals and was extremely tastefully furnished, as was the whole place. The staff were very friendly a there is a real family feel to the Bush House - would highly recommend it.
Rating: Reviewed by David Fairall over a year ago
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