Royal Madikwe
A journey begins with the people you meet and ends with the memories of experiences you’ve shared. We invite you to share our journey in a place where time stands still and nature calls at your door. With a passionate commitment to responsible tourism practices, our vision of making a worthwhile difference in luxury eco-tourism is being realized through enriching the local community and preserving our environment.

The Royal Madikwe was purchased by Dr Chai Patel and his family in May 2004 and was a realization of a long-standing personal dream. Ugandan by birth, Chai’s earliest childhood memories are filled with fondness for his African home and it is with great joy that he is now in the privileged position of returning to his roots, to create a new home that will not only provide guests with unforgettable experiences, but will also give Chai the opportunity to reinvest in the continent of his birth.

Our vision is to make a worthwhile difference in luxury eco-tourism, with an emphasis on health and education. Twenty percent of all profits generated through Royal Madikwe are re-invested into local community projects, inviting our guests to make a worthwhile difference, by simply having a superb holiday. Thus, an economic vehicle is created for the greater purpose of making a real difference as we reinvest into local community projects. We are passionately committed to responsible tourism practices and strive to combine tourism, environmental management and local economic development.

The Royal Madikwe is an intimate luxury safari lodge run by a close-knit, experienced team with a dynamic workplace culture based on participation and democratic decision-making. Through an uncompromising dedication to service excellence, The Royal Madikwe offers nothing short of luxurious accommodation, sincere hospitality and spectacular wildlife encounters!

Accommodation at Royal Madikwe:
Luxury Double Suite:
This beautifully appointed suite boasts a king size four poster bed, en-suite bathroom with indoor / outdoor rain showers and a bathtub with a beautiful wilderness view, a cozy indoor wood fire place and comfortable outdoor seating.

The large private viewing deck encompasses plush sun loungers conveniently placed beside the plunge pool to soak up the Madikwe sunshine all year round!

Exquisite amenities available in this suite include Liquid soap, Bath foam, Bath salts, Hand & Body lotion, Shower gel, Shampoo and Conditioner.

Luxury Twin Suite:
The Twin Suite flaunts lavish extra length ¾ beds, an en-suite bathroom with indoor / outdoor rain showers, bathtub with a beautiful wilderness view, a cozy indoor wood fire place and comfortable outdoor seating.

This suite can comfortably be converted into a double for couples. The large private viewing deck, furnished with plush sun loungers allows you to soak up the sunshine beside your private plunge pool while enjoying the flurry of animals passing by your suite along the game path to the waterhole.

Exquisite amenities available in this suite include Liquid soap, Bath foam, Bath salts, Hand & Body lotion, Shower gel, Shampoo and Conditioner.

Honeymoon Suite:
The Honeymoon Suite is embellished in a remarkable four poster bed draped in luxurious percale linen, an adjacent en-suite bathroom with indoor / outdoor rain showers, a romantic bathtub with a beautiful wilderness and waterhole view, a cozy indoor wood fire place and comfortable outdoor seating.

The large private viewing deck wraps around a refreshing plunge pool with the most exquisite views! Soak up the sunshine while enjoying the abundant wildlife frequenting the waterhole just 10 meters away.

Exquisite amenities available in this suite include Liquid soap, Bath foam, Bath salts, Hand & Body lotion, Shower gel, Shampoo and Conditioner.

Facilities for the Luxury Double/Twin Suites and Honeymoon Suite:
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
- I-pod docking station
- Safety deposit box
- Hair dryer
- Air conditioner
- Tea & Coffee making facility
- Fully stocked mini bar
- Velour bath robes
- Slippers

The Emperor Suite:
Boasting spectacular views of the Royal waterhole from the elegant sunken lounge, this spacious 2 bedroom suite is conveniently located on the second level of the Clubhouse. The Emperor master bedroom is indulged in an extra length king size bed, an en-suite bathroom with an open air rain shower and romantic bathtub. The comfortable sunken lounge divides the additional bathroom, equipped with a rain shower, and the children’s room which is fitted with fun bunk beds.

Exquisite amenities available in this suite include Liquid soap, Bath foam, Bath salts, Hand & Body lotion, Shower gel, Shampoo and Conditioner.
- Selected satellite channels
- HD TV & DVD Player
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
- Safety deposit box
- Hair dryer
- Air conditioner
- Tea & Coffee making facility
- Fully stocked mini bar
- Velour bath robes
- Slippers

The Royal Villa:
The Royal Villa master bedroom boasts a lavish four poster bed, indoor wood fire place, en-suite bathroom with both indoor and outdoor rain showers and a romantic bathtub with exquisite views of both the waterhole and wilderness. Separated by a dining area and small kitchenette, the second bedroom flaunts sumptuous twin beds and a large en-suite bathroom with indoor rain shower and an extravagant bathtub. The Library and TV lounge located on the second level gives way to another viewing deck with perfect waterhole views, while the 138m² private viewing deck with plunge pool and a comfortable outdoor seating area is the ideal haven to enjoy the sights and sounds of the African bush.

Exquisite amenities available in this suite include Liquid soap, Bath foam, Bath salts, Hand & Body lotion, Shower gel, Shampoo and Conditioner.
- TV & DVD Player
- Selected satellite channels available
- I-pod docking station
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
- Safety deposit box
- Hair dryer
- Air conditioner
- Tea & Coffee making facility
- Fully stocked mini bar
- Wine cooler
- Velour bath robes
- Slippers

SHUTTLE FLIGHTS
Daily shuttle flights are available between Johannesburg International Airport and Madikwe Game Reserve.
Guests will be met in the arrivals hall by a representative of the airline and escorted to check-in by means of a short road transfer. The shuttle flight departs daily at 13h00 and arrives at the Madikwe Western Airstrip at 14h00 where guests will be collected and transferred in an open vehicle to Royal Madikwe at no extra cost – approximately 25 minute drive.

Shuttle Times
Please note that these times are subject to change, therefore we recommend allowing 2-3 hours between connecting flights.

Johannesburg – Madikwe Western Airstrip
13h00 – 14h00

Madikwe Western Airstrip to Johannesburg
11h15 – 12h15

It is very important to note the Luggage Limitations as the airline will not allow excess luggage if this has not been requested and paid for by prior arrangement.

PRIVATE CHARTERS
Private Charters can be arranged for a more luxurious experience and includes a meet & greet facility whereby guests will be escorted off international flights through customs/immigration. Flight times are reasonably flexible to suit guests’ requirements.

ROAD TRANSFERS
Alternatively, a road transfer can be arranged to transfer guests to / from Royal Madikwe. Road transfers allow flexibility with collection / drop off times and guests can be collected from any address in Johannesburg or an alternative destination. The drive time is approximately 5 hours’ from Johannesburg, or 2 ½ hours from Sun City to the lodge. Please enquire for transfers from other destinations.

DRIVING YOURSELF
For the more adventurous, there is also the option of renting a vehicle at the airport and driving yourself to the lodge. This is a great way to see more of the country and the roads are generally in good condition, thus a 4x4 vehicle is not a requirement. We do advise using the downloadable directions to the lodge.

Please note that there is a compulsory once off reserve entrance fee applicable to all guests entering the reserve.

RESERVE ENTRY FEE
Drive in - ZAR 180 per adult and ZAR 80 per child under 12 years old.
Fly in - ZAR 240 per adult and ZAR 150 per child under 12 years old.

CHECK-IN / CHECK-OUT TIMES
Check-in time 13h00 – 14h00
Check-out time 10h00 – 11h00

Child Policy
Children of all ages are welcome at Royal Madikwe!
Children under the age of 2 years stay for free in a cot when sharing with 2 adults in a Luxury Suite.
Creating triple suites in a Luxury Suite or adding an additional child to a Family Suite will be subject to availability based on occupancy.
Children under the age of 5 years are not permitted on the scheduled game drives, however, a 1 hour kiddie’s bumble can be arranged at the lodge and is dependent on availability at the time of enquiring.
Children under the age of 16 are not permitted on Bush Walks.
A complimentary fun filled program has been designed for your little ones to keep them entertained every day between 12h00-13h00.

Facilities & Services:

  • Babies
  • Children under 12 years
  • Honeymoon Couples
  • Elderly
  • Airport Shuttle Service
  • Laundry Service
  • Swimming Pool




Royal Madikwe Map:

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