- Child friendly, honeymoon friendly lodge based on different camps with the reserve.
- Wildlife diversity – ecological cross-road combining the arid Kalahari Thronveld and the typical Bushveld Savana.
- Archaelogical discoveries which go back to the beginnings of humankind.
- Big FiveYes
- Off RoadYes
- Camp FencedYes
- Child PolicyChildren of all ages are welcome at Lelapa Lodge
- PoolYes - Private Plunge Pool (not Heated)
- SPAIn-room Massages
- Cellphone SignalYes
- Malaria AreaNo
LocationMadikwe Game Reserve, North West Province
Driving time from Johannesburg is approximately 4 hours. Daily light aircraft flights into Madikwe Game Reserve from Johannesburg.
12 x Suites for families at Lelapa Lodge
4 x Suites at Kopano Lodge
4 x Suites at Dithaba Lodge
Rates & Special Offers
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- All rates are subject to availability.
- Proof of SADC residency may be required at the time of booking or upon check-in at the lodge.
- Surcharges and a minimum 3 night stay may apply on rates over peak holiday periods and long weekends.
- Unless otherwise stated, all rates listed are based on a minimum 2 night stay. Surcharges may apply for a 1 night booking. Rates quoted above applicable to SA/SADC Residents only. Special discounted offers for International Residents are available on request.
- Gate Fees R 180 per adult per stay & R 80 per child per stay. For guests flying in, the gate fees are R 240 per adult per stay and R 150 per child per stay.
- Madikwe Guest Conservation Contribution Fee of R 190 per adult per night & R 95 per child (under 12 years) per night applies. The fees are subject to change and to be settled at the lodge direct.
- Recovery and Rebuilding Levy ZAR 115 per person per night (optional).
- All fees are subject to change and are to be settled at the lodge direct.
- Gate opening time is 06h00 and closing time is 18h00. Please note no guests will be allowed to gain entry after 18h00 in the evening at any of the gates.
- There will be a single supplement of 50% on the per person rate for single accommodation.
- Children of all ages are welcome at Madikwe Safari Lelapa Lodge.
- Children aged 0 – 5 years stay free of charge when sharing with 2 full paying adults.
- Children aged 6 – 15 years pay 50% of the per person sharing rate when sharing with 2 full paying adults.
- Children 16 years and older pay the full adult rate and need to occupy their own room.
- Children aged 6 years and older are permitted on game drives and safari activities at the discretion of the game ranger.
- Children under the age of 6 years have separate family safari game drives after breakfast.
About Madikwe Safari Lodge – Lelapa Lodge
Madikwe Safari Lodge is situated in one of South Africa’s largest wildlife sanctuaries, more commonly known as the Madikwe Game Reserve. This malaria-free game reserve is home to the Big Five, endangered African wild dog and just over 60 other mammal species. Madikwe Safari Lodge consists of 3 camps perfect for families, couples & friends. If one is looking for private accommodation, great game viewing and a spectacular safari experience, Madikwe Safari Lodge is the place to be.
Lelapa literally means ‘family’ & at Lelapa lodge you can expect warm hospitality, sublime comfort and a compelling charm which will make you want to stay forever. By focusing on families and being able to accommodate children of all ages, Lelapa Lodge is the perfect family destination.
Each of the twelve suites are comfortable, spacious and ever respectful of the natural environment beyond. Each suite boasts an indoor and outdoor shower, private plunge pool and wood-burning fireplace which seek to enhance Mother Natures’ subtle signature.
Some of the features of Lelapa Lodge include
- 12 Suites for 24 people
- Children of all ages welcome
- Children’s activities and babysitting available
- Family Rooms available
- Private plunge pools
- Communal pool
- Suitable for disabled travellers (with assistance)
- Full range of dietary preferences catered for
- Free Wi-Fi (in public areas)
Madikwe Safari Lodge Childrens Eco Centre
Too many hotels and lodges around the world profess to be child friendly but fall way short on delivering an experience which caters for families in the way that parents travelling today expect them to. We wanted to be different, buck the trend and actually deliver an experience as if created by parents as opposed to an operational manual which, is exactly what we have done at Lelapa Lodge. Outside of the incredible array of activities which we offer, we have invested in building an educational center, aptly called the ECO-HOUSE. The ECO-HOUSE is only a part of the Madikwe Cubz activities on offer but is such a highlight during a kids stay that we wanted to provide a little more information about what is offered. The center is managed by our Field Ranging team so there is continuity between the activities done outdoors to what we continue with as experiential learning done inside the ECO-HOUSE. The relationship is also continued so the kids don’t need to meet a new team of the staff and have the ranger taking them on safari and doing the learning. The center is a hive of activity where we are painting, drawing, making location specific models and arts and or getting to touch & smell some of the live specimens in the center. Parents have the choice to either engage in the learning with their kids or steal a few hours for themselves knowing their kids will never even know they are not by their side. This experience is unique to Madikwe Safari Lodge and has been done in consultation with the owner parents, guest parents, managers and North West parks, who have assisted in all the required permits for the live specimens. In kid language… ECO-HOUSE is just AWESOME!
About Madikwe Game Reserve
Herman Charles Bosman has woven many a tale about Abjaterskop and the Marico River . It is perhaps he that best describes the vast area where enselsberg rise from the savannahs and an area that is given life from the Marico River . This is the malaria free Madikwe Game Reserve, 75 000 hectares of unique topography and breathtaking beauty, it is also the home to the big 5, wild dog, cheetah and a large variety of mammal and bird life.
This 75 000 hectare reserve is situated in the North-West province of South Africa , on the border with Botswana . The large diversity of vegetation and ecozones allows for a rich diversity of game and bird species to inhabit the reserve.
HISTORY OF THE RESERVE
The reserve was proclaimed in August 1991, but officially became the estate of the North-West Parks Board on the 31 October 1991. The reserve is one of very few in the world that was proclaimed purely on the grounds of it being the most appropriate sustainable land use for the area in which the reserve lies. Studies done through independent consultants clearly showed that wildlife-based tourism would be the most beneficial option for an area that was in an economic depression. The vision for Madikwe was to have a joint venture run by the North-West Parks Board, private investors and the local communities living in the surrounding area. The reserve has now become a role model for many similar ventures country wide due to the successes achieved within the reserve.
Prior to the park being proclaimed, work had already begun on clearing derelict farm buildings, fencing, and a number of alien plant species. The park has a number of old buildings that were spared from demolition and now serve as The Parks Board headquarters. There were other game scout outposts built to house game scouts and other reserve staff. The perimeter was fenced with approximately 150km of electric game fencing, which is electrified to prevent the escape of the larger game species. In the park local business and labour was used to demolish buildings, erect fences and to construct roads, dams and lodges.
Driving Directions: From Johannesburg to Madikwe Safari Lodge
Via Abjaterskop Gate Route (±4.5 to 5 hours)
- From O.R. Tambo International Airport get on the R21 towards Pretoria up to the Exit to the N1 Polokwane (about 37km)
- Get onto the N1 towards Polokwane and continue up to the N4 Rustenburg slipway (about 22km). aTke the slipway onto the N4 towards
Rustenburg (this is just after the Zambezi drive offramp). At Rustenburg continue on the N4 through Swartruggens towards ZeerusPt lease
Note: The N4 is a toll road with four toll gates to Zeerust. Three before Rustenburg and one just after Swartruggens
- In Zeerust make a RIGHT TURN at the ABSA bank in Main street, towards Gaborone/Madikwe. Refuel here as there is no fuel in the Madikwe
- After aproximately 83km you will see the Abjaterskop Entrance into the reserve on your RIGHT
- Once you enter the Park there is about 32km of dirt road to the lodge.. Keep to the speed limit of 40km/h and watch out for the ditches on
the tar sections, you will damage your car if you speed!
- Once through the gate, continue straight for 10.8km (the road will become tarred after a few km’s) untill you find a T-junction.
TURN LEFT ( there will be a sign stating Derdepoort, left)
- After 2km TURN RIGHT at the sign saying Park Admin (if the road became dirt you went too far)
- Drive for 1km, past the entrance to Park Admin and TURN LEFT at the sign saying Derdepoort, left
You will pass through Ambush Alley, cross a junction, and drive straight on until you see a sign for Madikwe Safari Lodge
- Turn right here off the main road, and drive straight on to the lodges
Via Molatedi Gate Route (±4.5 hours)
The gravel road on this route makes it a little bumpy but not impossible in a sedan vehicle and it is shorter than the route though Zeerust. It is
advisable to fill up with fuel at the Sun Village, just after the Sun City entrance on the right, since there is no fuel available inside the reserve.
Take the shortest route to Sun City, otherwise follow the directions below
- From the OR Tambo International Airport, get onto the R21 towards Pretoria up to the Exit to the N1 Polokwane
- Get on the N1 towards Polokwane and continue up to the N4 Rustenburg slipway (about 22km). aTke the slip way onto the N4 towards
Rustenburg (just after the Zambezi drive offramp)
- Continue in the direction of Rustenburg – take Exit #225 which is the R556 Sun City/Majakaneng (about 64km)
- Turn right at the offramp and continue straight to Sun City (approx 73km to Sun City from this offramp) After passing Sun City on the right,
continue straight (approx 5km) until you reach a four-way junction. TURN RIGHT to DERDEPOORT
- Continue for 39.8km. Turn left at the sign saying KAYAKULU
- After 12.6km the road will split – KEEP RIGHT
- After 12.4km you will reach a T-junction. TURN RIGHT
- After 21km, TURN LEFT. The tar road will end and turn into a dirt road
- Continue straight along this road for about 21km of gravel, (do NOT take the next Derdepoort turning to the right, continue straight), passing
through the Molatedi Village over the Marico River and straight to the MOLATEDI GATE entrance into the park
- Once through the gate, keep to the speed limit of 40km/h and watch out for ditches on the tar sections, you will damage your car if you speed!
- Carry on straight for about 11.9km until you find a sign post on your left, shortly after the road became tar – TURN RIGHT towards Derdepoort
gate. After 540m, you’ll find a T-junction – TURN RIGHT onto Derdepoort Main Road towards Derdepoort Gate
- Turn right at the sign for Madikwe Safari Lodge, and drive straight on to the lodges
- These routes are safe to drive; you will pass through rural areas where the local people are friendly
- Please drive carefully, and look out for village pedestrians, children, and domestic animals
- The Madikwe Game Reserve gates open at 06h00 and close at 18h00,
– please let us know if you will be arriving outside of these hours so we can make the necessary arrangements for your entrance
- Once in the reserve/park, please strictly adhere to the speed limits and afford the wildlife right of way
- In winter (May to September) afternoon game drives depart at 15h30 and in summer (October to April) at 16h30; should you arrive after a
departure, we can organise a link up for you
- Should you need any assistance en-route, please do not hesitate to contact Madikwe Safari Lodge on +27 (0)18 350 9902,
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