- The Bush House is a farmhouse that after years of family laughter and happiness has been transformed into an inviting and relaxing residence that encourages guests to kick off their shoes and unwind.
- The dust of the elephant herds, the closeness of the rhino, the fleeting glimpse of the leopard… or the massive power of the buffalo coming down to drink at the waterhole within meters of the front lawn.
- Guests visiting Madikwe have the opportunity to witness this wonderful interaction of BIG 5 game viewing in one of the finest conservation areas in the continent. The reserve has one of the largest elephant populations, all the predators, as well as the endangered wild dog, black and white rhino, buffalo and general plains game. Bird life is abundant.
- Big FiveYes
- Off RoadYes (for Big 5 Sightings Only)
- Camp FencedYes
- Child PolicyAll ages welcome
- PoolYes - At The Main Area Only
- Cellphone SignalYes
- Malaria AreaNo
LocationMadikwe Game Reserve
Travelling time from Gauteng to the Lodge is approximately a 4 hour drive.
Federal Air Flights directly into Madikwe Game Reserve can be arranged on request.
6 en-suite bedrooms (4 rooms have private verandas)
All rooms form part of the main lodge.
The Bush House can be booked exclusively or each room booked individually.
Rates & Special Offers
Deals By Date
- 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 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 are valid for SA Residents only. Special discounted rates for International Residents are available on request.
- Madikwe Game Reserve Gate Fees to be paid directly at the Lodge: R 180 per adult per stay & R 85 per child (under 12 years) per stay. For guests flying in, the gate fees are R 240 per adult per stay and R 150 per child per stay. (Subject to change)
- 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.
- Please request a single rate from your BushBreaks & More consultant.
- Children of all ages are welcome at Last Word Madikwe Bush House.
- Children 0 – 5 years sharing with parents, limited to one child, pay R 1,250 per night.
- Children 6 – 11 years pay 50% of the per person per night adult rate.
- Children aged 12 years and older are accommodated in their own room and pay the full applicable adult rate per night.
- Children under six years of age are not permitted on adult game drives unless the lodge is booked out exclusively.
- ”Kiddies Bumble” offered after breakfast each day for the small children at no extra charge.
- Baby sitting facilities are available on request.
About Last Word Madikwe Bush House
The Bush House is your home away from home in Big Five country. The informal style, warm & intimate atmosphere, caring & friendly staff make you feel welcome, relaxed and part of the family. The Bush House is not your typical Game lodge. Set in the malaria free Madikwe Game Reserve. The Bush House is a farmhouse that after years of family laughter and happiness has been transformed into an inviting and relaxing residence that encourages guests to kick off their shoes and unwind. The Bush House does not have to be booked out exclusively, each room can be sold individually.
There are six en-suite bedrooms. Four of them have private verandas where you can sit and contemplate the world, one overlooks the garden and waterhole with another having the soothing sounds of a water feature outside the sliding door. All rooms form part of the main lodge so there are no unnecessary long walks to your room.
The Bush House Chefs, who together create a wonderful culinary repertoire, whether it is breakfast in the garden, afternoon tea packed with treats or a fire-lit dinner in the Boma under the stars.
Enjoy relaxing in the large shaded garden overlooking the best waterhole in Madikwe. Lounge at the pool while our staff take care of your every need. Enjoy a friendly game of cricket, rugby or soccer on the lawn. Two game drives are conducted daily in the Madikwe Game Reserve under the expert care of our guide, take a walk through our private nature trail which is within the electrified boundaries of camp.
UNIQUE UNDERGROUND HIDE…
An exciting addition to our offering is an underground hide that borders on the very edge of our most active waterhole in the Madikwe. A water point is located close to the front opening and elephants regularly drink from this point or walk right past the front of The Hide. The roof which is just above ground level is reinforced and can carry the weight of any elephant that might wander across the top. The Hide is accessed from a path within the Lodge garden, or from the swimming pool, so guests can safely move along the walkway and into the tunnel without being seen by the animals and in complete safety. The front of The Hide has an expanded metal grid which is completely open and out of sight but can be quickly dropped if anyone is feeling nervous. The pathways, tunnel and hide are all lit at night so are available for use by guests 24 hours a day. Those guests with walkers and in wheelchairs can also use The Hide as the walkway has ramps that ensure ease of access. Viewing of all the visiting animals and birds close up is truly spectacular and offers a whole new dimension in game viewing.
About Madikwe Game Reserve
Madikwe Game Reserve is a malaria free Big 5 game reserve. Imagine over seven hundred and fifty square kilometres of untamed bushveld the way it was long before man interfered. The Madikwe Game Reserve, situated in the North West Province of South Africa and run by the North West Parks and Tourism Board, reclaimed over seventy five thousand hectares of farmland and turned it into a wild life sanctuary that has become home to a wonderful variety of Africa’s animals. Guests visiting Madikwe have the opportunity to witness this wonderful interaction of game in one of the finest conservation areas in the continent. The reserve has one of the largest elephant populations, all the predators, as well as the endangered wild dog, black and white rhino, buffalo and general plains game. Bird life is abundant.
Photographic opportunities are endless, not only from the raised vantage of your vehicle whilst on game drive but also from the shaded serenity of the garden. Our water feature and feeding log ensure a steady flow of wonderful bird life during the course of the day.
Waterhole/ Hide/ Riverfront Feature
Travelling time from Gauteng to the Lodge is approximately 4 hours
(If coming from the airport (OR Tambo) take R21 to Pretoria)
- From Johannesburg head north on N1 towards the N4 Toll Road.
- Take the N4 Toll road north west towards Rustenburg, Swartruggens, Groot Marico and Zeerust. The toll fee is over R70.00 one way.
- Once in Zeerust turn right at the fourth stop street into President Street. There is a signpost on the left that says “ Madikwe Game Reserve/Gaborone”and an ABSA bank on the corner to the left.
- Follow the R47/R49 towards the reserve for approximately 95km.
- The first entrance to the reserve is Abjaterskop gate.
- Pass that gate and enter at the next gate – Wonderboom Gate exactly 7km from the first gate.
- Once you have gone through the boom there is a Bush House signboard about 300m along the gravel road. Turn left in here and travel through our gate entrance. Follow the road to reception.
Please watch the speed limit when travelling through the small villages as there is a lot of trapping along the R47/R49.
Please fill up with fuel in Zeerust as the small garages along the route to the Lodge do not always have stocks of fuel.
Keep to the speed limit, especially when it drops down from 120kms to 80kms. The traffic officials are often at these spots including the small villages where the speed limit is 60kms as there is a lot of trapping along the R47/R49.
Best bathroom facilities en route are at the Wimpy in Koster or the Wimpy in Zeerust.
If you drive an unleaded vehicle, fill up in Zeerust as you will have another 200kms before you return that way and the petrol stations between Zeerust and Madikwe are often out of unleaded fuel.
Charter Flights and Scheduled Flights There is a scheduled Federal Air flight that flies in and out of the Reserve daily. Should you wish to charter a plane to suit your own time frame this can be arranged on request.
Road Transfers from within South Africa to the lodge can be arranged on request.