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Lelapa Lodge

24 guests · 12 bedrooms · 12 baths
A reed-thatched roof can shelter the whole family in laid-back luxury at this wild-but-not-roughing-it villa on South Africa’s Madikwe Game Reserve. The lodge features 12 suites, each with its own private deck where you can cool off in the plunge pool, rinse away safari dust in the outdoor shower, and watch wildlife pass by on the plain. Get here on a 45-minute flight from Johannesburg or about a 5-hour drive to the reserve.
Each morning begins with a sunrise game drive, the first of the 2 daily excursions included in your holiday. You can spot the Big 5 on this malaria-free reserve, and the accredited field guides can introduce you to the wild dogs and 60 other mammal species that live here. Sip refreshments while you’re out in the bush, then return to the lodge for chef-prepared meals.
For grown-ups, there are guided bush walks and wildlife lectures; for kids, there are special bush drives geared towards a younger audience as well as activities from scavenger hunts to cookie baking. The whole family can join volunteer experiences in local communities and meet up to roast marshmallows in the boma or watch the stars come out at the end of the day.
Madikwe also offers once-in-a-lifetime excursions like the rhino conservation experience, in which visitors 18 and older join a veterinarian from the reserve’s counter-poaching unit as they track and tag one of the resident rhinos. After trekking through the bush, indulge by booking an in-villa facial or massage.
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BEDROOM & BATHROOM
Suites
  • Bedroom 1: King size bed (can be converted to 2 twins), Ensuite bathroom with stand-alone rain shower & bathtub, Alfresco rain shower, Dual vanity, Lounge area, Safe, Mini bar, Air conditioning, Ceiling fan, Access to private terrace with outdoor furniture, Private plunge pool
  • Bedroom 2: King size bed (can be converted to 2 twins), Ensuite bathroom with stand-alone rain shower & bathtub, Alfresco rain shower, Dual vanity, Lounge area, Safe, Mini bar, Air conditioning, Ceiling fan, Access to private terrace with outdoor furniture, Private plunge pool
  • Bedroom 3: King size bed (can be converted to 2 twins), Ensuite bathroom with stand-alone rain shower & bathtub, Alfresco rain shower, Dual vanity, Lounge area, Safe, Mini bar, Air conditioning, Ceiling fan, Access to private terrace with outdoor furniture, Private plunge pool
  • Bedroom 4: King size bed (can be converted to 2 twins), Ensuite bathroom with stand-alone rain shower & bathtub, Alfresco rain shower, Dual vanity, Lounge area, Safe, Mini bar, Air conditioning, Ceiling fan, Access to private terrace with outdoor furniture, Private plunge pool
  • Bedroom 5: King size bed (can be converted to 2 twins), Ensuite bathroom with stand-alone rain shower & bathtub, Alfresco rain shower, Dual vanity, Lounge area, Safe, Mini bar, Air conditioning, Ceiling fan, Access to private terrace with outdoor furniture, Private plunge pool
  • Bedroom 6: King size bed (can be converted to 2 twins), Ensuite bathroom with stand-alone rain shower & bathtub, Alfresco rain shower, Dual vanity, Lounge area, Safe, Mini bar, Air conditioning, Ceiling fan, Access to private terrace with outdoor furniture, Private plunge pool
  • Bedroom 7: King size bed (can be converted to 2 twins), Ensuite bathroom with stand-alone rain shower & bathtub, Alfresco rain shower, Dual vanity, Lounge area, Safe, Mini bar, Air conditioning, Ceiling fan, Access to private terrace with outdoor furniture, Private plunge pool
  • Bedroom 8: King size bed (can be converted to 2 twins), Ensuite bathroom with stand-alone rain shower & bathtub, Alfresco rain shower, Dual vanity, Lounge area, Safe, Mini bar, Air conditioning, Ceiling fan, Access to private terrace with outdoor furniture, Private plunge pool
Family Suites
  • Bedroom 9: King size bed (can be converted to 2 twins), Twin size bunk bed, Ensuite bathroom with stand-alone rain shower & bathtub, Dual vanity, Lounge area, Access to private terrace with outdoor furniture, Private plunge pool
  • Bedroom 10: King size bed (can be converted to 2 twins), Twin size bunk bed, Ensuite bathroom with stand-alone rain shower & bathtub, Dual vanity, Lounge area, Access to private terrace with outdoor furniture, Private plunge pool
  • Bedroom 11: King size bed (can be converted to 2 twins), Twin size bunk bed, Ensuite bathroom with stand-alone rain shower & bathtub, Dual vanity, Lounge area, Access to private terrace with outdoor furniture, Private plunge pool
  • Bedroom 12: King size bed (can be converted to 2 twins), Twin size bunk bed, Ensuite bathroom with stand-alone rain shower & bathtub, Dual vanity, Lounge area, Access to private terrace with outdoor furniture, Private plunge pool
SHARED ACCESS TO AMENITIES AT MAIN LODGE
Indoor:
  • Full equipped kitchen
  • Dining area with seating for 8
  • Bar
  • Lounge
  • Fireplace
  • Wi-Fi
  • Air conditioning
Outdoor:
  • Swimming pool - heating included
  • Fire pit
  • Boma
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Alfresco dining area with seating for 8
STAFF & SERVICES
Included:
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Daily turn-down service
  • Chef service - all meals included
  • Inclusive drinks and selected snacks - all soft drinks, and selection of beers, spirits and house wines
  • Bush walks
  • 2 game drives daily with FGASA-accredited field guide and tracker
  • Game drive refreshments and snacks
  • The Mack & Madi Kids’ Adventure Safari Club
Extra Cost (advance notice may be required):
  • Rhino conservation experience
  • In-room spa treatments
  • Private open safari vehicle
  • Gratuities
  • Laundry service
  • Activities and excursions
  • Airport transfers
LOCATION
Points of Interest:
  • Located within Madikwe Game Reserve
  • 380 km to Johannesburg
Airport
  • 40 minute drive from Madikwe Eastern Airstrip
  • 381 km to O. R. Tambo International Airport (JNB)
Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom
Ensuite bathroom, King bed
Bedroom 2
Ensuite bathroom, King bed
Bedroom 3
Ensuite bathroom, King bed
Bedroom 4
Ensuite bathroom, King bed
Bedroom 5
Ensuite bathroom, King bed
Bedroom 6
Ensuite bathroom, King bed
Bedroom 7
Ensuite bathroom, King bed
Bedroom 8
Ensuite bathroom, King bed
Bedroom 9
Bunk bed, Ensuite bathroom, King bed
Bedroom 10
Bunk bed, Ensuite bathroom, King bed
Bedroom 11
Bunk bed, Ensuite bathroom, King bed
Bedroom 12
Bunk bed, Ensuite bathroom, King bed

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Amenities
Outdoor
Helipad
Plunge pool
Alfresco shower
Fire pit
Terrace
Indoor
Bar
Satellite TV
Essentials
Indoor fireplace
Wifi
Safe
Ceiling fans
Outdoor seating
Madikwe, South Africa
Airport
Sir Seretse Khama International Airport
135 min(s) drive
O.R. Tambo International Airport
285 min(s) drive
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