Madikwe Hills is a private game lodge in South Africa where the plains still teem with game. In this wildlife paradise, black rhino roam freely alongside the Big Five, giraffe gallop across the plains at sunset, and zebra call out to one another in the early hours of the morning.

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Sitting on the edge of the Marico River and under a grove of tamboti and marula trees, Madikwe Hills private game lodge in South Africa enchants its guests with a world of intrigue and majestic beauty. Madikwe Hills offers only 11 luxurious glass-fronted suites complete with their own verandahs and private plunge pools, each ingeniously placed among the boulders and camouflaged by their tamboti-beamed thatch roofs. Each suite at Madikwe Hills has been designed for complete relaxation and comfort, each boasting soft sofas, voluptuous mosquito netting, and cotton picot linen. The unusual yet subtle decor integrates natural elements with colors highlighting Africa’s essence. Overhead fans and air conditioning offer a welcome respite from the harshness of the African heat. Cathedral-like bathrooms are havens of luxury in the bush. Fully-stocked minibars allow guests to salute the timelessness of Africa with their favorite mixed drink.

Wooden walkways lined in hurricane lamps zigzag to connect the secluded suites to the central open-plan main lodge, where a lounge, bar, wine cellar, and dining area all coexist. A library full of verse and history awaits those yearning for knowledge of the African continent. Listen to fables of Scorpio and Orion as told by a ranger of Greek mythology, all while dining in a rustic boma where dramatic and exotic flames dance to the uneven beat of life’s drum. Or, perhaps discover the navigational skills of the Southern Cross before fine dining in the sophistication of silverware inside the dining room. Full English and continental breakfasts on the deck are an absolute must.

Madikwe Hills is situated in the center of the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve with unparalleled accesses to the surrounding wildlife. Set out on early morning and late afternoon or evening game drives in search of the Big Five and smaller wildlife, all with knowledgeable and professional rangers. For the energetic, morning game drives can be supplemented with gentle bush walks for exceptionally close encounters with the park’s wild inhabitants. Madikwe Hills also offers a fully equipped gym and health spa, and for the businessman, reliable internet connection. Children of all ages are most welcome and are accommodated with their own game activities and where needed, nannies can be arranged to babysit.

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