• Madikwe Game Reserve
  • Ultra - Luxurious Accommodation
  • Exceptional Big Five viewing
  • Excellently rated by guests

Nestled in the Madikwe Game Reserve’s malaria-free bushland, Madikwe Lelapa Lodge is praised for magnificent family game viewing adventures, including Big 5 sightings. Stretching all the way to the Botswana border, the Madikwe Game Reserve is home to over 10 000 wild animals, more than 60 species of mammal and 300 species of bird.

‘Lelapa’ literally translates to family, reflecting the lodge’s commitment to, and affinity for guests of all ages.

Accentuating the family-friendly atmosphere, the lodge hosts children’s activities, babysitting facilities and offers suites with inter-leading rooms.

With glorious creature comforts, plenty of space for the whole family, and all dietary needs catered for, this is sure to be a stress-free getaway for the entire clan.


  • Morning and evening Game Drives
  • Stargazing
  • Bird-watching excursions
  • Local village Tours
  • Meals in the bush
  • Special children activities



  • 24-hour Security
  • Internet Access
  • Pool
  • Bar
  • Kiddies Club
  • Secure parking
  • Eco Friendly
  • Spa


Room typeFeaturesRates
Lelapa Lodge
Madikwe Lelapa Lodge

Available: 12 Luxurious suites

Unit Sleeps: 2 Adults

Check-in: From 2:00 PM

Check-out: To 11:00 AM

Show Room Info
  • Private Plunge Pool
  • Air-conditioning
  • Fan
  • Fireplace
  • Outdoor and Indoor Shower
  • Private Safari Vehicle
  • More

    FROM R8580

    TO R19350

    Per person per night sharing

    Enquire Now What's Included Seasonal Rates


    With more than 75,000 hectares of protected territory, Madikwe Game Reserve is the fourth largest game reserve in South Africa which ensures visitors a diverse and thrilling wildlife adventure. Home to the Big 5, cheetah, wild dog, and up to 350 different bird species, the reserve is additionally known to have the second largest elephant population.

    Lelapa Lodge offers different ways in which to explore its magnificent surrounds and the animals which roam in its territory. From twice daily game drives hosted by expert rangers to guided bush walks and fascinating bird watching. Lelapa Lodge guides have diverse, specialist skills including photography, birding, astronomy, and tracking which they will share with you, adding immense value to your experience.

    Additional activities include visits to local villages and the astronomy ecology house. Evenings at this luxury safari lodge are no less exciting. Night time game viewing with large spotlights gives you a glimpse into the existence and habits of nocturnal creatures. Secluded from the city lights, a spectacular blanket of stars fills the sky for remarkable nightly stargazing.

    Skilfully prepared cuisine is served in a showcase of natural splendour as meals are savoured under the night sky in a setting lit up romantically by lanterns, or next to a crackling fire in the cozy lodge dining room.

    With special children’s activities and world-class luxury, the entire family is guaranteed to have an adventure of a lifetime.

    • Game Drives
    • Bush Walks
    • Wildlife Lectures
    • Stargazing
    • Local Community Experience
    • Spa Therapies


    Low Season

    DatesRoom TypeBoard BasisRate
    01 May 2019-31 Aug 2019Lelapa LodgePer person per night sharing From R8580
    Per person per night single From R12870
    01 Dec 2019-17 Dec 2019Lelapa LodgePer person per night sharing From R8580
    Per person per night single From R12870

    High Season

    DatesRoom TypeBoard BasisRate
    18 Dec 2018-03 Jan 2019Lelapa LodgePer person per night sharing From R11815
    Per person per night single From R17723
    04 Jan 2019 - 30 Apr 2019Lelapa LodgePer person per night sharing From R10095
    Per person per night single From R15143
    01 Sep 2019-30 Nov 2019Lelapa LodgePer person per night sharing From R11210
    Per person per night single From R16815
    18 Dec 2019-03 Jan 2020Lelapa LodgePer person per night sharing From R12900
    Per person per night single From R19350


    The all­-inclusive rate per person per night includes:

    • Luxury accommodation in a Suite, with private plunge pool
    • All meals; teas/coffees; minibar in room
    • Inclusive drinks and selected snacks (all soft drinks, and selection of beers, spirits and house wines)
    • All meals,wines,tea, coffee andsoft-drinks
    • Two game drives daily with FGASA-accredited field guide and tracker
    • Game drive refreshments and snacks
    • Stocked Nespresso machine
    • Eastern Madikwe Airstrip transfers
    • specified inclusive safari activities
    • Wi-Fi
    • bush walks
    • Picnic lunches and bush dinners
    • Children’s activities


    Based on 696

    Madikwe Game Reserve

    “Lelapa - truly means Family - Wonderful holiday family travel experience!”

    We just returned from 3 nights at Madikwe Lelapa Lodge with 17 of our family members (3 generations, ranging in age from almost 2 to 70 years old). We had 9 children (14 and under), 6 parents and a set of grandparents. What a wonderful experience we had. Lelapa means family, and by the end of our days there we felt like family with the staff at Madikwe. And I must admit 3 nights didn’t seem long enough…

    We arrived in 2 shifts on Christmas Eve. Staff greeted us with cool towels and lots of hugs. They took our luggage to our rooms where we found lovely notes for our families and small ornaments and candy for the children as gifts The first group to arrive made it in time for the evening game drive where they saw lots of animals and an amazing sunset. The second group arrived just in time for dinner (definitely plan on at least 5 hours drive for Joburgh, and don’t be fooled once we entered the gates to Madikwe Game Reserve it was still another 45 minutes to the lodge, but it was worth it!)

    Dinner the first night was in the Boma – and special it was. Firepit, barbeque and serenaded by song and drums. Our children LOVED it and within minutes we felt like family with the staff of Lelapa. The lodge itself is quite nice. I mean it is Africa, so there were some bugs (spiders, mosquitos, etc) in our room but nothing crazy. We had reserved 3 family suites with bunk beds which were perfect for those of us with young children (the bunk bed room was sweet and cozy, and they provided a pack n play for our toddler as well) and 2 other rooms for individual couples. The rooms were spacious and housekeeping service was excellent. We loved our little deck with outdoor shower and plunge pool – we even saw the elephants making their way to the watering hole right from our deck. The rooms are all along a path on either side of the main lodge. The family rooms are close to the pool, and a short walk back to the main lodge. Only after dark did we need to call for security to escort us to and from our rooms. On the other side of the main lodge were individual rooms and the Eco House for children’s activities.

    Meals were fantastic. They truly catered to our every need (we had children, vegetarians and nut allergies in our group, so it wasn’t easy). We were never hungry with 3 big meals as well as “snacks” on both game drives, a morning snack before the drive and afternoon tea. And the adults enjoyed plenty of drinks as well.

    We ended up with two guides: Josh and Mitchell, since our group was so large. They were both fantastic. So knowledgeable about the game reserve, the animals and could answer just about any question we asked. They were great with the kids (and with the adults too!)

    One evening drive was cancelled due to a very large rain storm – but we managed to make the most of it with games and drinks in the lodge. Throughout our stay we managed to see 3 of the big 5 (lion, elephant and rhino) and loads of other animals, big and small. My mother really wanted to see the wild african dogs and Josh went out of his way to bring her to see them! She was thrilled. We truly got an “off road” experience going through the bush and over water, to seek out the animals. What an adventure!

    Back at the lodge, there were lots of activities for the children. Painting, scavenger hunt, learning about animals, and of course the pool. The pool was beautiful, and we were lucky enough to find elephants, giraffe, zebras, wildebeasts and more that came right to the watering hole by the pool. It was truly amazing. Christmas lunch by the pool was lovely. The other meals (other than the one in the Boma) were served in the main lodge.

    We had a little excitement when 1 child needed stitches but the staff handled it like pros and quickly got the child/parent/grandparent off to the closest hospital with Wayne at the wheel and they even packed snacks for the 3 hour journey (P.S., child is just fine!)

    We fully expected to take advantage of the child care while we were there for our youngest who is 2, but in the end she was able to join us on all of our game drives because we had a private vehicle (and she is extremely well-behaved, you wouldn’t want to take a crying baby on a game drive, that’s for sure!). But I do know that had we decided to leave her back, she would have been well-cared for by the staff at Lelapa.

    Honestly, with a group of 17 and the wide range of ages, we knew it would be tough to please everyone. But we can truthfully say it was one of the best family vacations (if not the best, and we’ve travelled extensively as a large group). Everyone at Lelapa was really great: from Dreeine, Doreen, Natasha to Josh and Mitchell, Beauty, Kebla, the waitstaff, night watchman/security Daniel, housekeeping, bartenders, etc. We honestly couldn’t have asked for anything more!

    One thing I will say, if you’re not traveling with children, I would perhaps book a stay at one of the other 2 Madikwe lodges. Lelapa is definitely child-friendly, and I felt bad for the lovely couple who were there on their own while we had 9 children with us!


    ~ Flapjax Boston
    Madikwe Game Reserve

    “Mitchell is an unbelievable game ranger. Thank you Madikwe!”

    When you go to a private safari you will find the level of service, food and hospitality to be very good. No question about that. Hugs to the entire staff.
    But the most important thing is to get the right ranger for your game drives. You need a ranger who is passionate and relentless in his pursuit to give his guests a fantastic safari experience. We found that in our ranger, Mitchell. Not only is he passionate, but also someone who does not give up till he has ensured that his guests are happy. We spent most of our time tracking, spotting and getting up close with spectacular animals. And Mitchell was never in a hurry to go back to the lodge when the stipulated game drive time was done. So when you go to a safari, check for reviews about their rangers and ask for the ranger if you want to ensure a once in a life time experience. I for sure will ask for Mitchell, when I go to Madikwe again.

    ~ Jean53in ~ Singapore, Singapore

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