Madikwe Safari Lodge

Madikwe Safari Lodge

After about a five hour drive from Johannesburg, we made it to Madikwe Safari Lodge (very close to the border of Botswana).

From the moment we entered Madikwe we were welcomed by hundreds of animals. On just the drive up to camp, we saw right next to our vehicle: elephants, giraffes, impalas, zebras, wildebeests, and many many more. It was like a Disney movie where the animals heard our excited arrival and they came out of the happy bush, smiling and about to break out in a welcome song. Well, in my mind.  Anyway, it was unusual and we ate it up.

When we arrived at the lodge, we were given another celebratory welcome drink (I’m liking this tradition), and we were brought into the breathtaking common area of Madikwe’s Lelapa Lodge.

The service has been over-the-top (we’re talking modern-day Downton Abbey South African style). We were escorted to our rooms by the gracious and lovely staff. The room was grander in person than what we saw on the internet. Each room has an indoor shower, bath, outdoor shower, and plunge pool.

The boys have their own room, we have a common sitting area, fireplace, and a gorgeous bathroom.

Brian and my bed has a huge window door  that can be opened for an indoor-outdoor feel.

Anyway, I’ll post pictures rather than rambling on…


Our bed!


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  1. Laura/Spank 21 February, 2013, 06:07

    I didn’t even realize that this trip knocked No. 5 off your bucket list. I need to make a bucket list… maybe I’ll actually start doing stuff.

    Loving the pics and stories…


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