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Madikwe Game Reserve, North West Province

In 1991, Madikwe was declared a reserve on what was previously seriously depleted farming land.

Game Viewing

Thousands of animals were brought into the area in a project known as Operation Phoenix. The result of this ongoing conservation & care is that game viewing is spectacular and will not disappoint. Etali’s waterhole is visible from the dining area- this is great armchair viewing! Three of the 8 suites look on to the waterhole, while the remaining 5 look on to the paths leading to the waterhole. This means that game viewing is possible even before one sets off on the game drive or walking safari.

There are two daily game drives with highly experienced Etali rangers & trackers. The morning drive in crisp air before the heat of the day sets in is worth the early wakeup call. The late afternoon drive followed by a sumptuous dinner holds the possibility of seeing stealthy nocturnal animals lurking amongst leafy foliage. For city dwellers, this is an experience not to be missed.

Bush Walks

Game walks are exciting! The anticipation of seeing game a few meters away is equal to the amazing detail learned from rangers who point out animal tracks, insect life and the quiet life of plants and trees. This is a malaria free area.

When to Visit

October to April are the wetter and warmer months, while May to September brings dry and cool weather. Rangers are so knowledgeable that no matter what the time of year they know where different species roam and will not disappoint with information, stories and experiences of the abundant animal life in Etali.

Bush Dining

Etali has world class chefs. They offer traditional African food with an Asian influence. Special meal requests such as Halal, Kosher, Gluten free or child friendly are available -the chefs are happy to oblige! Braais(barbecues), breakfast in the bush, a feast of potjiekos from a row of fat bellied iron pots, dinner in the boma, exclusive romantic meal for two, scrumptious cakes and pastries – your limit is your imagination! A special wine cellar is available for meal pairing. Should there be a chance that after all this one could possibly be hungry on a game drive, hot chocolate and snacks are available!

Specialised Activities

Etali has a Wellness Spa offering specialised pampering treatments for men, women and teenagers. For a complete top to toe experience, add to the body experience with time spent in the steam room and gym. Indoor & outdoor showers in the suites and water therapy planned by the Spa staff ensure that you will leave here having experienced the true meaning of Etali - ready for new beginnings.

During your stay at Etali, you can experience and learn more about the Southern Hemisphere night skies in South Africa. An astronomer visits the lodge on a monthly basis to do training with field guides. If there is interest expressed by guests, he will come in at no extra charge, to explain the wonders of the heavens. Intimate weddings and small conferences for up to 20 people can be custom designed by the Etali team to suit one's every need.