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South Africa - Madikwe Lelapa Safari Lodge - Family Suite
South Africa - Madikwe Lelapa Safari Lodge - Family Suite
South Africa - Madikwe Lelapa Safari Lodge - Jeep
South Africa - Madikwe Lelapa Safari Lodge - Jeep
South Africa - Madikwe Lelapa Safari Lodge - Pool
South Africa - Madikwe Lelapa Safari Lodge - Pool
South Africa - Madikwe Lelapa Safari Lodge - Pool with a View
South Africa - Madikwe Lelapa Safari Lodge - Pool with a View
South Africa - Madikwe Lelapa Safari Lodge - View of Lodge
South Africa - Madikwe Lelapa Safari Lodge - View of Lodge
South Africa - Madikwe Lelapa Safari Lodge - Bathroom
South Africa - Madikwe Lelapa Safari Lodge - Bathroom
South Africa - Madikwe Lelapa Safari Lodge - family activities
South Africa - Madikwe Lelapa Safari Lodge - family activities
South Africa - Madikwe Lelapa Safari Lodge - Family Suite
South Africa - Madikwe Lelapa Safari Lodge - Family Suite
South Africa - Madikwe Lelapa Safari Lodge - Family Suite
South Africa - Madikwe Lelapa Safari Lodge - Family Suite
South Africa - Madikwe Lelapa Safari Lodge - kids play area
South Africa - Madikwe Lelapa Safari Lodge - kids play area
South Africa - Madikwe Lelapa Safari Lodge - Entrance
South Africa - Madikwe Lelapa Safari Lodge - Entrance
South Africa - Madikwe Lelapa Safari Lodge - kids safaris
South Africa - Madikwe Lelapa Safari Lodge - kids safaris
South Africa - Madikwe Lelapa Safari Lodge - Lounge deck
South Africa - Madikwe Lelapa Safari Lodge - Lounge deck
South Africa - Madikwe Lelapa Safari Lodge - Lounge deck
South Africa - Madikwe Lelapa Safari Lodge - Lounge
South Africa - Madikwe Lelapa Safari Lodge - Pool
South Africa - Madikwe Lelapa Safari Lodge - Pool
South Africa - Madikwe Lelapa Safari Lodge - Pool side dining
South Africa - Madikwe Lelapa Safari Lodge - Pool side dining
South Africa - Madikwe Lelapa Safari Lodge - Pool side dinner
South Africa - Madikwe Lelapa Safari Lodge - Pool side dinner

Madikwe Lelapa Safari Lodge

Located in the lesser-known Madikwe Game Reserve, one of South Africa’s premier game viewing regions which runs along the border with Botswana, Lelapa enjoys an exceptional setting in a prime wildlife viewing area. This is Big Five territory and what’s more, it is malaria free which is a real draw for families. Access is via a four hour drive or a one hour flight by small plane from Johannesburg (we recommend taking the small plane on arrival - this really heightens your sense of anticipation and shortens the time taken to get there, especially following an overnight international flight from the UK). You’ll enjoy fabulous aerial views on your journey into the bush and watch out for animals on the runway as you come into land! This is all part of the adventure! Be prepared to pack soft bags as these will easily fit into the hold of the small planes. Everything about the Madikwe will take your breath away - its landscapes and the wildlife. This is rugged Africa at its awe-inspiring best! The landscape is utterly captivating.

South Africa - Madikwe Lelapa Safari Lodge - Family Suite
South Africa - Madikwe Lelapa Safari Lodge - Jeep
South Africa - Madikwe Lelapa Safari Lodge - kids activities
South Africa - Madikwe Lelapa Safari Lodge - kids play area
South Africa - Madikwe Lelapa Safari Lodge - Pool

Lelapa is one of three lodges which make up the Madikwe Safari Lodge portfolio (part of the family-owned and operated collection of properties, founded by the MORE family). It is no coincidence that Lelapa literally means ‘family’ and not surprisingly, there is no restriction here in terms of age or generation. The Madikwe is an all-year-round safari destination where the variation in experience is temperature-related rather than safari-related. Easter, May half term and our school summer holidays are a great time to visit as this is the cool, comfortable dry winter season (with temperatures averaging between 3°C to 23°C). This is the time when the wildlife is easier to spot as the animals make their way to the waterholes to drink (pack a fleece or warm jacket for morning and evening game drives). Summer in the Madikwe (September to April) is characterised by hot, wet weather with higher temperatures ranging between 25°C to 40°C.

SLEEP

There’s certainly no need to ‘rough it’ in this glorious untouched corner of the South African bush! Lelapa radiates the warmth and vibrant energy of the rich red soil on which it is built. Trees are as much a part of the lodge's interior as they are of the dramatic surroundings. Yet, the style is fresh, elegant and contemporary. The lodge has twelve suites, four of which are Family Suites with a second adjoining bedroom with bunk beds and there’s also a sleeper couch in the living area. Each suite is wonderfully spacious (approx. 100 square metres) with indoor and outdoor showers, a private plunge pool, wood-burning fireplace, a double bed (convertible to twins), air-conditioning, ceiling fan and ensuite bathroom.

PLAY

Seeing the African bush through the eyes of children adds a whole new dimension! There is nothing like the amazement on a child’s face when giraffe and zebra are close enough to smell. Lelapa have invested much time and effort in designing a kids menu of safari activities to keep children enthralled and parents relaxed!  Family safari drives (for children over 3 years) are a real focus and include bush orientation, bug CSI and dung tracking (children are provided with track packs with Plaster of Paris). Back at the lodge, children can bake in the kitchen, make pizzas in the boma and enjoy star gazing under the Africa night sky. The ECO House is an educational centre built specifically for children (and anyone with a fascination for the wild world and its inhabitants!). Here, kids can paint, draw, make location-specific models and be introduced to some of the live specimens from the reserve!
There’s no question that the nostalgia and excitement of a safari is magnified ten-fold when children are involved. Childhood storybook tales come alive from the seat of a safari vehicle and you can be assured that your family safari will provide memories you will all treasure forever!

 

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