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Luxury Plus Adventure at Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge

The dining room at Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge

The dining room at Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge

When Alan and I arrived at Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge, we had to look twice. Where was it?

Perched on a hillside among boulders and Tamoti trees, the South African luxury lodge seems to melt into its surroundings. Wooden walkways that weave around boulders and through the trees connect ten suites to the main lodge where dinner is served on a dining table set with china and crystal. Nature combined with luxury is our kind of boomer adventure.

Bedroom at Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge in South Africa

The bedroom looked out onto the deck with plunge pool.

During our stay at Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge, Alan and I enjoyed a suite that literally rambled through the rocks. No. 6 had a living area with fireplace and a large bedroom that looked out onto a private plunge pool. A flight of steps led from the dressing area to a bath with a shower carved into a boulder. Beyond the glass door, another patio contained an outdoor shower and tub for bathing with a view.

Our private plunge pool

Our private plunge pool

Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge is located in Madikwe Game Reserve, part of South Africa’s North West Province near the Botswana border. Created in 1991 to stimulate the area’s economy plus conserve the land, 8200 animals were relocated to the malaria-free zone consisting of plains bordered by rocking outcroppings and mountains.

Wait for me

A baby elephant follows mama across the road.

While at Madikwe, we watched a female lion stalk a wildebeest, followed an elephant herd, listened to the roar of a lion claiming his territory and learned the importance of dung beetles from our ranger, Jaco. The area is known for wild dog sightings but unfortunately, they remained illusive during our time here.

Romantic bath at Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge in South Africa

A romantic ending to our stay at Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge

Although game drives dominated the day, food was a close second with meals rivaling any fine restaurant. And the final touch? On the last night, we returned from the game drive to find flickering candles lining the staircase to the claw-foot tub where a hot bubble bath waited. I like ending my day’s adventure with soothing luxury. How about you?

Thinking about planning an African safari? Check out all the information on our complete Safari Page as well as our experience at quite a few Luxury Lodgings in South Africa, both great resources for active boomer travels in Africa!

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