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Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa
Mateya Safari Lodge
- Boutique safari lodge
- Located in the malaria free Madikwe
- Unbeatable private game viewing
Facilities includeAir Conditioning Air Conditioning Private Plunge Pools Wellness Centre Lounge
- Bush Walks
- Game Drives
- Night Drives
- Health and Wellness
Seasons in South Africa
About Mateya Safari Lodge
Mateya Safari Lodge is luxury accommodation at its best. Situated in the malaria free Madikwe Game Reserve this lodge oozes comfort and elegance as it melts into the untamed wild of the South African bush.
Hosting a maximum of just 10 guests, Mateya Safari Lodge has five exclusive suites that are arranged around one of the Gabbro Hills with uninterrupted views of the waterhole and surrounding plains (which you can enjoy from the comfort of your private infinity pool). The suites also have large en-suite bathrooms with indoor and outdoor showers, a vast private deck area with sun loungers and are styled with beautifully unique African artwork.
The boutique nature of this lodge means that there will never be more than 4 people in any game drive vehicle unless you want there to be. The small numbers of each drive mean that when you are observing the likes of the super 7 - buffalo, cheetah, elephant, lion, leopard, rhino (black and white) and wild dog - your view will be unobstructed. Mateya are also able to offer bush walks to guests over the age of 16 (although anyone over the age of 60 will need a written Doctor's Bill of Health).
Mateya Safari Lodge is named after the legend of Queen Mateya and the beautiful story stands so prominently with the lodge ethos. Crafted from materials found locally, the lodge has a majestic African feel that makes it the most memorable experience.
- Mateya Safari Lodge unfortunately cannot host children under the age of nine unless the lodge is taken exclusively -
The Madikwe Game Reserve lies within the geographical region known as the Kalahari Plains Thorn Bush Veld Savanna Biome.
How to get there
The drive from Johannesburg/ Pretoria to Mateya Safari Lodge is a scenic four (4) and a half hour journey.The suggested route is: Krugersdorp, Magaliesburg, Derby, Koster, Swartruggens and then Zeerust. There is a toll road near Swartruggens, please note that there is a toll fee per vehicle on this route. In Zeerust, turn right at the First National Bank, where you will see a direction board showing the route to Madikwe Game Reserve and Gaborone.From Zeerust it is 85km to Madikwe Game Reserve, turn right into the Reserve at the Abjaterskop Gate. Please note that the speed limit in the Reserve is 40km/hour, watch out for speed humps!
Follow the main road for 11km until you reach a T- junction, turn left at the junction and drive for a further 2km and turn left again following the Derdepoort signs. Drive for approximately 12km until you reach a four-way intersection, turn left here following the Mateya sign, drive for 1km and turn left again at the reception sign. This road will lead into Mateya Safari Lodge.
When to go
The average temperature throughout the year is a moderate 18 degrees Centigrade. The summer months, between September and April, range in temperature from 16 degrees Centigrade to 35 degrees Centigrade.The winder period, May through August, fairs more temperately at between 0 degrees Centigrade and 22 degrees Centigrade.
Madikwe Game Reserve is classified as a summer rainfall region with the highest levels expected between November and February and the lowest between June and September.
Travel visas for South Africa can be obtained in most countries around the world, and offer unlimited access to all regions of the country.However, it is important to note that separate independent countries reside within South Africa’s geographical borders and that entry into and out of these countries will require a multiple entry visa. So as to avoid unexpected border delays and penalties, please consult your travel agent regarding the visa most suited to your traveling itinerary.
South Africa consists of many cultures and languages, from which eleven official languages have been selected.The Madikwe Game Reserve district is home to the Tswana culture and language. However, travelers will find that English, although only third in terms of language preference among the population, is nonetheless widely understood and considered to be South Africa’s international language of choice, spoken by all staff at the lodge.
For general purposes, the most widely accepted currency is the South African Rand (ZAR), which can be exchanged for most major currencies at exchange bureaus located at all major airports and hotels.The following credit cards are also welcome:
* Diners Club
* American Express
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