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Madikwe Game Reserve is 75,000 hectares of malaria free wilderness. It is home to lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, rhino, wild dog and cheetah as well as a large number of plains game and over 360 species of bird and is famed for Operation Phoenix, the world’s largest game translocation exercise, which involved the introduction of more than 10,000 animals. Due to Madikwe’s diverse geology and broad mix of habitats, the region is host to an incredible diversity of species from its ecosystems. Geographically the region has enormous volcanic intrusions known as Inselbergs, wide open plains and the riverine environment along the Marico River.

The region is also imbued in history and has seen the passage of Mzilikazi and a range of explorers, traders, hunters and missionaries including David Livingstone, Sir Cornwallis Harris and the famous South African author, Herman Charles Bosman.

Mateya Safari Lodge is, without doubt, one of the finest lodges in the Reserve and consists of five individually designed luxury air-conditioned thatched suites. Each suite blends with its natural surroundings and offers uninterrupted views of the waterhole and plains. The en-suite bathrooms are complete with secluded open-air showers and invite you to luxuriate in a truly sensual setting.

Accompanied by experienced rangers and trackers, guests venture on game drives in custom-built 4×4 vehicles, or enjoy guided walking safaris through the reserve with each adventure planned around guest interests, resulting in the fulfilment of their ideal safari experience. Return from safari to a balance of sophistication and comfort, in total privacy and harmony with nature.

Relax lying under the shade of your natural window sala deck, immerse yourself in the cool water of your own rim-flow pool or enjoy fine dining in a variety of wonderful locations. Mateya also has a dedicated health therapist and offers a good range of pleasurable and rejuvenating body treatments.

Key Facts
  • Five Luxury Suites
  • Malaria free game reserve
  • Wellness Centre
  • Wine Cellar
  • Art Gallery
  • Morning and afternoon game drives and bush walks

      Price Guide

      GBP £550.00 per person per night based on a Suite on a full board basis (based on Low Season)


      Luxury accommodation, all meals, local beverages, house wines, game drives and bush walks, laundry, wireless internet access, Madikwe entrance fees and transfers form the local airstrip to the lodge and return.

Room Types

  • 5 x Luxury Suites

      Children’s Policy

      Only children aged over 9 years permitted.

      Would Suit

      Mateya is designed for the discerning traveller, looking for exclusivity, privacy and the very highest standards of personal care and attention at all times in a unique bush setting.

      Recommended length of stay

      We would suggest a minimum stay of 3 nights to get the full experience.

Speak to any of the team at Inspirational Travel to get ideas for your holiday or honeymoon to South Africa. Call us on 01778 382764.

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