The Safari Experience

We arrange the ultimate safari experience in South Africa, Zambia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Namibia




The Gourmet Treat

South Africa is celebrated for its high-quality food. Treat yourself to a wide range of award-winning cuisine

Hiking Trips

We work with the most established local hiking guides to maximize your experience and safety

Golf Travel

Enjoy the country’s fabulous links, seaside, park and championship golf courses


Unique Wine Tours

Meet highly regarded award-winning winemakers and be captivated by their expertise and professionalism


Anniversary Trips

Whatever the occasion, for yourself or your company, we can design and curate a memorable celebration


The Ultimate Treat

Private jet or helicopter? Spoil yourself and include an award-winning chef and butler to boot

Yoga Travel

Extraordinary yoga experiences that combine spectacular settings with nurturing and healing cuisine


Experience Paradise

Enjoy our meticulously selected paradise-like gems in South Africa, Madagascar and Mozambique


Luxury Train Travel

Rovos Rail or the Blue Train. Be instantly transported to a world of myth, legend and timeless luxury

Properties To Rent

We can offer a wide variety of quality accommodation. Enjoy your own villa, house or apartment


Family Travel

We take every family member into consideration to ensure an all-around fabulous family experience


Child-free Travel

If you’re looking for peace and quiet, we’ll guide you to the top child-free accommodation and restaurants


Wedding Experience

Ensure a memorable day by allowing us to curate an unforgettable experience to celebrate your union


Exploring Tours

Our bespoke itineraries deliver once-in-a-lifetime experiences


Conference Travel

Substitute jetlag for state-of-the-art conference venues combined with great wine tasting and superb safari


Tailor-made Trips

Our enthusiasm and professionalism are the hallmark of our tailor-made service offering


You As a Cicerone

All our trips are individually tailored. Unfamiliar guests aren’t part of what we offer. Your journey is about you


Special Offers

RIGHT NOW: Receive a 10 % discount when booking shark cage diving for five or more people


Safari Destinations

South Africa

Outstanding diversity combined with superb comfort makes South Africa a magnificent destination



A nation with some of the best, most pristine and animal-dense national parks. A superb safari destination



Diversity and magnificently varied nature make this classic safari destination one of the absolute best



A safari destination bar none! Be amazed by the abundance and outstanding quality of every safari


Unique flora and exceptional fauna – one of the most beautiful countries in the world

Special offer

RIGHT NOW: Stay six nights at the amazing Jamala Madikwe and you receive the seventh night free



Safari Theme

Big 5 Safari

Keen to experience the Big 5? Our intimate knowledge of the many national parks makes it possible



Family Safari

Our knowledge of safari and safety is unique. Allow us to arrange your once-in-a-lifetime family safari


Walking Safari

We work with the most skilled safari guides to maximize your experience and safety


Shark Cage Diving

We work exclusively with  top local specialists in safe, eco-diving to maximize your experience and safety


Whale Watching

We work exclusively with the best local specialists to maximize your experience and safety



South Africa

Enjoy the peacefulness of endless deserted beaches with nearby access to top-class safari experiences



Enjoy miles of deserted sun-drenched beaches and 30-degree seas




Paradise imagined. Enjoy the magnificent surroundings populated by the very likeable Lemurs

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About South Africa

Read about the complex and fascinating history of the Republic of South Africa



Travel guidance

Please find information about Covid-19 in South Africa as well as basic yet essential information to consider before your departure




Southern Africa in general, and South Africa, offer an impressive variety of world-class, once-in-a-lifetime activities and experiences




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Unique Madikwe Game Reserve
Unique Madikwe Game Reserve

If Wild Dog is on your bucket list, Madikwe is the perfect choice. That mentioned, Madikwe Game Reserve also deliver with highest possible quality – in everything


Be captivated by the majestic Big 5 and “the Magnificent 7” at Madikwe Game Reserve

Join a walking safari among giraffes and antelopes in the unique Madikwe

Enjoy world-class wine cellars at Mateya Safari Lodge after a day among elephants and lions

Madikwe Game Reserve is approximately 75,000 hectares and the fifth largest national park in South Africa. The reserve became a national park in 1991 and it belongs to one of the lesser known reserves in South Africa. In the reserve there are a number of luxury lodges and the area is malaria free. Madikwe is considered an exclusive safari destination largely due to the fact that no day visitors are allowed in the park. This makes the area less exploited with fewer vehicles.

In Madikwe Game Reserve there is a great chance to spot the Big 5 and it is quite common to experience “the Magnificent 7”, but is of course dependent on the season and skilled guides and trackers. Some lodges offer walking safari / bush walks with specially trained guides and during the walk you focus on “the Small 5” and learn more about plants and nature.

Upplev Sydafrika recommends accommodation at a private lodge, where the price is usually all inclusive, which includes all food (3 meals a day) and 2 guided game drives per day. In the Madikwe reserve, guides and trackers are allowed to drive off road to get close to the animals. There are many lodges to choose from and most are 5-star. The unique reserve is considered one of the best in Africa and offers fantastic safari experiences.

Jamala Madikwe
Madikwe Hills Private Game Reserve
Madikwe Safari Lodge Lelapa Lodge
Madikwe Safari Lodge Kopano Lodge
Madikwe Safari Lodge Dithaba Lodge
Molori Safari
Mateya Safari Lodge

Extra ordinary Safari Lodges


Jamala Madikwe

The owner-managed and run Jamala Madikwe is located in the eastern part of the Madikwe Game Reserve. In addition to fantastic safari experiences, Jamala offers an extraordinary personal service and special attention to details. The kitchen has been awarded the Best safari cuisine in Africa 2014/2015 with award-winning chef Nico Verster in the kitchen. Under the African starry sky, world-class gourmet experiences are served. On the safari, only 6 people are applied in the vehicles.

Accommodation: The lodge consists of 5 luxury suites and can accommodate a maximum of 10 people. The suites are luxuriously colonially and African eccentricity furnished, all with a view of a water hole and the open savannah, ensuring interesting game and bird viewing from the comfort of the suite and lodge. All suites have their own fireplace, outdoor shower and private plunge pool. Children under 16 are welcome on request only. It is also possible to book the whole Jamala Madikwe exclusively and then children of all ages are welcome.

Price indication: from R15,765 per person sharing/night all inclusive, during high season. Other prices may apply during low and peak season.


Madikwe Hills

Madikwe Hills is located in the middle of the Madikwe Game Reserve, beautifully situated on the heights. The lodge offers a genuine personal service and applies only 6 people in the vehicles on game drive. For a more secluded experience you can book the private Villa, Little Madikwe which is perfect for small groups and families between 4–5 people.

Accommodation: Main Lodge has 10 spacious and luxurious suites consisting of living room, fireplace, luxury bathroom, large bedrooms, nice terrace, outdoor shower and own plunge pool, all with beautiful views of water holes, ensuring interesting game and bird viewing from the comfort of the suite and lodge. One of the suites is a Honeymoon suite, specially decorated with an outdoor bath that is securely built under the African starry sky and overlooks a water hole. Madikwe Hills main Lodge allows children over 10 years.

Price indication: R16,000 per person sharing/night all inclusive, during high season. Little Madikwe cost R69,000 per night, maximum 4 people. Other prices may apply during low and peak season.


Madikwe Safari Lodges: Lelapa family lodge, Kopano Lodge & Dithaba Lodge

Madikwe Safari Lodge offers various lodges, appealing to different travellers. The three lodges are Lelapa Lodge, Kopano Lodge and Dithaba Lodge.

Accommodation: The larger Lelapa family Lodge consists of 12 suites, 4 of which are family suites. All suites have their own terrace, outdoor shower, private plunge pool as well as a large pool area and play area. The family suites have an extra bedroom. The lodges Kopano and Dithaba are smaller and more intimate with only 4 luxury suites, each with its own terrace, outdoor shower and private plunge pool. The two smaller lodges are well suited for companies that want more personal service and privacy. Children of all ages are welcome at Madikwe Safari Lodge.

Price indication: Lelapa Lodge cost R14,400 per person sharing/night. Kopano R16,500 and Dithaba cost R19,500 per person sharing/night all inclusive, during high season. Other prices may apply during low and peak season. Kopano Lodge can also be booked exclusively


Molori Safari

Molori Safari is located in the inner parts of the reserve and is recognized as one of the more luxurious safari lodges in South Africa. Molori has its own gym and spa area as well as an observatory from where you can immerse yourself in stargazing. Extra special is the area where “the Hide” is located by a water hole, ensuring interesting game and bird viewing from the hide and for breakfast.

Accommodation: Molori consists of 5 unique suites, well located at a distance from each other to offer absolute privacy, luxury and relaxation. The suites consist of 2 premiere suites (Ngwedi and Lesedi), a 1 family suite (Sephiri) and 2 presidential suites (Metsi and Molelo). All suites are tastefully decorated and have floor-to-ceiling retractable glass walls facing a private deck and private pool. Kitchen, dining area, a studio, walk-in closet and guest bathroom are examples of additional luxury facilities at the Presidential Suites. Children of all ages are welcome.

Price indication: from R18,690 per person sharing/night all inclusive, during high season. Other prices may apply during low and peak season, 2021.


Mateya Safari Lodge

Mateya Lodge is nestled in the rocky outcrop of the Gabbro Hills in Madikwe Game Reserve and its inspiration is taken from ancient ruins that testify to a journey made by the great queen Mateya. The memory remains today in the lodge in the form of a majestic bronze statue. Elegance and prestige are Mateya’s cornerstones. To celebrate a rich diversity history, Mateya Safari Lodge has acquired one of the world’s finest art collections from across the continent. Mateya Safari Lodge offers impeccable service and all the essential amenities to invigorate travelers. Mateya can accommodate a maximum of 10 people.

Accommodation: The lodge consists of 5 individually luxuriously tastefully decorated suites. All with views of water holes and savannah, ensuring interesting game and bird viewing from the comfort of the suite. The suites, each with its unique art, have an outdoor shower and a private pool and veranda. Children over 9 years are welcome.

Price indication: from R18,150 per person sharing/night all inclusive, during high season. Other prices may apply during low and peak season.

You can travel to South Africa all year round, but we recommend going September to May

Healthcare is good in South Africa. Even so we suggest obtaining a sound travel insurance before departure

As a EU and UK citizen, you will receive a 90-day tourist visa upon arrival in South Africa

To ponder before travelling:

The so-called “peak season” in December / January is very popular indeed and requires booking of accommodation, safaris, activities and restaurants well in advance.