This private, owner-managed lodge aims to provide guests with an intimate and luxurious experience in Madikwe Game Reserve. The 5-star Etali Safari Lodge has only eight suites, which also makes it a perfect destination for weddings and private functions. Etali’s Wellness Spa and open-air gym allow guests to fully unwind. The lodge also sources the finest and freshest ingredients in order to provide guests with delicious cuisine.
The owners of Etali are passionate about the environment that surrounds them and have built the lodge in harmony with nature. Take a seat on the deck and watch the wildlife visit the waterhole just below. Visit Etali to experience all that Africa has to offer.
Accommodation is provided by 8 luxury, thatched chalets, spaced apart to provide guests with total privacy. Decorated in natural and earthy tones, guests can unwind on the extra length king-sized beds with fine, crisp linen to provide a perfect night’s sleep.
To accommodate all seasons, each suite is air-conditioned to provide refuge on hot days and has a fireplace for the cooler winter’s evenings. Or, if you prefer, you can cool off in your own private whirlpool on the private viewing deck.
Features of the chalets include:
Etali Safari Lodge offers a number of activities to allow guests to make the most of their safari experience. Expert guides take guests out on morning and evening game drives (two game drives per day are included in the rates).
Should you wish, Etali also offers bush walks that allow you to get closer to the heartbeat of Africa. Your knowledgeable guides will provide you with delightful tidbits of information about the environment that surrounds you.
Then in the evenings make use of the Lodge’s telescope to view the starry night sky.
DIRECTIONS TO MOLORI, MADIKWE GAME RESERVE
If you are coming from any of these major cities, here are the estimated driving times when there is no traffic:
Madikwe Game Reserve lies on the South Africa/ Botswana border. It is accessible from a few major South African cities/ towns within a few hour drive and only a 1-2 hour drive from Gaborone airport in Botswana.
These are the main gate entrances into the reserve:
Most of the lodges and camps on the western side of the park are accessed via the Wonderboom Gate while accommodation in the eastern and central part of the park is largely accessed via the Abjaterskop Gate.
ADDRESS: Madikwe Game Reserve, North West Province, Zeerust, South Africa
GPS CO-ORDINATES: 24°44’00′ ‘S /26°24’27′ ‘E
Madikwe is a Big Five game reserve covering some 75,000 hectares and is currently the fifth largest game reserve in South Africa. The reserve was opened in 1991 and was part of the biggest game relocation programme ever staged. Operation Phoenix took place over six years and involved moving more than 8 000 animals into the Madikwe Game Reserve.
The reserve contains all the big five species – lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard and rhinoceros, but it is the prevalence of cheetah and wild dog that has given the reserve its special reputation for the ‘Super Seven’. There are of course many other species within the reserve, including almost all antelope species as well as some 350 recorded bird species.
Madikwe also features a number of successful community-owned lodges, which are maintained by members of the local community. The lodges create employment and benefit local businesses, and all profits made are fed back into the community.
Madikwe is an area rich in heritage. It was named after the Madikwe or Marico River, and the nearby town, Groot Marico, is named after the river. Groot Marico was formed by the Voortrekkers in the 1850s but only proclaimed in 1948. Legendary South Africa writer Herman Charles Bosman made the area famous, often writing about Marico in his books, saying the area bore “the authentic stamp of South Africa”.
Mafikeng Road, the name of an historical road built in 1899 that runs right through Madikwe, is also the title of one of Bosman’s books, featuring a collection of short stories about a land populated with leopards and bluegum trees.
What to Expect
About 90 kilometres north of the town of Zeerust is Madikwe Game Reserve. It is situated against the Botswana border close to the Kalahari Desert. It is roughly 3.5 hours in a car from Johannesburg/ Pretoria. Safari Lodges are mostly located around the eastern and western gate.
In 1991 the area was declared a reserve and 10 000 mammals were relocated from other National Parks. The park is home to approximately 66 large mammals and roughly 300 bird species. You will find all this flora and fauna in an area comprised of vast open plains of grasslands, woodlands, rocky outcrops and single mountains. The area is bordered in the south by the Dwarsberg Mountains.
Madikwe Game Reserve operators in a three- phase system. The North West Parks and Tourism Board, the local communities and the private sector are all involved: