Set in the heart of the Madikwe Game Reserve, Molori Safari Lodge is the perfect setting for a luxury bush getaway. Overlooking the Dwarsberg Mountains and the Madikwe Valley, Molori Safari Lodge offers guests absolute privacy.
The main lodge offers a number of viewing decks and various areas where guests are invited to unwind, relax and enjoy their beautiful surroundings. There are 4 dining areas, a library, a large living room and bar. Molori also has a well-equipped humidor with a fine selection of imported cigars.
Molori Safari Lodge’s internationally trained chefs will combine the freshest, home grown, organic ingredients together with your own individual requirements, to create dishes to tantalize your taste buds.
Their vision combines local décor and design with international style and boasts an abundance of relaxation areas from which to enjoy the vast African landscape and the roaming wildlife.
In addition to an extraordinary game viewing experience, Molori Safari Lodge offers you absolute privacy, an authentic connection to your surroundings and the finest in culinary and spa services.
Molori Safari Lodge provides accommodation in five unique open-air suites. All suites have floor-to-ceiling retractable glass walls, which fold away completely, connecting each suite’s interior to a private deck and infinity pool.
The individual suites are described below:
Molelo Presidential Suite
The 619 square metre Molelo Presidential Suite illustrates a perfect balance of elegant white and glass interiors combined with modern African and International design elements.
The spacious two bedroom suite reveals a magnificent elevated view across the African landscape with floor to ceiling glass doors that fold away onto a spacious Saligna wooden deck, infinity pool, Jacuzzi and Alfresco dining area.
For ultimate relaxation choose from one of the luxurious daybeds and outdoor lounge furniture.
Thoughtfully planned to give maximum privacy, the main and second bedroom has been positioned on opposite ends of the suite. The second bedroom with private bathroom opens up to the lounge area, while the library and office lead to the master bedroom with flat screen TV and DVD player, walk-in dressing room, rim flow bath, indoor and outdoor showers.
The Molelo Presidential Suite includes 24hr butler.
The suite features:
The Molelo Presidential Suite includes a 24-hour butler and meals can be made to order.
Metsi Presidential Suite
The 593 square metre Metsi Presidential Suite is truly breathtaking. An awe-inspiring mix of contemporary design and African art and artefacts. The floor-to-ceiling glass walls fold away completely, revealing an equally spacious Saligna wood deck, private infinity pool, Jacuzzi and alfresco dining area. Interior spaces flow seamlessly, evoking comfort and elegance throughout.
The formal dining room blends into living room and lounge area while the library and office lead to the spacious master bedroom and walk-in-dressing room; flat screen TV and DVD, rim-flow bath, indoor and outdoor showers.
Of special interest in this and the Molelo Presidential Suite is the epic collection of National Geographic magazines dating back to the 1940s.
The Metsi Presidential Suite includes 24hr butler.
The suite features:
The Metsi Presidential Suite includes a 24-hour butler and meals can be made to order.
Approximately 315 square metres, the split-level Sephiri Suite can sleep up to four guests and is ideal for families. Step down into the main level from the entrance, where a spacious bedroom, living room, and study await.
Designed in a soothing neutral colour, the suite showcases custom contemporary furniture, the retractable floor-to-ceiling glass doors and living room separated by a stone-clad fireplace. The expansive deck gives way your own infinity pool for private relaxation.
Unique to Sephiri is the second floor bedroom. This room has a separate entrance, private bathroom and an intimate terrace with breathtaking views of the Reserve.
The Suite features:
Measuring a generous 232 square metres, the Lesedi Suite is fitted with all the comforts of home-accentuated by the streaming light of the African sun.
Hand crafted furnishings, such as the zebra skin chest of drawers. Alongside are carefully selected contemporary pieces.
The suite’s blue-hued lounge is separated from the bedroom by a cylindrical floor-to-ceiling stone-clad fireplace. Retractable glass walls open up to reveal a private infinity pool.
Surrounded by a large terrace with view of the valley below, you will instantly relax in the Lesedi Suite’s porcelain claw-footed bath-tub or outdoor shower.
The Suite features:
Similar to the Lesedi Suite, the Ngwedi Suite offers 232 square metres of comfort and elegance. A custom-designed rose-hued sofa anchors the large living and lounge area, positioned on one side of the suite’s impressive floor-to-ceiling fireplace.
An eclectic use of furniture can be found throughout the suite, including a contemporary feeling combined with rustic elements. The bedroom unfolds onto a private Saligna wood deck surrounding a private infinity pool, with daybeds, an orbital love seat and outdoor shower.
Unique to this premium suite is a free-standing copper bath.
The Suite features:
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: