Etali Safari Lodge | Madikwe Game Reserve
I liked Etali Safari Lodge the moment I stepped off the vehicle. A contemporary and warm interior beckons. It is a long narrow main lodge design. On arrival a fantastic welcome drink was offered by a delightful young man with a huge smile. Not sure what it was in that drink but it was very refreshing and had some ginger ale and bite size pieces of tropical fruit. Elephants welcomed us at their watering hole. This set the tone for a great start.
Madikwe Game Reserve is huge and has good game. The off roading experience is more limited and it is an entirely different topography to the private reserves around Kruger Park. The mountains are wonderful and the terrain changes as you go to different areas of the reserve. The soil can be dusty, particularly if there has been a shortage of rain. This reserve borders on Botswana so you see animals in this reserve you do not see in the Kruger area. Examples are the Brown Hyena, black backed jackals, and the huge Kalahari Desert Lions. The reserve has many lodges and there are a lot of vehicles driving the park. However, I felt this to be a positive since there were many people looking for animals - the sightings were numerous. The lodges cooperate with each by way of radios to control the sightings so there are never more than three vehicles at a sighting at a time. At no time did I feel as if the reserve was crowded. You are seeing nature at its finest here, not penned in a small area for the tourists to see.
The eight rooms are very spread out and there are steps to negotiate between rooms and also going down to the rooms. One aspect of the room you may or may not find appealing is some of the rooms are built incorporating giant rocks. One room had this right behind the bed. They are all individual buildings with quiet heavy bush in the surrounding areas. The rooms were very nice and all have a nice large private deck with plunge pool. They do have one wheelchair accessible room.
There is a long deck area the length of the main lodge with tables and chairs with umbrellas. The dining area is large and open to a “cooking island” where you can see the chef preparing your meal. The lounge area and library were comfortable and well designed. Right in front of the deck is a nice sized watering hole. At the time we were there they were building a brand new watering hole. The main lodge has an extremely comfortable feeling.
Internet is available at Etali Safari Lodge.
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