Mateya Safari Lodge | Madikwe Game Preserve

Madikwe Game Preserve – The ultimate in luxury in South Africa

lobby decor

In our opinion this is one of the most luxurious lodges in South Africa. We have been to many properties but this lodge is truly unique. This is a very upscale property full of exquisite art work and expensive furnishings. No cost was spared in building this elegant lodge. Only 10 guests are pampered here in a the spacious main lodge. Space is all around you.

hosts shai and madeleine with ngaire

The rooms, foyer and main lodge areas are stunning. Beautiful woods, sculptures and a spacious luxurious feel permeate the lodge. The exquisite doors have been transported from Zanzibar and are not only on the main lodge buildings but on each luxury suite as well. This is truly the ULTIMATE in luxury. Pictures cannot capture the beauty and luxury of Mateya. The managers of the property, Shai and Madeleine have created a warm and friendly atmosphere where the guests can relax and experience gracious service without the formality that one might expect in such elegant surroundings.


In the Madikwe Game Reserve, Mateya is in the heart of the bush. Only a 50 minute flight from Johannesburg with daily charter service by Federal Air. The rooms are overlooking the bush with outstanding views.


The accommodations are 5 luxurious and very private large villas. All air conditioned, with private plunge pools on large decks, huge bathrooms and outdoor showers and fireplaces. Total luxury! This is a room you just want to stay in and never leave. The details here are truly amazing right down to all the coat hangers being padded. No item has been overlooked to make your experience as luxurious as possible.

bedroom bathroom deck with plunge pool

Game Drives

Game viewing here is plentiful. Animals are everywhere. 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. Add this with the peaceful atmosphere of the bush - it is game viewing at its finest.

There are only four guests with the field guide in each land rover for a truly personal experience. To my knowledge, there is no other park that offers land rovers that accommodate only four guests. All the space you will need to take your African wildlife pictures. Each game drive holds new adventures and the sights you see will be burned into your memory forever. Mateya also offers bush walks, boma dinners and bush breakfasts. This is a wonderful property where your expectations will be exceeded.

main lounge area main lounge area 2 breakfast for two one of the exquisite plates used at Mateya

Dining and the Lodge Public Areas

The gourmet food is so good that it will rival any fine restaurant in Paris. The entire dining experience was the most incredible experience I have ever had. The lodge has different table settings every night that are really exquisite, see the pictures shown. The fresh flowers, candles and the Arthur Court accessories complete the stunning tables. The lavish breakfast buffet, complete with flowers on each offering and the cooked to order breakfast was really special.

The main dining room table in the lodge is very elegant and can seat up to 16 people, although the lodge only holds 10 guests. The lodge features an exquisite large wine cellar with an incredible selection of wines where intimate dinners can also be served. Dinners are served in different venues each night to enhance every evenings dining experience. The Boma is in a round with a deck built around a sunken fireplace. The lodge is on an all inclusive basis and wines and spirits are complimentary (excluding premium imported brands or specially selected wines from the extensive wine cellar).

deck of main lodge outside of the lodge boma circle

main dining room wine cellar dining cheetah sighting at Mateya


Complimentary internet facilities are available. Laundry is included on a complimentary basis.


The camp offers a spa with many treatments available.


If you want an experience you will never forget with outstanding game viewing - this is an excellent choice.

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