Superb in every way
Have recently returned from our third visit to Madikwe Game Reserve and the luxurious Mateya Safari Lodge.
It is because of the wonderfully professional and knowledgeable Head Ranger, Werner and his Tracker Paul that we will again return. To sit, transfixed, as we did on our last morning, as a young male lion decided he would take a run at a small number of buffalo left drinking at a dam and the resulting rushed return as the entire herd turned on him. He then called for his mother.........who decided to seek shelter from the sun and lay down against the wheel of our jeep......to be joined by chastened junior......well........
As always, we enjoyed a number of excellent sightings, including our favorites, an elephant family enjoying a drink and swim in the dam and a number of great rhino sightings.....magical to sit quietly watching these magnificent animals. Plus of course, many smaller animals who make up the large number of animals on this Reserve, such as the elusive and pretty Klipspringer. Every drive offers another chance to see something unique......just love it!!
The six villas at the Lodge offer every luxury, each with their own large plunge pool and extraordinary bathroom and outdoor shower and in our case, Villa One had a resident gorgeous bright yellow weaver, making a nest in the hope of attracting a female.
Fascinating to watch his progress each morning. Outside our front door each morning we were greeted with another flash of color as a male Paradise Flycatcher flitted around.
The food is very good and served either on the expansive deck (breakfast and lunch) or in the unique wine cellar (special dinner).
There is also a wonderfully large main lodge, complete with the most mind-boggling array of African wall art, sculptures and figurines, skillfully combined to offer cozy sitting areas and a large bar and a vast selection of excellent wines. Trust Connie to recommend wines to complement your dinners - he has a very good "nose" and will serve you well.
Daniel will cheerfully offer you your breakfast and lunch choices and the chef will come to your table and offer you lunch and dinner choices.
The very charming Christine and Joanne will take care of any booking or internal transport arrangements you need to make and simply make sure everything is handled smoothly.
We look forward to another visit!!