Mateya Safari Lodge is one of those lodges that simply blew us away. We knew that we were going somewhere special but simply did not realise how special the experience would be. The Lodge  reflects that old world Safari experience – it is certainly more old school than new school in terms of decor and feel. Located in the northern area of the Madikwe Game Reserve (which is Malaria free) this Lodge is perfectly positioned in terms of not only location but also the wildlife that is on its doorstep.

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Pricing: I certainly had the feeling that Mateya Safari Lodge is slightly under-priced. Let me be honest; this is one luxury Lodge they can compete easily with the very best out there, those that are charging at least R4000.00 more per person per night. Three meals a day as well as local alcoholic beverages are included in the price, as well as game drives and bush walks. When one looks at the Lodge, its atmosphere, the artwork, the luxurious rooms, it’s surroundings, the air of all-round luxuriousness – one has to agree that the price is an absolute bargain.

The bedrooms: There are five perfectly designed and furnished suites all within a three-minute walk of the main Lodge. The main bedroom area offers a super luxurious bed with mosquito net, a small library with 2 reading chairs overlooking the Veranda and swimming pool. The bathroom is a place to behold, the central marble bath can easily accommodate two adults, and there is a his and hers grooming area as well as a separate toilet area. There are 2 shower areas, one inside and one outside – the inside shower large enough for two adults with 2 shower heads and loads of space. The Veranda area overlooks the Madikwe Game Reserve and offers a shaded area with deck chairs as well as a swimming pool that is large enough to escape the relenting heat.

The main Lodge area: This area is large, atmospheric and offers spectacular views over the surrounding scenic areas and waterhole. There are two lounge areas within the main building where one is surrounded by artwork and ornaments from all over Africa. There is also a bar where one can enjoy that famous gin and tonic or a famous glass of South African wine. There is also a wine cellar that boasts 8,000 bottles of wine from all around the world, as well as brandy, cognac and single malt whiskey (as well as cigars). The wine cellar itself is a site to behold!

Swimming pool: There is no main swimming pool at Mateya Safari Lodge, all pools are located at the individual suites.

Game drives: Professional guides and trackers escort you on your game drives whilst searching for Africa’s wildlife. The game viewing vehicle is superbly comfortable with space for all your camera gear and belongings. Only four people at a time are allowed on these game drive vehicles, so space is not a problem.

Finally; Mateya Safari Lodge is certainly one of the top lodges in South Africa without a question of a doubt. From the superbly designed rooms, the main Lodge and its tentative staff, to the wonderful and exquisite artwork that adorns almost every nook and cranny, this is a Lodge that can easily be called home for a few days. Mateya Safari Lodge gets a definite and well-deserved “highly recommended” from us at

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