The Bush House began its life as a family home on the farm called Wonderboom.
It is an old farmhouse that after years of family laughter and happiness has been transformed into an inviting and relaxing residence that encourages guests to kick off their shoes and unwind.
This is the only non- thatched lodge in the reserve with the current tiled roof being placed on the original corrugated iron covering of the farm buildings.
As an owner managed lodge, the personal touch is an integral part of our service, and attention to detail is paramount in all we do.
Our small team of friendly staff take great pride in their work and strive to make each guests visit a holiday to remember. Our mission is to offer kind and attentive service so that each guest's visit is personal and special.
Most of the team come from the areas surrounding the reserve, so they are part and parcel of the success of not only the lodge, but the area in general. A large proportion of the staff are breadwinners for their immediate families.
We source as many services and products from the local communities as we can possible can e.g. all the linen is laundered off-site, our refuse removal, wood for the fires, any tree felling or clearing of sickle bush in camp.
Other services/products that are required within camp plus the items that we sell in the curio shop are sourced from small one-person businesses, community upliftment groups, and single mothers supplementing their income. These suppliers are always our first choice and only thereafter do we approach the larger, corporate companies to secure the other goods we need.
All our water comes from boreholes in the vicinity of the lodge. We replaced the old farm lister diesel engines with solar panels, and the latest borehole was fitted for solar at the time of drilling.
Being on the edge of the Kalahari Desert means that water is a scarce and precious commodity. We have a grey water system that recycles all water used in the lodge and staff village for use on our lovely garden and into the waterhole for topping up as needed.
As many of the existing trees in the garden were planted before the house became a lodge, they are not water wise. As these trees die off, we only replace them with indigenous trees. The flowers and plants in and around the garden are also indigenous, and only water wise plants are chosen above others that are less so.
Bush House IS your home in Big Five country. Our informal style, intimate atmosphere and caring staff make you feel welcome, relaxed and part of our family.
We have six ensuite rooms. Four of them have private verandahs where you can sit and contemplate the world, one overlooks the garden and waterhole with another having the soothing sounds of a water feature outside the sliding door. All of our rooms are part of the main lodge, so there are no unnecessary long walks to and fro.
The rooms are tastefully furnished with percale bed linen and fluffy towels. The rooms have air-conditioners, ceiling fans, safes, hairdryers and coffee and tea facilities. The bathrooms have separate baths and showers with a variety of toiletries. We have 220v electricity, cell phone signal and free Wi-Fi should you need to stay in touch.
Our Chefs, who together create a wonderful culinary repertoire, whether it is breakfast in the garden, afternoon tea packed with treats or a fire-lit dinner in the boma under the stars. We try as much as possible to accommodate all dietary requirements.
Enjoy relaxing in the large, shaded garden overlooking the best waterhole in Madikwe. Lounge at the pool while our staff take care of your every need. Enjoy a friendly game of cricket, rugby or soccer on the lawn. Two game drives are conducted daily under the expert care of our guide. You can also take a walk through our private nature trail which is within the electrified boundaries of camp.