The Lodge

Lodge Facilities

The Bush House Rooms
The Bush House


We have six well appointed en suite rooms. Four of them have private verandas, one has a lovely water feature with another having a small private garden. Whilst all our rooms are part of the main lodge, so there are no unnecessary long walks backward and forward , guest privacy is not impacted in any way.
The rooms are tastefully furnished with percale bed linen and fluffy towels.

All rooms are equipped with air conditioners, separate fan, hair dryer, safe, coffee and tea making facility, homemade biscuits, gowns and slippers. The bathroom has a separate bath and shower along with a variety of toiletries.

Spoil yourself in a candlelit bath with handmade bubbles and not feel guilty. We recycle all our water through a grey water system which is then used to water the lodge lawn and to top up the waterhole.

We have 220v electricity, cell phone signal and complimentary WiFi should you need to stay in touch with the outside world. To remain small and intimate we normally book no more than ten guests at one time. However, we are most happy to book slightly larger groups if we can accommodate your desired rooming configurations.

The Bush House Dining & Bar
The Bush House

Dining & Bar

Our Chefs, together, create a wonderful culinary selection, whether it is breakfast in the breezeway, afternoon tea (which is a light meal) in the garden or a fire lit dinner in the boma under the stars. We accommodate many religious and dietary requests when advised at the time of booking.

Enjoy a bush style cocktail during the day or discuss the day’s sightings sitting around our cosy pub after game drive. A pre-dinner drink could become a daily ritual!

The lodge public areas all look out onto the garden and the large waterhole so you can be assured that you will not miss out on any of the animal action.
The Bush House GARDEN & POOL
The Bush House

Garden & Pool

Unusual for a bush lodge is the oasis of calm that is our unique garden. This peaceful refuge of grass and plantings offers a wonderful respite from the stresses of daily living. The large, beautiful garden overlooking the waterhole is filled with colourful trees and creepers. The rolling green grass is the perfect vantage point to watch the birds, relax in the shade with a book or follow the animals coming down to drink at the best waterhole in the reserve.

Enjoy a friendly game of cricket, rugby or football on the lawn or lie on a blanket and contemplate the passing clouds above. We have an abundance of birdlife to appreciate and between game drives the day belongs to you.

Reading a book in the waterhole chairs or lounging at the rock pool often leads to closing of the eyes and enjoying delicious catnaps. Relax at the pool which has an excellent view of the waterhole while our staff care for your every need.

The electrified fence that surrounds the camp is hidden in a gulley in front of the waterhole so that all photographs, selfies and videos do not have a fence ruining the image. Perfect hidden safety and security!
The Bush House Underground Hide
The Bush House

Underground Hide

The first and original underground hide built in Madikwe. An incredibly exciting way to view all species of animals and birds as they come to drink at the edge of the floodlit waterhole.

Photographic opportunities are endless irrespective of whether you are using your phone’s camera,state of the art equipment or something in between.

Have the awe-inspiring opportunity to watch elephants pass by close enough to touch, to watch them drink at an arm’s length away or to be splashed by a mischievous youngster. The roof of the hide is just above ground level is reinforced and can carry the weight of any elephant that may wander across the top.

The Underground Hide is accessed from a path within the lodge garden, or from the swimming pool, so guests can safely walk along the walkway and into the tunnel without being seen by the animals and in complete safety

The Bush House WALKING & GYM
The Bush House


Another of our unique offerings is our fully fenced camp of approximately five hectares which gives everyone, irrespective of age, the opportunity to explore our marked nature trails.

There is a little story about each marked point along the way and a map to show you the layout. What a wonderful way to discover bugs, beetles and butterflies within the safety of camp. Plants and trees can all be discovered in the bushveld around the lodge.

If you have the urge to exercise, we have a small, well-equipped gym as well as the option of jogging and walking the length of the main road within the lodge grounds.
The Bush House GAME DRIVES
The Bush House


Game drives are conducted throughout the year at optimum viewing times when game activity is generally at its peak i.e early mornings and late afternoon into evening. The morning safari departs around sunrise and the evening drive leaves late enough in the afternoon for guests to enjoy a sundowner in the bush and return to the lodge as it is getting dark.

Vehicles are equipped with sunblock, and mosquito repellent for the body. In the rooms is a mosquito lotion that can be used on the face and there is additional sunblock at the bar.

Our game viewers have canopies fitted irrespective of the time of the year. The African sun is very harsh even in the cooler months and we prefer our guests not to risk the effects of skin cancer, sun burn and the like. Off roading is permitted in the reserve for big five sightings as well as wild dog and cheetah.


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