Guest Book


We came to Royal Madikwe as my husband had heard about the lodge and booked it as a special surprise for my birthday and it has been a truly magical experience. Through Martin’s expert guiding the children have learned so much about the wildlife and fauna of the area and developed a true love of nature. We have seen lions mating, cheetahs prowling and hyenas tearing a carcass apart amongst many other beautiful things. It has been a magical experience and one that we will treasure forever.

The Townsley Family


The Royal Madikwe Lodge was recommended to us by the Millers (Andrew & Claire) as the most beautiful place in South Africa. Despite our mate skepticism (bone of long experience travelling in Europe and the Americas) we have to agree. The relaxing atmosphere and understated service provides a perfect recipe for a wonderful break – when it is combined with the adventurers and unpredictability of the game drives. It is a delicious ambiance of leisure and challenge! We both will never forget this trip.

Wendy & Paul


What a superb introduction to this beautiful country, its people and the stunning wildlife! The staff were so attentive to our every need, the food delicious and the accommodation so luxurious and relaxing. We felt incredibly lucky to be shown around by Doctor, with his encyclopedic knowledge of wildlife and incredible ability to spot animals whilst carrying out a whole other array of tasks! He is clearly well respected within the reserve and this is obviously well earned and deserved. What a wonderful experience! Many thanks.

Jan & Zoë


Dreams come true…and this time reality is even better. Nothing more amazing than to have a truly meaningful holiday. The people here love nature, animals, humans, love little humans even more, and have made us feel unbelievably comfortable and welcome. We have all learned more about this amazing place and its wildlife. We have loved watching the children soak up the information in such a meaningful way.
Andre and I will never forget our romantic dinner, music provided by nature, and entertainment by a clear night sky stargazing and talking about more dreams we have for when we “grow up”. Thank you!

All our love Christina, Andre, Owen, Elise, Eliot & Norah


Thank you! It was just great and amazing! Still impressed that the lion didn’t care about us! The French food!!

Best wishes to all of you


Thank you for an absolutely incredible stay! We had such a wonderful time and that was because of all of you. This was the trip of a lifetime and we will cherish the memories forever! Thank you for this amazing experience!

With love, Erin & Michael


Fantastic stay, lovely accommodation, staff are just the best! Loved the view from our honeymoon suite. Thank you so much for making our stay so special and all the food! Doctor, Thank you ever so much for the best game drive we’ve ever experienced. Hope to see you soon.

Love Chris and Mari


Thank you for the most amazing 2 days, next time we will stay longer! Martin was awesome in finding animals for us. We ended on a cheetah kill, what a way to finish! Cherie was so personable and all the staff were so helpful and kind. We have truly had a magnificent time here.

Graham & Helen


Dear Royal Madikwe Lodge team, thank you very much for an unforgettable time here in your lodge and in this wonderful game reserve. We had it all: magic moments with all the wildlife around – the big ones as well as the small ones, delicious meals, warm hearted hosts, excellent rangers and a very nice lodge. And even the rain at the end of our stay did not make the smile on our faces go away.

Thank you and all the best, The Plottner’s


Lovely people, we had a great magical experience here at your beautiful lodge. Being in nature with the animals and surrounded by kind and warm people feeds the soul. Thank you for everything.

Warm regards, Harry, Mirjam and the three boys


We enjoyed our stay here very much! As soon as Doctor picked us up, the magic began. We saw so many beautiful animals and sites. And when we were not on safari, Martin, Cherie and Gift took care of all our needs! We will not soon forget this vacation with our adult children enjoying every moment with us. Amazing!

Jeri & Steve


Beste mensen. Het was fantastisch hier. Super avontuurlijc aardig personeel te hebben goed gezorgol voor ons. We loved Cherie because of her enthusiasm.

Soleil, Brunno, Icaro, Saron


Our entire stay at Madikwe has been and amazing and surreal experience! We’ve enjoyed every second of it and can’t wait to return to this magical place. We are so lucky to have spent Christmas with the Madikwe family. The Ghose family certainly had a very memorable and special time here. The game dries were exciting and fun, and the food – unbelievable! We’ve all left with full bellies and amazing shots of the wildlife.
Thank you to all the staff for looking after us and making us feel at home. We will be back!

Love, The Ghose’s


Wow!! Amazing, awesome experience had by all. Truly wonderful staff, accommodation, food, and above all to see all of the ‘Big 5’ in two days, how lucky are we?! Thank you Adam and your team.

Grant, Claire, Immy & Heaven


Best trip ever! I loved it, the experience is just wonderful. I really hope we can do it again! First safari ever and it was just a dream come true!

Carranza Family


Amazing experience. We loved every moment! So sad to leave. Thank you to Eva and Kyle, my girls adore you both. We will definitely be back.

Kruger Family


What a stunning place! Thank you so much for having us! And special thanks to Doctor, he saved the best for last: feeding lions! What a great sighting!

All the best, Anke & Anne


To you all very special people at Royal Madikwe
Firstly what lovely staff you have here, with your catching smiles and charming service, thank you so much. I don’t think we have stopped smiling since we got here. A wonderful spot, Doc was the best teacher and we learnt so much, his eyesight is nothing short of spectacular – kept my hubby on his toes trying to find the game miles away! We saw so many wonderful animals. But seeing 50 elephants at the watering hole was quite something. We hope to return with family so that they can experience this amazing place. Thank you again, service and food delicious, and your warm happy smiles.

Mark and Frances


Well no words can express what an amazing experience this has been for me. Since I was a child I have always wanted to come on a safari but had to wait until I was 60! I will never forget your kindness for making us feel special. You are all lovely. This will be forever in my thoughts.

Thank you all, Julie


Royal Madikwe, thanks you for making our trip here exciting, fun and memorable. I thank all those who helped and taught us during our trip here. Thank you Doc for showing us animals in real life and teaching us too. We hope we will see you again and we send you our holiday greetings. Thank you again for making this trip memorable, fun and exciting, and thanks for our first safari!

Denise, Dean & Danielle


What an amazing country! What an amazing experience which could not have been had anywhere but Royal Madikwe.
To all the staff, sincere thanks! Adam, you made this trip! There is no one I would rather get drunk in the bush with! Pure genius! If you ever come to the UK it would be our pleasure to have you over for a BBQ!



Our first ever safari which will stay with us forever!
Thanks to Adam who was our real life Indiano Jones and to all the rest of the staff for making our experience so fantastically memorable!



Thank you for a wonderful experience. Everyone has been extremely helpful and obliging. Couldn’t believe how many animals we’ve seen – the Big Five phew!!

Thank you, Lawrence & Rhonda

"27.10.2016 "

Dear Madikwe, thank you for a lovely holiday. It was the best one ever and I loved seeing all the animals. My favorite one was the giraffe. Thank you for all of the lovely food. Thank you for kids club, it was really fun and I will show my friends all about it.

From Rosie


Amazing place, wonderful team… we had a lovely stay here!
Hope to see you again soon!

David & Raphaelle


To you all at the Royal Madikwe, Thank you so much for the most fantastic time. Amazing food, wonderful Doctor, Leopards by night, Cheetah by day, an endless stream of amazing animals. Thank you for making it such a memorable stay. Stunning light… just perfect!

James, Camilla, Tilda, Lara & Alicia


To everyone here at Royal Madikwe, As soon as we arrived here we felt the warmth of your welcoming hearts. Everything about this beautiful place would not have been the same without your warm hospitality. You are all so wonderful and we could tell you enjoy serving those who visit. Thank you for your kind and warm services. We felt like true royalty and appreciate all your effort to make our stay so pleasant. The Villa, meals, wine and beautiful environment made our trip incredible and unforgettable. We will never forget our first safari and we will hold you all in our hearts and memories. Thank you for making Alex’s birthday celebration so wonderful. Again, something we will never forget. We laughed, we cried, and were so overwhelmed by how giving of yourselves, and could not be more grateful for the chance to meet such amazing people as yourselves. We pray that the Lord will continue to bless each one of you in a great way. Thank you Adam & Cherie for a wonderful experience. Seeing the animals was wonderful, but you and your staff were truly the best part of our experience.

Best Wishes and Great Blessings Always, With Love Alex & Claudia


From the moment we were picked up at the airstrip the welcome, good humour, hospitality and genuine desire to make our stay memorable was evident. We have had a truly wonderful experience and for me it was the best birthday ever with a delicious cake, balloons, sparkling wine and amazing singing and dancing – thank you all so much!
Chris – you are an exceptional guide and I got a real sense of your respect for wildlife and the environment. You found so many special animals for us to see, way beyond our expectations and memories to treasure forever!
The food, drink, service, housekeeping and maintenance is exemplary and cannot be faulted in any way. You made the beginning of my 60th year very special and we will be back for sure some day. We will recommend without reservation your wonderful lodge to all our friends and family.



I love this place!! All the people are awesome!! This experience was the best!!



An elephant, lion, giraffe etc are the same wherever you stay in Madikwe. However, the staff service, guest interaction, quality of food and presentation are not the same. At the Royal Madikwe the things that matter are of the highest quality, and after staying at 6 other lodges in Madikwe this is definitely the very best.

Felicity & David


Hard to find words to thank you all enough for the breathtaking safari’s, the world class service, the spectacular food, the mouth-watering cocktails & wine, the sensational views and for giving us all the chance to relax and unwind and enjoy this place of unequalled beauty. The experiences we've had and the memories you've created for my family and I is a gift I'll never be able to repay. We've laughed, gasped and been amazed from the first welcoming song, through every meal, drink and hour we've been with you all. The Madikwe Team are a wonderful family, that you made us part of!

Andy, Nicki, Ollie, Charlie, Karen & Richard


Thank you all so much for the most unforgettable trip – we will absolutely be back! All the best!

Kevin & Kirsten


Thank you for the most amazing birthday EVER! We all had an incredible time. All the staff were super friendly and helpful and made our stay truly unforgettable. We wish we could stay longer and cannot wait to come soon.

Grayer Family


Thank you very much for all the wonderful things we could appreciate. It has been gorgeous!

Ferrari Family


Many thanks for the Marvels of Madikwe – the beautiful and gracious staff, the incredible vistas and guided rides with Chris! Lions, Leopard, Rhino, Elephants and more.



Thank you for the most magical family vacation and 40th birthday celebration! It exceeded our expectations. The service, food, ambiance, education was all perfect. Thank you for treating us like family! We can’t wait to come back.

Kosmowski Family


What a memorable experience. We loved every moment of it. It cannot get more comfortable and luxurious than this. The yummy food…wonderful safaris and unbeatable service made this stay one that we will never forget!



Thank you for making our first Wedding Anniversary one to remember! What a magical place, with such wonderful staff! We hope to come back soon.

James & Kerryn


Thank you so much for making our first safari experience memorable!! The care and service, the attention to detail, the food, the drives, the sincerity and kindness of all the staff and the interactions for the kids have ALL made this the trip of a lifetime!

Short Family


A true holiday of a lifetime. Worth waiting 50 years! A golden celebration for all of us. Thank you for a “perfect” safari!

Eileen & Peter


Early starts, late finishes… Just like being in the office… Maybe not. What a magical place and thank you so very very much for making us feel as if we are part of the family! I am sure we will be back…

Very best wishes, The Robb Family


Just the most perfect week, thank you so much to all the staff for looking after us all so beautifully. We have absolutely loved our time here and will miss you all, we hope one day we can come back!

Ollie & Chloe


this was an amazing experience we will remember forever! Everything was perfect from the kind and warm hospitality, to the lodging, to the breathtaking sites, to the incredible safaris with Adam (funniest man in town).

All the best & Thank you, Hertz Family


Thank you to everyone for making our stay at Royal Madikwe so memorable - it is a truly magical place. We have memories that will last forever...

Colin & Jane


We have had the most amazing 5 nights in this beautiful place. Having heard about it over the years, it is lovely to have the excuse of a special 60th Birthday trip for me and my twin sister with our husbands to see it and it certainly has lived up to its reputation! Lots of wonderful memories and we are very sad to leave.

Helen & Rachel


Thank you so much for a wonderful experience! We loved the safaris and the stories of Doctor and Adam. We loved your friendly and kind service!

Schutte Family


Thank you! We loved every minute!

The Mayers; Los Angeles, CA, USA


Way in front of the other game parks in which we have stayed. A real tough of “class”. A friendly establishment = happy staff = good management. A recipe to ensure return visits. Kevin is an excellent guide and proved to be a good teacher. He found us a lion kill with cubs feeding! Zulu the miracle chef could get employment worldwide. Make sure he stays at Royal Madikwe! Keep up the good work. Regards and dearest wishes to all.

Joyce and Lloyd Morley; Adelaide. South Australia


It was everything so amazing! Thanks for the greatest moments that we had in our lives. The most important thing is that you gave to us a great EXPERIENCE, not just see the animals and eat some food. As we say in Brazil – “Vocês são demais!” (You are the best)

Felipe & Amanda Stefaroli


Thank you so much for everything! It has been the most amazing adventure and we could not be more grateful for having us! Thank you Royal Madikwe Team! We will never forget you guys!

The Rabut Family


Thank you for a magical experience, it far exceeded our wildest dreams. With love light and peace.

The Grattons


Thank you Martin & Elaine and team for your hospitality and care. We really felt privileged to be here and enjoy wildlife, perfect views, great food.

Kuethe & Mast Family


Thank you for the nice time!! We really enjoyed it all! We hope to see you again.

Pien, Gisele, Niels & Tijn


What a great experience with the family. Thank you to everyone, for everything! The extra mile with the children was always noticed and appreciated. Madikwe is truly a “re-boot” for the soul. Baie dankie Dr! It’s as if we did a mini MBA in game viewing.

The Van Wyk’s (Michael, Paula, Gabriel & Felipe)


Thank you everyone for a fabulous weekend. Doctor, your knowledge, humility, and thoughtful consideration of your guests impressed us so much. Simoné and Eva, you stood out for your enthusiasm and passion. Royal Madikwe, you and everyone who contribute to a great experience, make it a very special place.

Dominic & Eloise


I cannot express my gratitude enough for the warm welcome and incredible hospitality. What a perfect first impression of this beautiful country. Until next time…



Zebra, Kudu, impala, Elephants, Rhino, Giraffe, Cheetah! Exotic yet familiar. A gnu home, I never knew I had. Thank you to ALL members of The Royal Madikwe! What an amazing experience.



We really enjoyed our stay. Saw all the big 5 in one day! Kevin has been a perfect guide. Thanks a lot to the whole team at Royal Madikwe.

Ralf Thomas


Wir fanden es hier sehr sehr schön! Wir haben viele tiere gesehen, und würden gerne mal wieder kommen. We really enjoyed our stay here! We saw a lot of animals and we will come back here, definitely.

Ralf, Vanessa & Clarissa


A fantastic trip – so sad to leave! Loved everything, the animals, the food and everyone at the lodge. Can’t wait to come back. Loved the excitement of the safari trips and everyone was so kind and welcoming. Most enjoyable stay. Very attentive staff. Kevin was the most knowledgeable guide ever!

Abraham Family


The best safari ever! Stunning place, perfect staff and epic drives. We will treasure our memories of Madikwe forever. I loved my amazing stay there wasn’t one morning when I woke up and wasn’t happy! (Edward (10yr)) I love Madikwe! (Flora (7yr)) It was my first fantastic adventure there wasn’t a time where I wasn’t excited!!! (James (12yr))

The Harrisons


I had a great time seeing all the animals. Every hour of the day. I had so much fun. I loved my stay here it was so much fun.

Andreas, Linda, Luca & Mia


We had an amazing time. We saw so many animals. I hope that we can come back soon. Another thing. I loved how nice the people were. Both the kids who were staying here and the people who work here were nice

Lucinda the Panda (& her mom Julie)


Second trip and just as good if not better. We have absolutely loved every minute of our time here – the team is amazing and couldn’t do enough for us. Royal Madikwe – we love you. See you next year!

Daniel, Gayla, Henry & Hesper


The trip of a lifetime! We have had an amazing time here in South Africa and Madikwe. The most brilliant game sightings, fantastic food and all the staff have been the best! We will be back!

Mark, Britta, Marcus & Esther


All the staff were extremely good, our guide, Martin was exceptional, very factual and always checking whether we were okay. The animals were amazing even the extremely lazy lions. Best holiday so far.



I’ve had an amazing time here in Madikwe. Every morning for 3 days. I have seen some of the most amazing animals such as lions, elephants and many more. Thank you for making this trip amazing and so special. Plus the safaris were amazing!



We have made a lot of memories in the last 3 days, we have been here. Going out early morning and seeing animals that I never thought I would ever come across. Martin our ranger was amazing and knew everything about the park and the animals. The staff here have been incredible also making us feel welcome. So thank you Royal Madikwe you have been incredible!



Pure Bliss. A lovely heavenly stay for our 38th Wedding Anniversary!

Ian & Christine


Dear Royal Madikwe. Thank you for the best four days ever, we really enjoyed it. We really liked the wonderful game drives with Doctor. The tracking was great. Thank you for the lovely staff. Thanks so much Royal Madikwe for this holiday to be memorable, we loved seeing the silly baboons! We all loved breakfast and the lunches and the dinner and we loved having sundowners in the bush. It was great having to see the animals drink out of the waterhole. The swimming pool is very refreshing. Thank you Royal Madikwe for the great time we at this wonderful wildlife, lodge it has been a pleasure staying here. Loved it! Thank you for the best holiday ever! Many thanks for a wonderful holiday.

Andrew, Sonia, Gabriel & Sasha


Thank you so much to everyone at this very special place! All friendly, wonderful service, delicious food and drinks. The bedding is especially luxurious and we were so spoiled in the Royal Villa. Thanks to Kevin for the most memorable game drives. We will remember the Royal Madikwe forever.

William, Felicity, Jermina & Harry


What a special place. We have had the most brilliant experience and have loved bringing the children here on their first safari experience. Expressed gratitude to Doctor who has been the loveliest guide, looking after us and teaching the boys all about the bush and animals. Also a huge thank you to all the wonderful staff at the lodge. We are incredibly sad to leave. We’ll be back!

Simon, Angela, Leo & Zac


Amazing, Amazing, amazing! There is no other way to describe it. We have been really happy here!! Wonderful experience!! Thanks sooo much for these best days. Loves from Argentinia

Patricio & Paolo


What an amazing place! The staff, the nature, the food were all exceptional. Doc made it possible for us to see a lot of unusual sightings. Will definitely come back! Warm wishes from Sweden.

Jennie & Jesper


People make the place! We loved the lodge, the room, the safari, the food and above all the staff! Hope to be back soon.

Vitor & Flavia


This was a great experience. The staff are outstanding!! Special thanks to Adam& Cherie and Brett & Ashley

Ralph & Anita


Our stay was truly amazing! Even better than expected. Thank you so very much.

From the Braham Family


Just the most amazing place to be privileged to come to. The staff are so thoughtful, kind and friendly. Amazing safari with Martin who patiently taught us so much about the animals and the life here in general. This should be awarded six stars easily! Thank you so much for everything.

Love Michael


What a wonderful place! Thank you to all of you for making us feel so special and looking after us so well. Our little ones thank you for finding the Big 5 and Julian loved his surprise birthday party. We’re going home with wonderful memories!

Very best for 2017, Julian, Sebastian, Paul, Anouk, Daniel, Joy & Vassanta


Thank you for the wonderful time we had with you. Everyone looked after us with great generosity and care. The animal viewing was stunning!

Best wishes from the Heming’s


From the moment Doctor picked us up from the plane it was apparent we had arrived at a magical place. Emily and I spent the better part of the five days experiencing our wildest dreams. A big thank you to the people of Royal Madikwe for making this a visit and Christmas we will not soon forget. The hospitality was second to none. Madikwe will always have a special place in our hearts.

Until we meet again, cheers! Larry & Emily


Thank you for making our trip special and unforgettable! Hope to be back again soon!

Ilse and Theo


The most unbelievable time here at Madikwe, our first time. This was the family holiday of a lifetime and it has surpassed all expectations. Thank you for all of the effort you have made, some more converts to Africa. Five stars all round.

Thank you, The Campbells


To all the Royal Madikwe Team
From the very bottom of our hearts we want to thank you for the most incredible time. Julie and I have felt like Royalty from the second that we walked through the door. We are very sad to be leaving you all and this wonderful place. You have made us so welcome and this holiday surpassed our wildest expectations. We have been in heaven for one week.
Thank you so much for making it so special.

With big love and hugs, Greg


Dear Madikwe, Thank you for providing us with an amazing stay and providing us with memories we will never forget. We had a lovely stay and will never forget our time here.



Dear Madikwe Friends, Thank you for looking after us and providing us with a trip that we will never forget. We have seen and experienced so much and will enjoy looking back at our pictures having built many memories.

Chas & Sarah


Our best wishes and thanks to you all here Royal Team. A special thanks to Eva who has a calm and soothing presence, but also stays after hours for a last minute massage!! The food was delicious and presented beautifully with great attention to detail. Thank you for a lovely visit!

Warmest Regards, Anton & Amanda


Thank you so much for the memories that will last a lifetime from the hospitality of your staff that began from the moment the planes wheels touched down on the runway and didn’t end until the last moment of our stay. Our safari tour guide, Adam, gave us our fill of all the majestic and beautiful animals that have made Madikwe their home. Adam managed to entertain us even when the animals were not in sight. I looked forward to the smiles and hospitality of Eva, Gift, James and all the staff when we returned back to the lodge every day. The food never disappointed either, with a delicious variety of meals. You provide a complete package that we are already recommending to friends and family in the States.

All Our Best, Scott & Jeannette

"24.09.2016 "

I love to come to Madikwe because I had a lot of fun and I saw a lots of animals and I saw the Big Five.

Matilda, 8


Thank you for the most wonderful stay! Chris, Lauren, Valencia and Eunice made our stay memorable and one of the best things we have ever done. We look forward to the next visit!

Emma & James


Our fourth stay at Royal Madikwe and wonderful as ever. Adam survived 9 days with us and we had some brilliant sightings. The whole team looked after us so well. Movie night and bush dinner were great fun too. The birds should not be missed either - they are truly beautiful and Adam has great knowledge so take the Bino's and fill in the gaps between game sightings. We just love it here so much. Until next time!

Spruzen Family


Thank you for the splendid time we have had here together! Splendid animals, splendid nature, splendid service and food!!! Memorable moments for all of us!

Duranton Family


To the amazing Royal Madikwe Staff! Thank you for an amazing stay, for the unsurpassed service, the beautiful drives & your smiles! We hope to see you again.

Biron Family


Thank you so much for your warm welcome. Everything was simply perfect! Special thanks to the Team.

Dray Family


Have had a fantastic time. Doctor was brilliant and made our safaris very interesting. Staff really helpful! Hope to be back.

Hewitt Family


You were amazing and helped make this an incredible visit. We saw all of the Big5 in one day and each game drive included amazing views and wonderful ecology, and wildlife lessons from Doctor and Chris. I hope we are able to return to this incredible place!



Thank you all for everything! We have had the best vacation ever! Everyone here has touched our hearts and souls!

DeCook Family


We couldn’t have asked for a more charming, delicious and memorable experience! This is not only our first time in Africa but our Honeymoon as well… We wouldn’t change a thing!

The Morrisons


Thank you for the most magical birthday weekend. For your gracious and warm hospitality. For going the extra mile, attention to detail, friendship, fun and hashtag moments, for so many of “those” moments. Heaven on Earth. Treated like Royalty in the magical Kingdom of Royal Madikwe!

With Love and Gratitude, Gavin & Ilana


Thank you for an amazing time and for treating us like true Royalty! See you again soon.

Altriche Family


Thank you all for the most wonderful holiday we have ever had. What an incredible place this is and what incredible staff you are. You have gone to so much trouble to make this such a special trip for us and we are extremely grateful!

With all our love Emma, Bertie, William & Beetle


Wow, amazing and beautiful place, with beautiful people that work here! From start to finish made to feel welcome. Back again one day!

Thomas Family


What a wonderful time! Great place, great food, great safari, great singing. Many thanks and hopefully we meet again.

Jan & Miranda


Thanks again for a wonderful time here at Royal Madikwe – very attending staff all of you! Doctor showed us all the Big5 and offered us a lot of excitements and information on the drives. Fantastic. We will bear the memories in our hearts forever.

Weisteen Family


We have enjoyed the Paradise on Earth! Thank you to all at The Royal.

Schoderboeck Family