The Madikwe Kopano Lodge was the first stop on our epic ten day South African Safari. It’s an intimate lodge perfect for spending some quality time with your other half.
There are only four suites each with a private and very gorgeous plunge pool. The common area has a small breakfast room, a library and an open sitting are perfect for enjoying a drink. I loved the rustic african charm of the suites, especially the bathroom and fireplace. Every night when we got back from dinner a fire would already be roaring. The crackling of the wood inside and the trumpeting of elephants outside made for quite a beautiful orchestra.
I also loved the little black board the lovely staff would leave with little notes everyday. It gave everything such a nice personal feel and the light hearted banter always made me smile! We also appreciated the water bottles that we could keep, its a nice change from plastic bottles!
We saw loads of animals at Madikwe which was really exciting. There are quite a few lodges in the area so you will most likely always see another game vehicle while out and about. The nice thing is though when there is a sighting there can mostly only be 2-3 cars there at a time. They have a great system to work it out so that the animals are never crowded and the viewings are always safe.
We actually saw a leopard in a tree on our first evening and it was so special. It was a small female and she was having fun with some turtle doves in the tree. We just sat watching her for the longest time till the sun dipped below the horizon.
We also saw lions with a kill, some lion cubs and loads of giraffe, zebra, elephants and smaller game. Our guide was super knowledgeable and we were peppering him with question which he answered with ease.
Things I loved about Madikwe Kopano Lodge
There were quite a few things I enjoyed about our short stay at Madikwe Kopano lodge. In the mornings we would stand around chatting next to the game vehicle drinking coffee with a dash of Amarula. It was delicious and definitely heated us up quite a bit.
We also had a cool surprise the one evening after a game drive. They were having a bush boma under the stars with all the guests from the other Madikwe safari lodges. Wine, good food and great company made for a lovely evening and totally unexpected as well. We later learned that they have one every four days so I was quite happy that we were able to experience it.
I also loved the fact that they had the guest of our lodge on rotation to dine in the pretty and private library. We had a breakfast and a dinner next to the stunning fireplace and thoroughly enjoyed it.