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Madikwe & Sun City

Sun City Resort, South Africa’s mini Las Vegas, is extremely popular and is conveniently located two hours’ drive from Johannesburg. A multitude of activities and attractions keeps the entire family occupied – from golfing, gambling and Waterworld to live entertainment and much more. The resort has four hotels, the most luxurious being the Palace of the Lost City; the others are the Cascades, the Sun City Hotel and the Cabanas.

The nearby Pilanesberg Game Reserve pairs very well with Sun City. The reserve sustains the world’s third-largest white rhino population as well as the Big Five and a celebrated wild-dog programme. Pilanesberg Reserve offers a unique way to view game: serene hot-air balloon safaris.

On the border of Botswana and just three hours’ drive from Johannesburg lies Madikwe, one of South Africa’s largest game reserves. With the added appeal of being malaria free, Madikwe has become a prime safari destination. A sustainable joint venture between the state, the private sector and local communities, it is testimony to a truly enlightened conservation plan that has created an exceptional wildlife reserve for the preservation of a unique wilderness area of the Kalahari thornveld in a remote region of South Africa. Madikwe is not open to the general public – visitors must be accommodated in one of the luxury lodges within the reserve in order to gain access to this rich and diverse safari destination.

Highlights during any trip to Madikwe and Sun City include:

  • Play a round of golf. Sun City offers two world-class, championship courses
  • Enjoy a hot-air balloon flight or elephant back safari in the Pilanesberg Game Reserve
  • Malaria-free Big Five safari in the Madikwe Game Reserve

Madikwe & Sun City Accommodation

  • Marataba Safari Lodge
    Marakele National Park

    Marataba is a malaria-free 23,000 hectare private concession within the Big 5 Marakele National Park(Limpopo, South Africa). Just four hours from Johannesburg, the dramatic Waterberg mountains, vast plains, rich animal diversity and winding rivers cutting through the landscape of the Marakele National Park are just breathtaking. Marataba Safari Lodge is a simple extension of the natural environment beyond its walls – rich, bold, organic and patently magnificent.

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  • Shambala

    Shambala is a Tibetan word that means paradise on earth. Shambala Private Game Reserve covers almost 10,000 hectares under the watchful guardianship of the picturesque, malaria-free Waterberg Mountain, and is surrounded by the magnificent African bushveld, home to a wide variety of remarkable flora and fauna. Combining the best experiences of a private safari lodge with the charm of the traditional camp, this experience will be unique and unforgettable.

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  • Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge
    Madikwe Game Reserve

    Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge features just eight glassfronted suites and is tucked away in green woodland. Designed to have minimal environmental impact, the lodge was constructed from local stone, wood and thatch allowing guests to continuously experience the natural beauty of their surroundings. The luxurious, secluded suites overlook the Marico River offering uninterrupted views of the surrounding forest and the river. The suites all have open-fronted lounges, private sundecks and spacious bathrooms with indoor and outdoor showers. The entire front of each en-suite bathroom can be opened to the bush.


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  • Tuningi Safari Lodge
    Madikwe Game Reserve

    Found in the heart of the Madikwe Game Reserve, Tuningi Safari Lodge is a luxurious private and exclusive lodge designed in the form of colonial-African chic. At the main lodge guests will find a rim-flow pool which overlooks the watering hole. There is tent in the garden to accommodate children playing around. Wooden walkways connect the chalets to the main lodge. Each chalet equipped with air-conditioning, a bathroom, fireplace, a private deck and also an outside shower. There are two family rooms at the lodge perfect for guests who need the extra space.

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  • Jamala Madikwe
    Madikwe Game Reserve

    Jamala Madikwe is an owner-run lodge and can be found in the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve. Perfect for guests who want to enjoy the ultimate safari experience. The lodge offers excellent views of the open savannah lands as well a private watering hole. Jamal Madikwe only caters to ten guest, with five luxury Villas each fully catered with air-conditioning, a private lounge area, separate dressing room, a dining area, bathroom with separate shower as well as a private pool and an outdoor shower. Each one has magnificent views of the savannah.

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  • The Palace
    Sun City Resort, North West Province

    The Palace of the Lost City nestles within the Sun City Resort, Africa’s Kingdom of Pleasure. Choose to enjoy stellar shows, sunbathe in the Valley of Waves, view Africa’s Big Five, pamper yourself in the spa or test your skills on the lush fairways of the Gary Player and Lost City golf courses. The luxurious Palace lavishes its guests with five-star service. Each room offers wonderful views and is furnished in contemporary African style. Enjoy fine dining and culinary splendour in the Crystal Court or Villa del Palazzo, where you can sample signature dishes.

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  • Madikwe Hills
    Madikwe Game Reserve, North West Province

    Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge is set on a hilltop overlooking the endless bushveld of the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve. The main lodge is designed for complete relaxation and comfort, and consists of 10 stylish private suites, decorated in an ‘Afrochic’ style that integrates natural elements with colours highlighting Africa’s ambience. For the ultimate private escape, Little Madikwe Hills boasts a two-bedroomed Presidential or Family Suite with its own private Land Rover, game ranger and personal butler.

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  • Jaci’s Lodges
    Madikwe Game Reserve, North West Province

    Jaci’s Safari Lodge features eclectic combinations of vibrant colour, earthy canvas, stone and shaggy thatch while Jaci’s Tree Lodge offers tree houses joined with breath-taking walkways hidden amongst ancient riverine trees. Personal attention to detail from effervescent staff, individually committed to outstanding service assures you a superb African safari with memories to cherish. Perfect for romantic safaris, weddings and families.

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