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The Madikwe Game Reserve is in the north of South Africa, near the border with Botswana. It covers over 75,000 hectares of savanna and sub-tropical woodland, rising to hills and majestic mountains. Madikwe’s animal population includes lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and buffalo. Not only are the Big 5 sightings promising here but so are other wildlife encounters with the wild dog, brown and spotted hyenas, cheetah, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, many types of antelope and the endangered Cape hunting dog. Among the around 350 species of birds, the most common are the bee-eaters, ostrich, kingfishers, francolins, woodpeckers, pipits, and storks. Keen birders will definitely enjoy looking out for hundreds of feathery friends. It is indeed a fabulous safari destination.

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Lodges in the game reserve not only give you the home to stay but also allow you to experience the best safari adventure and wildlife encounters. One of the many lodges in Madikwe Game Reserve is the Madikwe Kopano Lodge.

Madikwe Kopano Lodge

The Madikwe Kopano Lodge is one of three properties known together as Madikwe Safari Lodge located in the central-eastern region of the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve. The Madikwe Kopano Lodge is perfect for travelers looking for luxurious and intimate accommodation in a wildlife-rich location. Kopano means “small gathering” in Tswana which is exactly what this lodge is. It gives an authentic safari experience small enough to make you feel at home, but vast enough to leave you to wander in awe.

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The Suites

The Madikwe Kopano Lodge comprises of only four suites linked to a common area via pathways through the trees. These suites are spaced about 10–15 meters apart so you will experience a feeling of blissful isolation. The suites are all air-conditioned to provide comfort during summer days. The suites also have wood-burning fireplaces and electric blanket that are utterly irresistible on chilly evenings in the bush. Each of the four suites has a private plunge pool which is perfect during hot summer days or when you just want to have an intimate romantic bath with your loved one. Each suite also has a Gym-in-a-Basket with 2 x 1kg dumbbells, 2 x 3kg dumbbells, an exercise mat, and a core strengthener ring for your daily exercise routine.

Also available in the suites are direct dial telephone, free Wi-Fi, a safe, a tea-and-coffee station, international adaptor, hairdryer, insect repellant and a mini-bar. In addition, all four suites boast private en-suite bathrooms and private decks which are the perfect place from which to watch the sunset over the wild savanna. Guests can also enjoy private luxurious spa treatments in the comfort of their own suites. The Madikwe Kopano Lodge employs trained and qualified therapists, who will visit guests in the privacy of their own suite to help unwind with an array of treatments, including reflexology therapies, massages, facials, manicures, and pedicures. In these suites, the guests will surely experience the rustic African charm.

Intimate and Private Experience


The Madikwe Kopano Lodge boasts exceptional privacy, which is perfect for romantic getaways and honeymoons. Kopana lodge was designed in a way that the lodge seems part of the nature that surrounds it. Its design ensures the alluring balance of privacy, exceptional service, and an authentic safari adventure. Guests will be welcomed at the main lodge into a unique and intimate reception area. The communal building is made of a classic timber, stone, and thatch structure. It is open sided to provide beautiful views across the vast plains of the reserve. The common area has a small breakfast room perfect for sumptuous food and a library wherein you can spend a hot afternoon reading about the wild while enjoying a drink or two.

With its beautiful open plan lounge and dining area, Madikwe Kopano Lodge aims to provide the perfect place for small gatherings. The lodge has both an indoor and outdoor dining area. The breakfast and lunch are generally served on the main deck. And depending on the weather, the dinner can be served in the open-fronted boma surrounded by beautiful lantern lights under the magnificent-looking moon and a blanket of twinkling stars. With the sumptuous meals prepared by a world-class experience chef, families, friends, and couples can experience that unforgettable and wonderful intimate experience in the bush.

The Madikwe Kopano Lodge is Suitable for travelers with disability, so the impairment cannot be a hindrance in enjoying and experiencing a life in the bush. However, it must be noted that no children under the age of 16 years old are allowed at Kopano Lodge.

The Wildlife Encounter

The Guests are not only treated to exclusive comforts in the Madikwe Kopano Lodge but are also engaged in a truly South African safari adventure.  Activities in the lodge include game drives, bush walks, bird watching, and meals in the bush, as well as astronomy and wildlife lectures. The guests can experience the authentic Big 5 wildlife encounters in the morning and evening game drives across the reserve with the guidance of Professional game rangers who are very knowledgeable and experienced and can answer all the questions of your curious mind about the wildlife animals as well as the fauna and flora of the reserve.

If you are in for a walking adventure, bush walks are conducted in mid-morning. Bush walks give you the chance to take a closer look at the reserve. These bushwalks are guaranteed safe with the guiding professionals, so you won’t have to fear and instead, you can focus on observing and learning what the bush can offer.

In addition to game drives and bush walks, astronomy and wildlife lectures are also conducted in the lodge. Through these lectures, you can learn more about the animals you encountered during the game drive or about the flora and fauna of the reserve. You can also learn about the skies.

The Madikwe Kopano Lodge is indeed not only an ideal, stylish, intimate and romantic getaway into secluded African safari but also considered as a pinnacle of the pioneering and loyal efforts to sustain the legacy of South Africa conservation through uncompromising luxury eco-tourism.