Thoughtful luxury in a wonderful bush setting, where the invigorating thrills of the safari are balanced by relaxing treatments at the elegant bush spa, Etali Safari Lodge combines romance and excitement for the ultimate African experience. Mostly unfenced, the lodge is built among acacia trees overlooking an active waterhole deep in South Africa’s malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve, so you’ll see plenty of wild-life from the privacy of your deck: elephant, baboons or even lions strolling casually by as you take an afternoon siesta. Madikwe is renowned for its plentiful game with all the Big 5 and healthy populations of the rare wild dog.
Private and luxurious, the eight thatched suites are set well apart from each other, backed by acacia trees and looking out over the bush. Furnished and decorated in clean contemporary lines, the large room has a big extra length bed made up in crisp linen, leather arm chairs next to the fireplace and a huge bathroom with free-standing ‘partner’ bathtub set next to the double doors opening on to the expansive private deck, which can be filled with a special bath therapy treatment from the spa. Outside is a heated plunge whirlpool, a secluded area for private dining and a tempting outdoor shower.
Excellent meals range from fine dining with an emphasis on fresh ingredients and a light touch, and knowledgeable wine pairings (drinks are included here), to traditional hearty African barbecues, and might be served in the outdoor boma, on the open deck or in the airy dining room. Indulging at the spa with a menu of holistic treatments, from massages to mud wraps and facials is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon, plus there is also an open air gym and a steam room.
The game-viewing on the two daily drives is varied and of a high standard, the experienced ranger and tracker finding the best sightings and sharing their extensive knowledge.
Run by the owners who are always on hand, service is friendly and personalised with nothing too much trouble and plenty of special little touches, making for a really memorable African safari.
- Family Suite
- Luxury Suite
- Big 5
- Game Drives