A friendly, family-run lodge in South Africa’s Madikwe Game Reserve, The Bush House provides affordable luxury and exceptional game-viewing with a lovely relaxed atmosphere. Just three hours drive north of Johannesburg, Madikwe is malaria-free and has all the Big 5, as well as wild dogs and a great diversity of animal and bird life. The Bush House is safe for children with an unobtrusive fence around the gardens and swimming pool. A unique feature is the underground hide which overlooks the well-attended waterhole just outside the garden, so guests safely experience getting up close and personal with the elephants.
With just six ensuite rooms the lodge has the informal feel of a family home, so guests relax in the comfortable lounge, sit out by the pool overlooking the waterhole or play games on the green lawns in between meals and game drives. The bedrooms themselves are beautifully decorated in warm earth tones with very comfortable beds made up in soft percale linen, all with air-conditioning and ceiling fans, separate baths and showers. Four rooms have private verandahs with lovely views over the gardens.
Delicious fresh breakfasts are served in the garden, dinner might be in the boma around the camp fire and wonderful treats are served for high teas before your evening game drive. Two drives a day discover the abundant wildlife of the reserve, which might include lions, elephant, cheetah, wild dogs and many more fascination sightings. Younger children are taken on a kiddies ‘bumble’ after breakfast, a shorter drive that keeps a safe distance from the larger game, but kids can watch their fill of animals up close from the hide, with all the excitement of slipping quietly down the tunnel from the shady garden to the hide to see rhino, warthog or buffalo walking past only a few feet away. The waterhole is spot lit after dark, so guests can watch the close-up action from the hide right into the night if they so choose.
The Bush House really is a safari home-from-home with its own magic, an unpretentious and very comfortable place to unwind and enjoy the best of Africa.
- Double bedroom
- Family Room
- Twin bed room
- Big 5
- Game Drives