Guests per Safari Vehicle
The Bush House is a home-away-from-home in the Big 5 malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve, just 4 hours from Johannesburg. This intimate lodge offers a comfortable atmosphere where guests can enjoy an array of amenities and are attended to by caring and welcoming staff. The Bush House is a farmhouse that has been transformed into an inviting and relaxing residence after years of family laughter and happiness that encourages guests to kick off their shoes and unwind. The Bush House does not have to be booked out exclusively, each room can be sold individually.
The lodge boasts 6 en-suite bedrooms and 4 of them offer private verandas, perfect for relaxation. Another room features wonderful views of the waterhole and the other offers views of the garden. All rooms form part of the main lodge therefore there are no long walks to your room or other facilities.
With experienced and talented chefs at The Bush House, guests are treated to a wonderful culinary adventure. Whether it’s breakfast in the garden, afternoon tea with treats or a fire-lit boma dinner under the stars, each bite is a journey of its own.
Enjoy relaxing in the large, shaded garden overlooking the best waterhole in Madikwe. Lounge at the pool while the staff take care of your every need. Enjoy a friendly game of cricket, rugby or soccer on the lawn. Two game drives are conducted daily in the Madikwe Game Reserve under the expert care of an expert guide, take a walk through our private nature trail which is within the electrified boundaries of the camp.
Madikwe, a South African private game reserve created in 1991 from 75,000 ha of farmland, which had been extensively degraded by overgrazing, was chosen as the site of Operation Phoenix. The government-sponsored, biggest-ever game- relocation programme in Africa involved re-stocking and conserving flora and wildlife, which had long since disappeared from the region.
Ten thousand animals of 27 major species, including wild dog, cheetah, lion, white and black rhino, buffalo and elephant, have been re-introduced to the Madikwe Game Reserve over a six year period with animals coming from various reserves and breeding centres and game viewing is now at its prime.
Northwest Parks Board (formerly Bop Parks) has adhered to a strict policy of introducing only those species, which once occurred in the area). Madikwe is run as a three-way partnership between the State, the local communities and the private sector.
Madikwe, therefore, should not be looked at as solely a protected area or tourism destination, the reserve acts as a major social and economic core and engine around which the development of the region can be based.
The name of Operation Phoenix is appropriate: like the mythical bird that burnt itself to a crisp on the pyre and then rose from the ashes to live again with new vigour, nature has regained a stronghold on the land and the programme has been hugely successful.
Madikwe Game Reserve is currently the country's fourth largest game reserve. It is situated in the North West Province and is bordered by Botswana in the north, the spectacular Dwarsberg Mountains to the south, the Marico river to the east.
The diverse habitat in the reserve, from acacia, savannah to riverine, ensures a unique combination of species such as springbok, gemsbok, sable and impala. The birdlife is also spectacular, and this is one of the few South African private game reserves that are malaria free
All ages welcome
Johannesburg – OR Tambo International
4.5 hours from Johannesburg
The Bush House, Madikwe, South Africa
All ages welcome
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