Madi-Madi Karoo Safari Lodge

Game Lodge, Route 62


While much of the Little Karoo (or Klein Karoo) is parched semi-desert, the private Botlierskop Private Game Reserve begs to differ. Watered by the Kammanassie River, its plains support wildlife including giraffe and leopard. Also here is the splendidly-scenic safari Madi-Madi lodge, its six rooms spread along the waterside. Distant mountains render this a tranquil place, and yet you’re well situated on Route 62, which connects the Western Cape’s Winelands with the Garden Route.



Sleeping four, Madi-Madi’s quartet of cottages are freestanding units arranged spaciously along the Kammanassie. Both the Superior and Executive Riverfront Cottages come with freestanding bathtubs, fireplaces, air-conditioning and water-facing patios with hammocks; the latter boast slightly bigger lounge areas. Smaller Luxury suites are on the main building’s first floor, and have patios but no bathtub and less privacy.



The lodge’s outdoor swimming pool has similarly gobsmacking views of the river, plains and mountains – and bathers should keep eyes peeled for animals coming to the Kammanassie for a drink. Inside is a main lounge and reading room. Dinner is served there or on the adjacent deck, or can be taken privately in cottages.



Full-board bookings include a guided morning bush drive, walk or horse-ride, on which you might see buffalo, giraffe, wildebeest, zebra, eland and more than 200 bird species including fish eagles. If you spot one of the elusive Cape mountain leopard, buy a lottery ticket immediately. Later come sundowner cruises (water levels allowing) to Kammanassie Dam and educational stargazing tutorials. Fishing and canoeing are also possible, as are trips to see Oudtshoorn’s ostriches or the Cango Caves.


Child Policy

Children aged 6 and over are welcome and undertake game drives; those 13+ must have their own room. For ages 6-13, the cottages come with lofts which can fit two kids’ beds.



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