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Etali Safari Lodge

Out of the heart of the spectacular Madikwe Game Reserve, embraced by pristine bushveld nurtured by Mother Africa’s rich red soil, Etali Safari Lodge rises to meet you with lavish hospitality. Built in harmony with nature under the vibrant African sun, Etali is an exclusive, intimate haven, where body and soul are rejuvenated in surroundings created by people who understand luxury.

Total number of rooms: 8 suites
Type of accommodation: luxury en-suite suites
Child Policy: No children under 12
Prices from: Please enquire
Main features: Beauty Spa

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About the Lodge

Etali Safari Lodge Accommodation

You’ll find the accommodation at Etali Safari Lodge sheer bliss in any one of our eight luxurious air-conditioned suites, each set apart for total privacy in its own bushveld domain. The mix of cool and earthy colours in the decor is a peaceful contrast to the unsurpassed beauty of the sweet-thorn Acacia trees outside.

Cooling off in the splendid outdoor whirlpool, sipping a cocktail as you watch the breathtaking African sunset on your own deck is the ultimate indulgence. Nothing beats a long, lingering shower taken in our inside/outside showers with only a bird or little antelope as audience.  Second to that may be to soak away in our partner bath and enjoy a relaxing bath therapy prepared by our therapist.


The lodge features 8 luxury and spacious suites all with the following facilities:

  • En-suite bathrooms
  • Air conditioning
  • Over head fans and heating/ fireplace
  • Private heated swimming pool
  • Outside shower
  • Mini bar fridge
  • Mini safe
  • Telephone

Etali Safari Lodge Cuisine

Etali’s delectable cuisine is a contemporary fusion of traditional African with an Asian twist. Meals are light and healthy with lots of fresh seasonal and organically grown vegetables, fruit and herbs. There is no set menu as the chef extraordinaire selects only the best local produce daily to work his magic. Etali house wines are supplied by Glenwood Estate.  We serve Glenwood Shiraz and Glenwood Semillon Sauvignon Blanc wines.
Other than fine dining in our dining room or main deck, we offer traditional South African dinners in our 'lesaka' kraal built in stone.  (Tswana elders used to gather in lesaka to discuss tribal issues), close to our water hole.  Etali has a site where we serve bush breakfasts and dinners, weather permitting.

Etali Safari Lodge Rates

  01 May 2013 - 30 September 2013
Per person per night sharing R 4 600.00
Per person per night single R 5 900.00
Per child 12 - 16 years sharing with parents R 2 150.00
Per child 12 - 16 years sharing in room separate with parents R 3 650.00
Per child 06 - 11 years sharing with parents R 1 300.00
Per child 00 - 05 years sharing with parents R 500.00
Accommodation, all meals, high tea, tea and coffee, soft drinks and mineral water
House wines (Glen Wood Shiraz and Sauvignon Blanc) and local beers
Two game drives per day
Use of the gym

Game Reserve entrance fees (R150 per adult and R60 per child under 12
Landing Fees (R50 per person) when flying in
Bar and beverage other than the inclusive
Treatments in our wellness centre
Cigars, Curio, Gratuities



Etali Safari Lodge Beauty Spa

Core philosophy of natural health is based on holism and incorporates healing and rejuvenating body, mind and spirit, guaranteed to reawaken your five senses. Etali's state-of the-art Wellness Centre is a unique concept. The design and layout of the cool, thatched, earthy toned secluded Wellness rooms, lends itself to a sense of ‘’space’’ allowing the soundtrack of the great outdoors to float in and lull you into a deep state of relaxation. You hear the echo of the elephants around the water hole and the weaverbirds tapping on the windows. This piece of undisturbed Africa is where nature is truly in its element…allowing you to discover how fantastically good you really can feel. Whether you are in need of pure self-indulgence, to commune with nature or detoxify the whole body, improve fitness levels or recover from illness or to simply relax and unwind from modern urban living then this is where you can instill a feeling of calm and relief. True relaxation is an art; let us show you.

From the moment guests steps into Etali Wellness Centre a new experience awaits them each and every day. 
The experience could start by exploring our open thatched gymnasium and unwind in our aroma filled steam room or enjoy a lazy swim in our pool over looking the savannah or simply enjoy the warm whirlpool on your deck with a health smoothie or cocktail, later cooling off with a light-refreshing shower before your treatments commence.

Every day in the bush brings a new experience, as nature reveals her wealth of beauty.


  • Wellness Spa and gym
  • Game Drives – Big 5
  • Game walks
  • Star Gazing
  • Barbeque and bush breakfast

Enjoy the exciting unpredictability of an early-morning game drive with an expert ranger whose hawk-eyes will spot memorable moments: a leopard sitting on a rock licking his paws, the black rhino with attitude, the watchful matriarch elephant, bigger than you ever imagined and so much more.
Madikwe has a vast diversity of birds with over 300 species recorded so far.

We also offer golf as an activity.  We offer the choice between the lovely Phakalane Golf Estate in Gaberone only 45 minutes away or the Sun City 'Gary Player' golf course that is 2 hours away.

Get closer to the heartbeat of Africa by taking a walk through the bush. Your guide will explain the medicinal value of trees and plants, and delight you with stories of the magical powers often attributed to them, identify grass and bird species and pick the bitter-sweet fruit of a maroela for you to taste. An interesting phenomenon is the ‘Castles of Clay’, huge termite mounds. The top of the 'castle' always faces northwest, while the temperature inside the mound remains a constant 37 degrees Fahrenheit.

At Etali we offer the perfect setting for your wedding day. Contact us for wedding packages.



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Vehicle Transfers

Transfers can be arranged from within South Africa and from Botswana.
These can be booked through us.


There is a scheduled Federal Air flight that flies in and out of the Reserve daily. Should you wish to charter a plane to suit your own time frame this can be arranged through Madikwe Charters.

Self Drive

From Pretoria: Follow the N4 To Rustenburg, Swartruggens and then Zeerust. From Johannesburg: Follow the R 509 to Magaliesburg, Derby, Koster and Swartruggens. At Swartruggens, join the N4 to Zeerust. From Zeerust: Turn right into President Street towards Gabarone Madikwe. Continue through small villages for 86 km and you will find the Abjaterskop gate on your right with flags and a big thatched roof. Inside the reserve follow the signs towards Derdepoort gate until you find the sign indicating you need to turn left to Etali. From there follow the Etali signs. We are 36 km from the Abjatorskop gate.

Etali Safari Lodge

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