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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.
About the Lodge
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.
The lodge features 8 luxury and spacious suites all with the following facilities:
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.
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.
Etali Safari Lodge Activities
Every day in the bush brings a new experience, as nature reveals her wealth of beauty.
Madikwe Game Drives
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.
Etali Safari Lodge Golf
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.
Etali Safari Lodge Bush Walks
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.
Bush Safari Weddings
At Etali we offer the perfect setting for your wedding day. Contact us for wedding packages.
Transfers can be arranged from within South Africa and from Botswana.
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.
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.