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Mateya Safari Lodge

The moment you pass through the ancient Zanzibar Elephant Doors you have entered the world of Mateya. Mateya is designed for the discerning traveler, offering a graceful fusion of relaxed comfort in a beautiful setting. The lodge caters for a maximum of  ten guests. As such, you are assured exclusivity, privacy and the very highest standards of personal care and attention at all times.

Total number of rooms: 5 chalets
Type of accommodation: Luxury chalets
Child Policy: Children are charged as adults
Prices from: R6, 750.00 per person sharing
Main features: Wine cellar
  Wellness centre
  Views of the waterhole

  • Description
  • Rates and offers
  • Facilities
  • Getting there
  • Enquiry Form

About the Lodge

The lodge consists of five individually designed luxury air-conditioned thatched suites. Each suite blends with its natural surroundings and offers uninterrupted views of the waterhole and plains.

The lodge caters for a maximum of 10 guests.

Each suite has wonderful comfort features such as:

  • Hand crafted mahogany furnishings
  • En-suite Luxury bathroom with Secluded open-air shower
  • A unique collection of original African artworks
  • Private deck with natural window sala looking onto a rim flow pool
  • Air- conditioned atmosphere control
  • Fireplace in all suites
  • Mini bar and tea/coffee making facilities

Guests can enjoy a balance of sophistication and comfort, in total privacy and harmony with nature, savouring the rare pleasure of their very own secluded slice of Africa.

Indeed, the original African artworks that adorn each suite seem to reflect the very essence of the Madikwe Reserve – a beautiful, vital, and untamed stretch of bush. Reclining in hand-crafted mahogany furnishings, looking out as the Zebra lead the plains game to the waterhole, the immediacy of your experience could not be more vivid.

Lying under the shade of your natural window sala, or immersing in the cool water of your rim-flow pool, each and every feature of your suite provides total privacy and comfort. Your en-suite bathroom complete with a secluded open-air shower invites you to luxuriate in a sensual setting that is designed to satisfy your ultimate enjoyment.

The ambience of a fresh and clear night is warmed by the heat from the custom-designed fireplace, and as you settle down with a mug of hot coffee to admire the myriad of stars speckling the sky, the whispering breeze utters magical words that speak of tomorrow’s promise.

Mateya Safari Lodge is situated in the spectacular 75 000 hectare malaria- free Madikwe Game Reserve

Extensive plains, which slope in a north–easterly direction towards the Marico River, characterize the reserve.

Madikwe Game Reserve is home to the super 7: Buffalo, cheetah, elephant, leopard, lion, rhino (black and white) and wild dog.

In addition to which there are brown hyena, sable, eland and large herds of plains game as well as over 350 bird species.

Standard rates

Rates: R6, 750.00 per person sharing per night
R8, 100.00 per single person per nightPrice includes:

  • All meals, teas and coffees, game drives and bush walks, local beverages, house wines, laundry, reserve gate entry fee, internet usage and transfer from Madikwe airstrip/main gate return

Price excludes:

  • Spa treatments, vintage and imported wines and premium label spirits, cigars, telephone calls and curio shop purchases

Valid: 01 October – 31 December 2012


  • Lounge
  • Library
  • Wine cellar
  • Wellness centre
  • Boardroom
  • Curio shop


>> To see where Madikwe River Lodge is in relationship to all the other lodges in Madikwe click here
>> Click here to download a pdf document with directions to Mateya Safari Lodge

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

Enter Madikwe Game Reserve at the Molatedi Gate and follow the main road for 12km. Take the right fork at the Derdepoort sign. Drive for a few hundred metres and turn right, again following the Derdepoort sign. Continue on this road for 10km until you reach a sign board at a 4-way crossing that shows Mateya Safari Lodge to your left. Follow this road for 1km and then turn left into the lodge. Please note that the speed limit in the Reserve is 40km/hour. Watch out for the speed humps!


Mateya Safari Lodge

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