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Tau Game Lodge

Tau "Place of the Lion" is located in the heart of the 75 000 hectare Madikwe reserve. At Tau Game Lodge comfort and privacy abound in the recently redecorated 30 air conditioned luxury chalets and is ideal for groups. Overlooking a waterhole and true african bushveld. Enjoy spectacular sunsets from your own deck and experience the million wonders of the milky way from the privacy of your outdoor shower

Total number of rooms: 30
Type of accommodation: Luxury thatched chalets
Child Policy: Child friendly
Prices from: R 2 385.00 per person sharing
Main features: Spa
  Wedding Venue

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About the Lodge

On the far Northern border of South Africa lies an enchanted town known as the Groot Marico. Lounging in its own spectacular setting, the Tau Game Lodge is situating in the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve.

Built in 1995, this privately owned game lodge gazes across an enormous waterhole, which attracts the vast variety of game and bird life.

Tau "The Place of the Lion" is an easy 4 hours drive from Johannesburg or 50 minute flight from Johannesburg International airport.

The Main Lodge

This luxurious safari lodge is designed to reflect the natural surroundings of Madikwe.
The Main Lodge boasts a comfortable lounge, a conference room, bar and dining room which are all semi open-air and overlook the waterhole.

Mouth-watering buffet breakfasts and lunches are served in the main building or on the verandah next to the plunge pool. A scrumptious dinner is enjoyed in one of the cosy boma's under the stars, or in the lapa next to the main lodge.


The décor and furnishings of Tau Game Lodge are all Africa-inspired and the rooms are equipped with both air-conditioning and ceiling fans. Thirty rustic thatched chalets are spread out in a U-formation on either side of the lodge, offering exceptional views of wildlife approaching the water from the opposite bank.

Each chalet has its own wooden game viewing deck, allowing you to experience the bush in your own privacy. The chalets are also equipped with an en-suite bathroom and open-air shower, for that real bush feeling.

Each of the two corner units, have been linked to the next-door unit by a communal outdoor lounge. These chalets can be utilised for two couples traveling together or for parents with small children sharing the room.

The Reserve

Tau Game Lodge is part of a unique wildlife project.

Madikwe, a South African private game reserve created in 1991 from 75,000 ha of farmland, which had been extensively degraded by overgrazing. The government sponsored, largest ever game relocation programme in Africa, ‘Operation Phoenix’, involved re-stocking and the conservation both flora and fauna, which had long since disappeared from the region.

Ten thousand animals of the 27 major species, including wild dog, cheetah, lion, white and black rhino, buffalo and elephant, have been re-introduced to the Madikwe Game Reserve.


01/11/2013 - 30/04/2014
01/10/2014 - 31/10/2014
Per person sharing R 3 300.00
The Deluxe chalet R 9 900.00
The Family suite R 13 200.00
Single surcharge of 20% applies when more than 2 single rooms are booked in one party/group in high season
01/05/2014 - 30/09/2014
Per person sharing R 2 600.00
The Deluxe chalet R 7 800.00
The Family suite R 10 400.00
Single surcharge of 20% applies during low season on all rooms booked
All rates are quoted per night

The above rates are inclusive of:
Accommodation, Three meals daily, 2 Game drives per day in open landrovers guided by experienced Rangers, includes sundowner drink, If scheduled flights are booked through Tau – then Airstrip Transfers are included

The above rates are exclusive of:
Conservation Levy of + R 150.00 p.p. on entry (subject to change), Government / Bed Levy (R 10.00 p.p. per night) (subject to change), Transfers to and from the lodge, Telephone/Internet Use, Curio and Bar purchases, Spa Facilities, Gratuities and Laundry, Convention Centre Venue Hire – R 3 500.00


Spa Facilities

Deep in the rugged bushveld, in the heart of Madikwe Game Reserve, lies Tau Game lodge, an oasis of tranquility and hospitality.

Relax, revitalise and rejuvenate your body, mind and soul in the uniquely African surroundings of Tau Game Lodge...

On entering the Spa you are transported into another world - a calm sanctuary that reflects the soul of Africa with its natural surroundings enhancing your experience. Indulge your senses in a unique fusion of different therapies designed to replenish and soothe body, mind and soul. The spa body treatments are specifically designed to detoxify the body, revitalise the skin and calm the mind.

Wedding Venue

For those couples who share the love of the African Bush, Tau is the ideal spot for a uniquely memorable wedding. As no other wedding venue can offer the romance of the African sunset as a backdrop quite like Tau can.

The Lodge can host and accommodate the smaller intimate weddings Taking over the Lodge for a wedding has definite advantages, in that the whole day can be designed to suit the couple's needs and guests don't have to drive home afterwards.

We offer a personalised and professional service for the event and a flexible package to suit both your budget and personal style.

This very special, and often fairly stressful day, can be turned into an extraordinary occasion, focused on spending quality time with dear friends and close family in a relaxed environment at our South African wedding venue in the wild.

Conference Facilities

The main hall of this conference venue (270m² in total) is made up of three sub-halls. Each of these sub-halls can operate independently or together via a touch-screen control system. (11m x7.6 m each)
High quality, strategically placed equipment has been installed in all 3 sub-halls and all the systems have been integrated and configured to maximize performance and enhance aesthetic qualities.
All three sub-halls include:

  • Wall-mounted presentation speakers

  • Motorised 2.5m x 1.m screens working in sequence with the audio system

  • Motorised window blinds (open & close in conjunction with chosen audio-visual setting)

  • High-resolution projectors

  • Network points

  • Telephone points and Facilities to connect to the main building

Our South African conference venue is ideal because of its state-of-the art facilities. Privacy and beautiful surroundings provides your business team with an additional team-building opportunity in a relaxed and luxurious environment.


>> 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 Tau Game 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

Directions via N4, Pretoria to Tau:

  • From Pretoria take the N4 direction Rustenburg
  • From Johannesberg travel via Fourways to Hartebeestpoortdam, following the signs to Suncity to begin with and once on the N4 continue this toll road to Rustenburg, Swartruggens, Groot Marico and Zeerust.
  • In Zeerust, turn right at President street onto the R 47 to Gaborone.
  • You'll reach the first Madikwe Game Reserve gate approximately 90km from Zeerust.
  • Pass all the gates indicating Madikwe and travel to the Kopfontein border post going towards Gaborone
  • Turn right onto the Derdepoort Gate road, just before the border post and follow the road for approximately 10 km to the Tau lodge gate.


Tau Game Lodge

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