- Game drives in Madikwe Game Reserve
- Very family friendly
- Peaceful, remote location
Tau Game Lodge can be found in the far north of South Africa, not too far from the country’s border with Botswana. This luxury lodge is remotely located, offering those who stay here all the peace and privacy they could need for a relaxing stay. It lies within the Groot Marico area of the Madikwe Game Reserve, which is the fourth largest game reserve in the country and is completely free from malaria. Wild animals can frequently be seen nearby. This is thanks to the fact that the lodge overlooks a natural watering hole, where many animals gather to drink. Recent renovations have significantly improved the standard of accommodation at the lodge, which has been welcoming guests since opening back in 1995.
At any one time, the lodge is capable of accommodation sixty people in thirty chalets. The chalets are fairly well spread out and are arranged in a U shape; all of them look out onto the watering hole and have a wooden deck area, enabling guests to spot animals in their natural habitats. They come with air conditioning and a ceiling fan, along with amenities such as tea and coffee making facilities, mosquito nets and a minibar. When it comes to making a booking, there are four accommodation options in total to choose from. Standard chalets sleep two adults, while Deluxe chalets offer twice the amount of space and can sleep two adults plus two children. The Family Unit is made up of two interconnecting Standard chalets, while the Family Suite is made up of two Deluxe chalets joined together by a shared lounge area.
A key part of staying here is going out on safari and discovering the diverse wildlife and astounding landscapes of the Madikwe Game Reserve. Game drives take place twice daily, once in the early morning and once in the afternoon. These offer the chance to view an array of animals, including the Big 5 - there are over sixty mammal species and more than three hundred bird species to be found here. When not out on safari, guests are free to make use of the lodge’s infinity pool, enjoy a round of drinks at the bar and unwind in the game viewing lounge. There’s also a spa which has lots of enticing treatments available to book.
Those intending to visit with children will be pleased to learn there’s a kids club: the Cubz Club. There are lots of engaging and worthwhile activities on offer for younger ones to take part in, such as arts and crafts, special child friendly game drives and treasure hunts. A babysitting service is available. Note that children aged 5 and below can’t join the adult safaris.
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
Level of service, quality of food throughout
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019
We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!
The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).
A few points:
Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.
Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.
Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!
The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!
Katrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019