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Tau Game Lodge

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- Game drives in Madikwe Game Reserve
- Views of natural watering hole
- Malaria free area
- Infinity pool, spa, bar, game-viewing lounge

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The remote, supremely comfortable Tau Game Lodge is located in the far north of South Africa within the Groot Marico area of the Madikwe Game Reserve, the fourth largest game reserve in the country. The area is completely free from malaria and wild animals can frequently be seen gathering at the natural watering hole which the property overlooks. Recent renovations have significantly improved the standard of accommodation at the lodge, which first opened its doors to visitors back in 1995.

Up to sixty guests can be accommodated in thirty chalets which are fairly well spread out and set out in a U-shape formation. All chalets look out onto the watering hole and have a wooden deck area so that guests can spot animals in their natural habitats from the comfort of their own accommodation. Chalets are equipped with air conditioning and a ceiling fan, along with amenities such as tea and coffee making facilities, mosquito nets and a minibar. There are four accommodation options 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 connected by a shared lounge area.

The main reason to visit the lodge is to head out on safari and discover the Madikwe Game Reserve’s diverse wildlife and astounding landscapes. Game drives take place twice daily, once in the early morning and once in the afternoon and it’s possible to view an array of animals, including the Big 5 – in fact, there are over sixty mammal species and more than three hundred bird species to be found here. When not out on safari, there’s a lovely infinity pool, a bar, a spa and a game-viewing lounge to relax in.

Families are warmly welcome and there’s a designated kids club called Cubz Club offering arts and crafts, special child-friendly game drives and treasure hunts. A babysitting service is available. Note that children aged 5 and below are not permitted to join safaris and parents are reminded to ensure that youngsters remain under constant adult supervision.

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  • Hi Lisa,

    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!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan 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

    MissingCatherine 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!

    MissingKatrina P reviewing Value KZN Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019

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