"I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order".
—John Burroughs

A Family-friendly Adventure

Madikwe Safari Lodge

Madikwe Safari

Uniquely tailored safari adventures for kids

Madikwe Safari Lodge is a malaria-free big-5 game reserve & one of South Africa’s top family-friendly safari destinations. Being a family-owned lodge, we strongly believe in quality family time, creating unforgettable memories in nature that get passed from generation to generation. Our experienced child-minders also allow parents to enjoy some relaxing time to themselves, while children are treated to an array of activities, both fun and educational.

Kids Domain

The Eco House

Lelapa’s Eco House is the base for our kids’ activity programme. While parents are welcome to join, this is kids’ territory, with a plethora of activities to keep young minds engaged and stimulated. This is also a tech-free environment (no phones or screens) as we reignite the love of nature and the beautiful wonders of the outdoors.

Fun in the Sun

Kids Safari Club

The Safari Club is a fun-filled adventure that transforms kids into mini-guides, as our children’s activities crew, explore the lodge in search of animal ‘spoor’ tracks, as well as surprise treasure hunts and other activities, like rock-painting, cupcake decorating and fun dress-ups, all of which happens around the Lelapa pool area. As the sun dips over the horizon, the kids all join us chef for pizza making and movies under the stars

Who gets top bunk

Family Suites

Lelapa’s family suites provide comfort and luxury for every age group – rooms are designed to allow for ample personal space while still encouraging togetherness. The kids en-suite bedroom is a cheerful place packed with games and toys to let the imagination run wild. Parents may end up feeling a little jealous!

An taste adventure

Family Dining

Every mealtime in Madikwe Safari Lodge is one to look forward to. The experience for kids is no difference as our chefs prepare an array of healthy delights for kids. Dishes are not only tasty for kids but are creatively plated to delight young adventurous minds. Chef’s do their best to minimize sugar with loads of tasty fruit and veg, but of course, no meal is complete without a choice of treats!


What our guests
say about us.

Absolutely fabulous!

Absolutely fabulous place. People are so friendly and helpful, really felt like part of the family. I cannot say enough nice things about the place. A special mention for Niall, best field guide we have ever encountered, Maureen and Innocent who were wonderful hosts. I highly recommend a stay here.

Absolutely fabulous!
Brett Russell
from South Africa

Wow, wow, wow!

My husband and myself spend 3 fabulous days at Lelapa lodge. From the moment that we arrived to the moment we left, the service was out of this world. The staff was very friendly and could not do enough for you.
The food was exceptional. The rooms were out of this world.

Wow, wow, wow!
from Paarl

Exceeded all expectation.

The Kopano team made every effort to ensure the stay was ultra luxurious - thank you. We will be back. From the delicious baked goods and coffee in the morning before the game drive to the iced coffee and treats in the afternoon, the food was simply OUTSTANDING! No request was very ever too much.

Exceeded all expectation.
Lisa Stride
from South Africa

Amazing Experience!

We spent 4 nights at Madikwe Lelapa in a family lodge. The accommodation was beautiful. The food was absolutely superb and there was plenty of choice. Our guide Niall was excellent on the game drives. Our kids say it was "the best holiday ever". I'd definitely recommend it!

Amazing Experience!
from United Kingdom