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Mateya Safari Lodge in Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa

Named for a great African Queen, Mateya Safari Lodge is a haven dedicated to luxury in the African bush. Located three hours from Johannesburg in the Madikwe Game Reserve, one of South Africa's largest parks, the lodge is a world-class destination - completely private and thoroughly exclusive, welcoming no more than ten guests at a time its five ultra-luxurious thatched suites with private pools. Inside the lodge find exquisite art, sumptuous cuisine, elegant décor, and a complete wellness center. While outside discover untamed wilderness, where nature reveals its majestic colors to you, the privileged few nestled within the simple grandeur of Mateya Safari Lodge.

No journey to the bush would be complete without a sighting of one of the Big Five. In Madikwe each of these spectacular mammals prowl freely, and with the aid of trained and experienced trackers it is all but guaranteed that you will view them all. Leaving daily at dawn and again at dusk, groups of four are taken out to view nature in its most awe-inspiring moments. Less heart-racing activities include taking a dip in your private pool, enjoying a siesta in the shade of your natural window sala, or indulging in a relaxing massage. End each day with a gourmet meal on the main deck, as all of Africa is seemingly spread out before you. As night falls, cozy up to the fire and admire the canopy of stars glittering from above. Mateya Safari Lodge brings comfort and sophistication to one of the world's last wild places.

Location of Mateya Safari Lodge

Mateya Safari Lodge
Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa

Nearest Airport: JNB

Amenities for Mateya Safari Lodge

  • General Information
  • 5 Guest Rooms
  • Only 8+ Years Permitted
  • Dining
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Wine Cellar
  • Dining Room
  • Picnics
  • On-Site Amenities
  • Spa on Property
  • Library
  • Fitness Center
  • Art Collection
  • Boutique
  • Music & Movie Library
  • In-Room Amenities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Private Pools
  • Open-Air Bath
  • Private Decks
  • En-Suite Bathrooms
  • Activities
  • Ecological Excursions
  • Nature Walks
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Four-Wheel Drive Excursions
  • Bird Watching
  • Game Drives
  • Business
  • Meeting Room
  • Interests
  • Active & Adventure
  • Summer Getaways

Reviews for Mateya Safari Lodge

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TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 month ago

During August 2017, I spent four never to be forgotten days at the Mateya Safari Lodge in the Madikwe Game Reserve, located in north central South Africa on the Botswana border. Game viewing was excellent and among the animals I saw were giraffe, kudu, springbok, cape buffalo, white rhinoceroses, warthogs, zebras, lions, impalas, African wild dogs and many elephants. On the last game drive, I finally saw a female leopard relaxing atop a tree. I also saw the rarely sighted AARDWOLF! Since there were only a few guests(maximum is ten!), I had my own specially designed Toyota Land Cruiser with a private guide, Dylan and a tracker, Thomas who were excellent in tracking lions! The morning and late afternoons were quite cold as a rare cold front was passing by! I did end up using the heated blankets provided on several occasions! There are only five suites, each with there own indoor and private outdoor showers, separate bathroom with two vanities, tub and separate toilet and bidet. There is also a large deck, complete with outdoor furniture - table, chairs and lounge with view past the private plunge pool to distant game! The spacious room, with a four poster bed, lounge chairs, writing table, a very well stocked mini bar is beautifully furnished with African artwork and figures. There is really nothing more that a guest could ask for! After the morning game drive, a buffet breakfast, with freshly squeezed orange juice is served on the outdoor viewing deck. Eggs, any style and other hot items can be ordered. Except for the last day, I never had lunch! Dinner was served in the dining room with a choice of a meat or fish main course. There was a different hand crafted menu for each dinner, a wonderful souvenir! Dinner can also be taken in the lower well-stocked wine cellar! There is a large separate well stocked library. All areas are furnished with African figurines, artwork, paintings, sculptures and collectibles. The brochure on the lodge gives a very true picture and what I have attempted to describe! From the viewing veranda, animals can often be seen at the nearby watering hole. There is a large flat screen TV, a computer with internet access and a spa among the other facilities. For me it was a walk to the dining facilities from my and I used a wheel chair that was available. Wash is included and done daily. A stay at the Mateya Safari Lodge is truly a once in a lifetime experience! The lodge is serviced by twice daily charter flights from Johannesburg's airport.

Ron A - Glen Cove, New York

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 5 months ago

My wife and I had the pleasure of spending 3 days at the Mateya Safari Lodge. It was one of the most incredible experiences of our lives. The lodge is palatial and beautiful, the staff are friendly and very competent, and the game drives were thrilling and educational. We were the beneficiaries of Werner's encyclopedic knowledge and ourstanding personality. We thoroughly recommend it.

ghartman - Toronto, Canada

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 7 months ago

Matey Game Reserve has only 5 lodges which makes it an ultra exclusive experience for just a small group of people. The privacy you get and special service provided by their staff are unique. The place is exclusive yet not exaggerated, so you feel like in the wild but with all the comforts you may think of. Great location, experienced staff, best quality service and beautiful surroundings with the most stunning animal watching experience put Mateya on my top 10 places visited in my life so far. If not top 5. Highly recommended for nature lovers. Worth every penny!

GabrielaMaj - Krakow, Poland

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 7 months ago

. More than you can imagine . No words to describe this gorgeous lodge . We had brilliant safari drives and with the combination of the luxury of the lodge a memory that won't be forget...............


TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 9 months ago

After being in SA for 3 weeks and doing a few other safari's we spent 3 nights here. From the beginning Christine and Stacey make you feel very welcome. The lodge is impressive and the food is fantastic considering how remote you are. The real highlight is the quality of the safari under the guide Werner and tracker Paul. These men really know their stuff inside out and do a very professional job showing you what the park has to offer in comfort and safety. If your goal when visiting SA is to just "see the big 5" then go to a zoo. If you want to experience the 'real' Africa then this is the place do to it. There is no public crowding or competing for views like in your other more commercial parks. In between seeing animals Werner explains everything you see and hear in amazing detail with we found really interesting. On top the best safari experience we had in Africa, the staff back at the lodge go over and above to meet all expectations. A massive thanks to all the staff for a very special stay.

tfds84 - Toowoomba, Australia

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