Etali Safari Lodge was planned and developed by Koos and Susan Potgieter during 2002 and opened for business early 2003.
Their key strategy when they developed Etali, was to create a Luxury Safari Experience with a strong sense of empathy to nature.
With their love of nature and the wild African bush they created an environment where guests can also experience the same appreciation of the creation they have the privilege of experiencing every day.
Being owners and operators of this haven in the wild, attention to detail is at the forefront of every day planning and operations. This excellence is reflected in the 5 Star award by South African Tourism, since it opened its welcoming doors.
Each guest is special and treated as an individual. The owners have a home at the lodge and have a hands-on involvement with the running of the lodge and enjoy the company of their guests.
All aspects, from sourcing the best food for the guests, maintaining the lodge and assets in a superb condition, recruiting and maintaining the best staff - all of this allow our guest to focus on what they came here for, THE ETALI EXPERIENCE...
Etali has established itself as the place to be when you want to experience the best Africa can offer. Many of our guests are repeat guests and friends of guests. Guests leave as friends of the lodge and it's people. Most guests, on a regular basis, make Etali their place to reconnect with nature, their family and friends.
The Main Lodge Area of Etali Safari Lodge, comprises of a large open deck where guest can enjoy a meal under the shade of custom designed umbrella or dinner under the Southern Cross along with billions of stars in the clear skies of Madikwe.
Enjoy stargazing in the South African skies, guided by our rangers, using our telescopes.
From the infinite pool one can view elephants cooling themselves and drinking cool fresh water from the waterhole not to far from the deck. Whilst they trumpet with joy, you can enjoy a cocktail from the bar next to the pool and soak up the African sun with your friends.
1. All rates are given in South African Rands and include VAT.
2. Children rates are applicable for 1 child per adult.
3. Waterhole viewing suites 6, 7 cannot be pre-booked. Waterhole viewing suites 5 is reserved for erderly and disabled guests and cannot be pre-booked. Availability can be requested upon arrival.
4. Rates may be subject to change. All confirmed bookings will be honored at the agreed rate.
6. A 30% Deposit is required to confirm a booking with full payment made no later than 4 weeks before check-in.
7. Cancelation fees are 50% up to two weeks before check in and 100% thereafter.
« Accommodation, all meals, high tea, tea and coffee, soft drinks and mineral water
« House wines (Glen Wood Shiraz and Sauvignon Blanc) and local beers
« Two game drives per day
« Game drive snacks
« Free Wi-Fi access
« Use of the gym and steam room
« PARK & CONSERVATION FEES 2018
« Bar and beverage other than the inclusive
« Treatments in our wellness centre
« Bush Walk
« All rates are given in South African Rands and include VAT.
« Children rates are applicable for 1 child per adult.
« Waterhole viewing suites 6, 7 cannot be pre- booked. Waterhole viewing suite 5 is reserved for elderly and disabled guests and cannot be pre- booked. Availability can be requested upon arrival.
« Rates may be subject to change. All confirmed bookings will be honored at the agreed rate.
« Full payment is required to confirm a last minute booking.
« These rates are only available to guests check- ing in between May and July 2017, last minute rates are only available 10 days before checkin date, subject to availability.
• Paid directly by clients
• Park fees - R180 per Adults per STAY - R105 Child per STAY
• Guest Conservation Contribution - R150 per Adults per DAY - R75 per Child (under 12 years) per DAY
• SUBJECT to change without notice
Flight landing fee
- R240 per Adult
- R150 per Child (under 12 years
You'll find the accommodation at Etali Safari Lodge sheer bliss in any one of our eight luxury air-conditioned suites, each set apart for total privacy in its own bushveld domain.
The mix of cool and earthy colours in the decor is a peaceful contrast to the unsurpassed beauty of the sweet-thorn Acacia trees outside.
Cooling off in the splendid outdoor whirlpool, sipping a cocktail as you watch the breathtaking African sunset on your own deck is the ultimate indulgence. Nothing beats a long, lingering shower taken in our inside/outside showers with only a bird or little antelope as audience. Second to that may be to soak away in our partner bath and enjoy a relaxing bath therapy prepared by our therapist.
Extra long and wide comfortable beds with fine crisp linen promise an unforgettable night's sleep beneath the thatched roof.
Experience your African Big 5 luxury safari, the Etali Safari Lodge way.
During the winter nights we make cosy fires in enclosed fireplaces to ensure the most comfortable stay.
Each room has a minibar, a coffee and tea station.
Planning a romantic dinner on your private deck? Call us, we will arrange it.
The Wellness Spa with professionaly trained therapists, offers treatment to your choosing, steam room and the open air gym contributes to getting the city race out of your system and maximise the opportunity to embrace nature.
Cuisine, Fresh and Hand Selected
The cuisine at Etali Safari Lodge is remembered by all who experienced it.
The menus are prepared to each guests liking and taste. Discuss your requirements with our Chefs. A mixture of African and fine dining is on offer.
Special dietary requirements such as Kosher, Halal, Gluten Intolerant, Vegetarian and other meals are available by arrangement.
Weddings, Honeymoon and Business Events
Etali hosts functions such as weddings and corporate events. Due to the size of the lodge, these functions typically occupy the full lodge and only open to guests of these events.
Wedding ceremonies could be arranged within the reserve in the bush, with nature as witness. Etali is also a popular honeymoon location with luxury, spa, cuisine and privacy.
Every day in the bush brings a new experience, as nature reveals her wealth of beauty.
Enjoy the exciting unpredictability of an early-morning game drive with an expert ranger whose hawk-eyes will spot memorable moments... a leopard sitting on a rock licking his paws… the black rhino with attitude... the watchful matriarch elephant, bigger than you ever imagined... a pride of lions relaxing in the shade... grazing zebras forming patterns in the grass... the 'painted' wild dogs in their den... giraffes, the lookout towers of the bush. Madikwe has a vast diversity of birds with over 350 species recorded so far – perhaps you'll be the one who adds another to the list.
If you prefer, a sunset game drive is the best time to enjoy rush hour at the water hole. We offer two game drives per day inclusive in our package.
Johannesburg O.R. Tambo International Airport
The most affordable mode of travel to Madikwe Game Reserve from Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport is via a road transfer. We can offer a fleet of vehicles for various group sizes. The drive from Johannesburg to Madikwe Game Reserve takes about 4 hours. We can also offer transfers from other destinations.
Shuttle Flights / Air Transfer
The most convenient mode of travel to Madikwe Game Reserve from Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport is by making use of a shuttle flight. These shuttle flights are being provided by Federal Airlines and can seat up to 10 or 12 people. Their premier shuttle service flies daily from OR Tambo International Airport (JNB) which takes about 1 hour. All of the Shuttle Services from Johannesburg and other destinations can be booked through us.
What is included in your flight?
Internationally recognized Safety and Quality Management Systems
Welcome booth and waiting facilities at OR Tambo International Airport
Complimentary guest parking at the Federal Airlines Lounge
Complimentary luggage storage facilities at the Federal Airlines Lounge
Access to the exclusive Federal Airlines lounge
Low season schedule (May, June, September, November)
Madikwe to Johannesburg 11:15 - 12:15
Johannesburg to Madikwe 13:00 - 14:00
High Season schedule (January, February, March, April, July, August, October, December)
Johannesburg to Madikwe 10:00 - 11:00
Madikwe to Johannesburg 11:15 - 12:15
Johannesburg to Madikwe 13:00 - 14:00
Madikwe to Johannesburg 14:30 - 15:30
Charter Flights (rates on request)
The ultimate option for getting to Madikwe game reserve has to be chartered flights. Flights are moulded to each individual’s needs and requirements, which include private flights to luxury game lodges in the bush or at the coast, incentivized trips for large groups of guests, and flights for corporate executives for whom time is of the essence, and where confidentiality can be guaranteed. Large corporate groups can even be accommodated with flights in a Boeing if needed.
Each flight is tailored exclusively, taking into account all passenger comforts including – to name but a few – the type of aircraft being used, catering requirements with consideration given to dietary needs, specific liquid refreshments, cuddly blankets for those cold winter days and pillows for the long distance traveler. Not to forget that Federal Airlines has the highest guest liability insurance in South Africa, providing their guests the ultimate peace of mind.
Speak to one of our travel consultants and they will assist you in selecting the best aircraft and will take care of your logistical issues such as transport to and from Federal Airlines private facilities. Our customized itineraries ensure that you will always fly on your own terms.
Situated at Johannesburg International Airport, Federal Airlines’ friendly staff are there to provide:
Welcoming meet and greet service off both domestic and international flights
Transfers from the airport building to their exclusive lounge facility
Lounge Facility which boasts delicious food and drinks, shower facilities a
Etali’s delectable cuisine is a contemporary fusion of traditional African with an Asian twist. Meals are light and healthy with lots of fresh seasonal and organically grown vegetables, fruit and herbs. There is no set menu as the chef extraordinaire selects only the best local produce daily to work his magic. Etali house wines are supplied by Glenwood Estate. We serve Glenwood Shiraz and Glenwood Semillon Sauvignon Blanc wines.
Other than fine dining in our dining room or main deck, we offer traditional South African dinners in our 'lesaka' kraal built in stone. (Tswana elders used to gather in lesaka to discuss tribal issues), close to our water hole. Etali has a site where we serve bush breakfasts and dinners, weather permitting.
We use Toyota Cruisers with bucket seats and canvas roofs, we also make use of trackers enabling our rangers to find their own sightings and use ear pieces to minimize the noise levels on the vehicles. Four vehicles ensure that if a guest would like a private vehicle, we can provide it. All our rangers have been trained to do guided drives or walks. We offer a special star gazing experience and have an astronomer who visits the lodge on a monthly basis to do training with our field guides and if there is a need expressed by guests he comes in at no extra charge.
Our wellness centre forms a very important part of our philosophy to allow guests to get connected to their inner self and enjoy the luxury of relaxation. We have three treatment rooms and two permanent therapists allowing guests to relax and feel how good you can feel using different therapies i.e. hot stone massage, aromatherapy or our thlakanya massage.
Please refuel at Sun Village / Zeerust as there is no fuel available inside the reserve.
There are 2 routes to Etali
Via Rustenburg / Zeerust
Via Rustenburg / Zeerust will take approximately four to four and a half hours (depending on amount of stops made) to the Abjagterskop Gate and another hour inside the Game Reserve.
Via Sun City / Molatedi
Via Sun City / Molatedi will take approximately three to three and a half hours to the Molatedi Gate and another thirty minutes inside the Game Reserve. (This is the route we prefer to use). It is advisable to fill up with fuel at the Sun Village, just after the Sun City entrance on the right as there is no fuel available inside the reserve.
After passing Sun City on the right, continue straight (approximately 5 km) until you reach a four-way junction. Turn right to DERDEPOORT.Follow the road for approximately 8 kms and turn left at the sign saying, "BAPONG" (ignoring ALL signs saying "MADIKWE") after passing through MABESKRAAL at the 4 way junction/stop turn right to DERDEPOORT . After 26kms the road will become gravel, the Dwarsberg Liquor Store will be on your left. Continue straight along this road, passing through the Molatedi village, over the Marico River and straight to the MOLATEDI GATE entrance into the Park. From here, just follow the signs to Derde poort gate, until you get a Etali safari lodge sign. We are 21 km from this gate.
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