Mateya Safari Lodge offers an unforgettable safari experience
A trip to Mateya Safari Lodge in the Madikwe Game Reserve is likely to spoil you for any other game lodge experiences and set the bar on an experience that has exclusivity, luxury combined with relaxed informality, first-class cuisine, outstanding game-watching opportunities and an authentic encounter with an Africa you didn’t think still existed. This is the heart of the wild continent. Behind the ancient carved Zanzibar doors welcoming you to the lodge, there’s something exceptional waiting for even the most jaded of travellers in the spectacular 75,000 hectare Madikwe Reserve, just a plane hop from Johannesburg. Although the lodge itself is almost invisible and secluded against the ring of low mountains fronting natural rolling veld, built to ‘fit’ unobtrusively with its landscape and leave a light footprint in eco-sustainable terms, the architecture and interiors are bold and immediately compelling.
Game and birdlife including the big five, cheetah and wild dogs is abundant despite the harsh untamed wilderness all around the lodge. Experienced rangers and trackers are on hand to guide you through the malaria-free landscape, and excursions will be tailored around what you want to see. Because no more than four visitors travel in each vehicle, drives are customized and leisurely.
And for visitors who love the solitude of wide empty spaces, maximum privacy is guaranteed here: just five air-conditioned suites have been created, filled with handcrafted mahogany and antiques. Ample four-poster beds, open fireplaces, and freestanding marble bathtubs open out onto private viewing decks with infinity pools. As if this wasn’t enough, your views from the window sala extend from the waterhole right over the veld to the horizon. Sip chilled a chilled drink as the game meanders towards the watering hole and take bets on what you’ll see next.