Etali Safari Lodge

Etali Safari Lodge

Etali Safari Lodge

From ZAR 5000 pps

This is our unique offering that makes every aspect of your stay with us unforgettable: Exciting wildlife safaris in a vast wilderness area with the Big 5, Cheetah and African Wild Dogs.

Luxury zen-like suites designed to immerse you in the bush. Mouth-watering meals catered to every dietary requirement, including Kosher and Halal. The ultimate pampering in our spa and wellness centre.

We believe that those four elements will give you the best guest experience, the one you’ll be talking about for years to come. That is the Etali Experience.

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To ensure individual guest attention and privacy, Etali offers only eight luxury suites and one family suite. Our spacious suites are tucked into the granite rock and tamboti trees of the koppies (meaning small hills) on which the lodge is built. Each suite was designed and situated to be set apart for privacy in its own bushveld domain, to immerse guests in the refuge of the bush.

The suites have large decks and outdoor showers, and are located in front of game paths where elephants and other animals often cross. In addition to the dawn chorus of birdlife, we frequently hear lions calling or hyenas laughing in the early hours of the morning.

Each luxury suite is free-standing and has these amenities:

  • Extra-long king size bed (can be changed for 2 twin beds if travelling with friends)
  • En-suite bathroom with glass-walled shower
  • Large private game-viewing deck and splash pool
  • Claw foot bathtub
  • Air conditioning, ceiling fan & wood-burning fireplace
  • Outdoor shower
  • Mini-bar, coffee & tea station
  • Mini-safe
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Wheelchair-accessible (Suite 5, which we offer preferentially to guests with limited mobility

Family Suite Amenities

The family suite offers two back-to-back rooms with an expansive shared deck, swimming pool and private lapa area with a table and chairs covered by a thatch roof. Except for an outdoor shower, the family suite has all of the other amenities of the luxury suites. The family suite is perfect for families traveling together, and also for friends staying together as well.

We also offer the option of adding one or two twin beds to our luxury suites.

Organic Design In Madikwe

The lodge has a minimalist design, incorporating boulders, trees and other elements from the surrounding hillside.The main lodge appears before you as you walk into the reception area. Walk down a covered walkway with textures of glass, wood and stone to the main inside dining area, lounge and bar.

From the inside dining area, move to the covered outside deck overlooking the Etali Waterhole. Next to the outside deck is our infinity pool, where you can enjoy watching activity at the waterhole whilst sipping a refreshing beverage.

A Wheelchair Safari In Madikwe Game Reserve

Our philosophy is that everyone should be able to experience the wilderness. Our reception turning circle has a ramp leading down to the main lodge area. All of the main dining areas—the inside main area (dining, lounge and bar), the outdoor covered main deck, and fireside boma area near the waterhole—are wheelchair-accessible. From the main deck, there is a connecting walkway to room 5, which is our wheelchair-friendly suite.

Suite 5 (and all of our luxury suites) have open indoor and outdoor showers, which are all wheelchair-accessible. Suite 5 has a waterhole view. If you would like any furniture in your suite re-arranged or moved, we are happy to oblige.

Relax Your Body

The bush relaxes your mind; the Etali Wellness Centre extends that experience to relax your body. Be pampered in the tranquillity of the Wellness Centre or enjoy the sensory pleasure of a massage on your own private suite deck. Our massages, hot-stone therapy, body wraps, and facials are performed by professional, qualified therapists. You may also enjoy steam therapy in our sauna and our mini-gym facilities.

Whether you are in need of pure self-indulgence, to detoxify the whole body, or simply relax and unwind from modern urban living, this is where you can feel calm and relief. We offer treatments for both men and women and can arrange for couples’ treatments.

Covering 75 000 hectares of malaria-free bush on the edge of the Kalahari, Madikwe contains a diverse environment offering the discerning nature lover a great abundance of life, including more than 60 species of mammal and 300 species of bird. Madikwe is home to the Big 5 along with several rarer species such as African Wild Dog, Cheetah and Black Rhino.

Safaris At Etali Safari Lodge

Safaris at Etali are something special. Every day in the bush brings a new experience. We offer twice daily safaris in modified open Land Cruiser game vehicles, which include a canvas roof for sun protection. Your safari is led by an experienced guide, who shares a wealth of knowledge whilst driving the vehicle, and a “hawk-eye” tracker, who sits on a seat mounted on the hood of the vehicle to help spot animals and their tracks. Part of the magic of the bush is that you don’t know what nature will show you. The excitement of tracking a Lion, rounding the corner and seeing a “crash” of rhino, or finding a pack of African wild dogs will stay with you forever.

What To Expect On Game Drive - Morning Safari

  • Your first safari starts early in the morning, just before dawn (at 06:00 am in winter and 05:30 am in summer), to ensure that you are ready for sightings during the prime time of dawn. 
  • Mid-way through your safari, your guide and tracker will stop and set up morning coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and snacks.
  • The morning game drive lasts around 3 hours and a fresh breakfast is on offer when you return to the lodge.

Afternoon Safari

  • The afternoon safari starts after royal tea on the lodge’s main deck at 04:00 pm (in winter) and 04:30 pm (in summer).
  • This drive also lasts around 3 hours.
  • You will drive for an hour or two before stopping for “sundowners”—enjoying drinks of your choice, along with safari snacks, whilst watching the sunset.
  • After sundowners, the “night drive” begins and you experience nocturnal animals by spotlight.
  • Upon your return to the lodge, our staff will welcome you under a bed of stars and escort you to dinner.

Walking Safaris In Madikwe

Walking safaris are also on offer. Being on foot gives a different and exciting perspective of the bush. These safaris are led by experienced guides, who carry a rifle and who have been trained in how to approach wildlife to allow guests to enjoy safe and thrilling encounters with any of the wildlife in Madikwe. Imagine watching an elephant or rhino with your own two feet on the ground—it is unforgettable.

Walks also unveil everything from the finer details of the bush to the grand swaths of landscape. This type of safari allows you to connect to nature at a whole other level. We focus on aspects of the bush that are easier to enjoy on foot rather than in a vehicle, like birds, trees, grasses, tracks, animal dung, soil, and rocks.

There are no set routes for these walks; our guides set a pace that is comfortable for the group. Walks are usually done after breakfast, for as long or short as the group would like. You do not want to miss this experience.

Walks are limited to those over the age of 16. Guests who are 60 years or older are welcome on walks as long as they have a medical certificate.

Cuisine That Guests Talk About

Experience cuisine that guests talk about. Meals at Etali feature the high-quality meat that South Africa is known for, including local game meat, with lots of fresh seasonal and organically grown vegetables, fruit and herbs. There is no set menu as the chefs select the best produce to work their magic.

Food is a core part of the guest experience at Etali and meals are prepared fresh daily in our on-site kitchen. All guests enjoy breakfast, lunch, royal tea and dinner, along with snacks during game drives. Our menu is varied, giving guests the option of savouring different meals.

Etali Caters To All Dietary Requirements

We have years of experience catering to health and religious-based dietary requirements including vegan, vegetarian, shellfish or nut or other allergies, Kosher, and Halal. Etali Safari Lodge is proud to cater to any dietary requirement.

Varied Bush Dining Spaces

Meals at Etali are served in a variety of dining areas, each with its own distinct character. Our main dining area is a covered deck giving a panoramic view of the Etali Waterhole and surrounding hills. Fresh breakfasts, delicious lunches, royal tea, and our multi-course fine dining dinners are served here. We also offer the option of dining inside the beautiful main lodge area.

Or perhaps a romantic dinner on your private deck is appealing? Just say the word and we will arrange it.

Etali has an exclusive site a short distance from the lodge, tucked into the koppies, where we serve bush breakfasts as a special treat.

Boma Dinners

We also host “boma” dinners at our second deck at ground level, giving you an amazing perspective of the waterhole at night. Our chefs prepare traditional South African meals on the braai (where food is cooked over coals), accompanied by salads, starters, and fresh-baked bread. Dine in our boma, by a roaring fire, under the stars, and see who comes to the waterhole that evening.

Please note certain rates exclude beverages.

Rates Include

  • Accommodation
  • All meals, tea, coffee, high tea,
  • 2 game drives per day
  • Afternoon tea
  • Game drive snack
  • Use of the gym and steam room
  • Free WIFI access
  • Kiddies programme

Rates Exclude

  • House wine (Boutique wines selected for you by us)
  • Local beers, soft drinks, mineral water and juice
  • Curio purchase Bar and beverage items other than inclusive (as above)
  • Treatments in the wellness center as per menu
  • Gratuities
  • Laundry
  • Conservation Levy R165 per day and R82,50 per child per day (below the age of 12 years) (subject to change)
  • Game Reserve entry fees: ZAR180 per adult (once off) and ZAR80 per child under 12 years (once off) (subject to change)
  • Madikwe Airstrip fees : ZAR240 per adult and R150 for children under 12 years (once off) (subject to change)


Etali Safari Lodge Facilities Air Conditioning
Etali Safari Lodge Facilities Boma
Etali Safari Lodge Facilities Fan
Etali Safari Lodge Facilities Outdoor Shower
Etali Safari Lodge Facilities Spa
Etali Safari Lodge Facilities WiFi
Etali Safari Lodge Facilities Lounge
Etali Safari Lodge Facilities Private Plunge Pool
Etali Safari Lodge Facilities Wheelchair Facilities
Etali Safari Lodge Facilities Fire Place
Etali Safari Lodge Facilities Safe
Etali Safari Lodge Facilities Viewing Deck

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