Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Kopano Lodge, Madikwe Safari Lodge. Madikwe



Time to hit the road once again...
It has been a while since we were last in Madikwe Private Game Reserve.


The NGK building in Swartruggens.
Is there any small town in South Africa that does NOT have one?


Our final destination.,.
Sweltering hot at 39 degrees...
and the welcome by the staff was even WARMER!


Although the reserve is in the grip of a very dry period,
there is still a small amount of greenery around the lodge.
Something that is proving irresistible to a group of elephant bulls.
Ninja elephants,
they come into camp after dark and leave before dawn.


Our accommodation...
You can see how dry the bush currently is.
A recent fire in the southern part of the reserve,
started by lightning, is awaiting the first rains to help re-establish the vegetation


One of the biggest beds we have ever slept in.
It could easily accommodate a family of four.


This "capsule" is actually the indoor shower.
Designed like a Nautilus shell, it does not require a door


Our "lounge"...not that we spent much time here.


I have only seen this in one other lodge...
and they eventually discontinued it.
My wife did use it briefly one afternoon.


If it is a game lodge, then there HAS to be an outdoor shower.


And a plunge pool which we both enjoyed.


The public areas in the evening light are very special.


As with all the other MORE properties,
attention to detail is paramount


From the outside looking in.
The main entrance.


This pot caught my eye.


Some of the soft furnishings.
Most comfortable.


LOTS of water was "imbibed" to keep hydrated.


We returned to our room to find this...
Something that we last enjoyed on our honeymoon in 2007.
A big thank you to Thula and her staff!


But I REALLY came for the wildlife...
Our game drive experiences and food next...


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