Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Tau Game Lodge, Madikwe Private Game Reserve

Welcome to Tau,
the largest and one of the most friendly lodges in Madikwe.
Although the main entrance might look imposing,
it is, like the staff, warm and welcoming,
to both adults and children alike.

With a busy waterhole right outside the lodge,
I wonder how often this pool table is used?
In the alcove is a compact library
where guests can source reading material as well a variety of
bird and animal identification books. 

The reason that the ground looks so bare
is the result of a flash flood that swept through the camp recently.
The staff are currently in the process of replacing the grass.

Our accommodation.
This is one of the luxury suites that are available.
Also on offer are the smaller, but still adequate, standard rooms,
and the spectacular family rooms.
Although it might be seen as "kitsch"
I do enjoy the fact that the staff have taken the trouble
to spell out the word "WELCOME" on the bed.

Our suite had a seating area that was well utilized during our stay.
If the weather is not conducive to sitting on the private deck,
then this sofa offers an ideal vantage point for game viewing.

As we were there in winter, and as it was NOT mozzie season,
there was no reason to use the mosquito net.
Which was a pity, as there is something romantic about
being enclosed by the fabric

A tea and coffee station.
A bonus as the main building is just too far away
to pop there for a cuppa

The bath was big and roomy,
but I chose to use the outdoor shower at 06h00
on the mornings that we were in camp.
The shower is protected by a stone wall,
and I was therefore "safe" from the winter chill. 

I am always intimidated by white towels in a bush camp.
Especially when there is dust around.
But, as there was not much of the latter,
I felt that using the towels would be OK.

From the inside looking out.
The waterhole is busy constantly with a variety of species
and well as a plethora of water birds.

This was the view from our suite at 06h00 every morning.
I do wish that we had this view from the lounge at our house.

My wife and I spent a lot of time just sitting on this deck
and "allowing" the animals to come to us.

On this trip to Madikwe, I have seen more elephants
than on almost all of my other trips combined.
Several large herds visited the waterhole while we were in camp.

A view of the accommodation from the opposite side of the waterhole.
This view that guests get as they head out on game drive.

The upstairs deck at the main lodge building.
This can be accessed from either the pool or the bar.
 High tea is served here before heading off
on afternoon game drive.

Lunch, depending on the weather,
is usually enjoyed here.
Even though the lodge can accommodate 60 guests,
you never feel that your space is being invaded.

In the distance you can see some of the water-bird species.
There seemed to be several resident African Spoonbills as well as
a few Grey Herons as well as a Saddle Billed Stork.

Yes, the pool did look inviting.
But it seemed that only some of the International visitors were
prepared to venture in...

Almost time to head out on game drive...
I am STILL searching for "my" elusive Pangolin.

Sunset in Africa!
It gets no better than this!

This is Refilwe, at the Sandton office.
What a pleasure to deal with!
With her big smile she is the epitome of what this company portrays.
 Friendly and efficient staff who have a passion for their customers.
Based on my experiences over the past few months
and in five different cities, I highly recommend them.
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