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TravelPod Member ReviewsThe Bush House Madikwe Game Reserve
We spent a lovely weekend in the well-appointed "The Bush House" that is a refurbished farm house of the North West Province situated at the north west part of the large Madikwe Game Reserve. Sue and Gordon have a beautiful lodge that serves a maximum of 12 guests. We love the smaller lodges because you get to know the staff as well as your fellow travelers. The rooms are spacious and clean. We reserved a room with an outdoor patio and set apart from the main house. The lodge is nicely decorated with African curios and Sue has used her own photographs to display the animals you are likely to see. Food is, as in most places in South Africa, is plentiful and well-prepared. You eat very well in the lodges. Because the morning drives in late April are cold, the blankets and hot water bottles are very much appreciated. You can't go wrong by booking at The Bush House.
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We got on the road early as we knew it was a big travelling day. Danny was expecting a few stoppages as the police are often out and about doing vehicle checks during the Christmas time. We did only get stopped once. The road was good once again and we seemed to move along at a good pace. There was a mixture of rich mining towns and shanty towns, and everything between, on the way up. We stopped at Zeerust to grab something for lunch. We have just been getting the sandwiches from the ...
Up at 5am - yikes, it wasn't easy!
We could smell the dead rhino long before we got to it and made sure we weren't downwind of it as we watched the lion trying to chew his way into it for breakfast......mmmmmm, yum!
We were late getting back to the lodge for breakfast as the safari Jeep got a puncture. John was the handyman and helped our tour guide replace it. The rest of us helped by drinking coffee and watching.
A very decent breakfast ...
... bird, the white quilled bustard.
As usual, we stayed too long and as a result had to get a bit of a move on. We wanted to be at our next destination, Madikwe Game Reserve, by 3pm. We followed the long straight road towards Gabarone and entered the reserve. The roads were poor and it was hard going. We did have a sneak peek at some zebras and elephants en route though. Eventually we arrived at ...
... afternoon and are leaving Saturday morning. We will have had access to six game drives but will have gone on four: we chose to sleep in once...
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On my way to the hide this afternoon I came across a troop of mongooses. There are quite a few varieties, the type that come visit the lodge are banded mongoose. I stayed and watched them for a little while as they crawled all over each other and made little chirping like sound.
At the hide there was a little terrapin sitting on a rock in the dam sun baking- lucky for him there were no elephants around at this stage. Otherwise they would have disturbed him with their ...