The Bush House
How has this lodge rated in the past?
- Meeting rooms/conference facilities
- Continental Breakfast
- Airport Transportation
- Wireless internet connection in room (free)
- Non-smoking rooms
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.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
TripAdvisor Reviews The Bush House Madikwe Game Reserve
Travel Blogs from Madikwe Game Reserve
... Pay supermarkets. Today the supermarket was packed. The queues were huge and there were people everywhere. However, it was all good natured and everyone was patient and friendly. It was also nice and cool in the supermarket so not a bad place to be. The excitement built as we came to the gate for Madikwe Game Reserve. After 15 minutes of a very bumpy drive we made it to the lodge and were greeted with a lovely cold flavoured water. We were given a run down of the lodge, ordered ...
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 ...
... River Camp. It was all it bit chaotic as we walked in as the afternoon game drives were just about to start so the place was full of people milling around. We declined the drive as we preferred to relax in our tent until it was time for dinner. We ate outdoors around the fire until an elephant crashed the party and we had to hurriedly adjourn inside!
We fell asleep to the sound of lions ...
... 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...
The drives were very successful. We are able to view all of the big-five: rhino, elephant, leopard, buffalo, hippo. Plus, we've seen much more: hyenas, zebras, giraffes, jackals, birds of all sorts. Some photos are attached below. I must add that our guide, Kevin, was very knowledgable ...
... It was so amazing.
The other male lion didn't seem to care for us much and just kept right on sleeping. Then suddenly Coenie decided we should move the vehicle (we were facing the straight on) because the more skiddish one kept eyeing Kaya (the 9 year old in our car). So we pulled up along side them. He laid his head back down and we felt a bit more comfortable. A few more minutes went by with him posing, looking around, closing his eyes for a bit, ...