The Bush House
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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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... and then shown to our rooms. We have a huge mansion for our family. Two massive bedrooms with huge bathrooms and outdoor shower. It is flash, flash, flash. We have a huge deck, kitchen, dining area and lounge. It all opens up. Oh, and it has a thatched roof. There is a pool at the main lodge and another just along from us a but which is great as the kids can bomb and make noise without disturbing the other guests. So after lunch we had a play in the pool before heading out on a ...
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 ...
Jenny and Brenda from the Ashden Guesthouse cooked us one of the best breakfasts we've had in ZAF and even gave us some of the fabulous cheese scones to take away with us!
We had a few hours to spare so we popped into the Mafeking Game Reserve at the end of the road and had the entire place to ourselves bar an anti - poaching patrol. We had some nice views of black wildebeest and giraffes and spotted ...
... so we're going to miss the group I think almost as much as the place.
I was never particularly interested in visiting Africa before and I think if we hadn't had the connection there's a pretty good chance I would never have come. And I know you can't miss what you've never had, but I think it would have been a real ...
... dark. As well as driving around looking for/at animals, both vehicles meet up at sunset for drinks, nibbles and poo-spitting.Dinner. Have I mentioned how delicious the food is?Escort back to our room. The lodge and the rooms are unfenced which means no walking around on your own after dark. We haven't seen any lions but there have been elephants, wildebeest, zebra and monkeys.Sweet ...