The Bush House
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The Bush House, Madikwe, North West Province, South Africa
26-28 April 2014
Monday, 26 April 2014– start from Jo'burg at 8:20 AM drive to Madikwe arrive around 12:30 PM. Met by Elrie, our receptionist and waitress for our 2-night stay. Have a small glass of juice while we do a little paper work then are escorted to our well …
... 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 ...
Today I took a day off work so that I could go with Paul for his assessment walk. Paul, I and his assessor Megan left the lodge at 6:30am. Just after leaving the lodge we stopped to watch five white rhinos. It was a very nice sight to see so many of them together slowly walking and eating grass.
Fifteen minutes after leaving the lodge Paul parked the Land Cruiser to the side of the road. He then left the park officials know where we were and that we were doing a ...
... brave enough to get out of the vehicle.
Around the corner we spotted a male lion resting among the burnt bush. We watched him for a while and were in awe when he yawned and showed off his long sharp teeth.
Near the lodge we saw an older male kudu who could hide very well among the burnt, dry bush. It was only an hour long drive- but it feels so good to get out and go on a short drive. ...
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 ...
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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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