Mateya Safari Lodge exudes style. Sitting in the lounge with its wood-beamed ceiling, glass wall and open fireplace you can admire the many artworks that adorn the walls and shelves, a collection that has been amassed over the years. It has the feel of a gracious home. The library features historic volumes of African literature and there's a gallery where you can see more fine paintings and works of art. The spa offers a broad menu of treatments, and there's a small gym. Meals are served in the elegant dining room and on the deck, where the fire is lit at night.
None of this detracts from the location. The lounge leads out to a large deck where you can sit and watch wildlife at the waterhole, and a large part of your time at Mateya will be spent out on game drives and bush walks in Madikwe Game Reserve. Plains game abounds and predators include lion, cheetah and wild dog. Each safari is led by a ranger and a tracker, both with a wealth of experience and expertise, and you'll come away with a greatly enhanced understanding of the African bush.
There are just 5 suites. Wonderfully spacious, each has an indoor sitting area complete with a fireplace for chilly mornings and evenings, and air conditioning when the outside temperature soars. The large bathroom has a sunken bathtub and twin hand basins, and leads out to a walled shower enclosure that is open to the sky. At the front of each suite there's a terrace with comfy chairs, a parsol and your very own plunge pool.
Open: Mateya Safari Lodge is open all year.
Location: The lodge is in the Gabbro hills in Madikwe Game Reserve. There is an airstrip in Madikwe about a 10 minute drive from the lodge. The lodge is about a 4.5 hour drive from Johannesburg and Pretoria.
Rooms: Mateya accommodates a maximum of 10 guests in 5 air-conditioned suites. Each suite has a private deck with an infinity plunge pool with views of the waterhole and savannah. The en-suite bathroom has a full size bathtub, twin hand basins and is supplemented by a screened, open air shower. Dressing gowns are provided for every guest. Beds are equipped with mosquito nets and each bedroom has a sitting area with a fireplace.
Activities: You can go on game drives in customised 4x4 vehicles taking a maximum of 4 guests each, equipped with shade covers and side flaps, and with binoculars for close-up views and blankets in case of cold weather. Guided bush walks are a speciality at Mateya, led by a ranger and a tracker. There are over 350 species of birds in Madikwe, so bird watchers will be in their element.
Facilities: The lounge is a high ceilinged room with glass doors along the front wall that lead out to an expansive terrace. It is full of African artefacts and artworks. The library houses an impressive collection of African literature plus a plasma screen TV and DVD collection including wildlife films. Locally-made arts and crafts can be bought in the gift shop, and there’s an art gallery for guests to enjoy. Massages, body wraps, facials, manicures, pedicures and reflexology are offered at the spa. There is a small gym.
Dining: Meals are served in the dining room where there’s an open fire, and on the terrace where the campfire is lit after dark. The lodge has large collection of wines to accompany meals. The wine cellar makes a cosy and atmospheric veune for private meals.
Children: Children aged 9 years and over are welcome, unless the camp is booked for exclusive use when there no minimum age limit. Children aged 13 and under pay 50% when sharing a room with parents, maximum 1 child (13 or under) and 2 adults per suite. The minimum age for guided walks is 16 years.
Health: Madikwe is a malaria-free area.
Communication: Wi-Fi internet access is available in the bush boardroom.