Mateya Safari Lodge
Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa
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LODGE - MADIKWE GAME RESERVE
Mateya is designed for the discerning traveler, offering a graceful
fusion of relaxed comfort in a beautiful setting. The lodge caters for
a maximum of ten guests. As such, you are assured exclusivity, privacy
and the very highest standards of personal care and attention at all
Nestled in the rocky outcrop of the Gabbro hills, the lodge, comprising
dining, lounge, and relaxation areas, provides a high elevation, uninterrupted
view of the reserve. The suites are arranged in a radial configuration
around one of the hills, each with a private, rim-flow pool deck and
natural window sala overlooking the waterhole and plains.
The emphasis at Mateya is on elegance; an atmosphere of comfort that
in harmony with the natural surroundings reinvigorates the body, mind
and spirit with an experience to be forever cherished. Close your eyes.
Imagine your ideal safari destination. The scene is breathtakingly beautiful,
the game is plentiful, and the comfort is unsurpassed. The artwork and
literature capture the essence of an untamed spirit. Savoured with either
a glass of chilled Chardonnay or well-matured Merlot, the Mateya Gallery
and Library offer the delight of sharing in the many breath-taking adventures
of those to whose cannon of experience your Mateya safari will be the
Whether soaking up the afternoon rays whilst walking through the reserve
on a guided tracking safari, or sitting down to an evening of fine dining,
each and every feature of your visit will leave you with the pleasure
of having indulged in an unforgettable experience. Gazing out through
the glass walls of the main dining room, or watching the cinders leap
into the starry night from the bonfire in the open air Fire Core, you
will feel that Mateya offers a sublime fusion of luxury carved into the
edge of an untamed African wilderness. It is this balance which makes
Mateya a truly remarkable destination.
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The lodge consists of five individually designed,
luxury air-conditioned thatched suites. Each suite blends with its
natural surroundings and offers uninterrupted views of the waterhole
and plains. Guests can enjoy a balance of sophistication and comfort,
in total privacy and harmony with nature, savouring the rare pleasure
of their very own secluded slice of Africa.
Indeed, the original African artworks
that adorn each suite seem to reflect the very essence of the Madikwe
Reserve – a
beautiful, vital, and untamed stretch of bush. Reclining in hand-crafted
mahogany furnishings, looking out as the Zebra lead the plains game
to the waterhole, the immediacy of your experience could not be more
the shade of your natural window sala, or immersing in the cool water
of your rim-flow pool, each and every feature of your suite provides
total privacy and comfort. Your en-suite bathroom complete with a secluded
invites you to luxuriate in a sensual setting that is designed to satisfy
your ultimate enjoyment.
The ambience of a fresh and clear night
is warmed by the heat from the custom-designed fireplace, and as you
settle down with a mug of hot coffee to admire the myriad of stars
speckling the sky, the whispering breeze utters magical words that
speak of tomorrow’s
It is at Mateya that the unique fusion
of diverse African heritage is drawn together with the utmost finesse and
style. Guests with a thirst for an unsurpassed blend of beauty, discerning
taste and cultural delights can relax and indulge in inspiration drawn
from every corner of the continent.
In celebration of a rich history
of diversity and the untamed beauty to which the lodge is home, Mateya
has acquired one of the world’s finest collections of art from throughout
the continent. Each piece purposefully chosen for the way in which its
canvas captivates a vibrant feel for Africa. Proudly, Mateya is home to
21 original paintings by Paul Augustinus for whom the vast landscapes and
abundance of wildlife have been an emotive inspiration. Nothing quite captivates
the vitality and exhilaration of the wild like Robert Glen’s magnificent
bronze sculpture of an agile lioness attempting to bring down a leaping
impala – “Near Miss”. Adding
to the allure of this piece, Mateya also boasts several exquisite bronze
sculptures by Dylan Lewis.
The library is home to an invaluably rare collection of works
of African literature dating back to the turn of the 19th century. In
quiet seclusion guests are able to immerse themselves in the rich past
of this land and relive the splendour unique to Africa through the captivated
eyes of superbly talented authors. Should you wish there is also a surround
sound plasma screen audiovisual console. Guests may enjoy an afternoon
viewing wildlife programs from the DVD collection or television if they
When business calls guests have the facility to host meetings
in the unique Mateya Bush Boardroom. A business ‘pow wow’ in
the heart of the African bush with the magnificent scenery of Mateya
Safari Lodge all around is sure to inspire creative and lateral thought.
The Bush Boardroom is complete with personal computer and ISDN data facilities.
To bring home the renewing ambience of Mateya and the majesty of the
setting, guests can be treated to a full range of pleasurable and
rejuvenating body treatments by a dedicated health therapist. Relish
a relaxing moment in the warm bubbles of the luxurious Jacuzzi or
give way to the energetic call of the wilderness by making use of
the personalised gym. Feel the freedom to take a healthy breath of
Mateya magic, restoring your mind, body and soul.
Mateya’s very own health therapist
is on hand to offer a complete range of full body relaxation therapies.
Enjoyed in the comfort and privacy of your won suite, this may be the
ideal way to totally soothe body and mind. So, whether you’re
after sunrise or sundowner relaxation, this is just the type of invigoration
to top or tail a perfect day’s excursion.
Mateya has has one of the world's finest collections of African art,
including original paintings by Paul Augustinus, Robert Glen's "Near
Miss", a magnificent bronze sculpture of a lioness and a leaping
impala, several exquisite bronzes by Dylan Lewis and Donald Greig.
It was Simonides who said, "Painting
is silent poetry.” Today,
taking a stroll through the lodge, guests can marvel at Mateya's amazing
collection of African art, embodying the spirit of the continent and
reflecting a plethora of cultures and artistic traditions.
Exhibiting a range of techniques, from
majestic oils to life-size bronze sculptures, each piece in the Mateya
collection has been individually selected for its unique and enduring
An artist experiences the world through
emotions and thoughts that once rendered inspire others to feel and
think in new ways. Sitting in the plush comfort of the lounge, recounting
the day’s wildlife excursion, glinting in the corner of your
eye the sculpture of a lioness taking a leaping impala might hint at
tomorrow’s promise, and suddenly a twinkle of excitement dances
in your smile.
chefs delight in the pleasure of preparing only the finest cuisine.
Committed to satisfying the desires of your palate, their wholesome
and sumptuous creations will seduce you with the textures and flavours
of the African bush. Special requests and dietary requirements
will be catered for with culinary relish and skill.
Only the finest homegrown ingredients go into each
and every meal, prepared to delight the palate with a harmony of flavours
and textures true to the African spirit.
You may want to marvel at the canopy of stars on a clear night,
whilst dining on the rim-flow pool deck of your suite. For a wilder
culinary experience, submerge yourself in the glory of the African
night skies as you dine beneath the clear glow of a galaxy of stars
while the roar of an open-air fire core ensures your comfort. Mateya
will invite you to a royal feast and a demonstration of expert
culinary skills. With the freshest produce offered straight from
the earth and the finest cuisine you will find your palate transported
on a journey of African fusion and gastronomic delight.
The Mateya wine cellar is also available for private dining, offering
a more distinctly elegant setting. And for a spectacular view of
the plains, both the glasswalled main dining room and lounge deck
afford uninterrupted panoramas of the reserve. Of course, bush
picnic lunches are available on request and on all guided walking
Lingering flavours of the palate may be sampled from
the extensive assortment of wines housed in the cool atmosphere
of the Mateya Cellar.
An impressive collection of both
esteemed local and rare French wines and champagnes make up the
8,000 bottles of indulgence that lie chaste, waiting to be hand
picked by Mateya guests as an accompaniment to their dining.
The brandy and cigar corner is the perfect conclusion to a pristine
Mateya dining experience.
Experienced game rangers and trackers will be on hand to take
you on game drives and guided walking safaris. Experts on the natural
intricacies of the Madikwe Reserve, they will reveal to you a world
rich in ecological and cultural history, opening your mind to a
truly unique and fascinating safari experience.
Tackling the African bush in custom-built 4x4 game drive vehicles
offers guests the thrill of getting close to game and tracking
over vast distances. With a maximum of four guests per drive
each guest is assured the personal care and attention of the
rangers who will introduce you to the intricate and wonderful
features of the reserve.
The Xoi San (Bushmen) of the Kalahari were considered to be masters
in the art of tracking. Specialist rangers and trackers at
Mateya offer you a similar experience, opening the door onto
a unique wildlife encounter. You will have the pleasure and
thrill of viewing animals close up, as well as have a better
understanding of how nature works in perfect harmony to sustain
the delicate ecosystem that continues to thrive at Mateya.
Coupled with the physical journey, the rangers will also enlighten
you with the cultural heritage of tracking, as passed down
over the centuries through the rich aural tradition of African
Madikwe Game Reserve
The Mateya Safari Lodge is situated in the
spectacular 75,000 hectare Malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve.
The reserve is characterized by
extensive plains which slope in a north-easterly and easterly
direction towards the Marico River. The Dwarsberg Mountain Range
forms the reserve’s southern
boundary, and the Tweedepoort Escarpment forms the dividing line
between the reserve’s northern and southern sections, rising
to 1328m at Tshwene-Tshwene.
The Madikwe Reserve is located in a Malaria-free area of the North
West Province, a mere three and a half hours drive from Johannesburg
and 120km from Sun City. The Madikwe Reserve has its own airstrip
and regular SA Airlink flights from Johannesburg and Cape Town
to Sun City and then onto the lodge make Mateya easily accessible.
Arrangements can be made for direct, chartered flights, landing
at the Madikwe Reserve airstrip, which is a short 10 minute drive
from the main lodge.
Wildlife and Birdlife
Guests to the lodge are assured the thrill
of encountering the Super 7 – Buffalo, Cheetah, Elephant,
Leopard, Lion, Rhino (Black and White) and Wild Dog, in addition
to which, the Madikwe Reserve boasts among the best array of plains
game on the continent and over 350 species of birds.
Accompanied by experienced rangers
and trackers, you can venture on game drives in custom-built
4x4 vehicles, or track on guided walking safaris through the
reserve. Each excursion will be planned around guests’ specific
interests, thereby ensuring you enjoy the full value of fulfilling
your ideal safari experience.
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