Top 5 Things to do at Mateya Safari Lodge

Mateya Safari Lodge is a dreamy world beyond comprehension. An oasis of tranquillity, class, luxury and breath-taking surrounds. The graceful fusion of eco-chic elegance and African wild is nestled in a rocky outcrop providing high elevation and an uninterrupted view of the Madikwe Game Reserve.

Catering for a maximum of ten guests the lodge assures exclusivity, privacy and the very highest standards of personal care and attention. This is what makes activities at Mateya Safari Lodge a little better, more exclusive and creates lasting memories personal to you.

If you’re looking for a personalized safari adventure, you’ve come to the perfect place. Here are our top 5 things to do, and why Mateya Safari Lodge makes each activity a unique adventure.

1. Game Drives

Madikwe Game Reserve is home to 66 large mammal species including the Big Five and approximately 300 resident and migrant bird species. Game viewing within the Madikwe Game Reserve is exclusive to lodge guests within the reserve which means less crowding and better conservation of roads and the environment.

However, the thing that makes a safari drive at Mateya even more special is that only 4 guests venture out per vehicle.

With an expert guide dedicated to your wishes, time schedule and specific interests, this private game viewing experience allows you to stop for great photographic opportunities, get the right angle and travel in comfort.

2. Live Luxuriousl

You would not be forgiven for packing your schedule so full that you don’t have time to enjoy the luxury of this opulent bush living experience. Each suite at Mateya Safari Lodge boasts its own rim-flow pool deck overlooking a waterhole or surrounding plains. The scene is breathtakingly beautiful, the game is plentiful, and the comfort is unsurpassed. Here the game viewing starts at your front door.

Besides utter comfort in your suite, there is also a health spa to continue your journey of relaxation, and a library where you can put your feet up with a glass of wine in hand and savour the African tales of era’s gone by.

Whether soaking up the African sun besides the pool deck, dining under the stars or absorbing in the sounds of the bush while enjoying a massage, slowing down the pace of life and enjoying this luxurious retreat is something you have to make time for.

3. Bush Walks

Venture off onto foot trails with your expert guide and get a real up-close feel for the magic of the African wild, and the intricacies of Mother Natures secrets. Besides gaining a great understanding of smaller species of animals, insects and flora, and honing your photography skills, nature walks touch on the cultural heritage of tracking and local folklore, with fascinating Stone- and Iron Age sites scattered around the reserve. We dare you to get up close; smell, touch and see the African wild on exciting walking adventures.

4. Cultural Safari

Another unique feature of staying at Mateya is the way your safari indulges you into so much more than just wildlife. As one of South Africa’s top private reserves, you can soak in the local culture from the very moment you arrive.

Taking a stroll through the lodge allows guests to marvel at one of the world’s finest collections of African art, from oils to life-size bronze sculptures, each piece in the Mateya collection has been individually selected for its unique and enduring appeal reflecting African cultures and artistic traditions.

Delve even deeper into your cultural experience by visiting one of the rural villages surrounding the reserve. Here you will get a heart-warming first-hand glimpse into the challenges, hopes, and dreams of the community, taking your safari experience to a much deeper and incredibly fulfilling level.

5. Make a Difference

There is nothing like knowing your African safari is making a difference where it matters. In conservation, in communities and the lives of little children whose world is a small community of bare essentials.

One of Mateya Safari Lodge’s joint projects has been renovating a local creche, building a new block to better accommodate the school and providing the children with small items like beanies to keep them warm in winter.

After years of partnership the school is now selfsufficient, but guests still regularly donate supplies.

Fill the extra space in your luggage with supplies for area schools or medical clinics in need. You’ll make a priceless impact in the lives of local children and families. 

Open your eyes and heart to an incredibly diverse and intriguing world in the African bush. Mateya Safari Lodge not only allows you to truly live, but to live in luxury.

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