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Once in a lifetime you find a special place suspended in time, hidden in a secluded valley in one of the most ancient and remote corners of the world. Madi-Madi Karoo Safari Lodge.
Madi, the Venda name for water, is situated just off the famous Route 62 (R62) in the forgotten secluded valley in the Little Karoo, one of the most bio diverse regions of South Africa and nestles between the Swartberg Mountains and the mighty Outeniqua mountains just outside Oudtshoorn.

The Karoo Game Reserve offers guests an experience of ultimate luxury accommodation in the karoo, personalized service, exquisite nature and wildlife including, Cape Buffalo, Giraffe, Wildebeest, Zebra, Eland, Springbok and over 200 bird species.  We also offer Bush Drives (Game Drives), Horseback Safaris, Birding, Nature Walks, Sunset River Cruises, Stargazing evenings and much more.

Madi-Madi Karoo Safari Lodge is a privately owned game and nature reserve in the wilderness of stillness with breath-taking beauty and timeless allure. It offers 13km of river frontage along the Kammanassie River, named by the Khoisan people and meaning 'mountain of water'. The area enjoys year-round rainfall and every spring, Mother Nature parades her exquisite beauty with a miracle when the fynbos scrubs vegetation bursts into colourful bloom. The water levels of the Kammanassie River does change depending on the time of the year and the amount of rainfail  the area enjoys.  A little more than an hour away from this Karoo Lodge, are attractions such as the culture-rich town of Oudtshoorn, Swartberg Mountain Nature Reserve, Cango Caves, Ostrich Farms, Cango Wildlife Range and the Gamkaskloof Valley (also known as “Die Hell”).

Madi-Madi was originally developed as a private holiday getaway in 2010 by Lood Bester and his partner. Arnold Neethling, owner of Botlierskop Private Game Reserve, joined forces with Lood Bester in 2013 and they decided to share this unique game and nature reserve experience with superb Karoo accommodation with the rest of the world.

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George Airport Outeniqua Pass 1hr 20 min 103 km
Oudtshoorn N12 1hr 15 min 64 km
Mossel Bay Robertson Pass 2hr 00 min 128 km
Botlierskop PGR Robertson Pass 2hr 00 min 128 km
Beaufort West N12 2hr 30 min 184 km
Port Elizabeth Route 62 5hr 00 min 360 km
Cape Town Route 62 6hr 15 min 474 km
  • Shuttle service available on request from Botlierskop at an additional cost. Approximate travel duration: 2hrs to Madi Madi
  • Helicopter transfer available on request from Botlierskop at an additional cost. Approximate travel duration: 15minutes to Madi Madi

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