The 5000 ha reserve offers not only majestic views and the awe that goes hand in hand with the vastness of the pristine Karoo nature, but also unique animal and plant life with their origins in this area making this a exceptional Karoo safari experience. A number of activities offered for our guests to enjoy will include Nature drives (Game viewing from 4x4 land cruisers), Sunset or Sunrise River Cruises, Fishing, Guided Horseback Adventures, Informative Bird Viewing, Guided Bushman Trails, Spa Treatments and Educational Stargazing.
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Follow in the footsteps of the true founding fathers of the Klein Karoo. Breathe clean, fresh air whilst walking among truly unique fauna and flora. Our bushman trails will invoke a true love and respect for living off the land like the original experts, the bushman. Open up within yourself an information-well about the original uses for plants, such as the Kankerbos, Karoo Violet and many more, founded by the Bushman, thousands of years ago, taught to you by our qualified and passionate guides. Explore with them the hidden scorpions under rocks, a labyrinth of insect life as well as the medicinal, cosmetic and culinary purposes of plants.
The Kammanassie Dam that ends in the heart of Madi-Madi was built in 1923 and offers fishing and sunset cruises. Our boat offers luxury seating on comfortable chairs. A guide steers the boat while it meanders lazily down the river. We try and spot as many of the animal species as possible and enjoy sightings of the fish eagles, the buffalo and even the springbuck crossing the river enjoying their afternoon swim. At the halfway stop, ice cold beverages and tasty snacks can be enjoyed in the quietude that Mother Nature offers. The return trip on the boat ends with a spectacular view of the lodge from the water. An extremely unique experience to Madi-Madi in the Karoo. Water levels of the Kammanassie dam vary depending on the time of the year and rainfall.
Experience the pristine beauty of the Little Karoo while on horse back. The majestic views and unique small animals and plant life that makes the Karoo so special will be the highlight of this activity. Surprises await you around each corner as you ride over hilltops and through valleys, as the pure vastness of Madi-Madi has much to offer. This horseback adventure can be enjoyed by either experienced or complete novice riders and your guide will ensure you also fall in love with the wonders that the Karoo has to offer. A sense of being one with nature that is possible only by rides on horseback.
The 5000 ha reserve is stocked with some of South Africa's famous fauna including Giraffe, Buffalo, Zebra, Eland, Springbok, Gemsbuck, Waterbuck, Njala, Kudu and many more. Natural predators that occur at Madi-Madi include Jackal, Caracal and Winged predators like Fish Eagles, Marshall Eagles, Black Harries, African Harrier Hawk, Kites and even the occasional Cape Mountain Leopard. The bush drive experience does not only focus on the bigger animals though, you will be amazed by the some of the small 5, they shy five, the amazing selection of succulents that grow wildly in the field and even plants used for color in makeup and food, or natural medicinal purposes. Under rocks you will be shown scorpion, lizards, and many more small amazingly interesting creatures. The landscape is the final wow, just driving and enjoying fresh air, beautiful nature surroundings and sunrises, sunsets or on the night drive, the magic of the African night sky.
Explore the Karoo's unique starry nights with knowledgeable guides that interpret the constellations of the Southern Hemisphere such as the navigational Southern Cross Constellation displaying its magnificent facets, the iridescent Jewel Box Cluster, the Coal Sack and the two pointers, Alpha Centauri and Beta Centauri.
Depending on the time of year, Venus the Goddess of love and beauty will greet you at dawn or dusk, while Sirius, the brightest star in our heavens keeps a constant vigil. How better to end a blissful day at Madi-Madi but to sit back and reflect on the day, under the star studded canopy of the African skies and the vastness of infinite galaxies stretching above one.
You can also get to view: Orion, Scorpio, Taurus, Betel Genus, Sirius, Kanis Major, Gemini, Leo, Meteor Showers, Sagittarius, Milky way, Petasus, Southern Cross, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Mercury, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto.