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Why did we hand pick Madi-Madi Karoo Safari Lodge?

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  • Beautiful, luxurious blend of classic Karoo homesteads and safari stylings
  • Unique riverine setting in picturesque arid hills
  • Game drives, fishing, stargazing and more

Madi-Madi Karoo Safari Lodge

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: 6 years and older

32km from Oudtshoorn


-33.6794, 22.4556


Game viewing and boat cruises are not normally something travellers would associate with the arid landscapes of the Little Karoo, but Madi-Madi Karoo Safari Lodge is far from a normal place. The lodge is set on exceptionally scenic, remote property with a long stretch of river frontage, and the surrounding reserve is home to buffalo, giraffe, wildebeest, zebra, eland, springbok and more than 200 bird species, which guests can view on guided game drives and walks.

Accommodation is stylish, very spacious and romantically-decorated, and guests will be kept thoroughly satisfied by amenities such as air conditioning, hairdryers, safes, tea/coffee facilities and soft bathrobes and slippers.

On cold winter nights, the rooms are kept warm by crackling fireplaces in the lounge areas, while during the day, the private patios or decks provide restful relaxation and superb views of the river and mountains.

The two luxury suites, situated on the upper floor of the main building, have Queen-size beds, en-suite showers and small decks which are a perfect setting for sundowners.

Guests who want optimum privacy and the ultimate in space and luxury should choose one of the riverfront cottages, which are free-standing units set a good distance apart from each other. Coming in a choice of superior and executive, each of the four cottages sleeps up to four guests and has a gorgeous full en-suite bathroom with a free-standing tub, large shower and double basins. The twin beds are situated on a loft floor, while the ground floor plays host to a decadent King-size bed and lounge area, making the cottages equally well-suited for families and couples.

Loving couples will be swept away by the romanticism of the executive cottages, which have walk-in dressing rooms and delightful hanging chair hammocks on the patios.

Guests who have taken the full board option will be treated to three superb, quintessentially South African meals per day, as well as a morning bush drive, a sundowner cruise down the river to Kammenasie Dam, and educational stargazing. The cruise is a particularly memorable way to take in the vastness of the Karoo, and you will see a variety of wildlife along the river banks whilst enjoying complimentary snacks and drinks. The dam holds several fish species for anglers to target. 

The natural spoils of the reserve can also be admired from horseback or on foot, under the auspices of an experienced guide who will share interesting information about everything from wildlife, to vegetation and geology.

Those who want to make the most of their time in the area can embark on trips to the ostrich capital of Oudtshoorn, the Cango Caves and the Gamaskloof Valley, which are a little over an hour’s drive away. When guests aren’t feeling energetic enough to embark on activities, they can laze around the lodge’s swimming pool whilst soaking up the exquisite scenery, or relax in the lounge or reading room.

Rates & Summary

2 Luxury Suites

Each sleeps 2 in Queen-size bed
En-suite shower
Lounge with fireplace
Deck with mountain and river views

2 Superior Riverfront Cottages

Each sleeps 4 in King-size and twin beds
En-suite shower and freestanding bath
Lounge with fireplace
Patio with mountain and river views

2 Executive Riverfront Cottages

Each sleeps 4 in King-size and twin beds
En-suite shower and freestanding bath
Lounge with fireplace
Patio with mountain river views


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Room only, DBB or Full Board


Children 6 and older are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Madi-Madi Karoo Safari Lodge can be found tucked away next to the Kammanassie River in a remote valley just off Route 62, and offers a unique safari experience and exclusive accommodation in luxurious suites and cottages. Set alongside a river running through the enchanting Karoo landscape, this stylish luxury lodge is remarkably secluded. Guests can enjoy game viewing, boat cruises and superb stargazing, all while being spoilt to the best in modern-day comfort and personalised service.


  • Beautiful, luxurious blend of classic Karoo homesteads and safari stylings
  • Unique riverine setting in picturesque arid hills
  • Game drives, fishing, stargazing and more


The cottages are secluded freestanding units offering ample privacy.

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, swimming towels, fishing gear, binoculars for bird watching/game viewing.

Road Conditions

The gravel approach road is suitable for all vehicles.

Activities & Attractions

  • Game drives
  • Bush walks
  • Horseback safaris
  • Boat cruises
  • Fishing
  • Educational stargazing


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Lounge
  • Verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning
  • Electric blanket included
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Full board
  • No Restaurant
  • Licensed
  • Fridge or minibar


  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool
  • No television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • No Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception

Access & Convenience

  • Not wheelchair friendly
  • Babysitting available
  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops further than 10km
  • Nearest fuel further than 10km
  • Shuttle service can be arranged


  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted


  • Personal safe




Klein Karoo

Western Cape


The name ‘Karoo’ is synonymous with vast semi-arid landscapes, small rural towns, large farms, and few people, and here it is no different, except for that small word ’Klein’ (meaning little). There’s really nothing small about it, and only its modest title differentiates it from its big brother to the north, the Great Karoo.

The reason the Klein Karoo is dry is because it lies in the rain shadow between two long ridges of the Cape Fold mountains - these are made up of the Swartberg and Little Swartberg ranges in the north and the Outeniqua and Langeberg in the south. 

The 125 000ha Swartberg Nature Reserve, which includes the lost valley of Gamkaskloof, embraces most of the Swartberg range from De Rust in the east, past Oudtshoorn and Calitzdorp, and on towards Ladismith. It achieved World Heritage Site status in 2004. A section of the popular tourist ‘Route 62’ passes through the Klein Karoo from east to west, and is sometimes referred to as the ‘mountain route’ because the visitor is never out of sight of the impressive ridges. 

Getting to and from the region, the traveller has a choice of interesting options through or over the mountains. 

In the north, the amazing natural gateways of Meiringspoort and Seweweekspoort wind beneath the plunging cliffs, while the high altitude route is via the Swartberg Pass. In the south the Outeniqua and Robertson passes are no less sublime.

Big, bold scenery aside, the Klein Karoo has lots of smaller natural wonders that make it interesting, one of these being its wealth of plant species - the region is part of the succulent Karoo biome. 

Plant lovers will be happy to know the region takes a healthy third place in the succulent diversity rankings in South Africa. Many of these unusual plants are tiny and finding them requires the donning of hiking boots and a sun hat and stepping out into the veld. Other outdoor pursuits are plentiful with hiking trails, mountain bike routes and bird watching being popular.

The Klein Karoo also has a wealth of tourist attractions, many of which are centred around the region’s biggest town, Oudtshoorn. The fascinating Cango Caves, for example, attract around 250 000 visitors a year.

However, every town along the route has something unique on offer.  

As part of the longest wine route in the world, each town has either wine estates or a wine co-operative. Running parallel with this viticulture, but not as well known, is the R62 Brandy Route. This should bring a gleam to the eyes of many a South African, as Brandy is amongst the nation’s favoured spirits. Producers include Mons Ruber near De Rust, Kango Wine Cellar and Grundheim in Oudtshoorn, and Boplaas in Calitzdorp. 

As a destination the Klein Karoo is generous in its offerings which, like all good things in life, should be enjoyed slowly.

Look out for

The Cango caves are situated at the end of the R328, about 40km north of Oudtshoorn. Of the 5.3km of caves, 1.2km is open to the public and the Standard Tour is an easy walk through the first six largest and most spectacular halls to the ‘African Drum Room’. The Adventure Tour lasts 90 minutes and takes one deeper into the caves, but is strictly for lean, fit people who are definitely not claustrophobic because adventurers have to squeeze through narrow fissures. There’s an interpretive centre offering a short film, a museum, gift shop, bureau de change, bar and coffee shop, and a photographic Fantasy Theatre; plus a restaurant specialising in ostrich dishes. Open 363 days a year, but closed on Christmas Day. 

Wine, Port, and Brandy tasting - each town has at least one cellar where visitors can sample some of their produce, from Mons Ruber in De Rust, through to Kango Wine Cellar and Gundheim in Oudtshoorn, Boplaas, De Krans, and Calitzdorp cellars in Calitzdorp and Ladismith Wine Cellar in Ladismith.

Swartberg pass - This sinuous road, which climbs and dips between Prince Albert in the north to Matjiesrivier valley near the Cango Caves is widely regarded as one of the most spectacular mountain roads in the world.

Gamkaskloof, or Die Hel, as it is more commonly known – this lost valley, which was only connected to the outside world in the 1960’s, was once home to a remote group of people for over a century. At the time, they were described as ‘the most isolated community within a community of their own kind in the world’. The valley is now a nature reserve and offers overnight accommodation in some of the restored houses from that amazing era, as well as camping. Getting there is half the experience.  It takes more than two hours along the narrow gravel road from the top of the Swartberg Pass to cover the 50km to the end of the valley.

Meiringspoort - is the eastern gateway into the region and once in the poort the serpentine road winds around sheer cliffs of orange rock and across the mostly serene waters of the Grootrivier (Great River), which it crosses 25 times. It falls within the Swartberg Nature Reserve and there are numerous well-maintained picnic sites along the way, some with braai facilities, and it’s easy to spend half a day exploring from one end to the next. Make a point of stopping at Waterfall Drift picnic site and taking the short stairway to view the waterfall with its 60m drop culminating in a deep pool.

Seweweekspoort - This spectacular gateway through the Swartberg Mountains is situated 24km west of Calitzdorp and winds below the imposing 2 325m Seweweekspoort peak - the highest in the Swartberg. In many ways it’s similar to Meiringspoort, except here the road is gravel and the atmosphere is more primitive. Visitors can also picnic in the poort itself, and one spot that’s perfect to break out the sandwiches is at the thatched umbrella below the cliffs.

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