Client Testimonials & Reviews

September 2015

Rebecca and Barney
Our time here flew by fast; this was our last stop on safari but not our least!
Werner our guide and Paul our tracker were amazing. Werner’s vast knowledge of fauna and flora added to our knowledge and kept us riveted with interest. Paul’s tracking surpassed all others =, we dubbed him “the tracking whisperer” .
Christine and Joanne were warm and welcoming, between the tow of them, we were spoiled and pampered in spa treatments.
Daniel and Connie’s smiles and warmth greeted us everyday during our delicious meals. They figured out what we needed before we knew we needed it! Caxton, our chef created a great blend of local and traditional food, that was a treat to the taste buds! He was also flexible with the different tastes of our group, from children to adults. Magnificent!
The rest of the staff not motioned and behind the scenes were all friendly, warm and welcoming.
Thank you for a wonderful time in a beautiful setting.
Warmly.

Maximillian, Alexandra. Mark and Christianne
Thank you to you all at Mateya lodge!
Your commitment to excellence and hospitality is unsurpassed. We enjoyed everything about our stay.
All the best.

Brett
It is hard to leave such an amazing home away from home. It was an experience to be the only guests attended to by such professional staff I will certainly recommend Mateya to my fellow travelers in Toronto.

Rob, Karin, Marion, Peter van Zweeden and Henry Hoogenboom
To everyone in Mateya lodge,
We had a wonderful time here! we enjoyed al of our safaris with Paul and Werner. On our first night drive we even saw a pangolin!
The food was fine as last time and everyone was so friendly. It was our family holiday.

Jeanne and Larry
Thank you for a wonderful stay. The lodge and staff are so warm and welcoming. Kenneth and Sam gave us so many memorable experiences. Mateya is a very special place.

Phil and Nell
We are so glad to have spent four enjoyable days at this majestic place that capture the spirit of Africa. The art work is terrific and the lodge itself is a work of art.
Werner and Paul took us on memorable drives with wonderful sighs and Werner is so knowledgeable and informative-the best guide for any of our five safaris.

August 2015

Joanne and Richard
Thank you everyone for the great food, great game drives and wonderful hospitality. Phillip and Lazarus showed us, lion, cheetah, elephant-whatever our wish list was, but no tigers!
I appreciate so much the cookie recipe and the ostrich egg I received from Susan.
Thank you for your grateful hospitality.

Ursula and Christof
Thank you all for such a wonderful time we could spend with you, hope to see you soon!

Andrew, Nan, Esme and Linus
Thank you! But we will be back.
Thank you! From our arrival, to welcome drinks, to the rooms, to the lodge, to the dinners under the stars, to the marvelous breakfast from your culinary team, to the wonderful drives and walks…really just everything and the spa too!
Thank you! It is the strongest team effort I have seen anywhere in the world from Twin farms in Vermont to George V in Paris…congratulations!

See you soon, I hope.
Thank you!

Graham and Moira Allen
What an amazing lodge!
Thank you one and all for Graham and I have just had the best experience ever. Everything has just been “Just Class”. We will return soon.
Wish that we could stay longer.

Steve and Pat
To everyone at Mateya

The past four days have been a truly memorable experience, not only for the safaris but also the service provided by everyone.
This has been our first safari holiday and we have started with the very best I am sure. Seeing the range of animals has passed our expectations and the knowledge of Francois that has been passed to us has been excellent.
Must not forget the food! How could you, truly excellent with service to match.
A wonderful, unforgettable experience.
Thank you all.

Candy and Jo
The Mateya team,

Werner, Christine and Joanne. Thank you for your amazing kindness, support and care over the past few days. This was a truly healing process for us.
Daniel and Bethuel, your service was simply outstanding!
Its been a once in a lifetime opportunity to witch we are extremely grateful.
We will be back!

Lino, Silvia and Carlotta
We had an exceptionally good time. The game viewing was amazing. We particularly enjoyed the wild dog puppies and the brown hyena.
The lodge with its wonderful African art collection is lovely.
All of the staff is friendly and very helpful, it was a lovely experience.
Marilyn and Leonard

An amazing place with truly wonderful staff. Thank you for a memorable experience!

July 2015

Ursula, Maud, Naledi, Vuyile and Mzuzo
To everyone at Mateya,
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this lodge it has a personal touch, it almost feel like being with family.
Enjoyed the game drives, saw he big four, leopard as usual very shy.
The food was excellent, I think we gained 20kg each…very delicious from breakfast to dinner.
We’ll definitely recommend it to others!

Ellie and Bob Murray
All I can say is everything was perfect!
Now I know what heaven is like.
Thank for everything.

Doug and Jacie Colbeth
Thank Susan to you and your entire staff for an experience of a lifetime!
For me to spend time with my oldest child was phenomenal. Your staff made us feel like we at home with friends.
We got up close with four cheetahs, which was exhilarating. We got to see a leopard thanks to the eagle eye of Devine.
Werner’s passion and knowledge of the wildlife was like riding with an enclapedia. Joanne gave us fantastic massages, which made us rest like lions!
Daniel’s positive energy and the dining staff where incredibly hospitable.
You all live in “heaven on earth” and Jackie and I thank you again!

The Lundy family
What a wonderful and special place! Everything here has been superb!
The food, accommodation and most importantly the staff! We were very well taken care of! Francois and Paul took us on many great adventures. Sharing his knowledge and opening our eyes to the wonders of the bush!
We loved it and hope to come back here one day!
Thank to all of you!

June 2015

Lynden
Dear Susan,
Your slice of heaven in South Africa is beyond belief. Many thanks for sharing everything with us- your fine; your wonderful and talented staff and the animal drive adventures. We’ve had the time of a lifetime and we will always remember you are the reason we made it here.
We will see you at your mailbox next,
Buff and Kirk Quillian

Had a fantastic time here, my stay was entirely to short!
What a lovely lodge and the staff have been excellent. Werner was a great guide and I look forward to returning at some point in the future.

Steve and Lia
A totally amazing experience from the moment we arrived. Great staff, great facilities and great wine cellar!
Thank you everyone!

May 2015

Sherry Gauntliett
Amazing,

Everything was perfect. The trip exceeded my expectations. Thank you for making my bucket list…perfect!

April 2015

Ruth and Walter
It was wonderful to stay here in this beautiful lodge, with all the friendly staff!
We had wonderful game drives, the food was delicious and we hope to come back again!
Thank you very much.

March 2015

Ford and Naggi families
Dear Mateya team,
Truly one of the best times I have had.
Wonderful service with friendly and warm staff, the experience had can not be replaced.
Thanks for an amazing time.

January 2015

Anne and Gerry
To all the wonderful staff at Mateya;
Thank you all for making our 40th wedding anniversary so special.
The game drives were excellent, the setting of the lodge perfect and the food and drink so good.
Best wishes and kind regards,

December 2014

Helena and Chris
Dear Mateya team,

Thank you all for making our stay such a wonderful experience!

Helena and I loved every second we spent here.
- best time
- best tracker Paul
- best ranger Werner
- best staff
- best chef

BIG 5

Anita, Trisha and Alex
Dear Mateya team!

We had an absolutely wonderful experience- could really not have been better. Our guide team of Francois and Devine was truly the best. The food, wine, service was impeccable!
Great to spend Christmas here and we hope to come back again!

Cheers,

Sybille and Hendrik
This was an amazing experience, we are happy we came, very attentive staff, excellent food, great service, wonderful game drives!

Thank you so much

Sandra and Harold
Thank you all for an amazing experience!

A wonderful place, our wonderful guide Carmen assisted by Sam thought us so much!
The food and service were excellent! We will never forget our stay with you all.

Many, many thanks

Carol and Jean Jacques
To all the Mateya team,

This has been the most fabulous experience, a beautiful lodge in a wonderful setting, attentive staff, great food, gorgeous villa.

The game drives were amazing, Francois and Devine went beyond call of duty to give us the best safari experience ever! We will never forget Mateya! You passion shines through!

A big thank you to all of you.

Richard and Rhona
To every one in the Mateya team,

Our first ever safari and we feel amazingly fortunate to have chosen Mateya.

Absolutely faultless- from the accommodation, service, location through to the awesome drives and all the wildlife, birds, trees, big game and big country that we were introduced to.

We really hope to come back and see you again!

Thank you,

Fiona and Tony
Many, many thanks to all the Mateya team. Our stay with you has been very special, from the suite to the fantastic staff, Werner and Paul our tracker and Christine who greeted us after every game drive. Our sightings were fantastic.

I look forward to sending many clients to you.

Nils and Charlette
Dear Mateya team,

Having read a couple of your previous guest comments, it is difficult to come up with something unusual. Indeed everything was amazing. We felt very privileged to be with you for the last three days. Dinner in the cellar, outside on the deck, chilling in front of the wildlife absolutely unique. The lodge is beautiful indeed, the entire team amazing ( just to mention to you your wine choices alone have made my stay even more memorable) The drives is unique, Francois will remember the four black rhino we saw interacting with the two white rhino, this stay was gorgeous.
Perfect honeymoon and a great venue to come back and celebrate a future wedding anniversary! Thank you so much for creating this paradise.

November 2014

Peter and Lolita
Dear Mateay family and specially staff,

We had a wonderful and exciting time in your amazing lodge. The view and the animals are unbelievable we never met as friendly and helpful people during our your eyes in Africa.

A lot of thanks to you all.

Nicky and Jeff
To the wonderful Mateya team,

What a privilege to be back here again!

Once again we were in awe of your beautiful lodge, it's stunning decor art and attention to detail.
But more important are the wonderful staff that put their heart and soul into all they do.

Francois was fantastic his knowledge is exceptional and lovely seeing Philip and Joanne the friendly Levi and Spirit again.

Lots of love to all,

Marita
What a perfect combination the Mateya lodge and its team offers; nature and comfort in balanced harmony. For us coming a long way from Germany the stay at Mateya was an incredible experience. We are grateful for it and dream to come back one day!

Thank you,

Richard
Dear Mateya,

From all four of us a big thank you for a wonderful stay, excellent service and more. We will def. be back soon.

Gabrielle, Olaf, Monika and Timm


Thanks to all for a great visits- I clean my mind on safari, going away all the cobwebs removed. You did your job.

Kind regards,

October 2014

Athol
Dearest Susan,

It is hard to search for the correct words to say just how we enjoyed our stay with you.
I have never felt so spoilt and cared for in a long, long time. Mateya is a ver special place and will remain in my memory for ever. You are a special person.

Thank you and you are a very professional team.

John and Maxine Adams
Sincere thanks to the entire Mateya team.

Mateya is a fabulous property, in a fabulous location but our visit was beyond fabulous and thanks to every person we met and many others who we are sure are behind the scenes!
We feel we have discovered a new oasis in Africa and for that we are extremely thankful.

Best wishes to all and we sincerely hope to see you all soon.

September 2014

Christoph and Maika
Dear Mateya team,
Thank you so much for everything. We enjoyed our time here with you very much and hope we can come back soon.
All the best for you,

Elaine and Bob
Many thanks, to all and the wonderful staff members at this exquisite Mateya lodge.
Our entire stay was perfection; we so appreciate the efforts of Philip, Sam and he’s persistence resulted in amazing sightings of the magnificent leopard, cheetah and lions all in one day.
We also thank the kind and attentive staff. Our stay has been truly magical. We will remember you always.

August 2014

Boddy and Suzanne
In Bobby’s exact words- “Our trip, Amazing and Astonishing. The lodge perfect and pleasurable!”

The service was impeccable, as well as the pleasure of meeting Werner and Chritine.
To see her sweet smile upon returning from safari was something we looked forward to. The Safaris were a wondrous experience, not only seeing the many animals up close and the knowledge that Werner gave us! I wish I could remember it all! Paul is amazing!
Maybe someday again our paths will cross again. I hope so.
Thanks for everything you did to make our trip more than memorable.

Christopher, Cathy, Alex, Zoe and Charles
To all of the Mateya team,

You are as extraordinary as your country.
It has been a pleasure to have shared your beautiful environment with us. We will take away fond memories and left with minimal impact on your special place us and this earth.

Debbie and Dan
What a great place. Everyone took great care of us. Great food especially the caramel cake!
We hope to return soon!

Micheal and Caroline
Wow!
It’s difficult to know what to write to capture our stay in the space of this page. Magic!
Every detail was perfect, every moment magical.
Francois and Paul made each drive special we cannot imagine we would have ever seen so much so quickly.
We cannot wait to come back, please keep doing everything you are each doing to make this an amazing place.

Alberto, Alice, Margherita and Christina
Dear Mateya team,

Thank you very much for this spectacular journey.
Everything and everyone at Mateya is magic; meals, moments, rooms, table at dinner and breakfast, animals, jeep, ranger, tracker...and all emotions.
We would love to come back soon.

July 2014

Leslie, Kaya, Leona, Jenifer, Mark, Helena, John, Sadie, Lillian and Odin
We all had such an incredible adventure here in Madikwe.
Francois, Carmen, Sam and Devine were all amazing-we saw such beauty and we all learned so much.
We ate such delicious meals-Innocent is a wonderful chef and we were well taken care of. Joanne is an awesome massage therapist. We all loved our time here so much.

May 2014

Guest
To all the wonderful staff-
Thank you for making our four days so perfect! From the food to the wild dogs, it was an amazing experience and we know this could not be achieved without such grand people!
See you again we hope!

Tracy and Susanne
Dear Mateya family,

Thank you very much for everything. We had an awesome stay and phenomenal game drives!
For sure we will come back!
Thanks to the brilliant team.
And the same counts for me- thank you for completing my big five- that was simply amazing but to be honest, the highlights are all the memories together!
The peacefulness, the endless views of the bush, the trivia learnt (facebook for rhinos! Never to be forgotten). Thank a million, you have and are a lovely team and have left us with endless memories making us want to stay and never return home.
Looking forward to keeping in touch and see you again soon hopefully!

Arlene and Charlie Bibson
Susan and Mateya staff,
Susan it was a privilege to share your dream and your enthusiasm for this magnificent setting.
You dream big and you ahve created a magnificent oasis. In a lifetime of travel we have never seen its like. I surely doubt we ever will.
To the staff, our sincere gratitude for welcoming us, for making us feel- not like guests- as if we were sharing your home. Werner and Paul gave us wonderful game drives, the food was delicious. It all made for a magnificent experience. We leave with an anticipation of a return some day. But we leave with Mateya firmly planted in our minds. We will be able to readily recall visions of this place for as long as we live.
We are forever blessed to have been here.

Reid Baker
I have known no better place to see sunrises and sunsets- to watch the lions play or cheetahs in the shade, or place to hear the birds call or listen to the insects buzz. I have known no betteror hardworking staff or better food or better place than Mateya,
I will be back again.

Megan Bryant
Dear Mateya family,

Thank you for having us in your home, it was truly a lovely time!
Between the warm, kind people who make Mateya a home away from home, to Werner showing us a brown hyena trying to take a cheetah kill and hunting wild dogs and all the other small and amazing treasures of the bush, it was by far a highlight amongst all that I’ve experienced in Africa! The uniqueness of Mateya; how it feels like being in private home, the fascinating art collection, the story and the people most of all, is very special! It was truly incredible! I am so glad Reid brought me here!

Katherine, Susanne and Marie
What an amazing stay!! Thanks you to all the Mateya team for looking after us so wonderfully we had a fantastic time.

Craig and Teri Mungary
Dear Mateya staff;

This has been truly the best experience for us!
There is so much praise for everyone and everything here that words cannot express them all. Just please know you all have enriched our lives beyond measure.
Sorry to have missed meeting Susan, as I am sure she is someone we would truly like.
All our gratitude,

April 2014

Uwe and Patrick
Dear Mateya team,

Having heard so many good things about Mateya, everything was for filled we expected.
When “Art meets Bush”, it turns out to be a wonderful place.
Great hospitality, excellent food and personal service.
Thanks for the great time, we will come back.

Alexandre Kauffman and Nicolas Jaques
Mateya is much more than a lodge;
It is the “Louvre” in the bush!
Thanks to the ranger’s expertise, we had a deep glimpse into the wildlife. As for the dining experience, not many lodges can match this.
“Savoir-faire”!

Helmut and Martina, Alexander and Claudia
Many thanks for the unforgettable moments.
We enjoyed every minute of our stay, thanks to the whole team for taking care of us.

Simon and Thelma
It is always a marvel to spend some time here; it’s one of those experiences one will always treasure.
Thank you for the most amazing service, relaxing in lap of comfort. Keep up the service, we really appreciate and will definitely be back!

March 2014

Sheri and Edwin Lucas
Our thanks to all the Mateya team, who made our return visit so very memorable.
Werner and Paul showed their knowledge of all things Madikwe; amazing sightings! Connie spoiled us always remembering just exactly how we liked our food. Thanks to all the wonderful ladies who kept our wonderful room and our laundry so beautifully.
Christine and Joanne are always gracious and helpful and we can’t wait to renew our love of Mateya!

Kim and Tim Cambias
Dear Mateya team,
Thank you-thank you- thank you!
Our first trip to Africa and our first safari was here at Mateya. We feel so blessed and sad at the same time. We are not ready to leave this beautiful place.
Thank you to the staff for taking such great care of us. Francois was the best, he was able to show us all of the animals. I never thought we would be able to see as many as we did. His wealth of knowledge is amazing.
Massages by Joanne were the best!
Thank you again and I pray we would be back again one day.

The Dennis and Barbara Riddle
To all at Mateya,
You service and smiles made the experience even more enjoyable. The wonderful opportunity to share the lodge, the food, the culture and the animals will never be forgotten...and we will share our journey, even though brief, with our friends in the United States.

Degmer and Pieter
Dear Mateya team,
We came as strangers, we left as friends.
Thanks to all of you for giving us a insight of how great Mateya really can be. Thanks to all of you for making it feel like paradise on earth.
All the best to you,

January 2014

Marco & Heidi
We had a wonderful time staying here. Thank you very much for everything especially to the great game drives we made with Kim and Ronnie. We will come again, Heaven on Earth!

Annemelia, Gerd and Katharinia
We have enjoyed our first safari experience in this fantastic surrounding. Every day was delightful for us. We are grateful to the very warm-hearted staff which made our stay unforgettable. Special thanks to Francois and Paul, who introduced us to the wildlife with greatest experience and knowledge, “you made our journey”!

December 2013

Jutta
There is no words to describe this experience. Wonderful place, amazing food and excellent service. This week was the best time on our honeymoon. These memories you gave us lasts for a lifetime. Big thanks to the whole Mateya family! Best Wishes and thanks.

Kim, Allan, Max, Andy Hartman and Amy, Jon, Sophie and Charlie Cummins
We all had a fantastic experience and loved our stay at Mateya! The staff couldn’t have been more friendly or helpful and the lodge is gorgeous. We loved all of the hides and African art which helped to make us feel and realize that we are truly in Africa! The food was delicious and the chef very accommodating of our allergy issues and preferences. The animals in the bush were very accommodating as well- we saw almost everything we had hoped to! Thank you again!

Collen, Paul, Christopher, Sophie, Andrew, Mary, Catherine and Victoria
How can one sum up a very unique experience. We came with no expectations other than it was a safari and a special time to be with family. The experience unfolded; fabulous food, once in a lifetime sightings a photographic guide who shared all his knowledge and friendly and caring and welcoming staff in a very magical seeting. Special memories always

Cortazzo family
Thank you for an amazing African experience.
You all made us feel so at home and accommodated our every need. We will all treasure this memory and again thank you all for making it possible. We look forward to our next visit.
Just wanted to mention that everything starts from the top down and it is obvious that the owner had put together not only a spectacular setting but a story that compliments it.
Warm regards.

November 2013

Evelin and Heinz
It was a dream here at this beautiful place! Thank you so much for making our stay so special we will never forget this wonderful palce and the game drives were fantastic we have seen more than expected and have gained so much knowledge of wildlife and nature.

We go back to Switzerland with beautiful memories in our hearts!
Thank you for all, all the best for you all!

Jim and Jan McMurray
Another fabulous and memorable experience with the wonderful staff at Mateya! It was great in every way- Phillip and Michael staged all of the animals perfectly, wild dogs and all! Your staff is excellent from the ladies who tend to our suites and laundry to the fabulous cooks/attendants/servers. Be proud-you all are the best! Susan- we missed you yet we felt your generosity everywhere! Christine is a doll!
See you next year! God bless.

Audrea and Bernin
We came here to check the venue for our customers. We leave as absolute fans of Mateya safari lodge! It is off course all the luxury around us, the perfect service, the excellent food, the nice decoration everywhere, the rooms with the pool, it was impressing-best. It is the spirit of that lodge and their people which impressed us the most! Thank you very much for all! Cheers.

Bridget
Thank you for a lovely stay at your wonderful lodge. The game viewing was fantastic.

Svenja Arens Harold and Irmgard Scholz
Today ends a wonderful vacation for us at Mateya lodge. It was an unbelievable experience for us and we will remember it for a long time back home in Germany. You team offers excellent service, the food is very tasty and we were always looking forward to seeing you for our meals, massages, talks, game drives and so on. Thank to you all, we learned a lot and felt like home, which doesn’t really happen too often far away from home. Thank you all the best,

October 2013

Sherri and Glenn Austin
What a magnificent experience! This was the last of our stays in South Africa and we could not have ended in a better note!
You attention to detail is unmatched, our every need was met. The lodge is beautiful with so much art to admire, the staff was so friendly and attentive. We would be hard pressed to think of anything that could have made our stay here more enjoyable.
Our thanks to you all.

Amenda and Swinton Griffith
Thanks so much for a wonderful and full visit. You warm and welcoming staff made it all the more special.

Doug and Kay
Thanks so much for a wonderful time.
The lodge the service the team and setting couldn’t better! Congratulations on all that has been accomplished at Mateya.
All best regards,

Francois, Camilla, Elisabeth, Jean, Andre, Christian and Annie
Thanks to everyone for these great days at Mateya.

Thanks esp. to Carmen and Werner. Let us know what happened to the rhino! Let’s hope there’s soon no more poaching!

Rob and Julie
Thank you every one for such a wonderful stay.

We really enjoyed the luxury of camp and the animals!
We will be back.
Best wishes,

Penny and Augustus
We had just had the most wonderful experience-an experience of a lifetime. Thank you so much for making our stay in this beautiful place so special. We will treasure memories of Mateya for always.

Agnes, Michael Juhas and Schweiz
It was just a dream! Thank you very much for your kind hospitality. On the game drives we saw more than expected. It was beautiful. We go back to Switzerland with lot of good impression.

August 2013

Hannah, Ursula, Carstin and Christof
We hardly found a place decorated so tastefully and welcoming! Throughout the whole stay you took amazingly care of us. Thanks for making us have a wonderful time. We are hoping to get the opportunity to returning the future. Special thanks to Philip and Devine

Paul Distenfeld
One of the best lodges in South Africa! In My book superior to Londolozi, Singita, and Rattrays in everything: game drives, accommodation and food. We had a fantastic time and enjoyed Werner and Paul’s expertise and explanations. We hope to come back soon, thank you for your warm hospitality and amazing art collection.

Mary and Michelle
Thank you for making my first safari experience an unforgettable one! We felt so welcomed and well taken care of by everyone here. We will go home with our wonderful memories which will hold us over until we return again!

The Fabela family
Dear Susan and the entire wonderful Mateya staff,

What a treat! Thank you!
This has been the most wonderful and relaxing few days. Thank you Werner and Paul for you expertise and enthusiasm. Thank you to the chef for the most delicious meals so beautifully presented. Thank you for the service which was faultless at all times. I feel like we have been surrounded by family with warmth, familiarity and ease all in the most spectacular of settings. Wishing all a life time of magical memories enjoyed in good health!

To the Mateya team!

We had a fantastic experience. You all were absolutely welcoming and you pampered us like we have never experienced. The food was absolutely delicious and creative at every meal. Thank you all for your very special, passionate and dedicated attention! As for the actual safari drives we were very fortunate to have terrific guide and tracker that awarded us the best safari drives we have experienced, having been on safari before. You are all the best of the best!

Petra and Christian
Thank you very much for letting us stay here with you at this unique and wonderful place. You made our first trip to South Africa and our first safari experience an unforgettable memory.
Our first day in the Mateya lodge with this incredible suite and very delicious food and the amazing wildlife, felt like being in paradise. We will always keep you in memories.

Frank and Jo Ann Gillingham
Dear Mateya’s wonderful team, What, my new favourite place in the world! God bless you all.

September 2013

Harry and Harriete
No words could ever describe the absolute delight and magic that resides within Mateya and will be forever edged in our hearts and minds.
The embrace of Mateya is felt in every room and from the kindness and generosity of the staff.

Werner; what an experienced domain expert you are! The depth of your expertise is beyond desire. You have deepened our knowledge for this country and its animals.
Christine; you are a superb hostess and your kindness and thought fullness shines through in everything! You hands provide a magical massage.

Susan; the world class home that Mateya is seen in your love and dedication to Africa and its artefacts are stunning! You are an inspiration for those who have a dream and vision plus the ability to make it all happen. Thank you for opening your home to us as visitors...we are grateful!

Innocent; Thank you! For all the incredible meals and introducing us to tastes of Africa.

Mateya you are forever edged in our hearts and minds. Thank you! Everyone!

Karin van Zweeden, Pietervan Zweeden, Marion van Zweeden, Rob van Zweeden, Henry Hugen.
We are overwhelmed by the beauty and hospitality of Mateya.
Werner is not a good guide- he is a great guide!
Innocent is not a good cook- he is a great cook!
Caxton is not a good cook- he is a great cook!
Christine is not a good manager- she is a great manager!
Thank to the rest of the crew, they are just as great.

Words cannot express how wonderful life is as Mateya. With special thanks to the staff

July 2013

James and Anne Wright
Thanks to all at Mateya who helped make this one of our most memorable experiences.
There was no room for improvement, except for the early morning chill. I will bring thermals next time or wait for September.
The property its contents and especially its people are extraordinary!

Paula, Avis and Sheryl
Our heartfelt thanks and praise to the Mateya team for introducing us to gracious African hospitality and to the miraculous and mesmerising discovery of the savannah’s hidden wildlife.
As guest we are grateful and as safari participants we are in awe!

Beverly Craft
What a fabulous few days I had at Mateya!
The lodge is absolutely beautiful and the staff really made this a special place-a home in the bush!
The game viewing has been something I will always cherish, excellent sightings of wild dog, lions mating, cheetah the list goes on!
Thank you to the entire Mateya family for such fond memories. I will be back.

Eric and Alison Hodges
Really big thanks to all the team at Mateya for making our visit so wonderful.
The lodge the game drives, trackers etc. Were all truly superb and we will cherish the memories forever!

Nicolas and Jianhong
Dear team of Mateya lodge,
We want to thank you very much for this great experience in South Africa.
Werner and Paul are a fantastic team for tracking wild animals like leopards, lions, rhinos, cheetahs, etc. We are very proud of your team; all the lodges followed us when we have found some wild animals!
Thank you also for the nice service, the nice food and everything else.
We wish good health and happiness for the whole team of Mateya lodge!

The Wrays
To the whole Mateya team,

We had the most wonderful honeymoon here. Thank you for taking such excellent care of us. We have cherished every experience and moment. We are already thinking about and wanting to plan our next trip to South Africa.
Thank you for everything!

June 2013

Ross and Yvonne
Thank you, to all at Mateya,

It was short but sweet, even so we enjoyed every minute.
The memories last a lifetime the photos will remind us of how fantastic it was.
We hope to return again someday!

Kathy and Bert du Plessis
Thank you for a wonderful African experience,

It was honestly out of this world from great guiding and tracking, outstanding staff, chef, spa- wish we could stay longer.
Many thanks,

Brian and Shum
Dear Christine, Joanne and staff,

Thank you for a wonderful experience-that was so short! We enjoyed every moment, made wonderful memories-that we wil cherish forever!
We never expected the treatment we received we were blown away! Once again thank you and the staff for being so friendly and welcoming. What a special anniversary –memories to cherish- photos to remember! Hopefully we can return one day, sad to leave!
Everything was beyond our expectations!

Dorra, Ralph, Rich, Laura, Bill, Steven and Stacey Schuler
To all the helpful and friendly South Africans we met here at Mateya.
You have treated us like royalty and anticipated our every need. I personally enjoyed the feast for the eyes not just of the beautiful animals that we came to see, but also the wonderful art, the dishes, even the cushions, furniture etc.
Susan, I enjoyed talking to you and learning about the history of your lodge. I hate to leave!
Oh- and the food was so nice that we all ate too much!

Mario and Judy
To Phillip and everyone at Mateya,

Thanks you so much for your hospitality and amazing experience. The food was superb, the drives amazing, the staff fantastic. Thanks you.
Best wishes,

May 2013

Geoff and Ashley
To Werner, Paul, Christine, Connie and everyone else at Mateya,

Thank you so much for the wonderful time and experience. We hope to see you soon.

Renette Hartridge
Dear Phillip, Joanne, Christine, Werner, Paul and Connie,

Thank you very much for an amazing safari- I had high expectations of great game and Mateya’s team over delivered!
I am taking the experience and memories home with me and will open it up like a bottle of perfume and share the fragrance of Mateya.
Regards,

Pamela Young
To everyone at Mateya lodge,

You have an amazing property, very welcoming, very beautiful, the service great and the ambiance are very comfortable.
I hope to pass along this message and send more people to experience this great place for themselves.
Also great game viewing to be had!

Valker and Nils Alvatater
Dear Werner, Christine and staff,
Thanks for a wonderful stay,
Love the lodge, people and wildlife, Nils especially enjoyed the chameleon encounter!
Unfortunately our stay here was way too short. Hope to be able to return in the future.
Thanks for your fine hospitality.

Deborah Goldberg, Michael Winter, Evan and Meri
To the entire Mateya family,

Thank you very much for the fantastic welcome, wonderful stay at you home! You all made us feel as if we belong here. Every one of our experiences was beyond belief.
The ambiance, artwork and accommodation were beyond description. We ate far too much because the food was superb.
Thank you again for the effort you put in to make Mateya a special place!

Moses and Cookie Ecttor
Dear Susan and all staff,

Your kindness and generosity will never be forgotten. The warmth was felt throughout our stay.
This was a adventure/experience of a lifetime. Moses and I will cherish the memories forever and of course share them with our children and grand children.
Every facit of our stay was exquisite! The safari with Werner and Paul, the wonderful meals prepared by Innocent and Connie, to Christine helping us with all our needs.
Susan we can never thank you enough, until we see you again-God bless and many thanks!

April 2013

Susanna and Christine from Austria
Dear all at Mateya,

We would like to say thank you very much for this wonderful stay in your impressive lodge.
We experienced the hospitality and enjoyed every day here. Special thanks to Werner and Paul who gave us not only the chance to see the big 5 but also the super 7.
We wish you all the best.

Solange Lanusse, Argentina
Thank you so much Bethuel, Connie and the entire Mateya team for hosting us it was a truly exceptional experience it was my first safari and my first time in Africa; what a wonderful experience.
Thank you very much.

Frieda , Argentina
My first stay in Madikwe-Wonderful.
Many thanks to all the service is unbelievable the property is so Unique.
Hope to have the opportunity to come back one day.

Sussi Galley, Cape town
Thank you all for a gorgeous two days at your own piece of paradise.

Judy Udwin, Atlanta, GA. USA
Thank you for sharing your home with us. Loved our stay in your magnificent lodge, the staff was all wonderful.
Many thanks

Lee and Belinda, Atlanta, GA
At the confluence of Southern hospitality and South African animals lies Mateya and we were blessed to have our first experience with Africa in the comfort, no splendour of the lodge that Susan built. The plans bubbling up out her dreams of building a home in Africa and sharing it with friends.
Spending time with the animals made us better people watching them to master a wild and dangerous environment. We can learn much from the animals and that is why we must save them-if there were only more Susan’s we’d have no more worries about these magnificent animals.
Thank you not only for a great vacation but in opening our eyes to the importance of conservation.

Brigit and Hans, Germany
A beautiful place a great experience
Thank you,

Jack Heffernan
Greetings to the beautiful Mateya family,
Thank you ever so much for your support, advice, experience and for sharing with us your love for your wonderful country Debra and I take home with us which will enrich our lives forever.
What a heartfelt joy our holiday has been to celebrate my wife’s new heart which she received five years ago. We will remember you happy smiles forever.

Debra Heffernan, USA
You have removed my fear of living again, thank you also for pale grass, cinnamon roads and the silence.

Sheryl Gibbs
Thank you so much for a wonderful experience at Mateya.
Game viewing has been spectacular, WOW! Big 5!
Staff fantastic and what a beautiful lodge. Pity it was not longer I will cherish these awesome memories.
Thank you, best wishes,

March 2013

Andre and Julian, New York
Dear Susan and Mateya family,

We have travelled the world over and had a great opportunity to come to South Africa a few times already, however you have just set new standarts!
Your warmth and hospitality equal no other place-one feels at home from day one. We have come here to celebrate my dad’s 80th birthday and I think it was a perfect choice. Not only did we have incredible sightings (including wild dogs mating) but also we had the most amazing dinners, tasting your superb cuisine and exceptional wines. We do love wine and collect some, however you choice and quality has surpassed our expectations-thank you!
Our deepest gratitude and appreciation to all your family-everyone was so welcoming and friendly. Special thanks to Francois and Devine for making extra efforts and finding all the game, you two work perfectly as a team, much appreciated.

Gale and Arnie Rosenburg
Dear Susan, Phillip and all of the Mateya staff,

Our experience here at Mateya exceeded our expectations; this place created magnificently here in the bush is magical.
Every aspect is perfection. On this fourth trip to South Africa we were completely “wowed”.
Many thanks for you warmth and incredible hospitality we look forward to our next visit.

Andrea
Dear Susan and her fabulous staff,

This was my first stop and my first trip to South Africa.
How can anything compare to this? I loved the sculptured and art everywhere I looked. The pictures i am taking home won’t do it justice, but the memory will carry with me. Our game drives with Phillip, made our game drives. Searching for two days for the wild dogs was so exciting. We finally found them and they didn’t disappoint. My first lions, giraffes, rhino and impala I will never forget my “my firsts”.
This place is first rate and I can’t wait to return.
Best wishes and my thanks.

Barbara Deichman
Dear Susan and staff,
Thanks you for a wonderful experience. The attention to detail did not go unnoticed. Every person I met could not have been nicer or more helpful. The food, the drives, the rooms are better than I have experienced in all my travels.
I am especially thankful for arranging another room for me. It made the stay even more enjoyable.
Sincerely,

Robert and Gina Kemper Denver, Colarado
Dear Susan and staff,
What an incredible journey. Your southern hospitality was perfectly divine the experience out in the bush was a once in a lifetime opportunity.
We would like to thank you for making us feel so special, all of the staff is truly amazing. I only hope as I venture into my new career as a travel agent I will be able to send many clients your way as i know they will receive the best.
May the sun continue to shine on Mateya.
May you be happy healthy and prosperous

February 2013

Deidra and Jay Smith, Atlanta, Goergia
Dear Mateya family,

If you are going to end a fantastic trip to South Africa, this beautiful home is the way to do it.
Jay and I had the extraordinary experience of having Mateya, Werner, Christine, Innocence, Paul, Connie, Ollie and the team to our selves! It was fun, romantic, delicious, educational, relaxing and above all of it home away from home (Levi and Spirit helped with that!) We will surely return if for mother reasons to educate our family on South Africa, Madikwe with Werner-his knowledge and patience are so very valuable.
Look for us four on the road again soon.
Best,

January 2013

The Secci’s, (Italy)
Many thanks to all the staff, fantastic job at all levels. Special thanks to Francois who is a special and patient guide. Looking forward to coming here again one day.

Neha and Sameer Nakang, (San Fransisco, California, USA)
Dear Mateya family. Thank you for making our honeymoon unforgettable! Philip, Joanne and the rest of the team were so warm and welcoming – we feel very lucky to have stayed in this special place and plan on coming back. (maybe with our future children and family one day) Francois and Devine, thank you for introducing us to paradise, teaching and showing us so much about nature. Francois you truly are a animal genius. We are looking forward to seeing your amazing photographs on Facebook. Caxton, Rosie and the rest of the staff, thank you for the amazing vegetarian food. Best food we’ve had in South Africa. It felt like you were able to read our minds on what we wanted. Thank you all for the superiour hospitality, great company and wonderful memories. Mateya lodge is truly a special place. Please let us know if any of you come to San Fransisco.
Warmly,

You and Lynda, (NYC)
To everyone at Mateya. What a wonderful way to start the New Year. Thanks for an amazing introduction to African wildlife. Especially the Big 5 and the great drives. Plus seeing a Serval hunting. Please let us know when you are in our home town, we’ll show you real wildlife – “zoo York”! truly a beautiful place and we feel honered to have shared it with you. Thanks and hope to be back one day.

Brosou family (Cape Town, South Africa)
Dear Mateya family. What a fabulous place. Discovering Mateya has been a wonderful experience. Back to the golden time of safari in style… Congratulations to everyone involved in putting together this magnificent experience. Suites, cuisine, game drives, service, all top rated. Whishing you all a spectacular 2013.

Michael and Margret (Berlin, Germany)
Thank you for the great and unforgettable days. We saw the “big 5” and our personal “small 5”, Monitor lizard, Chameleon, Puff-Adder, Leopard Tortoise, and Scorpion. Best stay we’ve ever had in the wilderness.

Mark, Roleen, and Jesse, (Australia)
To all at Mateya. Thank you for everyone making our stay a very memorable one. The staff has been amazing and made us feel so welcome. The food has been great and the suites are fantastic. The game viewing was amazing and we are looking forward to coming back again. Hope you all have a wonderful year.

July 2012

Jessie and Brian Walsh
It was such a pleasure to experience Madikwe through Mateya lodge.
Werner and Paul showed us many great things and made each trip into the bush a brand new adventure, this was our first safari and if we are lucky enough to have a second trip, it will certainly be with Mateya.
Thanks to Philip, Christine, Betheul, Ollie and the rest of the staff. Oh and off course Levi and Spirit too!
Thanks for a great week.

Beth and Keith
Thank you all so much for an absolutely wonderful honeymoon. We have so enjoyed the delicious meals as every dish was absolutely exquisite. Each game drive was such a unique experience and we enjoyed every one. The lodge is so beautiful and we feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to spend time with you all.
This has been the most memorable trip for us and we will carry the experience with us always.

June 2012

James, Ann and Molly Paterson
Our first safari far surpassed our wildest dreams, as did the lovely accommodations and food.
The staff made us feel quiet at home and home describe the warm and friendly atmosphere that surrounds us while visiting. We truly did feel part of the family.
Thanks so much for sharing your lovely slice of South Africa.

December 2012

Tony
This is a lodge that is superb in every way, from the warm welcome to the most beautiful surroundings.
The discreet and attentive staff’s care, to the experienced and knowledgeable game ranger, the service has been outstanding. Thank you and all the best at Mateya.
The suites are to carefully detailed that absolutely every need has been anticipated and that is what makes a superb experience!
Thank you very much for a fabulous stay!

November 2012

Jill, Robert, Kathryn, Christine, Alison Murhead.
Thank you for a wonderful bush experience.
To Philip and Paul a special mention for their eagle eye’s and their ability to remain calm under trying conditions! This was our first visit to Mateya and we certainly hope it will not be our last.

Liz and Mike Nesbitt.
Thank you for a wonderful experience here at Mateya.
Such a beautiful lodge and welcoming staff, thank you Werner for being one of the best guides we’ve ever had.

Tyshar and Chandalie
Thank you Shai! Thank you Phillip!
Thank you is small for such a precious experience. Our first safari visit to Africa and celebrating our 20 year anniversary, all together this combination makes us thrilled and feels fortunate to be here, to have Francois and Devine and our companions seems like a perfect dream come true! Gorgeous lodge, food, wine, kindness and care!
Blessings that this place and goodness will continue...

October 2012

Jim and Jan McMurray
What a fabulous place in paradise!
The service was incredible the food excellent and the people who served us in every way were the best ever! From the terrific guide and tracker, Francois and Devine to Joanne and Christine and the ladies who cleaned our room and did our laundry.
We are so spoiled!

Thank you to all we will leave here with memories to cherish. To Susan we have enjoyed our time with you and connection with another southerner.
God bless all the best.

Bon and Candy Goldstein
Another fabulous vacation at Mateya!
We didn’t think you could top our first trip here but our second trip did not disappoint! From the gracious staff to the thrilling game drives, everything was perfect!
Thank for including us in your Mateya family!

Doris and Mark Kelly
Thank you all for making our stay at Mateya Safari Lodge such a wonderful experience, the building designer are excellent. The art work is superb! The meals were delicious and the service and friendship you extended to us is deeply appreciated. We will never forget our experience to two prides of lions and three sightings of wild dogs!

Karin and Peter Ahrens
We were the only guests during our stay and experienced paradise on earth.
We thank all the staff for their over whelming attention and service. Especially Werner and Paul made our game drives a highlight without comparison. We would like to come back and again many thanks to everybody at Mateya.

September 2012

Butch and Mary Jane Schwars
Dear Susan, Francois, Devine, Joanne, Cuxton, Rose, Mable, Ellen and all the Mateya staff,
This trip to visit you beautiful country side was an experience beyond words. The sights and wildlife will become the very best part of my memories...as soon as i can process it all! If WOW could be multiplied to infinity, that would be a start!
Thank you, thank you to all!
Love from the Texans

Cathie and David
Truly a place where dreams can come true and so special of you Susan to share your new happiness with us.
Francois, Devine and all of you staff leave us with wonderful memories that we will long cherish.

Mark and Judy
To all the Mateya family,

Thank you for your welcoming hospitality and for just spoiling us rotten. Everything was just perfect and so much more than imagined! It truly was an amazing expierence, from the gorgeous accomadation to the unbelievable food, the spectacular game drives, and the amazing animals which were seen and heard and of course the wonderful staff.

Thank you so much, this trip really meant so much and will not be forgotten!

Penny and Jeff, San Francisco, CA
Mateya is the first stop on our first trip to Africa, what a way to begin!
Penny and I have enjoyed every minute here. Philip and Paul were wonderful on the game drives, we saw so many animals and have learned so much! Every member of the staff went out of their way to make us feel welcome and at home. It’s difficult to leave after such a wonderful stay.
Thank you everyone here at Mateya we will see you again soon!

Richard and Amy
What a truly memorable week in Africa, capped off with 5 days at Mateya.
There are just not enough hours in the day to fit every experience that Mateya and Madikwe offer. We will take home unforgettable game sightings wonderful photos , a couple of extra kilo’s too.
Thank you to the people that make Mateya unique.

Malcolm and Elizabeth
Thank you so very much for a truly wonderful week. The lodge and wildlife surpassed our expectations. Food is outstanding and our suits the best we have ever experienced- don’t really want to leave! We are however taking home some wonderful memories and 1000+ photos! This was to be a once in a life time holiday but hope we can return.

Katia and Earik
We were here 2 years ago and enjoyed Mateya so much we thought we would come back for our honeymoon, and we did! A return stay is always more difficult to fill full or you already know the place and what you experienced the prior time. But Mateya is just such a wonderful lodge that everything was once again perfect. The lodge is definitely the best we have stayed in Africa. Thank you to all the staff for maintaining such excellence. Thank you to Werner and Paul for the wonderful guiding and kindness.
A wonderful honeymoon trip! We will have to find time to come back, but we will!

August 2012

The Crompton family Taylor, Diana, Bob, Alexandra and Peter
Thanks you so much for the wonderful hospitality, we really enjoyed ourselves. We had a great time spotting all of the different animals! It was really great to watch the animals walking to and from the waterhole from the viewing deck of our room. The food was delicious! Thank you to all of the staff for making our stay a pleasure, it was a great way to end our trip!

Micheale and Wiliam
Dearest Susan and all the beautiful Mateya family,

Our thanks to you is as vast as this beautiful country, our appreciation of your hospitality as numerous as the stars we see here at night. Our memories will be forever- until we return, with love and affection.

Salma and Righad
It’s been a lovely experience coming to this country and the safari was amazing and it’s unfortunate time cuase today is the last day. I hope i can repeat this experience again.
Thank you for this great treatment!

Serene Halawani
We had a very nice and memorable time here, and we appreciate all the help and putting up with Omar and Ahmed we hope we will be able to visit this place again in the future.
We will miss you all!
P.S We will hopefully be able to bring the whole family next time.

The Halawani family
Thank you for giving us this wonderful experience, it really has meant a lot to all of us. You all been so kind, made this trip unique and worthwhile. I think i enjoyed the time here at the lodge more than actually seeing the animals. Hope we get to see you again soon.
Love you and will miss you!

Ahmed
Dear Mateya team,

It was a truly amazing visit here. It was a highlight of my life, the people here are a wonderful team. I’m looking forward to come here again.

June 2012

Kathryn and Richard, San Francisco, USA
A special thanks to Francois, Richard, Connie, Joanne and Philip you made our trip extra special.


An amazing stay!
Couldn’t have asked for a better way to wrap up our honeymoon. Attentive and friendly staff and memorable safari experience and the most extraordinary surroundings in and out of the rooms! The Mateya team did a fantastic job of catering to our every wish and we are excited to be able to send our parents, friends and selves back in the future!

It’s hard to believe that Mateya has only been open to the public for a few years; you guys are some of the best in the hospitality business.
We are so glad you are here!

Kathryn and Richard

May 2012

Stephanie Nalley Atlanta, GA
To Susan and the wonderful team of Mateya,

Our trip to Mateya is on most can only dream about!
It is a experience that I will remember and cherish for a lifetime!! The beauty of the property and the grounds of Mateya are absolutely gorgeous and you really feel like you are living the dream while you are here.
Philip and Werner are so informative and full of knowledge! I have learned so many exciting facts that I probably would have never learned elsewhere. The staff is so friendly and make you feel at home. My 35th birthday will be one that I never forget!!!! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the beautiful cake and celebration, it made my birthday extra special! I have gained 10 pounds from Innocent’s amazing feasts, but every bite was well worth the weight gain.
Once again thank you again for such an amazing experience! I can mark quite a few things off my bucket list and I will have so many memories to cherish for a lifetime.

Kim and Clay
Dear Susan and the Mateya family,
What a special place you have all created! We are so fortunate to com visit and meet all of you.
Werner and Paul we can’t thank you enough for the once in a lifetime experiences that you created for us. Your knowledge and talents were so impressive. Christine, thank you for your smiles and kindness. The facial was just what I needed and so relaxing.
Innocent what an incredible talent you have, it was such fun experiencing all of the wonderful game that you prepared for us. One of my favourite of all times and that I will never forget was the beautiful voices of all of you singing to Stephanie for her birthday. It brought tears to my eyes just thinking about how happy you all are and what joy you all have brought to Susan. I know she loves you as much as you love her.
Susan thank you for this amazing once in a lifetime trip that you have created and given us! We love you!

Katie and Slater
Dear Susan and the Mateya family,

What a wonderful, once in a lifetime humbling experience it was to come to your beautiful lodge.
Slater and I had no idea what we were in for and how it has surpassed our every expectation. The delicious food and so tasty, The accomadation are comfortably luxurious and inviting. We’ve loved looking at all the art and sculptures as we learn about your culture. Every scene is breathtaking and every sunrise/sunset better than the last!

Christine, the facial was the best ever and I wish you move to Atlanta. Werner and Philip, your knowledge and genuine love for the bush is contagious and makes us want to learn more and more. I am sure that you will be relieved that the questions are less when I leave. Thank you for being patient for four days and for really taking an interest in what we learned and how we remembered. You two truly have a special gift for what you do and we more than reaped the benefits. Thank you for your expertise and excitement.
Last but not least thank you Susan, you’ve raved about this place that holds your heart and now I can certainly see why. Your love and generosity are all over Mateya and we feel fortunate we got to come be with you and experience your home. Thank you for everything you sure have made something special in a place we will never forget.
Queen Mateya would be proud.

Jim
The Nalley’s will be forever grateful for you generosity Susan and for your staff, especially Philip, Werner, Ollie, Paul and Christine for our unbelievable time at Mateya.
You are just plain nice human beings at Mateya, thank you so much for the time of our lives and Susan the best i can say is- “catfish” would be proud!

April 2012

Isaacs
To everyone at Mateya!

I have waited all my life to see animals in the wild, the experiences of the past days have been too hard to put into words. Werner and Rifos, I thank you both for making my dreams come true. The time and energy you gave us on each and every drive was an adventure in itself. You went above and beyond expectations to allow us the opportunity of seeing and hearing about life in South Africa bush! My head is exploding with new knowledge- Werner you are a walking talking “Google”on the plants, birds, insects and animalshere at Madikwe! You have been the most patient and wonderful teacher! To Connie- Thank you for spoiling us at each and every meal, making sure we were looked after at all times.
Innocent and Rose- thank you both the extra kilos we will take home!
To the staff who made our suite so comfortable and my clothes so tight-oops clean!
Thank you Christine and Joanne-we looked foward to your warm smiles (and hand towels) after each drive!
Thank you Susan for all the above! I am sorry not to have met you personally. You are an amazing woman.

Frances Heffenbaum
Dear team Mateya
I cam here to see the big five, but came away feeling the warmth and hospitality of the big seven- Werner, Christine, Rifos, Joanne, Connie, Innocent and Rose! I know that there are a lot of people behind the scenes, just as there is out in the bush that make everything happen! From the mattobheli to the elephant. Thank you to everyone who made the greatest impression and awarded me the greatest 3 day experience of my life! I cannot thank you enough. It surpasses all my expectations what a great place, surrounded by the most wonderful slice of world!

Thanks so much!

Sherill and Edwin
To the Mateya team,
We have enjoyed our stay here, your warmth and your hospitality.
Our every need anticipated and every favourite food and wine remembered! Housekeeping with our room and laundry needs. Our game drives were memorable with Werner’s knowledge off all things Madikwe delivered. Rifos’s expert tracking as complementary to our guide for finding us many rhino, elephant sightings as well as many other birds and animals.

Barbara and Michael
To the Mateya team,
Many thanks for making our stay so incredible!
From the accommodation to the food and game drives, you have made us feel at home and pampered.
May you have prosperous and happy lives!

Sarah Hope de Mayo and Callie Sadler
Dear Susan and the rest of the Mateya family,
You have truly found a piece of heaven on earth here and we cannot thank you enough for inviting us to share it with you.
Time has greatly flown by I cannot believe we are already signing this book. Everyting has been so fantastic, from seeing the big 5 all in one week to the welcoming staff and amazing meals. The art work is exceptional and off course our time spent with you. It was so nice to feel a sense of home while abroad, a gift you have so kindly given us.
Thank you sincerely.

March 2012

John and Cherilyn, England
Mateya has been the most fantastic experience in every way possible. We have had the most wonderful time with surprises around every corner when out in the bush with Werner and Paul. We have been so lucky to have seen so many animals, and learned so much about this beautiful area. We have been extremely well looked after and enjoyed the delicious lunches and dinners from Cauxton. All of the staff have made us feel so welcome.
Thank you to you all.

Peg and Steve Walsh
To all the staff at Mateya,
Thank you so much for the wonderful experience you provided us during our stay at Mateya lodge. We enjoyed every minute of it. Werner and Paul were the best making each game drive fun and very educational. Thanks to Christine as well. Talented chef Innocent’s meals were outstanding.
Thank you again.

From family Schaff
Dear Mateya team,
Thank you so much for making our last few days in South Africa such a pleasant experience. We have enjoyed the game drives, some of us having trouble getting up so early in the morning but it was very much worth it! The service and food was to the highest standards and we enjoyed all meals with either astonishing views over the landscape or waterhole or even sitting in the wine cellar, surrounded by such vast amounts of booze was a very profound experience! It was a very interesting and also very rewarding stay and so many thanks go out to all of you for making this a wonderful, not to say incredible amazing time and we are very grateful to have been able to experience such beautiful events.
All love and thankfulness.

February 2012

Brianne and Alex Turtletaub, Los Angeles, USA
To the Mateya family,
Thank you for the wonderful experience. We are so happy fate brought us to your lodge. Our game drives with Philip and Lazarus were unforgettable and we can’t wait to come back! The entire Mateya team as been so welcoming! Thank you again for making us feel part of the family-we will cherish our memories.
With admiration and thanks.

Anita and Prabha Sinha, Chicago, USA
Thank you, thank you for the most relaxing and wonderful stay for us here. Innocent’s food the service and all the meals-as good as it gets. Many wonderful game drives with Werner and Paul-thank you for your skill and enthusiasm and so many great encounters!

Claudia and Alex
To Susan and the awesome staff at Mateya (lions) safari lodge,
After travelling to some other very private places on earth, this is our highlight in life, no place on earth has delighted us as much as Mateya lodge.
We wish we could have shared our experience with the rest of the world, showing everybody what paradise on earth looks like!
We are planning to come again as soon as life allows us.
Thank you for our best holiday ever in your beautiful world!
PS: Special thanks to Werner and Paul the best ranger and tracker for an unforgettable experience!

January 2012

Pauline and Allan Baxter
I can’t think of a more magical place to see in the new-year. We were a little overwhelmed by the sheer luxury of Mateya at first but quickly got into the swing of things. This is largely due to how friendly you are here. Always on hand, but never obtrusive, Francois and Richard gave us a lifetime of memories with amazing game drives every day. We feel hugely privileged to have had this expierence, and thank everyone at Mateya for making this a holiday of a lifetime.

Judith, Katharina, Peter and Francesca
Dear Mateya family,
Our stay is over an we would like to thank you so much for this wonderful days. We are leaving bringing home the fascinating memories that we lived thanks to your kind and friendly hospitality in the lodge, so beautiful and surreal and in the bush with the great Werner and Paul.
Thank you for bring the soul of Africa to our hearts, and we hope to see you very, very soon!

Reuate and Stefan
Three amazing days in Africa, wonderful trips into nature, perfect service, excellent food and wine, a lovely lodge.
We will never forget our time at Mateya, especially with Werner and Paul- the best guide and tracker ever!!- and Christine and Innocent...

Jill and John Holder, Atlanta, USA
To the Mateya team,
Our first trip to South Africa, we came with high expectation and you have far exceeded them.
Thank you to everyone for a trip of a lifetime!
Warm wishes.

Jeff Stranks and Adriana Lima
We have had four wonderful days and nights here we had hoped for the best and we got exactly that in many ways.
We can’t thank everyone at Mateya enough for making this our first visit to South Africa so memorable.
Thank you all so much,
PS: and many thanks for the beautiful smiles!

Carole UK. Larry USA.
We had the most memorable time here and have been taken care of by the wonderful staff; ones with good eyes and most amazing knowledge.
Look foward to coming back to visit you all again.
Thank you.

Fred and Alan Carver, New York, USA
We could not have asked for a more memorable safari; in fact, we hope to return with our daughter, Esme, as soon as she is permitted to come! All of the animal encounters were breathtaking. Innocent’s cooking was exceptional. Special thank you to Werner, Paul and Christine for making our honeymoon unforgettable.

Unkonwn
At the beginning of our vacation we got the news that the Kruger park has been closed due to the weather conditions. It was a fast decision to make reservations at Mateya and it was the best one we have ever did. What a exciting tour and most memorable experience.
We thank you for all.

Eri and Richard Herrmann
Even though we only 2 days with the Mateya team it was wonderful and unforgettable. Thank you to all of you but a special thanks to Werner and Paul. Hope that we can come back and meet you and to see this nice place again.
All the best to all of you.

August 2011

Peaches
Dear Susan, What a dream of a holiday! How can I ever thank you for all the unforgettable things we experienced because of your generosity. Mateya is so special and we will never forget this trip of a lifetime. Many thanks to you and all your staff! Love

Kay and Frank Yeager Wichita Falls, Texas
Dear Susan, Frank and I have had a wonderful time during our stay at Mateya. We appreciate your graciousness and generosity of sharing such a wonderful place with us. We will treasure our days here and thank you and your staff for taking wonderful care of us and teaching us the beauty of Mateya.

Micheal Goldman
To Susan and the wonderful staff, especially; Phillip, Francois and Joanne. After 3 days we are leaving an oasis wonderful land and troubled world. Thank you for such a wonderful expierence. Wishing all of you the bets always.

Sharon and David Schachter Atlanta, USA
To Susan and the Mateya staff, Thank you for creating such a beautiful African home to share. We will always treasure our time here and the memories created. We can only hope that we will return some day! Every detail here is thought of I would not want anything to change. The game drives were so wonderful, Francois and Richard are just incredible, and their knowledge about the bush is truly amazing. Thank you so much!

July 2011

Peter & Nicole Buch USA
Dear Susan and the entire Mateya family, Thank you for inviting us into our home, we enjoyed every part of the visit. We look forward to seeing you again!

Micheal Williams
Dear Susan and the Mateya family, I thank you so much for making our stay here so truly wonderful. Everyone has a passion for making sure your stay is a wonderful experience. I look forward to visiting again.

Lynn Clark and Joe Shapirom. Boston, MA USA
Susan and the Mateya staff, What an amazing way to start our marriage! Thank you to all of your incredibly friendly and helpful staff for making these the 3 most exiting days of our lives. Special thanks to Phillip and Refos for guiding us to just about every animal out there. Joe is especially grateful for all of the photography lessons. You have indeed created a monster! Best regards.

Elenor White
Dear Susan and all the wonderful Mateya family, Thank you, thank you for an amazing adventure in Mateya land. What a special, wonderful place you have here. Everything from the setting, the incredible food, the dinner time will make it a trip of a lifetime! Thank you!

June 2011

Gordon, Sully, Gwen and Grace Beckham
To Susan and the entire Mateya family, We couldn’t thank you enough for such a wonderful trip in South Africa. The lodge is absolutely beautiful and it is full of the most special people. We all loved meeting everyone and learning about the exquisite and unique African wildlife. What a special place! There’s no doubt that we will all be back, hopefully sooner rather than later. Thank you so much and I am sure that we will be seeing you soon! Lots of love.

Mary
Susan, you have created a sanctuary of perfect harmony, a diverse community of people, animals, birds and vegetation. Blanketed by all the stars that are invisible to us in the states, punctuated with indigenous art and presented by your warmth, hospitality, graciousness and love. For all you have given us, it has been a privilege to visit at last and I long to return. Love

May 2011

Allison and Mark, GLD- South Africa
Mateya You took our breath away, having been to several lodges throughout Africa, Mateya is truly the epitome of a superb safari lodge. A Home and haven in the heart of Madikwe. Susan, you are an inspiration and sharing your safari home for a few days has been a privilege. Mateya will stay with me forever! Thank you for an unforgettable safari, Philip you have a superb team and it was fabulous going on safari with you, I am sure Mark has learned some valuable photographic tips which will ensure many professional wildlife shots. All the best always.

The Knott family, Micheal, Monica, Tristan and Lukas.
Mateya and family, What a wonderful getaway! The hospitality here was out of this world! Your efforts to keep you guests happy and fulfilled were super! I could go on and on but we have a plane to catch…sorry. We would love to come back in the near future. All the best to you and the animals!

Geoff and Teri Hamilton, Lake Tuscaloosa, Alabama,USA
We spent 3 glorious days at Mateya in mid-May, 2011 and Mateya was by far the best camp of the four we visited in South Africa and Botswana. We had very high expectations of Mateya from reading the Trip Advisor comments and reviewing the Mateya website and still, Mateya blew us away! Mateya is everything everyone and the pictures say it is and more. Our suite, #1, was amazing and the service at Mateya is superb. Mateya should be on everyone’s “bucket list”. We’ve traveled all over the world and stayed at the very best places and Mateya definitely belongs as one of the Top Places to Stay in the World.

April 2011

Etta Raye and Jeanne
Mateya, what an awesome piece of heaven. Loved it all and Susan, continue to live and love your dream.

Jane Gilmore and Alistair Murdie, England
To Susan and all at Mateya Our visit to your splendid home and lodge has been an oasis of piece and relaxation in our otherwise frenetic lives. We arrived in Jo’burg in rather poor weather, worried that our flight out to Madikwe could be cancelled. However as soon as I heard Philip’s calm but assertive voice over the phone I knew that we were in safe hands! All of the staff were fabulous- all so caring and thoughtful, especially Francois- who is an excellent guide. He was always relaxed en informative and resourceful in finding us some wonderful sightings- even when the going got tough in cooler weather. Francois I am glad if we were able to repay you with some video footage of the spotted hyena’s attempting to catch the wildebeest! Innocent and his crew catered for our every need and Joanne expertly massaged away the aces of the day. We have truly appreciated all of the kind and thoughtful attention to detail which has left us feeling rested and invigorated.

March 2011

Manocherian family
To all the Mateya lodge family,
This has been the most amazing trip my family has taken. The service was exquisite and you all made it happen. The place is gorgeous and the individualized service was very special. I look forward in returning in the winter.
Thank you to all! PS Werner you are the best, Christine thank you fro the yummy cold/hot towels.

Robert Manocherian
Thanks to everyone here.
I don’t think a zoo will ever be the same again. We have re-opened our eyes to the animal kingdom. We are all appreciative of the collective kindness and sensitivity of the staff. Special thanks to Werner and Paul for leading our way every day.
All the best!

Natalie Manocherian
Thanks everyone for everything you did. Especially Werner and Paul. This was the best trip I had ever had. I hope we come here again. All the animals were so cool and some where scary. Everyone was so nice and I wish you all the best!

Mark and Robert, Washington. DC
Dear Susan, Christine and the Mateya staff,
To say that this was a trip of a lifetime would be a understatement. We cannot express how fortunate we are to have experienced such an amazing place- the beauty of the lodge and the surroundings, the amazing food, the fabulous wine and the incredible hospitality plus graciousness were simply beyond compare. We will always remember the fantastic game drives with Francois and Richard- our close encounter with the elephant, not to mention the rhinos, the lions, zebras, giraffes, etc. We very much looking forward to returning soon and please know how grateful we are for an amazing and wonderful trip.
Thanks for you all.

February 2011

Clay & Kelly Bavor London/ San Francisco
We have had the most beautiful time at Mateya!
Everything has been beyond perfect- this place is magical! From Innocents delicious food, to the staffs warm service to our unbelievable room and of course our unforgettable drives with Francois and Richard. We cannot have imagined a more perfect experience.
Thank you for everything, I sure will be back! Thank you and thanks again!!

Cindy an Litt
Dear Susan and Mateya
When Litt asked me what I wanted for my sixtieth birthday and my reply was a trip to South Africa, I never imagined that our trip could be so magical. We felt like royalty. Your family at Mateya is extraordinary! They have been warm, caring, friendly and attentive- everything we wished at our beck and call. Your beautiful paintings, sculpture and African art combined with your gorgeous lodge and surroundings is a treasure.
To envision this experience is not possible. One has to live it and be part of it. The masterpiece that we experienced- all of Madikwe was breathtaking. Litt and I were totally awestruck. I hope heaven is half as wonderful. We only wish you had been here to share in our joy and excitement. I am still saving every delicious mouthful of my chocolate birthday cake. Please call us when you are in Cashiers. And YES, the dust of Africa has settled in our hearts.
PS to Susan from Litt- Thanks for making my birthday present so wonderful, Cindy loved it and is did I.

Ellen and Don Atkinson, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Dear Mateya family,
What a wonderful experience our visit here have been! The game drives have been perfect and Werner and Paul found everything you are supposed to see for us. They work so well together. The meals where delicious and the service very attentive. We loved our accommodation and certainly needed the walk back and forth. Our fondest dream is that we will be back.

Rob an Suzie Susman New York
The entire Mateya team,
What a fabulous way to celebrate our honeymoon! We couldn’t imagine a more beautiful lodge or a more gracious staff everything was absolutely perfect! Mateya is truly a hidden gem and we loved every minute. Special thanks to Werner and Paul for showing us the amazing wildlife Madikwe has to offer. We will definitely be back!

January 2011

Birgitta & Mikael van Zweigbergk Gothenburg, Sweden
Thank you very much for the wonderful days we have had at Mateya.
It has been absolutely fantastic. You have been fantastic. We have no words to explain how happy we are for have visited here. Everything have been Super! We will never forget these days and we hope that we will have the opportunity to come back!
All our love.

Astid, Kirstin, Felix and Lilian Germany
Thank you for a wonderful stay at this beautiful place!
Special thanks to Werner and Paul for awesome sightings and brilliant game drives. Also to the rest of the Mateya family, thanks for welcoming us with open arms. We thoroughly enjoyed the hospitality in Mateya and hope we will be back soon to this incredible, stunning and peaceful place!
With love.

Ken Boddington, UK
What a perfect place, beautiful surroundings, wonderful staff who really knows how to please you and anticipate your needs. The ranger and tracker found animals so well we saw things we would have missed. The last time I came I mentioned that I liked a particular South African wine and would you believe they shipped a case in especially for when I arrived.
I am a person who can find faults some where, but this place is perfect! I could not find a single thing to complain about. The food was good and Innocent goes from strength to strength. The housekeeping staff did a really good job and we even got a same day return laundry service.
We will be coming back again since this is the best game lodge we have stayed at anywhere.

Janet Boddington, UK
Sad to leave Mateya today but happy that we will surely return. Thank you to Philip an Paul showing us the flora and fauna which now fill my head and my camera. Mateya is a wonderful place: like the graceful swan it glides peacefully along while totally hidden, all the skill, hard work and dedication to drive the paddling feet underneath.

December 2010

Leon & Marietta Greece
To all staff of Mateya.
Thank you very much for the amazing time we had on our honeymoon! Definitely going on safari for the first time was something amazing and you all tried your best to make our stay more than enjoyable! Needless to say about the tasteful dishes we had everyday, we will try to come back and visit you again since the last three days are memorable…

Linda & Peter Ferstendik London, England
To all the staff at Mateya
We know just how much work goes on both front of house and behind the scenes to make a place like this so special. We were not scheduled to stay here originally but dew to the dreadful snow in London, we had to alter our trip and how lovely it has been. So much care and attention to the smallest details has made this a very special place for us. We have stayed in many game lodges and Mateya has to be one of the top ones. The kindness of the staff, the excellent food and some interesting game sightings have been so rewarding for us. It’s a great shame we couldn’t stay for longer. Thank you to all the wonderful staff for making this such a wonderful stay. The rooms and bathrooms are exceptional!
PS. Werner, thank you for sharing some of your knowledge with us- you told us things we haven’t learnt on previous trips and I believe you should learn something new every day.
PPS. To Susan, We sadly didn’t get to meet you but wanted to thank you foe sharing your beautiful home with us- you have thought of everything! We have even managed to see a leopard on our final game drive!

Damelbauer family Germany
To the Mateya team
Being the first safari for the family, I must say that this was an incredible experience. The professionalism and friendliness of our rangers, Francois and Richard who introduced us to this fantastic reserve. The creativity with which Innocent prepared all the gorgeous dishes. The fantastic lodge and smiles that made us feel welcome and at home form the first minute.
Thank you to the whole Mateya team that made our stay such an incredible experience.

Budge family Scotland
To our new Mateya family
Where do we begin?
Wonderful people who knew what we wanted even before we did. Amazing and lots of food. Beautiful surroundings. Animals amazing. Thank you to Richard for sharing his skills. A special thanks to Francois for sharing his knowledge and happily answering all our questions. This has been our first safari trip to Mateya- it will certainly not be our last!
Love and good health to you all. Thank you

Emma and Daniel Fox London, England
Dear all of the wonderful people at Mateya.
Wow! We have been blown away by our stay with you. Absolutely everything has been perfect from the incredible lodge, game drives, beautiful food and of course you guys! A special thank you to Werner and Paul for making our stay so memorable, the drives so interesting, exciting and fun! We truly have loved every second we have been here, we look forward to the day we return again!
Thank you so much again. All our love.

November 2010

Bob and Candy Goldstein Westport, CT USA
To our new Mateya family.
Where do we start? The very best vacation we’ve ever experienced! From the excellent and caring staff, the thrilling game drives, the gorgeous rooms, the art collection and the food, etc. etc. We will definitely be back!
Thank you for giving us the time of our lives!

Suzie & Matthew Martin London, England
So now we are done.
Our grateful thanks to all at Mateya, for making our all to brief stay so perfect. Everything was wonderful. Poor Innocent, your cooking is divine, we’re sorry we couldn’t do it justice. Thank you to Christine and all the Mateya family for your eared attention to detail to make us comfortable, you really succeeded in your efforts. You made us relaxed from the very first to the very last minute of our stay. Our special thanks goes to Francois and Richard, we can never thank you both enough for sharing your expertise, superb knowledge and of course “sundowners” with which you helped us understand the meaning of safari. To read and research is one thing, to feel it is something else entirely. It left with a taste of the magic that belongs to South-Africa, it was a truly profound experience.
Thank you!

Nisha & Rustum
To all staff at Mateya.
Thank you to all staff involved in making our stay special. We could not think of any other way to spend our 5th anniversary. The wild dogs were the highlight of our game viewing experience. Compliments to the chef for the exiting dishes ( we need to now go on a diet). We will definitely recommend Mateya to our clients, friends and family.
To all the staff, we thank you once more for your great hospitality.

October 2010

Davin & Karla O’Keeffe Atlanta, Georgia & Matehvula, Mexico
Dear Susan and all the Mateya family,
Thank you so much for making our honeymoon so unforgettable. Madikwe is a very special place, and Mateya is a very special way to experience it. We thoroughly enjoyed our expert game drives, as well as the ever-smiling staff and wonderful meals that awaited upon our return. Mateya and it’s people are truly the best!
Salud!

Laura Spearman, Atlanta, Georgia
My Mother always said a trip was for making memories and this time at Mateya with my family will be among my favorites. Thanks to all the staff for all you do to make Mateya the best of the best!

Dave & Laura Watt, USA
To the entire Mateya family,
What a wonderful time we had with our family. The lodging were incredible, the food fantastic (loved the kudu) and the wine first notch. Top it of with 3 days of tracking the wildlife with Francois and Richard, lions, elephant, rhinos and “sundowners” – this was truly a memorable vacation in a magical part of the world.
Thank you Susan and all the great people of Mateya. We will be back!

Silvia
A Special thanks to special people. This is the sort of place where you can really get in touch with nature and yourself.
Thank you. Love and happiness.

Mandy & Sharon O’ Connor Alan Manor, Johannesburg
To the Mateya family.
What a wonderful stay, accomodation, food, game drives excellent.
Warm regards

Katia & Frank, France
Thank you very much for a wonderful stay we had here.
We have travelled all around South-Africa and this lodge is by far the best we’ve seen. Everything was fantastic: very warm staff, magnificent rooms, wonderful house keeping… The food was excellent too and the wine always very good. A great thank you to Christine for the friendliness and a warm thank you to Paul and Werner who managed to show us wild dogs, brown hyena and lots of lions as we wanted.
Keep the lodge like it is, we will be back!

September 2010

Kerris & Suzanna Foster, Johannesburg, RSA
To everyone at Mateya: Thank you to everyone for making our way too brief breakaway very special and relaxing. The lodge is beautiful, every need was catered for and there was so much attention to detail. We will definitely be back!

Louise & E.T Laird, Atlanta, CA USA
To all the wonderful staff at Mateya.
Our stay has been magical we can’t thank you all enough for the memories of a lifetime. Words cannot express how grateful we are for your attention to every detail and the enthusiasm that you have brought to everything that we experienced.
Thanks so much!

David & Maggie, Switzerland
To everyone at Mateya.
What a wonderful stay, great staff, delicious food and game drive viewing. Loved the art from all over the world.
Hoping to come back again!

Louise & E.T. Laird Atlanta, GA, (USA)
To all the wonderful staff at Mateya. Our stay has been magical. We can’t thank you all enough for the memories of a lifetime. Words can not express how grateful we are for your attention to every detail and the enthusiasm that you have brought to everything that we experienced. Thanks so much!

Wanna & David Thailand
It really only needs one word PERFECT
A truly beautiful home with a wonderful family. Thanks to Susan, Shai, Eugene and all the Mateya family for your hospitality.

Marissa & Radovan
Thank you Mateya family for an extraordinary experience.
Our stay was nothing short of perfect. The experience of the resort, wildlife & staff has been one that I Marissa & Rodovan will surely never forget. The personnel touch displayed by Shai has been commendable. Thank you Shai. We shall definitely be visiting again.

Christina & John, California
Thank you to the entire Mateya staff for making our first trip to South Africa and our first safari such an amazing experience!
We weren’t sure what to expect, but the entire stay exceeded all expectations. Everyone was so incredibly hospitable and welcoming that we never felt lost. We really appreciate the “celebrity treatment” and hope to return one day in the future. Extra special thanks to Werner and Paul, whose superb tracking skills allowed us to view 6 of the magnificent 7 during our brief stay-extraordinary! You guys are the best. Olly keep well you rock!

August 2010

Margie Ariano & Tim Hansen Chicago
Susan and your team!
It was fabulous to come back again. I love this place and I was so pleased to be able to share it with a “newbie” to Africa. Thank you for your hospitality & attention.

Danielle RSA
To all the Mateya team,
Once again, Thank you, Thanks you for a lovely time. Now that we are leaving it feels that we have left family behind.

Shery Knight Burlington, NJ, USA
Dear Susan & Mateya family,
Thank you so much for the warm welcome. This experience has been amazing. I can’t wait to return and bring my family. The lodge is a place like home.
God bless!

Valerion & Gabriella, Rome, Italy
To all,
Thank you for an amazing honeymoon!! We will never forget this wonderful place.

Frans, Hetty and Cas Kriesels, Eindhoven, Netherlands
The impressive art around is not the only art here. Mateya is one big masterpiece of attentive service, delicious food and wines, amazing eye for detail and great game drives. Many thanks for the unique experience!

Gary, Debbie & Steve Raizer, Uz & Kayva Sadeski New York (USA)
What a wonderful experience. From the beautiful rooms and wonderful artwork to the warm and caring staff to the excellent game viewing. To Eugene and Richard it has been a unforgettable experience. We shall return soon.

Mike & Marika Dipaulo, New York (USA)
To the entire Mateya family. Thank you for making our first trip to Africa so memorable! You’ve spoiled us for the remaining part of our trip. The memories will last a lifetime and we hope to be back soon!

Gianlica, Bianca & Mirna Baldassarri, Milano (Italy)
To all Mateya staff: You have created a wonderful piece of paradise. Both the lodge and the staff was fantastic. Thank you for taking care of all of our needs in such a professional and friendly way.

Gloria & Mvemve Gowabe RSA
To Susan and her Mateya family: This has been an awesome, magnificent stay we have had in a long time. Our ranger Werner has been the highlight of our stay. His knowledge and his love for nature will always be remembered and we have learned a lot about animals and their behavior. Not forgetting Paul our tracker who did a very good job tracking down the animals for us. Mateya felt like a second home and we would not trade this wonderful holiday for anything else. We really enjoyed our stay and I would definitely recommend Mateya to everyone!

Colin & Sue Dennis Ilmington, UK
To all of Mateya: We consider ourselves extremely privileged to have been able to stay at this magnificent lodge in the middle of nature. Every member of the staff was courteous and made our stay one of the most memorable. We shall be recommending you to all our friends and family. Thank you so much for our extremely warm welcome. We wish you all continued success and happiness at Mateya.

July 2010

Mark & Caire RSA
To dear Susan, Philip and staff,
Thank you so much for a wonderful weekend. Your kindness is so greatly appreciated. And thank you so much for our “romantic” Saturday dinner!

Yara & Peter
What an absolutely amazing experience!
Service and quality was perfect and there was nothing more that we could have wished for on our honeymoon.
We will surely be back…

Barry Green Atlanta, Go, USA
Susan, it is nice to find a place where two days seems like a week. This is such a place. Once home I shell put on the court press on Mum & Dad to get them to come here!
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

Amy Green Atlanta, Go, USA
Susan thank you for an amazing time, a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It was such a pleasure and someday I hope to be able to write in the book again along with the rest of the Green family!
Much love,

Kati Washington, DC, USA
To all Mateya staff-
Everything is great here and it’s absolutely gorgeous! The lodge looks amazing and I hope to come back soon.

Doug, Daisy, Kate & Drew Hayman
Susan,
Thank you for the wonderful family experience. This is our first safari and you and your staff made it a wonderful experience.

Dick, Barbara & Sarah Robertson
Susan,
What a magical trip! We will cherish the memories for a life to come.

June 2010

Dan, Jan, Tae & Amanda, San Diego & L.A, USA
Dear Susan & everyone at Mateya!
FIFA WORLD CUP 2010 – South Africa brought us to Africa! We are so happy we came to Mateya for four days. Our ranger and tracker – Werner & Paul – were fabulous and great to have spend time with! We hope to have another opportunity to visit you in the future.

Elena & Henry, Chicago
Dear Mateya team:
What an experience this has been. Truly a dream come true, walking onto your property and finding myself in this place I’m sure I’ve dreamt about for so many years. Inspired by your art, the beautiful pieces around us and off course the Mateya family! Eugene, Philip, Bianca, Christine and all the other members of your team. Thank you to Caxton and Innocent, they made our pallets really melt!! We will be back and send our friends to enjoy this amazing, dreamy place I’d like to call a piece of heaven in the jungle!

Tina & Neil
To the lovely staff of Mateya… and especially Susan!
We have had the most wonderful game drives, the spectacular meals, the very lovely suite all so perfect! We have relaxed, we have marveled, and we said over and over that this has been the most special trip we have taken. We feel like we have been treated like family and that is such a precious for stressed out, weary travelers. Susan it has been especially wonderful talking and visiting with you! The Deep South will always be at the centre of all lives and we love that! God bless you all… and we hope to see you all again.

Carolyn & Kevin Ryan, New York
To the Mateya family,
We weren’t sure what to expect when we landing here aimed throbbing World Cup amid and Vuvuzelas galore. All we can say is, it’s been the best respite we’ve ever hoped for. We’re not ready to leave; and we can’t wait to return in 10 years with children. Thank you to Eugene and Richard (a better tracker than Mambo could cough up) for giving us a fantastic safari; to Philip and his staff for operating a top-class resort seamlessly behind the scenes; and the chef Innocent and his crew for somehow making us feel like we’re right back in our favorite restaurant in New York… yet mercifully removed. This has been a special experience, complete with Giraffe, Warthog and Impala roaming just past the pool of our suite at siesta. Thank you Mateya, for a special visit. We look forward to our return.

May 2010

Joyce & Bill Milgram, Florida, USA
Thank you Susan…..
For sharing your home and family with us. We take home cherished memories of our African Safari Experience, all the more cherished because of Mateya! We’ve had a wonderful time, only wish it were longer!
Thank you

David Ellison, USA
Dear Susan & Mateya Family,
We can’t thank you enough for the most amazing time ever! This was David’s and my own first time to South Africa, we couldn’t think of a better way to spend it than being here!The lodge is exquisite, all the staff and guides are extremely friendly, and the safaris are incredible. Thank you so much, we hope to be back again soon someday!

Pamela Tilton & Jimmy Linn, USA
Thank you Susan & everyone at Mateya!
We had a fabulous time all around. The accommodation – absolutely beautiful!!! The food spectacular. This was a first time for both of us & it truly was a lifetime experience we will never forget. Thank you again & all the best to you & everyone here.

Jacqueline & Megan USA
Thank you so much Susan and everyone at Mateya! We had an amazing experience here and you all made us feel at home. We will never forget this.

Wazha Dube, NYC, USA
Dear Susan, Shai, Werner, Christine, Ollie and everyone at Mateya!
This was the perfect end of a safari circuit. Dad and I had an absolutely amazing time and are very reluctant to leave. Everything was great from your company to the constant eating. Thank you for hosting us and please expect my return sooner rather than later. Enjoy the music Shai and don’t be a stranger in NYC or Botswana .
*Don’t be surprised if you get my resume in a couple of years!!

Alfred, Tatsiana & Paul, U.K
Dear Susan and all the wonderful staff.
It is always difficult to say good bye to friends. In deed I regard you as friends, after only two nights!!! Mateya is a wonderful place. Your artwork is incredible, the food delicious, and the wines just superb. Thank you for a wonderful few days. I must come back again.

Jason & Chelsea Gray, Eric Wildman & Debie Cone, Kelly & Ronda Gray USA
Loved it!!!
Thanks for everything!!!

April 2010

Veronica Trenk U.S.A
Dear Susan, Shai & the Mateya Team,
Thank you for welcoming us into your home. It was the MOST special experience and if it is okay, we will be back!!! I should add a “special mention” to Christine who provides a wonderful SPA touch in the bush. We loved it!!

Valerie Jackson & family Atlanta, USA
Dear Susan & new friends, Eugene, Richard & others.
This has been the very best birthday week I have ever experienced! I can only repeat what others have written about the wonderful adventures we have had the pleasure of sharing with you and the Mateya Family.

My hat off to you and Shai and the complete staff. Looking forward to returning.

Alexandra Jackson Atlanta, USA
Best trip I’ve every had. Cant’t wait to come back! The staff was the greatest.
Thanks so much!

March 2010

Englard, Ann, Patt & Elaine
To all at Mateya Safari Lodge,
Thank you for a wonderful introduction to Africa! It was our first time here and it will not be the last.
A most relaxing atmosphere with a touch of luxury, nothing was too much trouble!
Whilst the setting and surroundings are fantastic, the staff made this stay truly memorable.
Eugene & Richard were fantastic guide & tracker team. However all the staff were truly wonderful as well as displaying great humor!
We came to see the “BIG 5” and were not disappointed!

Dave U.S.A
Words can not describe the incredible experience we had here at Mateya. Not only was the animal viewing spectacular but the staff and accommodation remarkable! We feel blessed to have had such a fabulous first experience in South Africa!
You have set a very high standard that we could only hope to achieve again.
Great thanks to Susan for her gracious southern hospitality and to the rest of the staff.

February 2010

Horst, Germany
We will came back to this place!
- There are many animals - Nice and small lodge (Only 10 guests) - The weather is very nice - The staff is extremely polite & professional - The guide was outstandingly good - The lodge & food should have 6 stars minimum

Brigitte, Germany
Since all have been said before, we just say:
HEAVEN ON EARTH!

Marc & Clara
To all at Mateya!
Wow, what an absolutely magnificent experience we have had with all of you over the past few days. Mateya truly is a gem to be cherished!
The game viewing was spectacular, thanks Richard & Eugene for sharing your passion & wisdom with us!
We are definitely leaving Mateya, a few kilo’’s heavier! Innocent, you fed us like kings and queens! Some of the best food our palettes have ever had the privilege of tasting!
Thank you to absolutely all the staff for being so incredibly friendly, warm & kind!
We will definitely be back!

Tony & Lianie Dalby South Africa
Thank you once again to the Mateya family for providing such a memorable experience. We are both very grateful.

Pieter & Elana, South Africa
To All,
Again a wonderful five days to replenish our souls and forget our hectic lifestyles!
Thanks to everyone for making it unforgettable!

January 2010

Riki, Germany
Thank you for a great and joyful stay at this beautiful lodge. We enjoyed everything, especially the beautiful landscape, the kind hospitality and caring people. Hope to come back one day.
Thank you again.

Nicole & Steffen, Germany
We wanted to say THNAK YOU so much for this wonderful time. Especially Innocent, thanks for the delicious African food and thank you Philip & Billy for showing us the beautiful African wildlife. We loved it to stay here and we are sure we will be back again.

Josef, Austria
Thank you so much for the wonderful stay at the most beautiful lodge we ever have seen. Thank you for your hospitality!!

December 2009

Lena & Ed Berlin
Dear Mateya Team!!
A dream come true at your wonderful lodge!!
Thanks for perfect service!

Joanna & Andreas Sweden
Dear Mateya Team,
Thanks to you all for a wonderful stay. We had no expectations but someone told us that you are almost seven star graded and we agree that you’re fulfilled them all. Thank you all for your kindness and your hospitality. I hope we will see more of you in the future.
Warmest Regards.

Shella & Paul
To the entire Mateya Team, both those we met and all those “behind the scenes”, Opportunities to spend rare and extraordinary moments enjoying the wonders of Africa’s nature require unique settings. Mateya could not have done more to fulfill this. It is exquisite. The team provided for our every need and made our stay the stuff of dreams. Special thanks to Werner, Christine & Tebogo whose smiles and helpfulness are a great asset to Mateya’s splendor. Our memories will remain etched in our minds for ever.

November 2009

Jeffrey Van Staden, Daniela Vordermayer, Ines Batz, Franziska Hoehener, Michaela Litsch, Silvi Müller Germany
Dear Mateya Team,
Thank you for the great hospitality in a place so close to heaven!! We very much enjoyed “chasing the wild dogs”! Hope to be back soon!

October 2009

Barbara & Scott Bice California
To Susan & the Mateya staff Thank you for opening our eyes to a wonderful new world. Our three days at Mateya have been We have learned so much & will take away from this experience a better understanding & appreciation of South Africa… the people, the animals & the natural beauty of the country. We look forward to another African journey.

Lillian Quantz Charleston, SC . USA
Mateya is “indescribable” There is such a feeling of harmony not only with nature but with the staff, guests & Susan. Our experience has exceeded our expectations & we are truly grateful, Susan, that you have shared this special place & your special birthday with us.

Carlos & Sao Amaral, Jose & Manuela Saramago – Portigal Portugal
Dear All Once again it’s been a pleasure to be at Mateya Lodge to enjoy this unique experience. A special thank you to Shai & Werner for such a great company & friendship. To Christine, thank you for the relaxing moments & friendliness. This time around, we brought Sao with us & her “Bush Experience” was one of the exciting experience that she ever had! To all the staff a Big Thank you for your warmth.

Joyce & Ed
To Susan, Shai & Philip
Thank you for making our stay in this amazing place so wonderful. Your hospitality and friendliness makes one feel as if we’ve know you for a long time. Our stay was very, very special!!

Joan & Larry Fleischman USA
Susan, Shai & Philip What a paradise! Wonderful food, fabulous accommodation, unbelievable wildlife & all the best staff to take care of our every need!

Lisa & Gary Hertzberg
Susan, Philip, Shai Thank you for the most exquisite accommodations we could have hoped for. We had a wonderful time & will always remember it fondly.

Shelle & Ted Gaylor
Susan, Philip & Shai This has been an incredible 3 days here. We have enjoyed this amazing home & surroundings. Our guide, Philip has made us feel as if we have known him for a long time. We will always remember our incredible experiences in Mateya!

September 2009

Gail, Tania, David & Jodi
To Susan, Shai, Philip Thank you for sharing your little piece of heaven with us! Everything was superb and we loved spending time with everyone. All round Mateya is exceptional! Wishing you all the best and Happy Birthday for Susan’s 70th.

Clive & Marietjie Wiggill South Africa
Philip & Team Thank you for a wonderful experience. Eugene & Richard, you are incomparable. Thank you for unsurpassed service. See you again soon. There is only one address in Madikwe: Mateya!!! Regards.

August 2009

Nansy & Fred Brusky Florida, USA
Susan & Staff,
Thank you for letting us share in this wonderful place. We had a glorious time.

Loretto Kennedy New York, USA
To all the Mateya Family,
What a wonderful place for safari! Good people, great food, terrific tracker & guide, the best weather. What more good one want?

Peter, Nicolas & Elisabeth Germany
We saw 20 different kinds of animals and amongst them lion, leopard, wild dogs, rhino & elephants! We were so lucky!
We are sad to leave but will defiantly be back. Thanks so much again for this great stay!!

Danielle & Fiona South Africa
To all the Mateya family On our 4th visit to your home we again feel only welcomed. Thank you very much for all you do for us when we visit. We will of course be back. See you next time.
P.S Say Hello to Philip for us, we will hopefully see him on our next visit.

July 2009

Alex & Martin
All Had a fabulous time. Great hospitality & drives. Hope to be back one day.

June 2009

Marianne, Pam & Ray, Curtis, Robert USA
Dear Susan & all the Staff. What a perfect trip we had this past week! From the moment we saw the cheetah on the runway to the Ferrari Safari, it was one great moment after another. Your staff has spoiled us so much that going anywhere else will be a disappointment. Here’s to hoping that we all get to come back again & again.

Paul, Peter & Chris California, Arizona & Rhode Island
Susan & the Mateya Team. It is difficult to find words to describe our stay at Mateya, “unforgettable” comes the closest, Mateya itself would be a lifelong memory, the landscape & the animals a bonus. But to put them all together is poetry in it’s time sense. Thanks to everyone – specially Eugene & Richard – for making this day one of the very best of our lives. We’ll all be back with our wives!

Kona Hospital Foundation Group
Dear Mateya Lodge. Three days has definitely not been enough to enjoy this beautiful place. It poured our 1st day & we are glad you did not turn us away looking like drowned rats. But the weather changed in our favor & the animals appreciated it too. We have thoroughly had an AMAZING time. While we were not scheming ways to depart with our favorite paintings, we were trying to devise ways to stay here longer. All of the staff here is simply wonderful! The food has made us put another hole in our belt loops & our guides have something new to show us around every corner. Thank you for creating such a wonderful place for us to experience.

John & Ann Perks West Midlands, UK
To all the absolutely marvelous team at Mateya. You have managed to surpass our highest expectations. From the warm welcome at Madikwe International to our farewell, you have simply been the best. You have managed to assemble all the best of the component parts of a game experience & excel at them all, producing a truly memorable stay. We appreciate the hard work that you all put into making our stay so fantastic. Its hard to maintain, but you must, for the sake of your future guests. We shall reflect for years to come on our stay here at Mateya & remember with a smile each & every day. One day, we hope to come back. But until then our very best wishes to you all.

May 2009

John, Lisa, Brandon, Blake & Natalie Snodgrass Atlanta – USA
Where do we begin? It has truly been a wonderful experience for our entire family! We have all enjoyed every minute of every day. Eugene could not have been more informative & delightful. We saw so much & learned so much about the animals & different cultures. And Richard was amazing & missed absolutely nothing on drive. They are a great team! The staff could not have made us feel more at home or more welcome. Christine, Bianca & Ole are just the best. And what a way to end the day than with a lovely dinner with Eugene & Susan. We do appreciate your warm & gracious hospitality. Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful slice of heaven with us. We will surely return!
Lots of Love!

Lianie & Tony Dalby Fourways, Randburg
Thank you to all the wonderful people of Mateya who have made our stay such a memorable experience. Supercatives don’t describe the great service, food and comfort we have had here. The game drives were a highlight.

April 2009

Susann & Simone Rauschenbach Germany
Thank you for a great stay here at Mateya. We enjoyed every minute here. The game drives have always been a great experience, thanks to Brendan & Paul! The food was very delicious, but always to much ? Last but not least, thanks to all the staff that made our stay here so wonderful!

March 2009

Suzanne & Steve Soleimani New York City
We had an incredible experience at Mateya. This was our first safari & we can’t imagine it being better than this experience. Our guide, Brendan, was outstanding. It’s obvious that he loves what he does & he made our game drives amazing. The rest of the staff were warm & accommodating, always with a smile to greet us. The food & room were also outstanding. We loved every minute of our stay & can’t wait to come back. Thank you for making our honeymoon very special.

Aloha & Mahalo Growney
While we have been to many safari lodges in South Africa, Mateya stands alone as the example for all to follow. The staff, attention to detail, magnificent design of the lodge tell us how much Susan & her team care for Madikwe & the environment. We hope to return with our family soon.

Jessica & Benjamin South Africa & Germany
To all the staff at Mateya Lodge. Your welcome was warm & loving, we felt like we had just returned home after a long trip… Tebogo, Eugene, Bianca, Shai, Christine, Bethuel & family, thank you for all the wonderful memories you have helped us create & we will surely share them with the world… We enjoyed our game drives & the EXCELLENT ? meals Innocent. Thanks!!!

February 2009

Helene & Anders Sweden
Thank you all so much for making our honeymoon very special. We’ve been having some awesome game drives & the food & service have been phenomenal! We would love to return to Mateya some day, until then- Kind Regards,

Leah & Jeremy Baruch Toronto, Canada
To all the wonderful Mateya Staff: Thank you so much for an exceptional stay here at Mateya! We loved our safari drives (thank you Brendan for ensuring we always had successful drives with sightings of the animals we longed to see & their special “moments”!), the delicious food, extremely warm hospitality, & all of the amazing details which were obviously thought out very carefully to make this experience very magical & romantic! We are so glad to have spent part of our honeymoon here! We came on the stellar recommendation of Jeremy’s parents who were here over two years ago, & we hope to bring our children here one day! Thank you everyone for a marvelous time at Mateya!!!

January 2009

Sue & Peter Johnston Hertford, England
What a fabulous place Mateya is! The overall quality of the property & the interesting & magnificent collection, coupled with the friendliness of the staff & their attention to detail truly sets Mateya apart. We must take this opportunity to compliment Innocent & his staff on the superb food & wine. It has been the game drives with Brendan & Paul that complete this truly memorable experience. Brendan’s incredible knowledge & enthusiasm of not just the animals, but everything in the bush, has made the time spent on our drives enlightening & great fun. Thank you all!

Rocco Natalino Chile
“Team Mateya!” First of all Thanks! From Chile… we are four good friends that are travelling a lot, but this is pure Magic…