African Safari

Our concept of hospitality centers on personable and meticulous service. We believe that for you to truly benefit from your Mateya Safari Lodge experience, your time spent in our company must elevate you to a new level of comfort and relaxation. Our staff will be available at all times to attend to your every need and are there to ensure your ultimate enjoyment and satisfaction.

Experienced game rangers and trackers will be on hand to take you on game drives and guided walking safaris.

Experts on the natural intricacies of the Madikwe Game Reserve, they will reveal to you a world rich in ecological and cultural history, opening your mind to a truly unique and fascinating safari experience.

Mateya Safari Lodge’s chefs delight in the pleasure of preparing only the finest cuisine. Committed to satisfying the desires of your palate, their wholesome and sumptuous creations will seduce you with the textures and flavors of the African bush. Special requests and dietary requirements will be catered for with culinary relish and skill.

Mateya Safari Lodge’s health therapist is on hand to offer a complete range of full body relaxation therapies. Enjoyed in the comfort and privacy of your own suite, this may be the ideal way to soothe body and mind. So, whether you’re after sunrise or sundowner relaxation, this is just the type of invigoration to top or tail a perfect day’s excursion.
Guests to the lodge can experience the thrill of encountering the Super 7 – Elephant, White & Black Rhino, Buffalo, Lion, Leopard, Cheetah and Wild Dog, in addition to which, the Madikwe Game Reserve boasts among the best array of plains game on the continent and over 350 species of birds.

Accompanied by experienced rangers and trackers, you can venture on game drives in custom-built 4×4 vehicles, or track on guided walking safaris through the reserve. Each excursion will be planned around your’ specific interests, thereby ensuring you enjoy the full value of fulfilling your ideal safari experience.


The Xoi San (Bushmen) of the Kalahari were considered to be masters in the art of tracking. Specialist rangers and trackers at Mateya offer you a similar experience, opening the door onto a unique wildlife encounter. You will have the pleasure and thrill of viewing animals close up, as well as have a better understanding of how nature works in perfect harmony to sustain the delicate ecosystem that continues to thrive at Mateya. Coupled with the physical journey, our rangers will also enlighten you with the cultural heritage of tracking, as passed down over the centuries through the rich aural tradition of African Folk Lore.consectetur, from a Lorem Ipsum passage, and going through the cites of the word in classical literature, discovered the undoubtable source. Lorem Ipsum comes from sections 1.10.32 and 1.10.33 of “de Finibus Bonorum et Malorum” (The Extremes of Good and Evil) by Cicero, written in 45 BC. Contrary to popular belief, Lorem Ipsum is not simply random text. It has roots in a piece of classical Latin literature from 45 BC, making it over 2000 years old. Richard McClintock, a Latin professor at literature, discovered the undoubtable source. Lorem Ipsum comes from sections.

Game Drives

Tackling the African bush in custom-built 4×4 game drive vehicles offer guests the thrill of getting close to game and tracking over vast distances. With a maximum of four guests per drive each guest is assured the personal care and attention of our rangers who will introduce you to the intricate and wonderful features of the reserve.

Mateya’s vehicles are equipped with the following unique features:

* Binoculars, offering excellent viewing at all times.
* Spacious pouches for books and photographic equipment.
* Shade cover and side flaps offering protection against wind and rain.
* Comfy warm blankets in case of cold weather.
* Flasks for hot coffee on those early morning excursions.

Have a look at the IMAGE GALLERY for images taken during some of our many safaris in the Madikwe Game Reserve.

From our guest’s

Absolutely no words to describe what a wonderful time we have had. This was our 3rd safari and was definitely the best. A big thank you to Dylan and Tom who made sure we saw so much. The attention to detail was phenomenal and the food superb.
We will be back
Michelle and Bob

Michelle and Bob

Dear Mateya Family,
This was the most wonderful holiday ever! The wonderful staff who made us feel so welcome. The beautiful safari trips and scenery – the sunrise and sunsets – the amazing fauna and flora.
Your hospitality was unsurpassed, warm and impeccable. A special thank you to Werner and Sam for and amazing experience, your passion for Madikwe speaks volumes!
Thank you to all the staff. We wish you all a healthy and happy 2018!

The De Boer Family

Dear Mateya Friends,
What a wonderful experience you gave us! This was by far one of the most special vacations we have experienced. You each had a special part to play, and we are extremely grateful for your hospitality. This place is one in a million.
We can’t wait to return!

The Koehler Family.

To the Mateya Clan,
Thank you for making our holiday so special! From the adventurous safari rides to the exquisite dinners, no details were over looked! We hope to make another visit to this extraordinary place sometime soon!

The Thayer Family.

A great achievement and accolade for Mateya Safari Lodge.