Mosetlha Bush Camp & Eco Lodge
Madikwe is South Africa's fourth largest game reserve at 75 000 hectares. This magnificent malaria free area offers you the opportunity to experience the magic of the Big Five and a true safari adventure. Situated in the North West Province bordering Botswana, Madikwe is just a 3½ hour drive from Johannesburg or Pretoria, 1½ hours from Sun City and an easy hour from Gaborone.
Managed by the North West Parks and Tourism Board and together with the private sector (lodge owners) and the local people, Madikwe is operated as a joint venture to stimulate ecologically sustainable economic activity based on wildlife, for the benefit of the people of the region.
"This is how Africa is meant to be ... the smell of coffee and wood smoke when you are woken up by the call of the crested francolin in the morning ... the silence of the bushveld in the heat of the day when you sit under the shade of a wild fig tre ... watching the sunset over a waterhole with a breeding herd of elephant coming down to drink ... the wonderful blackness of the night sky with stars more numerous and brighter than you've ever seen before ... the absolute stillness of the night with maybe the distant roar of lion or the whoop of a hyena or the crack of a breaking branch where the elephant are feeding ..."
This community involvement thinking was something of breakthrough in the early 1990's when Madikwe was formed, and has served as a template for other game reserves to work from. It has also ensured a healthily inflated local employment rate in Madikwe.
The Madikwe area is steeped in history and tradition. Historically, this is Herman Charles Bosman's land – you can easily visualize his Oom Schalk Lourens sitting under a Karee boom, contemplating the finer points of life or recovering from the alcoholic delights of its berries. The famous Mafikeng Road runs straight through the Reserve – explorers, traders, hunters, missionaries and, of course, Mzilikazi passed this way during the making of South African history. Today Madikwe is regarded as one of the finest conservation areas in Africa and has taken its place as South Africa's top wildlife and game viewing destination.
"I have seen the moon in other places besides the Marico.
But it is not the same there. It does strange things to you,
the Marico moon, and in your heart are wild and fragrant fancies,
and your thoughts go very far away."
- Herman Charles Bosman
The main principles of ecotourism are:
- Conservation of neighbouring lands
- Benefits to local communities
- Interpretation to both local populations and guests
The Ten Eco Lodge Criteria:
- Helps conserve the surrounding flora and fauna
- Tries to work with the local community
- Offers educational interpretive programs to both its employees and tourists about the surrounding natural and cultural environments
- Uses alternative, sustainable means of water acquisition and reduces water consumption
- Provides for careful handling and disposal of solid waste and sewage
- Meets its energy needs through passive design and renewable energy resources
- Uses traditional building technology and materials wherever possible and combines these with their modern counterparts
- During construction has minimal impact on the natural environment
- Blends with local physical and cultural environment through careful attention to form, landscaping and colour, as well as the use of local traditional architecture
- Contributes to sustainable local community development through education programs and research
Check in time at the Gate is 12.30 and one of our guides will meet you and bring you back to the Camp to start your Mosetlha Experience!View Safari Information
Mosetlha is family owned and run, a rustic and intimate, unfenced bush camp nestling at the very heart of the magnificent Madikwe Game Reserve.View The Lodge