Lifestyle: A magical winter safari beckons at Tau Game Lodge

Winter safaris at Tau Game Lodge in the Madikwe Game Reserve are often described as the most prolific, especially when it comes to game viewing.

The winter bush is lower in density, therefore making for easier game viewing. Not that spotting game in this reserve is ever a problem. However, with animals also less inclined to hide from a baking sun, the game sightings and convivial hospitality have guests from across the planet return for more of the same, often.

This resulted in Tau being rated outstanding by RoomsForAfrica travellers for 2018 in the prestigious Travellers Award.

Naturally, early morning and late afternoon safaris can get a little nippy but this is where the cozy safari blankets, delicious hot toddies and snacks make for unforgettable experiences.

Familiar with the habits and quirks of every species of game and bird spotted along the way, the rangers are informative about nature’s medicine chest in the bush. They also dine with their guests, which makes for captivating conversations at dinner.

The natural sounds of the bush, from a lion’s roar to the barking of a jackal or the trumpeting of an elephant, will keep you enthralled. By nightfall, you would have shed the last of your city stress or travel fatigue. Your final thoughts before drifting into slumber could include how bright the stars are and how big the sky is in this bushveld paradise.

The lodge is enclosed within the reserve, resulting in the humans being subtly fenced in, while game, including several crocodiles, roam free, as well as the prolific bird life which the Madikwe Game Reserve is recognised for globally.

The early morning safaris are spectacular, offering magical light for photography, with a pitstop for Amarula coffee and delicious buttermilk rusks overlooking the verdant bush.

Dinner is hosted in the boma, restaurant or dining deck, depending on the weather, always presenting a pleasant surprise element for guests.

Smaller game, such as the protected African wild dog, is flourishing in the Madikwe Reserve.

The Tau Cubz Club, Tau Spa Oasis and Tau Conference Centre make this an ideal malaria-free destination for romantic, family, leisure or corporate safaris. The two lodge swimming pools, of which one is an infinity pool, also offer vistas of the bush and waterhole. Gin, anyone?

A new wildlife web camera will soon be reintroduced, with a dedicated wifi connection to share the prolific wildlife interacting 24/7 via the web.

Tau Game Lodge opened its 5-star safari doors in 1995 and offers 30 rooms, from Standard to Luxury to Family Suites.

Winter Special at Tau Game Lodge
This special is valid for travel between 6 May – 31 July 2019 with a minimum stay of 2 nights (T’s & C’s Apply).

R3500.00 per person sharing per night
R4200.00 per single per night

This rate is inclusive of three meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner), two game drives per day and drinks & snacks on game drive. The rate does not include the park entrance fees R180.00 per person, the tourism levy (R10.00 per person per night at present), all items ordered from the bar, curio purchases, telephone usage, internet usage, laundry and all other extras. A compulsory Rhino conservation Fee of R150.00 per adult per night and R75.00 per child per night (2-12) is applicable to assist the Reserve in its anti-poaching efforts.