Arriving at Tau Game Lodge is like coming home – that is to 5-star, unpretentious warmth. Equipped with all the modern luxuries we demand, the emphasis is on the bush and all the wonders it has on offer to thrill the most discerning safari aficionado.
Just as you start hoping you’d not taken a wrong turn and the Madikwe Reserve dirt road might be a tad dusty for your city slicker vehicle, there it is, that welcoming beacon of safari bliss, the entrance to the safely fenced lodge, where guests stroll around the eco-friendly gardens, protected from predators.
The welcoming team relieves you of your luggage, parks your car, all the while extending a hearty welcome, complete with a refresher towel and refreshing drink. This is when you think it might be too good to be true and a mere mirage in the bush. All those TV clips of dream safaris have played havoc with your imagination, perhaps…
You enter the spacious reception area designed from stone and timber, with a double floor-space thatched roof, where you are tempted to put your feet up in the convivial lounge before being escorted to your room to be familiarized with all the luxe your temporary home has to offer by a smiling member of staff.
Don’t be surprised to hear several foreign languages spoken as this is a haven for international and South African travellers alike, either seeking the thrill of their first safari, or as a return-guest wishing to create another fabulous safari memory at Tau.
Designed for comfort, the lodge offers a cool respite in the warmer months, while the fire-places make for sumptuous relaxation in winter. Truly a destination for all season.
Arrival in your room is always a thrill – from the large en suite tubs and showers (in the Family Suite), to the outdoor showers (in the Standard and Deluxe Suites). To put you in closer touch with nature, the beds face the room decks, which face a waterhole within a pebble’s flick (a stone’s throw just seems further). No sooner are you refreshed and unpacked, Instagramming your friends with this glorious view, when you are preparing for your first game drive with a ranger that will astound you with their knowledge of not only the animals of this Place of the Lion (Tau), but the medicinal benefits of the flora.
That same ranger will also be your host at dinner, be it in the lodge restaurant, on the lodge hospitality deck, or in a boma.
The game and bird-life are prolific in this magical reserve, with most of the Big Five being spotted within your first safari drive. If cowboy rangers speeding across the bush to impress you with their ability to fast-forward your requested animal sightings, and safari vehicles ten-deep to harass a leopard with her young, this is not the game reserve for you. However, if you respect nature and want to preserve the bush and its inhabitants for the future, including those small, slower animals that cannot escape racing jeep tracks, then you’ve discovered the mother-load of safari heaven.
Twenty-two years ago, in 1995, Tau Game Lodge opened its 5-star safari doors in the Madikwe Game Reserve, the fourth largest game reserve in southern Africa, cozily tucked into the North-Western corner bordering Botswana.
Since then, Tau has been recognized by South African and international tourism decision makers, including TripAdvisor, the Automobile Association and World Luxury Hotel Awards, for its authentic hospitality and an ability to constantly update and improve its service and eco-friendly facilities.
It is a well-known fact that Madikwe offers the game viewing experience of a lifetime, ranging from the Big Five to smaller game, as well as the endangered African Wild Dog and Cheetah.
The lodge design takes game viewing up a further notch by making the most of the waterhole in full view of the hospitality as well as room decks. As a major attraction for the abundant birdlife and big as well as small game, the waterhole offers guests a sublime opportunity to observe the pecking order and a 24/7 game extravaganza. One might even spot a very large crocodile sunning itself on an island outside one’s room. Here, animals roam freely to gather for refreshments at any time of day or night. The safety fence between the lodge accommodation and waterhole provides guests with peace of mind.
The family-friendly lodge offers parents some alone time whilst the kids are well looked after and educated about the bush and its inhabitants. Children aged three to five-years old automatically become members of the Tau Cubz Club, which includes a short children’s game drive after breakfast, after which they are entertained with bush related arts and crafts activities as well as their Tau gift packs provided for added stimulation.
The thirty luxury chalets each offer a private viewing deck, en suite bathroom and open-air shower, (indoor shower in the Family Suite). Accommodation for 60 guests includes 20 standard chalets, 6 deluxe chalets, a family unit and a family suite (both made up of two chalets joined by an inter-leading lounge).
Malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve boasts year-round game viewing and a bird population of over 250 different species. Madikwe is one of the few reserves where one can view a wide variety of fauna, from breeding herds of elephant to the endangered wild dog and cheetah, for an authentic Big Five safari.
Tau’s sustainable tourism initiatives include the Rhinose Conservation Fund to preserve its animal kingdom and the environment for generations to come. Tau does not support nor condone hunting in any form.
The Tau Tree Fund offers visitors the opportunity to plant protected tree species and learn about the conservation benefits of these trees, such as the medicinal value, African folklore, natural habitat, ecology, animal and plant relationships.
The non-profit Tau Foundation provides guests with an opportunity to visit the Supingstad schools and some traditional historical sites.
The well equipped Tau Game Lodge Convention Centre, which is situated a short walking distance from the lodge, seats up to 150 delegates and has hosted presidents. The main hall can be subdivided into three sub-halls for smaller groups, each equipped to operate independently or together through a touch-screen control system. The three breakaway rooms accommodate 10 delegates each.
An added advantage is the Centre’s own kitchen, bar, lapa, standard as well as wheelchair-friendly toilet facilities to complement a stress-free event.
Team building activities, treasure hunts and bush dinners are some of the popular options on offer to create a memorable, fun conference.
An ideal 5-star safari getaway for individuals or groups, leisure or conference, complete with world-class conference facilities, and the revitalizing Tau Spa Oasis, the lodge enjoys superb reviews, with a recent post on TripAdvisor by a guest stating (unedited):
“I stayed 3 nights in Tau Lodge and spent a wonderful, unforgettable time there and I was sad to leave. Staff is very helpful, welcome and friendly, the cottages where comfortable and had all views of the waterhole where elephants and other animals came to drink and the safari drives where just phantasic (thank you Dylan)! We saw lots of lions, some eating, as well as Cheetahs, Ellies, Rhinos, Hyenas, Zebras, a few girafes etc. Even if the lodge is quite big, it did not feel that way. Thank you for this nice time!
Sit back, relax in armchair safari style to view a live webcam, accessible at http://www.taugamelodge.co.za/WebCams.asp – follow the easy steps to log onto the Wild Earth server – and make your reservation for an evocative, fabulous safari – please note the camera is down at present due to a fault caused by heavy rains during February 2017.
*Current 2017 packages include:
3-night Easter Package (valid 17 – 30 April):
R24 852.00 per standard chalet (2 adults)
R37 278.00 per deluxe chalet (2 adults + 2 children under 12 yrs)
The rate includes:
3 meals per day,
2 game drives per day for adults and children aged
Daily kiddies bumble for children 3-5 years,
A Back and Neck OR relaxing Foot Massage (30 mins)
an Easter Egg Hunt for the kids (Easter Weekend Only),
All snacks and beverages on game drives,
3-night Romantic Autumn Package (valid 1 July – 31 August):
R19,500.00 per couple sharing
The rate includes:
3 meals per day;
2 game drives per day;
African Head Massage OR Deep Relaxing Foot Massage 1 per adult;
All snacks and beverages on game drives.
Both the above packages exclude:
Park entrance fees of R180.00 per person,
Bed levy of R 10.00 per person per night.
Return Flight to and from Madikwe,
Airport Taxes and Airstrip Fees,
All items ordered from the Bar,
Telephone and Internet Usage,
Contact Tau Game Lodge at: Phone +27-(0)11-466 8715/17 – firstname.lastname@example.org – www.taugamelodge.co.za/or .com