Etali Safari Lodge

Etali Safari LodgeEtali Safari Lodge Accommodation

Etali Safari Lodge is an exclusive, intimate haven in the heart of Madikwe Game Reserve, overlooking the plains of Botswana. It is rated by the South African Tourism Board as a Five Star tourism lodge. The area is malaria free. This is where body and soul can be rejuvenated, not only by the true African wildlife experience, but also by the surroundings created by people who understand luxury. You’ll find the accommodation at Etali Safari Lodge sheer bliss in any one of the eight luxurious air-conditioned suites, everyone set apart  for total privacy. One of these suites can accommodate wheelchairs. You can have a long relaxing shower inside the lodge, or use your own outside shower and enjoy typical African sounds while doing that. Not to forget about the splendid outdoor whirlpool! You could cool off in it, while enjoying the African sunset, sipping away at cocktail of your choice.

Etali Safari LodgeBig comfortable beds with fine crisp linen promise an unforgettable night’s sleep beneath the thatched roof. Airconditioning and roof fans (as well as thatched roofs!)  keep the rooms cool in summer, while beautiful fireplaces not only contribute towards ambiance, but also provide warmth in the winter. You could make use of room service for your tea or coffee, or help yourself to something cool from the bar fridge in your room.

In addition to the 8 suites Etali also caters for families. The family suite consists of two back to back suites.  If you have teenagers, we can offer you two slightly smaller back-to-back rooms, the only in the camp with a connecting deck. These rooms do not have an outside shower, however they share a heated plunge pool. Children are specially cared for at Etali with fun and exciting activities. 

A communal satellite TV, internet, WiFi DVD, fax and photocopier are available to complement the luxury at Etali.

For tariffs, accommodation availability and quotes, click HERE. Tariffs include all meals and game drives.      

Etali Safari Lodge Wellness Centre

Etali Safari LodgeEtali is renowned for its state-of-the-art Wellness Centre. Here an holistic approach to natural health is followed and this incorporates healing and rejuvenating body, mind and spirit, guaranteed to reawaken your five senses.  The cool, thatched, earthy toned secluded Wellness rooms are designed to promote the sense of ‘’space’’ allowing the sounds of Africa  to float in and be part of the experience. With the waterhole nearby and a wide variety of bird species this will truly contribute towards a memorable experience in the centre. Whether you are in need of pure self-indulgence, to connect with nature or detoxify the whole body, improve fitness levels or recover from illness or to simply relax and unwind from modern urban living, the Wellness Centre is for you. 
A number of options are available at Etali Safari Lodge Wellness Centre as far as treatment is concerned. You could start by exploring the thatched gymnasium and then unwind in the aroma filled steam room. What about taking a lazy swim in the pool or simply relax in the warm whirlpool on your deck and then cool off with a light-refreshing shower before your treatments commence.  Treatments vary from vitality body wraps like the “ Warthog Hour ” mud bath, the ” Delightful Chocolate Experience ” or the  “ Slimming Green Tea Surprise” to  specialized traditional massages;  from African hand and foot rituals to  sensory facials experiences; from lifestyle therapies to La Culla face and body treatments.
You can relax and be pampered in the tranquility of one of the treatment rooms, surrounded by the soft glow of scented candles. You will be tended by qualified therapists (two full-time), each one with a highly tuned sense of touch with an understanding of the body and mind.  If you prefer to have your massage at your own sundeck, that’s fine as well.
Please contact Etali for day spa packages or 2 or 3 day inclusive packages if your primary need is wellness.
To top the whole experience you will not be treated and then deserted: An extensive retail range in face, body, nail care is available (as well as a selection of books) at our curio shop. You can also get yourself some of the aromatherapy blends and herbal teas which are also for sale.

Etali Safari Lodge delectable cuisine

Etali Safari LodgeThe new executive chef at Etali Safari Lodge, Eduan Naude (since April 2006),  is the winner of the Laborie Award for the best food and wine combination and hold the second place for best food overall in the Silver Cluster Leaf at the 2004 Laborie African Bush Banquet. Etali’s cuisine is a contemporary fusion of traditional African with an Asian twist. Meals are light and healthy with lots of fresh seasonal and organically grown vegetables, fruit and herbs. There is no set menu as the chef selects only the best local produce daily to work his magic. Kosher is available as well.
 Etali house wines are supplied by Glenwood Estate: Glenwood Shiraz and Semillon Sauvignon Blanc.
Other than fine dining in the dining room or main deck, traditional South African dinners can be served in the “lesaka kraal”, which is close to the waterhole where animals gather to drink water. Etali has a site where bush breakfasts and dinners are served, weather permitting.
A special treat for guests at Etali is interactive weekends with Etali’s chef. Guests get the opportunity to get acquainted with bush cooking in hands-on sessions with Etali’s chef.  They also get access to special Etali’s recipes.       

For tariffs, accommodation availability and quotes, click HERE. Tariffs include all meals and game drives.       

Etali Safari Lodge Conference facilities

Etali Safari Lodge is one of only a few safari lodges at Madikwe with conference facilities and all the technical stuff like internet, fax and photocopying facilities associated with such events. Twenty delegates can be accommodated.

Etali Safari LodgeEtali Wedding venue

Etali caters for weddings and has become a popular bush wedding venue, since the Gauteng metropolitan area is just about 3-4 hours away by car and 50 minutes by air. Contact Etali for their wedding packages.

Activities at Etali Safari Lodge

Etali Safari LodgeEtali Safari Lodge Game drives:
Two game drives per day are included in the package: One early in the morning and one at sunset. Game drives are always unpredictable and with the trained eye of the game ranger you will have an excellent chance of not missing out on something special, like a leopard lazing in a big tree or a pride of lions relaxing in the shade. And even if you’re not an avid birdwatcher, rest assured that the birds of Madikwe – of which there are more than 340 species – will eventually make an impression on you. The different eco-systems, ranging from reverine forest to open plains and a lot in-between, is the reason for this wide variety of birds.

Etali Safari Lodge Bush Walks:
Etali Safari LodgeIf you really want to get even closer to the heartbeat of Africa, go on the guided tour through the bush. Your guide will explain the medicinal value of trees and plants, and delight you with stories of the magical powers often attributed to them, identify grass and bird species and pick the bitter-sweet fruit of a maroela for you to taste. He could also escourt you to the historical caves in the vicinity. An interesting phenomenon is the ‘Castles of Clay’, huge termite mounds. The top of the ‘castle’ always faces northwest, while the temperature inside the mound remains a constant 37 degrees Fahrenheit.

Etali Star Gazing:
Etali Safari LodgeIn the absence of city lights, the night skies in the African bush are something very special to experience. Millions of stars shine with a brilliance and clarity that is very special to behold. For those of you fascinated by planets, the solar system or the wonder of the Southern skies, enrich your stay at Etali with an evening of stargazing with our telescope. Explore the wonder of the Southern Cross, the awesome beauty of the Jewel Box, or the Milky Way at its best.

Golf excursion offered by Etali: 
This Madikwe safari lodge also offer golf as an activity.  You have a choice between the lovely Phakalane Golf Estate in Gaberone (only 45 minutes away) or the Sun City ‘Gary Player’ golf course (2 hours away).

For tariffs, accommodation availability and quotes, click HERE. Tariffs include all meals and game drives.

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