Did you know?
Madikwe came about as the result of one of the most ambitious animal relocation project in Africa, known as Operation Phoenix.
The Etali Wellness Centre compliments the stylish Etali Safari Lodge and its ultra-zen places.
Here woods and whites combine to offer up an intimate spaces where nature is the main focus, and ‘touching the earth softly' is the mantra on everyone's lips. The wellness centre is modest, clothed in earthy tones, mellow candle-light and the spontaneous sights and sounds of the bush.
This wellness centre in Madikwe Game Reserve has a carefully thought-out treatment menu. Many of the therapies have been inspired by the continent and local cultures.
The Tlhakanya African Massage is an ‘African global massage experience' that takes its cues from the Tswana word ‘Tlhakanya' which means to mix and come together. The massage includes the unique introduction of the knobkerrie (wooden African club) as well as warm stones, aromatherapy oils and shiatsu movements. Heavenly!
There are also a range of detoxifying body wraps including a fun entry on the menu in the form of the Etali Warthog Hour (where you are invited to wallow in mud just like the warthogs out in the bush). This mineral-rich green clay and silica wrap absorbs toxins and impurities and aids in improving circulation and creating a feel of wellbeing.
Additional wraps include the Delightful Chocolate Experience (a combination of cocoa and orange aroma oils) and the anti-ageing Slimming Green Tea Surprise.
It's not all 'exotic' and 'different' on this varied menu, one can choose from a number of traditional therapies as well such as aromatherapy massage, Shiatsu (performed on a futon, out in the open) or a traditional Swedish massage. The usual applications are also on offer such as waxing, tinting, manicures and pedicures. There are also lifestyle therapies listed as well as the signature Etali sensory facial experience.
Why not finish off your treatment with a either an African foot ritual or African hand ritual at this sensual Madikwe African Spa?
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
Etali Safari Lodge
Tel: +27 (0) 12 346 0124
How to get here
Etali is a three-and-a-half hour’s drive from Johannesburg or a 50-minute charter flight directly to the Etali airstrip. There are two major routes to Etali Safari Lodge either via Rustenberg/Zeerust or Sun City/Molatedi.
Best time to visit
Situated in the North West Province, Madikwe is temperate for most of the year – except during the height of summer when temperatures rise quite considerably. There is always great game viewing in Madikwe, no matter what time of year you visit.
Around the area
Madikwe covers a vast terrain and there are lots of wild animals in the area. Game drives and walking safaris are popular – look out for the population of wild dog. One can also visit one of the local communities.
Tours to do
Community tours in the surrounding region are a must if you enjoy the social responsibility side of the game lodge experience.
What will it cost
There are special rates on offer, check the website for details.
Length of stay
Two nights, minimum.
What to pack
Sunscreen, sunblock, sunglasses, a warm jacket for evening, comfortable working-out clothes, binoculars and camera.
Where to stay
There are eight luxury suites to choose from at Etali Safari Lodge.
What to eat
Delectable cuisine is always on offer – and the Etali kitchen prides itself on using the freshest local ingredients. Meals are matched perfectly with South African wines.
Algologie products are on offer at the spa.