Monday, March 2, 2009

Madikwe Game Reserve - Etali Safari Lodge

While at Madikwe, we stayed at Etail Safari Lodge, one of the most luxurious experiences I've ever had. From the welcome drinks to the farewell, we were well taken care of by all of the staff. Meals and snacks were served roughly every 3 hours, the bar was open, there was a complimentary massage therapy session, etc etc. The lodge did a great job of incorporating the resplendent beauty that was all around as opposed to struggling against it to create something separate. We were constantly reminded that we were in the middle of nature - we even required an escort with a rifle when we were walking from the main lodge to our units at night. Also, our total cost for the room, 2 game drives, 4 or 5 meals, drinks, and a massage came to roughly $300, or half the cost of a room in a Manhattan hotel. Good times.

The beach chair by the stone whirlpool overlooking a valley - nice place to get a tan

The stone outdoor shower. One of the best showers I've ever had, and lemme tell ya, I'm somewhat of a shower snob

The deck - great place for a sunburn-free nap. I opted for the one that included

My room

The bathroom

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