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Getting to Madikwe Hills

VIA ZEERUST / ABJATERSKOP GATE (4.5 - 5 HOURS FROM JHB)

Please do not follow your GPS! Google Maps do not yet supply the best directions to get to the lodge.

SELF DRIVE: ±4.5 hours from Johannesburg & Pretoria.
3.5 hours from Johannesburg/Pretoria to gate and 1 hour in the park as Madikwe Hills is situated in the middle of the reserve.

  • From ORT international get on the R21 towards Pretoria up to the Exit to the N1 Polokwane (about 37km).
  • Get onto the N1 towards Polokwane and continue up to the N4 Rustenburg slipway (about 22km). Take the slipway onto the N4 towards Rustenburg (this is just after the Zambezi drive offramp). At Rustenburg continue on the N4 through Swartruggens towards Zeerust. Please Note: The N4 is a toll road with four toll gates to Zeerust. Three before Rustenburg and one just after Swartruggens.
  • In Zeerust make a RIGHT TURN at the ABSA bank in Main Street, towards Gaborone/Madikwe. Refuel here as there is no fuel in the Madikwe Reserve.
  • After approximately 83km you will see the Abjaterskop Entrance into the Reserve on your RIGHT.
  • Once you enter the Park there is about 32km of dirt road to the Lodge. Keep to the speed limit of 40km/h and watch out for the ditches on the tar sections, you will damage your car if you speed!!
  • Once through the gate, continue straight for 10.8km (the road will become tarred after a few km’s) until you find a T-Junction. TURN LEFT (There will be a sign stating Derdepoort, left)
  • After 2km TURN RIGHT at the sign saying Park Admin (if the road became dirt again you went too far)
  • Drive for 1km, past the entrance to Park Admin and TURN LEFT at the sign saying Derdepoort, Left
    After 540m, you’ll find a T-junction – TURN RIGHT onto Derdepoort Main Road towards Derdepoort Gate.
  • Carry on straight on this road for 10.1km until you find a 4 way crossing. (you will see the following during the 10.1kms:)
  • After about 500m the tar will end
  • After about 2.5km you will pass Mosetla’s entrance to your left
  • After about 1.5km you will go down a steep hill (once again tarred, in between two mountains – watch out for the Klipspringers, small antelope)
  • 3km later there will be a big Palm Tree on your left
  • 2.7km later you will reach the 4 way crossing
  • The road will split immediately after the 4 way crossing. Keep to the RIGHT.
  • After 1.4km the road will join again and 1.2km after the join you need to TURN LEFT – there is a sign saying “Etali, Ukutula and Madikwe Hills”
  • After 2.5km the road splits – KEEP LEFT
  • Drive for 1.9km, passing Ukuthula entrance and Etali Entrance and TURN LEFT in front of the “Madikwe Hills” sign (brass letters on a wooden log)
  • Drive up to Reception

VIA SUN CITY / MOLATEDI GATE (4 HOURS FROM PRETORIA)

Please do not follow your GPS! Google Maps do not yet supply the best directions to get to the lodge.

The gravel road on this route makes it a little bumpy but not impassable in a sedan vehicle and it is shorter than the route through Zeerust. It is advisable to fill up with fuel at the Sun Village, just after the Sun City entrance on the right, since there is no fuel available inside the reserve.

Take the shortest route to Sun City, otherwise follow directions below:

  • From the O R Tambo International Airport, get onto the R21 towards Pretoria up to the Exit to the N1 Polokwane.
  • Get onto the N1 towards Polokwane and continue up to the N4 Rustenburg slipway about 22km). Take the slipway onto the N4 towards Rustenburg (just after the Zambezi drive offramp).
  • Continue in the direction of Rustenburg – take exit #225 which is the R556 Sun City/Majakaneng. (About 64km)
    Turn right at the off ramp and continue straight to Sun City (approx 73km to Sun City from this off ramp). After passing Sun City on the right, continue straight (approximately 5km) until you reach a four-way junction. TURN RIGHT to DERDEPOORT.
  • Continue for 39.8km. Turn left at the sign saying KAYAKULU.
  • After 12.6km the road will split – Keep RIGHT. • After 12.4km you will reach a T-Junction. Turn RIGHT.
  • After 10.8km the tar road will end and turn into a dirt road.
  • Continue straight along this road for about 32km of gravel, (do not take the next Derdepoort turning to the right, continue straight), passing through the Molatedi Village over the Marico River and straight to the MOLATEDI GATE entrance into the Park.
  • Once through the gate, keep to the speed limit of 40km/h and watch out for the ditches on the tar sections, you will damage your car if you speed!!
  • Carry on straight for about 11.9km until you find a sign post on your left, shortly after the road became tar – TURN RIGHT towards Derdepoort gate. After 540m, you’ll find a T-junction – TURN RIGHT onto Derdepoort Main Road towards Derdepoort Gate.
  • Carry on straight on this road for 10.1km until you find a 4 way crossing. (you will see the following during the 10.1kms:)
    After about 500m the tar will end.
  • After about 2.5km you will pass Mosetla’s entrance to your left.
  • After about 1.5km you will go down a steep hill (once again tarred, in between two mountains – watch out for the Klipspringers, small antelope).
  • 3km later there will be a big Palm Tree on your left.
  • 2.7km later you will reach the 4 way crossing.
  • The road will split immediately after the 4 way crossing. Keep to the RIGHT.
  • After 1.4km the road will join again and 1.2km after the join you need to TURN LEFT – there is a sign saying “Etali, Ukutula and Madikwe Hills”.
  • After 2.5km the road splits – KEEP LEFT
  • Drive for 1.9km, passing Ukuthula entrance and Etali Entrance and TURN LEFT in front of the “Madikwe Hills” sign (brass letters on a wooden log).
  • Drive up to Reception.

PLEASE NOTE: Should you be doing a self-drive to Madikwe Hills, please contact the Lodge for the latest updates on the conditions of the roads, which will determine the route you should take.

For further directions / emergencies, please contact:

LODGE & RESERVATIONS
Telephone:+27 (0)18 350 9200
Mobile:+27 (0)81 085 5729 (limited signal)

 

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ROAD TRANSFERS

Registered, professional transfer companies, with all insurances and indemnities in place, are used for Road Transfers. Road worthy, comfortable, air-conditioned vehicles are used for transfers. The vehicle type used will depend on the number of people on the transfer. Please enquire for further information on these transfers.

AIR TRANSFERS

Federal Airlines offers a world-class executive daily air shuttle service operating from OR Tambo (Johannesburg) International Airport to Madikwe Game Reserve. Federal Airlines operates a fleet of latest model turbine and piston aircrafts. All flights are undertaken by professional and highly experienced commercial pilots. A meet and greet can be arranged for guests arriving at ORT at no extra cost.

Transfers from the Madikwe Airstrip to the Lodge are complimentary.

FEDERAL AIRLINES
+27 (0) 11 395 9000
shuttle@fedair.com
www.fedair.com