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Etali Safari Lodge
Style Safaris and stargazing
Setting Magical Madikwe
Need to know
Rooms Eight luxury suites.
Rates Double rooms from $1058.90 (ZAR10,965), excluding tax at 14 per cent.
More details Rates include meals, most drinks, two daily game drives and safari walks.
Facilities All suites have indoor and outdoor showers, air-con, fireplaces, a complimentary minibar and a private deck with heated whirlpool (from which elephants occasionally drink).
Poolside There is a main pool with sunloungers, and a wellness centre offering massage and beauty treatments. In-room massage is also available.
Children The lodge is not suitable for under-12s but do check – exceptions are occasionally made. An extra bed in the room costs from R1,300. Babysitters can be arranged for R150 a day.
Also There is a 'bush gym' and a library. Private game drives can be arranged for the day and cost R1,500 a vehicle. Air and road transfers from Johannesburg, Sun City and Gabaronne can be arranged with prior notice.
In the know
Our favourite rooms The suite nearest the watering hole is ideal for watching the local wildlife; the lodge recommends it for honeymooners.
Packing tips Warm clothing, gloves and hat for the cold mornings between April and October. Some warm layers are recommended in summer months, too. Etali is not in a malarial area but consult your GP.
Also An astronomer can be arranged if you want a guided tour of the night sky.
Food and drink at Etali Safari Lodge
Hotel restaurant African cuisine with Asian influences is served in the dining room or on the deck. It's also possible to dine out in the bush or in a traditional Tswana tribal kraal.
Dress code Relaxed and casual.
Top table Out in the bush by lantern-light.
Last orders Flexible, but don't forget the early starts.
Hotel bar Guests can enjoy drinks wherever they please. All soft drinks, house wines and beers are included in the room price.