There are so many reasons to visit Tau Game Lodge … these are our top five.
1 Game always comes out tops. So the cheetahs. And the ellies. And the journey of giraffes strolling across to see what’s going down at the sundowner spot. Okay, we know nothing’s guaranteed, but the chances of great sightings is massive. On a recent trip, we saw cheetah – mum and cubs, then dad and his brother – on every drive, breeding herds of ellies with so many babes, and were woken up at 3am with lions roaring just outside the camp. Magnificent. Madikwe is home to the big five, to African wild dogs (endangered, and always a thrill to see), a dozen or so antelope species and is, with more than 250 different species, a bird-watchers paradise.
2 The fact that children are welcome. In fact, encouraged. There’s a Tau Cubz Club for three to five year olds, who get their own short, private game drive after breakfast, and then are entertained with treasure hunts, arts and crafts activities and games. Those six and older can join their parents on the game drives, and are welcome to join in the Cubz fun, too. The family suites are, for us, also a huge drawcard. So while we know there are many lodges who are happy to accommodate children, it’s more often than not on a share-your-room basis … fine for toddlers, not so much if you’re talking teens. The family options at TAU offer two full bedrooms, joined by a small interleading lounge area. So you can sit together, discussing the day and the thrill of the evening game drive, then amble off to the privacy of your own room … mum and dad in one room, two to four children in the other. There are, obviously, standard and deluxe chalets, one of which is wheelchair friendly.
3 There’s no drama getting there. It’s an easy three-and-a-half hour from Joburg – add half an hour if you’re flying into OR Tambo. There are also, if you want to relax from minute one of your weekend away, road and air transfers. Madikwe is malaria free – a big plus, particularly if you’re travelling with your children.
4 The waterhole. The lodge overlooks a massive waterhole, and there’s an almost constant flow of animals coming and going. Elephants make themselves at home, as do the zebra and wildebeest, and watching the baboons from your verandah makes for an entertaining afternoon. Then, when your stay’s over and it’s back to real life, you can click on the TAU live webcam, which is situated at the waterhole, and continue your game viewing adventure from your sofa. Just add G&T.
5 A big bonus for locals are the special SA rates these top game lodges are offering. It’s one of the few spinoffs from Covid that does help us, and we’re all for taking full advantage. Plus, TUA have given Get It readers a seriously good special. So when you’d normally be dishing out upwards of R9604 for two people sharing per night, Get It readers who book, with a deposit, in August for an August or September stay will pay R2950 a person, a night. You can also book the family suite, which can accommodate up to six, for R14750 a night. For both of these, quote GET IT when booking. Kids younger than two stay free, older than 12 pay the full adult rate, and those in-between pay according to room type.
Details and bookings: 011-466-8715 or taugamelodge.co.za