The word “Molori” means “to dream” in seTswana and truly captures the essence of Molori Safari Lodge, recognized throughout the world as Southern Africa’s most luxurious game lodge. Molori Safari is situated deep within the Madikwe Game Reserve in South Africa’s North West Province, bordering Botswana. The secluded safari lodge offers absolute privacy, while taking in breathtaking views of the Dwarsberg Mountains and the expansive Madikwe valley.
At 75 000 hectares, Madikwe Game Reserve is South Africa’s fifth largest Big Five game reserve, but offers so much more than the big five. Madikwe is home to the Super Seven, which includes all Big Five species as well as cheetah and wild dog.
There are an estimated 400 wild dogs still surviving in South Africa and a large proportion of these are thriving in the Madikwe habitat. The Reserve is also home to some 350 recorded bird species.
Madikwe Game Reserve is home to the endangered African Wild Dog and has the highest concentration of rhino in Africa. Conservation is an active and important part of life here. Molori Safari works closely with Madikwe Game Reserve in its rhino conservation efforts and guests can by arrangement be part of an extraordinary hands-on rhino tagging experience, participating in the notching, DNA sampling and micro chipping of the rhino’s horns. Guests can also participate in dog tracking experiences and learn more about this extraordinary and highly endangered species.
Madikwe has hot, wet summers and cool, sunny winters. Summer daytime temperatures average around 31°C (88°F) and winter daytime temperatures average around 22°C (72°F). Summer evenings are comfortable with an occasional breeze and winter evenings become quite chilly with temperatures dropping as low as 2°C (35°F). The rainy season begins around October and runs through to April with heavy rainfall occurring between November and February. The dry season or winter months begin around May and run through to mid-September.
Suites & Lodge
Molori Safari comprises five unique open-air suites, thoughtfully distanced from one another to offer absolute privacy. They include: two premier suites (Ngwedi and Lesedi), one family premier suite (Sephiri) and two presidential suites (Metsi and Molelo). All suites have floor-to-ceiling retractable glass walls, opening onto a private deck and swimming pool. Additional features and amenities include: fireplace, minibar, espresso machine, telescope, wireless Internet, outdoor shower and air-conditioning. The presidential suites also feature a kitchen and dining area, a library and study, walk-in dressing room and guest bathroom.
The Molori Safari main lodge comprises four dining areas, a library, a large living room and bar. The living room and bar areas open onto an outdoor deck featuring a hot spa bath and twin infinity pools. A rim-flow heated spa bath is also situated on the highest mountainside deck for optimal wildlife viewing. Guests can unwind with a cocktail, a book or a cigar on Molori’s many relaxation decks, including the prized reading and star decks which also feature Dedon daybeds. The main lodge library offers a large selection of popular books, and a well-equipped humidor with a fine selection of imported cigars (available at an extra cost). Also available in the main lodge is satellite TV and DVD player.
Activities, Cuisine & Arrival
Activities offered by Molori Safari are diverse, satisfying your hunger for adventure and your yearning to connect with nature and your inner world. Activities include game drives, wild dog tracking, bush walks, super seven by night with NVG’s (Night Vision Goggles – exclusive to Molori Safari), rhino tagging and stargazing. Wellness activities include spa treatments, a sauna and steam room, heated spa baths, plunge pools and private swimming pools. There is also a junior ranger programme for children, culinary classes and an array of dining experiences to choose from.
Molori’s cuisine is under the direction of gourmet chefs inspired by both Eastern and Western influences and combines the best of local produce and international trends. The finest South African wines and top-shelf liquors accompany all meals – the lodge also has a spectacular collection of fine imported wines and special vintage whiskeys and cognacs available for guests at an additional cost.
Daily private charter flights, through our own privately owned charter company, can be arranged from either Johannesburg O.R. Tambo International Airport or Lanseria International Airport to Madikwe Game Reserve’s private airstrip. Guests wishing to arrive incognito may request the use of a private helicopter, which flies directly to Molori’s own helipad from O.R. Tambo International Airport. Molori Safari also offers door-to-door transfers in luxury vehicles.