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About Tau Game Lodge

On the far Northern border of South Africa lies a beautiful area known as the Great Marico and it is in this spectacular setting, in Malaria free Madikwe Game Reserve, that Tau Game Lodge is situated.

Privately owned Tau Game Lodge was built in 1995 and overlooks a vast natural waterhole, which attracts a variety of game, as does the diverse vegetation, which thrives in the fertile topsoil. The Lodge was designed to reflect the natural surroundings and makes use of the natural resources wherever possible.

The main body of the Lodge is two-leveled and has a comfortable lounge, plunch pool, curio shop, bar and dining-room which are semi open-air and overlook the waterhole.

Delicious buffet breakfasts and lunches are generally served in the main building or on the verandah next to the plunge pool and dinner is served in a cosy boma under the stars. Situated at an easy 4 hours driving distance from Johannesburg, Tau, the place of the lion, can host and accommodate up to 60 people. Tau Game Lodge has a state-of-the-art convention centre suitable for up to 150 delegates.

The Lodge is child friendly offering special kiddies drives for children below 6 years of age. From 6 years onwards children are allowed on the adult safaris subject to management discretion, please enquire about our child rates and policy.

Safari: Two game drives per day are included in the accommodation package.

Spa: The Tau Spa Oasis offers guests deep relaxation and rejuvenating spa treatments. Our extensively trained spa therapists are specialised in treatments ranging from authentic African treatments to specialised hydrotherapy treatments.

Wedding Venues: Tau Game Lodge offers an adventurous alternative with its wedding venue. Although there is no formal Chapel, the Lodge's thatched roof has served the purpose on many occasions, while wildlife witnessed the wedding from the far side of the water hole.

Conference Venues: The main hall is made up of three sub-halls, each of which can operate independently or together. Equipment includes high-resolution projectors & network points. 3 breakaway able to accommodate 15 delegates are available.

Family friendly: Children under the age of 6 years are not allowed to join the adults on game drives, a private vehicle is booked at an additional charge. An hour long kiddies safari can be arranged and a children’s program is in place for their entertainment.

Romantic: Private dinners on your deck can be arranged for special occasions.

  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Enquiry Response Time: an hour
  • Type: Safari
  • Sleeps: 74
  • Check-in: 1:00 PM
    Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Reviews: 10 Reviews


  • Wheelchair Enabled
  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Garden
  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Swimming Pool
  • Jacuzzi/Hot-tub
  • Indoor Fireplace
  • Satellite TV*
  • Wi-Fi
  • Vitality Collection
  • Credit Card Facilities
  • Conference Venues
  • Restaurant on Premises
  • Parking on Premises
  • Romantic
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans
  • Tswana (Setswana)


  • 5 Stars - Tourism Grading Council of South Africa
* Please enquire for further details.

Important Information

The entrance fee ( Parksboard Conservation levy) of R 180.- per person is not included in the accommodation rate, nor is the Government Tourism levy of R 10.- per person per night, these are additional charges.

Availability and pricing

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  • Standard Chalet Standard Chalet Sleeps 2 Includes: All Meals Rooms / Units: 20
    • Rooms Adults
      • Deluxe Chalets Deluxe Chalets Sleeps 4 Includes: All Meals Rooms / Units: 6 Deluxe room suitable for families (2 adults & 2 children under 12 yr) or 3 adults sharing. Large lounge area with couch... see more
        • Rooms Adults
          • Family unit Family unit Sleeps 4 Includes: All Meals The Family unit is made up of two standard chalets which are semi-interleading and joined by a communual lounge area.Eac... see more
            • Adults
              • Family suite Family suite Sleeps 6 Includes: All Meals Two large suites - joined by a communual lounge area. The bath facilities are incorporated in suite. Semi- interleading... see more
                • Adults

                  Reviews for Tau Game Lodge

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                  Martin Bezuidenhout
                  11 April 2018

                  The staff at Tau were all very friendly, service at the meals was excellent,.We were disappointed with the quality of the food-having stayed at several similar priced private lodges before, the food was definitely inferior I think dinner at least should be a plated meal unless it is in the Boma.We had the same salad for dinner and lunch every day with the same olives and feta, the only added salads were beetroot (very old fashioned ) and couscous on 2 days. T he potatoes were always soft roasted potatoes -baked would have been nice The food just needed a bit of 'modernizing'/flair, as did...
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                  suzette visser, South Africa
                  22 September 2014

                  A wonderful lodge for a quick break-away.The facilities is of the highest standard, but what made the greatest impression on us was the staff.Most friendly, professional and helpful. We felt pampered the whole time. The food was of a very high standard and a wide variety to cater for all tastes. The chef even baked me a cake as a surprise for my birthday and the staff blessed me with a wonderful song in the boma during the evening meal. We saw the big 5 up close - very close, and met wonderful people along the way. We will definitely be back. Tau can be recommended without a doubt.

                  DAVID CHEMLA, France
                  05 August 2013

                  Lovely area. Recommended time of Game drive max 3 days. Ranger (megan) motivated. Hotel and food not quite at 4 stars.Good quality /price ratio.

                  Darshini De Silva, Botswana
                  30 April 2012

                  We stayed two nights to celebrate my birthday and it was a great experience. Special thank you to the staff who organised a cake and performed a traditional song and dance for me. Our host Grant Botha was excellent! There was a surprise bush braai for the guests one night. We will certainly go back to Tau Lodge.

                  Gillian Meier, South Africa
                  21 July 2008

                  We had a fantastic stay. The lodge staff were excellent with my kids and kept them well entertained and spoilt while my hubby and I could enjoy our wedding anniversary weekend with our kids, but without worrying about them. The Ranger was excellent with our son on the game drive and he got to see Elephant and lion amongst others.Our 2 1/2 year old didn't miss out as he enjoyed viewing the elephant, wilderbeest and lion drinking and bathing in the watering hole right in front of our room. What a fabulous weekend.

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                  Tau Game Lodge is 27.1km from the centre of Madikwe Game Reserve , the nearest airport 51.4km (Sir Seretse Khama International Airport).
                  *Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling