Saving on electricity? No, enhancing the romantic mood for honeymooners and other couples.

Johannesburg - At night at Madikwe Safari Lodge, firelight and candlelight are optional: a must for honeymooners and couples in search of a romantic getaway. The suites are equipped for bushveld authenticity with an open fireplace or 5-star convenience with air conditioning.

The restaurant cuisine is based on elegant café dishes prepared from ingredients delivered daily from leading suppliers locally and in Joburg. Food and beverage manager Sam Moralo’s resumé includes stints at a top-rated lodge in the Kruger Park and an exclusive country club in Jupiter, Florida. Born nearby 30 years ago, Moralo returned home from the US to join the new Madikwe Safari Lodge staff.

“This is the future of the career I’ve chosen,” he says.

The information age meets full-service satellite TV in the communal entertainment lounge in the main Lelapa lodge.

It’s a popular venue for sports fans and younger guests alike, when they can find time for cartoons or the latest sports contests between the packed schedule of daily activities laid on for everyone by the versatile Madikwe Safari Lodge team.

The malaria-free Madikwe reserve is located within an easy 4½-hour drive north-west of Joburg.

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