TAU Game Lodge – 5 things you must try in TAU

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Located close to Madikwe Game Reserve’s TAU Gate, just across the Botswana border, TAU Game Lodge is one of the reserve’s most accessible lodges, offering so much more than meets the eye.

Adjacent to one of the reserve’s favorite waterholes, with rooms that overlook the water, you’re sure to spot more than a croc or kudu.

In fact, this is where lions often come to make their libations and where elephants big and small take their daily mud baths.

But watching the Big 5 from your bedroom isn’t all about TAU.

Bring the kids

The friendly team at TAU ​​Game Lodge has a knack for knowing what kids want.

While it’s a romantic setting for a couple’s getaway, it’s also one of the most wonderful destinations to introduce your kids to nature and the wilderness.

Depending on occupancy, you may be lucky enough to have a ranger and vehicle all to yourself, which means the kids can join you on the daily game drives and you can even change the timings a bit if necessary.

With wake-up calls at five in the morning, game-spotting on game drives, a dip in the pool and more, kids are more than likely to end up falling asleep early at night, giving you some time as a couple after all.

If there are a lot of guests at the lodge during your visit, families can book a private game drive for themselves at an additional cost or parents can join the morning and afternoon drives while the children participate in TAU Cubz club activities, which normally work best on school holidays.

Elephants taking a mud bath. Image: Renate Engelbrecht

Discover the swimming pools

Besides the pretty pool next to the lodge’s restaurant (which also overlooks the waterhole), there’s another pool a bit out of sight.

Located in a viewing lounge just down the path from the bedrooms, you will find a lovely swimming pool with sunbeds and parasols, hidden amongst the tall grasses and trees typical of the bushveld.

Here you’ll see elephants whizzing by in slow motion and you’ll spot all sorts of insects like bright red dragonflies and screeching crickets – something not so common in the daily life of a city dweller and certainly something worth watching. to be explored with children.

Of course, the attractive illuminated swimming pool of the bar also invites you to take a dip, whether it is day or night.

Those with kids will also be happy to know that just steps away from this pool, there’s an impressively sized jungle gym that will keep little ones entertained for hours while parents indulge. to a cocktail by the pool.

TAU Jungle Gym
TAU’s impressive jungle gym. Image: Renate Engelbrecht

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Spa TAU Oasis

Nothing comes close to a true bush spa experience. In the middle of the acacias, a few roundabout huts shelter the TAU Spa Oasis.

TAU Spa Oasis
TAU Spa Oasis. Image: Renate Engelbrecht

A spa therapist, Ntuma comes over during dinner, inviting guests to consider a spa treatment from the spa’s rather impressive menu.

From hydro-massage treatments and massage options to grooming treatments, waxing and facials, there’s no doubt you’ll find something to suit you.

The spa also offers wonderful packages like the 3-Hour Bliss, the Tau Spa Oasis Journey and the Anti-Stress Detox Package or you can opt for a body treatment like an African Foot Ritual or a Coffee and Mint Body Wrap. .

TAU Spa Oasis uses Africology products
TAU Spa Oasis uses Africology products. Image: Renate Engelbrecht

Go on safari

When visiting a lodge in a remarkable reserve like Madikwe, game drives are a must.

At TAU ​​Game Lodge, a morning and afternoon game drive are included in your stay and if you are afraid of missing out, we suggest you take advantage of every opportunity to go on a game drive.

With professional field guides who are in constant contact with each other, the chances of you spotting lions, cheetahs and even wild dogs at TAU ​​are very good.

The Madikwe Game Reserve is also home to over a thousand elephants, which means ellie lovers will have a blast.

Field guides like Israel (referred to as KG in the field) and Ryan (whom they call Jack) become guests’ bushveld pals over a morning cup of coffee in the bush or a sunset drink under a shepherd’s tree.

Game drives are a must at TAU ​​Game Lodge
Game drives are a must at TAU ​​Game Lodge. Image: Renate Engelbrecht

Come rain or shine, they are prepared for any type of weather on the roads.

They know their shortcuts and certainly know how to drive on slippery farm roads, while making sure their guests all have blankets when the temperatures drop or raincoats when the rain catches up with you.

The boma of the TAU Game Lodge

South African cuisine is something that everyone – locals and foreigners – must experience at least once in their lifetime.

TAU Game Lodge has a way of making it a memorable experience by creating a beautiful boma atmosphere with bonfires and buffets.

Also, don’t miss the welcome drinks that are so true to the bush – an Amarula tot to kick off an evening of divine dining.

If you happen to visit TAU ​​Game Lodge for your birthday, you might be serenaded by the lovely staff at dinner, with cultural songs that will have each guest humming or tapping their feet.

You might even end up receiving a specially baked cake, which you can either take with you to the room or serve to the rest of the guests to celebrate with you.

Besides boma dinners, the restaurant at TAU ​​Game Lodge also lends itself to delicious al fresco dining, offering light lunches in the form of refreshing salads and other options. If you’re a keen birdwatcher, be sure to bring your binos as they often dive and soar above the waterhole below.

TAU Game Lodge is a destination where you can experience so much of everything while really getting the recharge you need.

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