Madikwe Game Reserve safaris, tours & holiday packages
South Africa's premier malaria-free Big Five reserve
Just a four-hour drive from Johannesburg, Madikwe is studded with a dozen or so exclusive lodges offering world-class game viewing and a family-friendly feel enhanced by the malaria-free location
Extending over 750 square kilometres of North West Province, Madikwe Game Reserve was created from former ranchland in the early 1990s, and was restocked with some 8,000 individual animals belonging to 28 different large mammal species (including all the Big Five).
Closed to day visitors, it now functions much like the private game reserves that abut the Kruger Park, but in a far larger area. Madikwe is home to more than a dozen small camps that offer an all-inclusive upmarket safari experience, the focal point of which is guided game drives in open 4x4s.
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I first visited Madikwe three years ago not quite knowing what to expect, and returned thinking that it surely ranks close to being South Africa’s best-kept game-viewing secret – fantastic sightings of African wild dogs and elephants were capped by a thrilling close-up encounter with a trio of black rhinos.
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Mammal viewing is excellent, with at least 66 species present. Over the course of a couple of days, guests are likely to encounter lions, elephants, white rhinos, buffaloes, giraffes, zebras and a variety of antelopes, including greater kudu, springbok, red hartebeest and tsessebe.
Madikwe is one of the best places in Africa for sightings of the endangered African wild dog, and night drives often yield encounters with the shy brown hyena. Black rhinos are present but are more elusive, and Madikwe doesn’t compare to the Greater Kruger when it comes to intimate sightings of leopard.
Hemmed in by the perennial Marico River to the east and the Dwarsberg mountains to the south, Madikwe is scenically diverse, dominated by wooded and grassy plains in the east, and rocky hills associated with the rugged Rant van Tweedepoort escarpment in the west. More than 350 bird species have been recorded, ranging from outsized grassland dwellers such as common ostrich and kori bustard to striking Kalahari specials such as pied babbler and violet-eared waxbill.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Madikwe Game Reserve
No vaccination is mandatory for entering South Africa except for yellow fever for passengers arriving from areas affected by the disease. go there.
Although wildlife viewing is good throughout the year. The warmer months from October to March are more pleasant - the scenery is greener and this is also the time most of the animals are born. However, the park is mostly about its scenery… go there.
The best time to visit Ithala Game Reserve is during the dry winter months, from May to September. During this season it is easier to spot the wildlife since the grass is eaten by herbivores. Expect to encounter and sight birds - such as… go there.
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Perfectly tailor-made tours that take all your wishes and requests into consideration. All my expectations were beyond fulfilled.
From the first approach to the end, Discover Africa has been excellent. The hotels, service and everything in between was thought of and exceeded all our expectations. The perfect choice! Thanks to all and especially to Megan.
I am copying Megan in case she is back from maternity leave (congrats Megan!). We are having an absolutely WONDERFUL trip. It has far exceeded our expectations! Everything has been perfect, the accommodations, transport, tours, etc. We…
from South Africa
We could not have been more pleased with "Discover Africa." Our agent, Megan W, was knowledgeable, accommodating and highly responsive. She asked pertinent questions, listened carefully to our needs, then organized a personalized tour- the…
from United States of America
We went on Safari to Phinda Game reserve which was our choice as was the the choice of 2 nights on the Rovos train.Our agent was quite happy with helping us with anything we requested. We worked out dates of where we wanted to be and when…
Madeline & Reymond Goodman
Although our safari was very expensive for us as South Africans we were satisfied that we got a value for money experience. It was a once in a lifetime safari. Knowledgeable, professional guides - experience far beyond our expectations. They…
Uwe and Doreza Kersandt
from South Africa