Madikwe (South Africa)


South Africa





Madikwe Game Reserve spreads across 75 000 hectares of African lowveld and Kalahari thorn. It is one of South Africa’s largest nature reserves, and boasts all large game animals and around 300 bird species. The reserve is one of South Africa’s foremost malaria-free game reserves. Bordering Botswana, it is located just a 3.5 hour drive from Johannesburg and offers guests luxurious lodges in one of the finest game-viewing destinations in the country.


The reserve exists in a transition zone between the Lowveld Bush and the Kalahari Thorn fields, entailing a diverse ecological region. The seemingly limitless plains are broken up with rock hills, and the low grasslands mean that game is easily viewable. The reserve is fenced to prevent larger mammals from crossing into other territories.

Attractions & Activities

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Madikwe is a big 5 reserve, along with around 60 more mammal species and 300 bird species. Approximately 8000 animals have been reintroduced into the reserve since restocking began in 1991. The reserve’s topography is ideal; open grassland and woodland ensure that game viewing at Madikwe is superb.

Madikwe has a range of activities on offer for adults and children. Game drives are the best way to cover as much territory as possible for the best chance of seeing the


great diversity of the reserve. The reserve has a dedicated children’s game drive program, guided by specially trained guides.

The lodges also provide fun educational entertainment for the kids. Some lodges offer cultural interactions with local communities on the park borders, while others allow short guided walks to allow guests to appreciate nature up close.


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When to visit Madikwe

Madikwe's rainy season runs from October to March, and although vegetation is thicker during this time, animals are still viewable in their numbers. Migrant birds are at their most prolific during this time, so if you're a keen birdwatcher, this is your ideal season.

July to September, the dry winter months, give pleasant temperatures and excellent game viewing. Animals are more concentrated and easier to track, and days are warm with cool nights.

"Madikwe is the best malaria free game viewing area in South Africa, we spent an amazing week here with our 4 year old daughter. The perfect family safari! "

Owner & Founder - Adam Malmnas