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Madikwe Game Reserve

Madikwe Game Reserve

Madikwe Game Reserve offers the ultimate big five African safari in a Malaria free area.

Situated in the North West Province of South Africa, North of the town Groot-Marico and up to the border with Botswana lies one of South Africa’s best malaria free holiday destinations.

This prime wildlife reserve covers 75 000 hectares which makes it the 5th largest game reserve in South Africa.

Madikwe Game Reserve is roughly 3.5 hours drive by car from Johannesburg or Pretoria.  A 1200 metre airstrip on the reserve allows accessibility by private aircraft.  Nearby airports include Gabarone airport (28 km) or OR Tambo International (369 km).

Day visitors are not allowed in the park, only Lodge residents are permitted.  This provides for unique game viewing and photography opportunities as vehicles driving around in the park are restricted to a minimum and animals can be viewed in their most natural environment.

The terrain is mostly open grasslands and bushveld plains with scattered rocky outcrops and single mountains.  (This is where leopards are most likely to be spotted.)

Guided sight-seeing trips with well trained, professional guides(FGASA registered) and trackers greatly enhance the opportunity to get up close and personal with the big 5 (Lion, leopard, elephants, buffaloes, rhino’s) or at least some of them, and also some other rare (brown hyena and aardwolf) and endangered species (wild dogs).

Wild dogs at Madikwe Game Reserve

Guides are in radio contact with one another and share sightings, so little chance of missing out on anything exciting happening!  They are also able to get closer to sightings, ensuring that guests have the best chance to experience Africa’s wildlife at its best.  Guides are passionate about wildlife and conservation and share their knowledge on an ongoing basis while also ensuring the safety of guests.

Conducted day and night game drives are definitely the highlight of the Madikwe experience, but if luxury is your lure, accommodation at Madikwe Game Reserve will go beyond your expectations as guests are offered the utmost in luxury and hospitality.

Accommodation options include the very popular Madikwe Safari Lodge, Madikwe Hills and Madikwe River Lodge amongst many.  Accommodation is categorised into:  The Eco Bush Camp, child friendly accommodation, family suites, self-catering accommodation, luxury lodges and ultra-luxury lodges.

People also ask:
About the weather:

October – April is the rainy season.  Day Temperatures can vary but are usually hot and humid averaging 30°C, the highest rainfall months are between November and February.

May to September is the dry season.  The winter months in Madikwe can be dry and cold with night temperatures dropping to 2°C and Day temperatures averaging 23°C

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Activities in the reserve:

Conducted day and night game drives or bush walks.

Relaxation at the lodge:

Lodge dependent,  please check what is offered by a specific Lodge before booking accommodation.

Swimming pools and private decks offering terrific views, traditional boma experience, curios shopping, internet facilities, child minders, library, spa and wellness treatments, gym and the best meals(breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks) prepared by qualified chefs.

Madikwe swimming pool

Should we worry about Malaria?

Madikwe Game Reserve is Malaria free game reserve and visitors can enjoy Malaria free safari’s.

If you are considering an African Safari be sure to explore everything Madikwe Game Reserve has to offer and look forward to a truly amazing, once in a lifetime wildlife experience!

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