Situated approximately 4 hours from Johannesburg, the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve is one of South Africa’s premier game reserves. Covering 75 000 hectares, Madikwe hosts a tremendous variety of habitat types which in turn result in an exceptional diversity of animal species. The Big 5 reserve hosts all the larger game species including a high density of lions, both black and white rhino, feisty elephant herds and Madikwe’s famed African Wild Dog packs. Madikwe is one of the best places in Africa to view this rare predator in the wild. Although still elusive, leopard sightings have been improving and brown hyenas are commonly sighted. The topography is characterised by endless flats disappearing in to the horizon sporadically broken by the rocky outcrops of the Tshwene hills and the Dwarsberg mountains in the south. The perennial Marico River forms the eastern border, and is a life blood to the area.

Why we like it

Big 5 reserve; Famous wild dog packs; Close to Johannesburg; Malaria-free

Facts & Figures

Park / Reserve Size: 75 000 Ha
Reserve Type: Concession
Big 5: Yes
Specialist Specie: African Wild Dog
Malaria Area: No
Nearest Town: Zeerust

Accommodation in Madikwe Game Reserve

Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge, Madikwe

Buffalo Ridge is a wholly community owned camp in the Madikwe Game Reserve. The lodge is a pioneering project that gives the local Balete community (of the Batswana tribe) their own lodge and the direct transfer of benefits from ecotourism to the rural community. The camp is set along a rocky ridge with magnificent views of the bushveld basin below.…

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Accomodation Type: Full Board
Budget: $300 - $500 p.p.p.d.

Etali Safari Lodge

On the edge of the Kalahari, Madikwe Game Reserve contains a diverse environment offering the discerning nature lover more than 60 species of mammal and 300 species of bird. Madikwe is home to the Big 5 along with several rarer species such as African Wild Dog, Cheetah and Black Rhino. Built in harmony with nature under the vibrant African sun,…

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Accomodation Type: Full Board
Budget: $300 - $500 p.p.p.d.

Impodimo Game Lodge

Impodimo Game Lodge offers a first-class safari experience in the renowned Madikwe Game Reserve. The nine well-spaced rooms can accommodate up to twenty guests and the friendly staff are all well-trained and offer excellent service. Living areas flow into one another, with each locality providing superb views at different levels. The rooms are accessible either by wooden walkways or paved…

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Accomodation Type: Full Board
Budget: $300 - $500 p.p.p.d.

Tours and Activities in Madikwe Game Reserve

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Duration: 3 nights, 4 days
Budget: $300 - $500 p.p.p.d.
Species list
Where

Lookout for

Elephant
Black Rhino
White Rhino
Hippo
Lion
Leopard
Cheetah
Brown Hyena
African Wild Dog
Jackal
Buffalo
Giraffe
Kudu
Wildebeest
Zebra
Impala
Springbok
Gemsbok
Waterbuck
Eland
Warthog
Baboon

Key Species

MAMMALS
Lion
African Wild Dog
White Rhino


BRIDS
Giant Eagle Owl
Ostrich
Martial Eagle
Pied Babbler
Painted Snipe


REPTILES
African Rock Python
Rock Monitor Lizard
Leopard Tortoise


TREES
Leadwood
Tamboti
Marula


HABITAT TYPES
Grassland
Savanna
Thornveld
Riverine
Rocky Outcrops


Wildlife Ratings

Big 5: 8
Mammals: 9
Birds: 8
Reptiles: 7
Trees: 7
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