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Madikwe Game Reserve

Close up of the rare African Wild Dog Close up of the rare African Wild Dog
A beautiful young lion cub A beautiful young lion cub
Boma dining around the fire at Madikwe Hills Boma dining around the fire at Madikwe Hills
Private bush dinners can be arranged Private bush dinners can be arranged
A  large bull rhino in Madikwe Game Reserve, Northern Regions A large bull rhino in Madikwe Game Reserve, Northern Regions
The stunning scenery in Madikwe The stunning scenery in Madikwe
Enjoy outdoor bush dining on safari Enjoy outdoor bush dining on safari
Friendly staff members Friendly staff members
Pamper yourself! Pamper yourself!
Three cheetahs in the road, Madikwe Three cheetahs in the road, Madikwe

The Lair of the African Wild Dog

Madikwe is a 75,000 hectare malaria free Game Reserve located a three hour drive or one hour flight time from Johannesburg. Madikwe has a fast growing a reputation as a world class safari destination and time after time, visitors are returning with glowing reports.

Whether you are travelling on your honeymoon or on a once in a lifetime family holiday, Madikwe is absolutely ideal. Guided game drives in open top 4x4 safari vehicles are an incredible experience as you come face to face with the “Big Five” as well as other smaller species including Wild Dog, one of the rarest and most rewarding of wildlife sightings.

Due to its logistical simplicity Madikwe fits easily into any tailor-made itinerary of South Africa whether it is at the beginning or end of your tour. Madikwe has a wide range of luxury safari lodge accommodation with friendly, well-trained local staff and beautiful architecture, carefully designed to take advantage of the lie of the land and to be as unobtrusive, yet luxurious as possible.

The Madikwe Game Reserve consists of vast plains of open woodlands and grasslands and is dotted with huge rocky hills. This terrain makes for excellent game viewing opportunities, which are enhanced by the high levels of training that the ranger –tracker teams have undergone.

Madikwe is a 75,000 hectare malaria free Game Reserve located a three hour drive or one hour flight time from Johannesburg. Madikwe has a fast growing a reputation as a world class safari destination and time after time, visitors are returning with glowing reports.

Whether you are travelling on your honeymoon or on a once in a lifetime family holiday, Madikwe is absolutely ideal. Guided game drives in open top 4x4 safari vehicles are an incredible experience as you come face to face with the “Big Five” as well as other smaller species including Wild Dog, one of the rarest and most rewarding of wildlife sightings.

Due to its logistical simplicity Madikwe fits easily into any tailor-made itinerary of South Africa whether it is at the beginning or end of your tour. Madikwe has a wide range of luxury safari lodge accommodation with friendly, well-trained local staff and beautiful architecture, carefully designed to take advantage of the lie of the land and to be as unobtrusive, yet luxurious as possible.

The Madikwe Game Reserve consists of vast plains of open woodlands and grasslands and is dotted with huge rocky hills. This terrain makes for excellent game viewing opportunities, which are enhanced by the high levels of training that the ranger –tracker teams have undergone.

Madikwe’s diverse geology and broad mix of habitats allows a wide range of African wildlife to flourish. Madikwe is home to 66 large mammal species including the Big Five and approximately 300 resident and migrant bird species. Not only does this reserve boast the 'Big Five' but it also has the 'Super 7'! This adds cheetah and wild dog to the traditional five; leopard, lion, buffalo, elephant and rhino. Plus brown hyena, sable, eland, gemsbok, giraffe and large herds of plains game and plenty of birds.

Wild dogs are a specialty of the area and due to their rarity and fascinating behaviour, are a wonderful sight. They are also known as Cape hunting dogs or painted dogs because of their tri-coloured (black, white and tan) abstract coat. Wild Dogs are Africa's most formidable hunters (followed by hyena and lion), and the essence of their successful social system is co-operative hunting and food sharing. Not only do they regurgitate food for the young but the babysitter gets fed too. They travel great distances while hunting and as a result often traverse farmland where they were almost shot to extinction. Luckily they are thriving in Madikwe.

As a malaria free game reserve, and because of its excellent game viewing and the fact that it is not overcrowded, Madikwe is a sought after destination. You can easily combine a couple of nights (though you will be sure to wish you had more time) with a trip to Cape Town or the Garden Route and not have to worry about malaria tablets. For honeymooners and couples in general, the reserve hosts a wide variety of top-end luxury accommodation that would satisfy even the most discerning of traveller. For families, Madikwe is one of the most family friendly reserves in Africa and many lodges offer excellent kids programmes to ensure that there will never be a dull moment on safari.

Contact one of our Travel Experts for advice on booking your accommodation in the Madikwe Game Reserve and to help you plan your itinerary. They have intimate knowledge of the Madikwe area and will readily recommend their favourite lodges and help you find a luxury accommodation that best meets your needs and budget.

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Malaria Free Safari »

Pack of wild dogs

This malaria free 75,000 hecatare Big Five Game Reserve has a fast growing reputation as one of Africa's most successuly managed wildlife areas. Its malaria free status attracts families and the traveller looking to avoid taking malaria prophylactics. In the past, a malaria free safari tended to carry the label of not being the 'real deal' but those days are long gone. Madikwe offers a game viewing experience to rival the more establsihed reserves such as the Kruger and is particulalry well known for the quality of its Wild Dog sightings.

Family Friendly Safari »

Kids with their ranger on safari

For those looking to bring their families down to South Africa on Safari, look no further than the malarie free Madikwe Game Reserve. Madikwe has a reputation of being one of the most child friendly reserves in Africa. Many of the lodges run specific child programmes that will cater for children of all ages. From interpretive bush walks with an expert ranger to baking animal shaped cakes and biscuits with the chef, there will never be a dull moment on safari. Please ask our consultants which lodge will best suit your family.

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Top Madikwe & Surrounds Tours & Accommodation

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Luxury Cape, Rail and Bush »

Having explored the many attractions of Cape Town on this romantic tour, you will then embark on the most luxurious train in the world, Rovos Rail for two nights, followed by an exciting big 5 safari in the malaria free Madikwe Private Game Reserve.

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Etali Safari Lodge »

Out of the heart of the spectacular Madikwe Game Reserve, embraced by pristine bushveld, Etali Safari Lodge meets you with lavish hospitality and a big 5 safari experience. Built in harmony with nature under the vibrant African sun, Etali is an exclusive, intimate haven.

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Madikwe Hills »

Traversing over 75 000 hectares, Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge is situated on a hill, in the heart of the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve. Ingeniously set amongst boulders and age-old Tamboti trees, the lodge offers visitors the utmost in luxury and hospitality.

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Gold Safari and Sun City »

This fly in safari is a perfect choice if you want to experience a top class Big Five safari with the comfort of being in a malaria free area. After your three night safari enjoy the glitz and glamour of Sun City whilst staying at the Palace of the Lost City.

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Jacis Tree Lodge »

Jaci's Tree Lodge is situated in the malaria free Madikwe Game Reserve in Big 5 game territory. Each “Tree House” is constructed amongst the riverine forest on stilts, up to 6 meters above the ground. Raised wooden walkways, suspended in the forest canopy will connect with the extraordinary Main Lodge.

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Jacis Safari Lodge »

Jaci’s Safari Lodge masterfully blends into its surroundings, encompassing a magnificent main area built around an ancient termite mound. The location was discovered and envisaged by Jan, and in combination with Jaci's colorful decorating style you are sure of a memorable and unique Safari experience.

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Luxury SA for Families »

This incredible trip encompasses a safari in a malaria free game reserve before flying down to Cape Town to spend time in a beautiful nature reserve. Perfect for families this tour will keep the children entertained and giving you time to relax.

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Madikwe Safari Lodge »

Madikwe Safari Lodge is situated in the heart of the richly diverse and malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve. Set on a gentle slope nestled between two rolling hills, the luxury Lodge overlooks game-filled plains with the Dwarsberg Hills in the distance and the Marico River nearby.

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