Welcome to Madikwe Game Reserve 

South Africa

Madikwe Game Reserve is currently the fifth largest game reserve and is also one of the lesser- known parks in South Africa. This makes it a hidden- gem as it is regarded as one of the best conservation areas in Africa and offers the Big 5 in a 680 km2 park (750 km2 including newly incorporated privately owned land).

The park offers a number of luxurious lodges as well as community lodges in a malaria- free zone.

Interesting Facts

Park Area: +-75 000 hectares

Currency: South African Rand

Seasons: Good game viewing is available all year as the park is a single unit conservation area (there is no migration). The rainy season is between October and April in the wet summer months. Winter can provide pleasant game viewing as animals concentrate around waterholes and vegetation thins out.

Popular attractions: Big 5, African Wild Dogs, family/ self- drive safari destination, romantic escapes, luxury lodges, honeymoon safaris.

Nearby airports: Gaborone airport (28kms)/ O.R. Tambo International (369kms)/ Madikwe has an 1200 metre airstrip for use by private aircraft.

Nearest cities: Johannesburg, Pretoria, Rustenburg, Zeerust

Accommodation

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Jaci's Lodges

From R 3 300 pppns

Jaci`s Safari Lodge masterfully blends into its surroundings, encompassing a magnificent main area built around an ancient termite mound.

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Mosetlha Bush Camp & Eco Lodge

From R 1 995 pp

This family owned and run rustic and intimate, un-fenced bush camp is nestled at the very heart of the magnificent Madikwe.

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Tau Game Lodge

From R 2 931 pps

Tau is a South African luxury safari lodge situated on the far northern border of South Africa, in malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve.

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Thakadu River Camp

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Thakadu River Camp

From R 3 292 pp

Set within a riverine canopy surrounded by an impressive diversity of fauna and flora, aha Thakadu River Camp offers guests beautifully appointed, 4-star tented suites.

The Bush House

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The Bush House 

From R 2 500 pp

The Bush House is not your typical Game lodge. The Lodge is set in the malaria free Madikwe Game Reserve. It is an old farmhouse that after years of family laughter and happiness has been transformed into an inviting and relaxing residence that encourages guests to kick off their shoes and unwind.

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Tuningi Safari Lodge

From R 8 800 pp

Tuningi Safari Lodge in the Madikwe Game Reserve combines the wonders of the African bushveld with the splendours of five star luxury. Experience the Big 5 up close and personal in this top safari lodge, situated only a few hours from Johannesburg.

Big 5 & Wild Dogs


The Big 5 is represented in the park and you are likely to spot a lion, leopard, elephant, rhino or buffalo. During your visit you will also have the rare privilege of possibly seeing the highly endangered African Wild Dog.


In 1994, a small group of six wild dogs were introduced into the park. This founding group has seen a challenging introduction into the park with rabies outbreaks, territorial clashes and encounters with lions.


Despite the odds, current day Madikwe has a thriving wild dog population with three hunting packs roaming the park. The dogs are somewhat accustomed to safari vehicles offering spectacular photographic opportunities. Madikwe Game Reserve’s conservation efforts to protect the ‘painted dog’ are in place to help conserve this majestic diminishing species.

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