Royal Madikwe safari Lions at sunrise

A malaria-free safari in the Madikwe Game Reserve is an extraordinary experience. Uncrowded as in contrast to other reserves; it is not open to ‘day visitors’ hence more exclusive; with smaller 4 – 5* lodges on one of the largest game reserves in South Africa (75 000 hectares).

The Madikwe Game Reserve is in the North West province of South Africa; north of Pilanesberg; on the Botswana border. Approximately 3,5 – 4 hours drive or a short charter flight from Johannesburg.

Wild dogs kill at Jamala Madikwe
Wild dogs kill at Jamala Madikwe

Madikwe Game Reserve is regarded as one of the top conservation areas in Africa and came about due to Operation Phoenix. This project was one of the largest game translocation exercises ever undertaken in the world; with more than 10 000 animals released into the reserve. Now home to 86 mammal species including the ‘Big Five’ and a significant population of the African wild dog; 350 bird species and 104 varieties of trees. Your Madikwe Game Reserve safari consists of thrilling game drives and also leisurely bushwalks in what is now one of the best malaria-free safari experiences in Southern Africa.

Madikwe elephants drinking out of pool at Impodimo
Madikwe elephants drinking out of the pool at Impodimo

The reserve offers a wide diversity of habitat; ranging from vast plains of open woodlands and grasslands, riverine thickets of the perennial Groot Marico river, and steep cliffs of the Rant van Tweedepoort, Enselbergs, and the Dwarsberg mountain ranges.

Summertime (between November to March) can be exceptionally hot; therefore the rainfall experienced at this time provides welcome relief. Summer evenings are mild. The winters are dry and mild with cold nights.