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    In the Heart of the Bushveld
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    South African Safari Experience
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    Luxury Travel in Madikwe Game Reserve
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    Experience Wildlife in Malaria Free Madikwe Reserve
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    Family Friendly Safari Lodges
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Child Friendly Lodges

Guests enjoy a specialised family friendly holiday at Madikwe Game Reserve Read More

Mid Range Safari Lodges

View our selection of Mid Priced Safari Lodges in the Madikwe Reserve. Read More

High End Game Lodges

The adventure begins the moment you arrive at Madikwe's Luxury Lodges. Read More

Exclusive Use Lodges

Exclusive accommodation overlooking the Marico River in Madikwe. Read More

Eco Friendly Camp

Rustic and intimate, unfenced bush camp in the very heart of Madikwe. Read More
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  • Game Lodge Specials

    Find out what Lodges are running specials and packages!

    View our current last minute and early bird special for Madikwe Game Lodges with with accommdoation, game drives, activities or children facilities.

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  • Game Drives

    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. Read More
  • Walking Safari's

    Walking in the wild with your senses finely tuned to every sound and smell. Madikwe Game Reserve walking safari's accompanied by an expert walking-trails and experienced guides. You walk as fast as the slowest person in the group, so don't worry about having to keep up with your guide. Book your walking safari now. Read More
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Madikwe Game Reserve | Luxury Lodges

Madikwe Game Reserve is a prime safari destination with an excellent choice of accommodation venues and fun outdoor activities for travellers of all ages and tastes.

As one of the largest game reserves in South Africa, Madikwe is home to a spectacular diversity of fauna and flora, including the sought-after Big Five. This rich biodiversity is in part thanks to Madikwe’s unique location.

Madikwe Game Reserve lies in the North West Province and borders Botswana in the north – it is approximately 40km from Gaborone, 90km north of Zeerust, and 3.5 hours' drive from Johannesburg and Pretoria.

This puts the 75,000-hectare reserve in a transition zone between the Lowveld bushveld and the Kalahari thornveld, where several rare species from both ecosystems naturally occur. In fact, Madikwe is one of the few reserves in southern Africa where the Kalahari Gemsbok and Springbok share territory – also the Brown Hyena and the Aardwolf – making for exceptional wildlife encounters.

Geographically the region also has much to offer visitors. There are the towering volcanic intrusions or Inselbergs, vast open woodland, and grasslands – dissected by the “Rant van Tweedepoort” – as well as the riverine environment along the Marico River in the east and the Dwarsberg Mountains in the south. The resulting contrast in topography and vegetation types ensures ample game viewing opportunities.

The climate is typically mild to hot, but winter nights can be cold. A major bonus for travellers young and old is that the reserve falls within a malaria-free game area.

Madikwe offers a range of superb accommodation options from five-star and exclusive- use luxury lodges to family-friendly lodges and a down-to- earth eco-friendly camp.

Madikwe Game Reserve was officially established in late 1991 and is run as a joint venture between the North West Parks Board, the private sector, and local communities. All three stakeholders work together to maintain this mutually beneficial “partnership in conservation,” so ensuring long-term local economic development.

The success of this approach has made Madikwe Game Reserve a role model for similar wildlife-based tourism ventures elsewhere in South Africa.

Plus, its relative proximity to Pilanesberg National Park has led to the initiation of a plan to develop a protected “Heritage Park” conservation corridor that will unite these two world-renowned game parks.

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Road & Air Transfers to Madikwe

  • image Federal Air is the market leader of air shuttle services in Southern Africa, it offers a daily Shuttle Service to Madikwe Reserve. Read More

    Transfer by AIR

  • image Leave the city behind and drive deep into rolling African countryside, see the Big 5 in Madikwe Game Reserve. Read More

    Transfer by ROAD

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    CAR Rentals

  • image For the most part those lodges in the western part of the Game Reserve are accessed by the Wonderboom Gate. Lodges located in the... Read More

    Getting to Madikwe

  • image From Sun City resort and the Pilanesberg and Madkiwe game reserves, to the Taung Heritage site and Hartbeespoort Dam, the North West ... Read More

    Conferences & Meetings

  • image Wild Dogs were trans-located to Madikwe Game Reserve in 1994. This highly endangered species number between... Read More

    Reintroduction Game

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About Madikwe


Discover the mystery of the acacia bushveld, enjoy a myriad of bird-life and experience the thrill of observing the majestic "Big Five" in their natural habitat.

Madikwe Game Reserve is home to 66 large mammal species, including the Big Five and approximately 300 resident and migrant bird species, and is one of South Africa's largest game reserves. Below you will find a list for easy reference to bird, mammal, tree and grass species found in Madikwe Game Reserve.

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  • Meetings & Conferences +

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  • Rhino Poaching Awareness +

    210 rhinos have already been killed by poachers Read More
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