Madikwe Game Reserve

Madikwe Game Reserve                 
No day visitors are admitted to Madikwe, you must be a resident at a Lodge or Camp in the Madikwe Game Reserve. The reserve is one of the very few malaria  free safari destinations and has a generally  mild to hot climate, with overnight temperatures dropping in winter.  Madikwe Game Reserve is an exclusive sanctuary draped in calm where guests can experience the vibrancy of Africa's spirit while interacting with nature as never before.

Prime Safari Destination

The Madikwe Game Reserve, situated against the Botswana border, just three hours' drive from both Johannesburg and Pretoria, is now one of South Africa's prime safari destinations.
Madikwe Game Reserve is home to 66 large mammal species including the Big Five and approximately 300 resident and migrant bird species. It is one of South Africa's largest game reserves. Madikwe has the distinction of being one of the few game reserves in the world to be proclaimed purely on the grounds of being the most appropriate and sustainable land use for an area. Madikwe represents an extension to this philosophy in that it is run as a joint venture between the State, the private sector and local communities. The success of this approach has made Madikwe the role model for similar ventures being started up elsewhere in South Africa. The reserve consists of vast plains of open woodlands and grasslands, dissected by the rugged Rant van Tweedepoort, and bordered in the south by the Dwarsberg Mountains. The area is dotted with huge rocky hills or inselbergs. The entire reserve has been enclosed in a 150 km perimeter fence which has been electrified to prevent the escape of elephants and the larger predators.

More Information

Madikwe Game Reserve                
Madikwe was announced to the public in August 1991 and officially became part of the Board's estate on 31 October the same year. A detailed feasibility study showed that wildlife-based tourism was the most beneficial option for this remote and economically depressed area.
Geology and landscape              
Bask in Mother Nature's beauty, enchanting sunsets and magical animal kingdom.
A special feature of the Madikwe Game Reserve lies in it's quintessential location, a transition zone on the edges of the Kalahari, where a number of diverse habitats occur naturally.
Encapsulating rare solitude, tranquillity and intrinsic beauty, the imposing landscapes of amazing diversities flaunts vast bushveld plains and open grasslands rich with indigenous vegetation, interspersed with rocky outcrops and single mountains.
This prime game-viewing land is home to 66 large mammal species with an abundance of Africa's Big Five (including both white and the endangered black rhino), herds of antelope, smaller game and vibrant birdlife counting more than 350 resident and migrant bird species.  Madikwe also boats a viable and thriving population of Wild Dogs - one of Africa's most endangered carnivore breeds.
Herds of Buffalo and Elephant, prides of Lion, the illusive Leopard, and great antelope roam the 76 000 hectare Madikwe game reserve, which is one of the finest places viewing Wild dog in the world. Cheetah, Brown Hyena, Spotted Hyena, White Rhino, Black rhino and Giraffe provide fantastic sightings. Other interesting Mammal species such as Gemsbok, Kudu, Impala, Eland, Springbok, Klipspringer, Red hartebeest, Zebra, Warthog and smaller antelope species occur in the area. Smaller species include rock dassie, African civet, genet, bush baby, porcupine, and aardvark.