Madikwe is a prime wildlife reserve and safari destination with a choice of excellent luxury accommodation venues. It is one of the largest game reserves in South Africa & hosts an incredible diversity of species, offering some of the best South African Safaris.
The wide variety of lodges at Madikwe and seasonal specials offers the opportunity to choose a lodge that will fit your african safari budget without compromising the standard of luxury offered.
In Madikwe you can expect one of the best luxury South African safari tours available.
The Reserve borders Botswana and is located in North West Province, South Africa, 90km north of Zeerust, about 3.5 hours' drive from both Johannesburg and Pretoria in the populous Gauteng area. It is also just about 40km from Gabarone, the Capital of Botswana, offering a welcome addition to your Botswana tour.
It is easily acessible from OR Tambo Airport, the base for South African Airlines. A smaller-aircraft flight directly to Madikwe is available.
Madikwe Game Reserve is one of the few wildlife reserves in Southern Africa that is malaria free.
Besides many other wildlife species, the Big 5 can also be found in the reserve. Brown Hyena, Cheetahs and Aardwolf are some of the rarest animals and can be seen at Madikwe Game Reserve.
Accommodation in Madikwe is mainly in luxury private game lodges rated 5 and 4 stars of the highest standard. There is also an opportunity to book into an Eco Lodge for tourists who like to experience nature "in the rough".
Located in South Africa bordering the Botswana border, 40km from Gaborone, the reserve lies within a transition region between Lowveld bushveld and Kalahari thornveld. As a result the region is host to an incredible diversity of species from both ecosystems.
Geographically Madikwe has enormous volcanic intrusions known as Inselbergs, wide open plains and the riverine environment along the Marico River in the east of the reserve.
The rich diversity of vegetation ensures a wide range of African animals and the topography offers ideal game viewing opportunities. Madikwe is home to 66 mammal species including the Big Five and more than 300 resident and migrant bird species.
Of all the South African Wildlife safaris offered, Madikwe's is the easiest to reach by road or air from OR Tambo, it is Malaria-Free and offer some African wildlife that is not easily seen at one place.
Apart from the Big5, sightings of Cheetah, Spotted Hyena, Brown Hyena, and Aardwolf are quite frequent, making Madikwe Game Reserve a must for those who want to see those species in the wild.
Madikwe offers the same wildlife safari area for all its lodges and their safaris. They are not bound to viewing from the road and may approach a sighting for up-close viewing. The safaris are organised in such a way that when a sigting has been found, the other vehicles are radioed in and the different vehicles then get a chance to view the sighting. This has a huge effect on the pleasure obtained from sightings.
Madikwe Game Reserve is a private game reserve and the general public is not allowed entrance without a reservation for one of the lodges, which prevent the overcrowding at wildlife sightings that so often occur in National Parks.
Generally speaking, our winter months bring about the dry season. This means at this time of year the bush is thin, there are less foliage for animals to hide behind and as such make for easier game sightings. Furthermore, the lack of water results in thirsty animals congregating around permanent waterholes or along riverbeds - which make sightings of animals needing a drink of water so much easier.
Having said this, no matter how old you are or when you decide to visit the spectacular Madikwe, nature will always have something special on offer for you at Madikwe.
Please note: No day visitors may enter Madikwe without booking through one of the lodges. There are no camping or self-catering facilities and there are also no barbeque or picnic facilities.
Book luxury safari lodge accommodation in Madikwe Game Reserve for holiday or business travel with Smiles Travels.
Most lodges offer specials from time to time. We will ensure that all special rates relevant to your time of stay are passed on to you.
Special discounted rates may apply for outside peak seasons, for bookings made within 5 days of arrival, or bookings for longer periods.
Our Madikwe accommodation options include eighteen luxury safari lodges. To find the best you need not look any further.Click here if you want us to make some suggestions
Accommodation in Madikwe is mainly in 4 star and 5 star rated luxury private game lodges of high standard.
The 18 lodges in this list appear in order of popularity, and not quality.
We compiled the list by using statistics gathered from the Madikwe Game Reserve website.
For more information about lodge quality, please contact us.