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 Gauteng. 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 O.R. 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 Big 5, sightings of Cheetah, Spotted Hyena, Brown Hyena, and Aardwolf are quite frequent, making Madikwe 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 other vehicles also get a chance to view the sighting. This has a huge effect on the pleasure of a safari.
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 - making 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.
Madikwe Safaris have become synonymous with amazing vacations. The massive 80 000 hectare private game reserve, situated in the North West of South Africa, is well known for its unbelievable game viewing. Each of the Madikwe private lodges work together during safari times in order to ensure each guest get to see the most exciting sightings. Using a well-established radio network, each game ranger calls in their sightings and locations in order to ensure a stellar guest experience within the vast wildlife paradise known as Madikwe.
Another great feature of Madikwe is that comparatively speaking, it is cheaper than other private game reserves for comparative quality safari accommodation. Prices for comparable quality lodges in places like Sabi Sands can be as much as 50% cheaper, making Madikwe rates highly competitive and affordable.
Madikwe Private Game Reserve also boasts some of the best safari lodges in South Africa, from exclusive use ultra-luxury paradise like the Morukuru Family of Madikwe Lodges, to the more budget friendly, yet still stunning Motswiri Safari Lodge, the quality available at Madikwe is undeniable.
Madikwe is also a completely Malaria free, making it an amazing place to visit for couples, families or single travellers. Most family friendly lodges also include a complete children’s program to keep the young ones entertained while the adults enjoy their game drives. This makes Madikwe a prime destination in 2019.
Several of the smaller Madikwe lodges are quite well suited for a romantic getaway. Special romantic arrangements can be made, so special occasions are welcome and usually the lodges do everything that they can in order to assist. Many a happy couple have gotten engaged at the reserve.
Costs range from ZAR 3000 per person per night to well over ZAR 14 000 per person per night for the top of the range.
Most of the lodges in Madikwe are very family friendly. Most lodges allow children of all ages, with a few select lodges having an age restriction of 10 years of age. Children under the age of 6 are not allowed to view dangerous game (eg. Big 5, cheetahs etc.). Special game drives are available for the kids after the adult game drives. While adults are on game drive, there are a variety of child programs and child minders (at additional cost). Children 12 and younger generally pay half price, with some lodges allowing this for children up to 15 years of age. Infants (0-2) are generally not charged at most lodges.
A good budget for a 3 night Madikwe Safari would be around ZAR 30 000 for two adults. This will afford you luxurious accommodation with all meals and accommodation included, along with your safaris.
Activities in Madikwe Game Reserve revolve around the surrounding wildlife. All lodges provide safaris with highly trained rangers. Certain lodges also provide walking safaris (bush walks) and one can get lost in the majestic wildlife surrounding you. Additionally, many of the lodges also offer spa treatments.
Safaris happen twice daily, early morning and late afternoon into the evening. Your early morning safari will include a stop to have a lovely bit of coffee, tea or hot chocolate. Evening game drives sport glorious sunsets over the African bush, enjoyed with sundowners and snacks.
Madikwe accommodation come in various forms. You get the true adventure style rustic camp with no electricity like Mosethla Eco Lodge. You get the amazing tented safari camp, Thakadu River Camp. There is the option for a “house in the bush” feel with The Bush House, complete with a lawn and picturesque bench where you can watch the animals drink from the waterhole right in front of the safari lodge. There is a lodge with more of a resort feel, Tau Game Lodge, complete with a picturesque spa. Other lodges are more exclusive with few rooms so they can truly attend to their guests on an individual basis. For photographers, the best safari accommodation in Madikwe is one of Jaci’s Lodges, with a specially kitted safari vehicle, photography guide and camera equipment coming in as standard with their prices. There is a Madikwe private lodge for almost anyone.
Ratings and reviews on the Madikwe accommodation can be found on each other the lodges’ pages, along with means of querying availability and even some lodges allowing online bookings via Nightsbridge.
Madikwe accommodation comes in 3 star, 4 star and 5 star quality. This does not affect the quality of the safaris, as the requirements for game rangers in Madikwe is extremely high, one of the highest requirements for any game rangers in Southern Africa.
Custom packages and tours can be arranged, with a variety of lodge accommodation available, ensuring you see everything the park has to offer.
For group bookings (6 adults and more), special discounted rates apply. Corporate bookings as well as small to medium sized weddings can be accommodated.
Specials for Madikwe accommodation are also available at the various game lodges. Specials include long stay specials, low season specials, Self-Catering, South African resident specials and Honeymoon specials.
Entry to Madikwe Game Reserve is limited to overnight guests only. This ensures that sightings aren’t overpopulated as well as lodges being able to go off-road whereas in National Parks they can’t.
Availability can be hit and miss. The best lodges fill up quickly and the further in advance one books the better chance of finding a spot will be.
Madikwe Game Reserve is home to the largest wildlife relocation project in South Africa. The park was founded on old farm land that had been rehabilitated for wildlife and form the massive game reserve. Madikwe Game Reserve is also a massive venture between government, private business and the local villages. The majority of the staff at the Madikwe lodges come from the local area, bringing local skills and knowledge to the mix.
The staff at Madikwe are all very passionate about the park, many of which who have been there for well over a decade. Game rangers, lodge managers and other staff can often regale guests with wondrous stories with their lives in the wild bush. Be sure to ask them.
Madikwe is amazing all year round. Summers are very hot and dry. Most lodges do have swimming pools, however sunscreen is a must as the African sun can be dangerous.
Winters can have very chilly mornings and evenings, with the days getting quite warm.
November and December are quite popular as this is the time where most herbivores calve and the park is overrun with younglings. June and July are also quite popular as the low season rates are very good as well the game viewing, with the foliage being reduced and animal visibility is high.
Book your luxury safari lodge accommodation in Madikwe Game Reserve for holiday or business travel with Smiles Travels.
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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.
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Accommodation in Madikwe is mainly in 4 star and 5 star rated luxury private game lodges of high standard.
The 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.
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