Madikwe Game Reserve

"greatest game viewing in Africa"

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Madikwe Lodges

Madikwe offfers a choice of excellent game lodge venues. 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.

Accommodation is mainly in luxury private game lodges rated 5 or 4 stars. There is also an opportunity to book into an Eco Lodge for tourists who like to experience nature "in the rough".

Madikwe Game Reserve

Madikwe is one of the largest game reserves in South Africa & hosts an incredible diversity of species, offering some of the best South African Safaris.

It is a prime wildlife reserve and safari destination, 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, and about 40km from Gaborone, the capital of Botswana, offering a welcome addition to your Botswana tour.


Madikwe is easily accessible from O.R. Tambo Airport, the base for South African Airlines. A smaller-aircraft flight directly to Madikwe is available.

It 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 hyaena, cheetahs and aardwolf are some of the rarest animals and can be seen at Madikwe Game Reserve.


Madikwe Location

Madikwe is located in the North West Province of South Africa, and borders Botswana border. 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 a riverine environment along the Marico River in the east of the reserve.

Wildlife Safaris

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.

When to Visit

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.

Day Visitors

Please note: We regret - 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 a Safari Lodge

Book your luxury safari lodge accommodation in Madikwe Game Reserve for holiday or business travel with Smiles Bookings.

  • fully catered accommodation
  • wide variety of options
  • safari experience included
  • amazing game viewing

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