Welcome to Madikwe Game Reserve
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Welcome to South Africa’s 680km2 diamond in the rough. As one of the largest, yet lesser known, game reserves, this gem stretches north from the small town of Groot-Marico up to the Botswana border. Madikwe Game Reserve is home to rich biodiversity, including the “Big Five”. A thriving population of 86 mammals, 350 bird species and 104 varieties of trees all exist in a completely malaria-free environment.
Located on the basin of the Marico River, the Reserve also has lush banks and cascading waters. This riverine nirvana contrasts the rest of the terrain that expands out over open grasslands and bushveld plains, interspersed with rocky outcrops and single mountains. Breathtaking views of an expansive valley and the Dwarsberg range can all be had from the vantage point of luxurious lodges that blend beautifully with the bushveld.
Closed to outside visitors, the Reserve opens up exclusively for you as a guest of one of the 4- and 5-Star rated lodges. By day, exceptional field rangers cover a broad mix of habitats while out on thrilling game drives and leisurely bush walks. Some guests choose to retreat into decadent safari-style spa treatments. By night, sumptuous cuisine and world-class wines are enjoyed under the African stars.
It is an extraordinary universe and your adventure awaits!
Intimate & Romantic – All of the lodges in Madikwe are designed to host a select number of guests. Most feature no more than eight suites or chalets, making them ideal for a romantic getaway. For those seeking total seclusion, a selection of lodges are available for exclusive use.
Spectacular Game Viewing – Regarded as one of the top conservation areas in all of Africa, Madikwe Game Reserve is home to the “Big Five” – elephant, black and white rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard – as well as the rare African wild dog, giraffe, zebra, springbok, ostrich, antelope, hippo, cheetah and hyena. This is Africa at its wildest.
Effortless Accessibility – Madikwe is just 3 ½ hours by car from Johannesburg and Pretoria. There are also flights available from major airports and all rates include VIP transfer from the reserve’s airstrip to your lodge of choice.
Community & Sustainability – The Reserve is a magical place that has also uplifted the economy of those communities that surround it. Each safari lodge participates in local projects – often related to either education or the environment, or both – and some are owned entirely by a village.
Spirit of Madikwe – This is a land deeply immersed in history, dating back to the Stone Age and the Little Ice Age; then the arrival of the Portuguese, the British, the hunters and the missionaries. The spirits of Mzilikazi, Dr. David Livingstone, Sir Cornwallis Harris and Herman Charles Bosman still roam Madikwe.
Escape to a part of Africa that will become a part of you!
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