Frequently Asked Questions


What is a Bumble Drive?

Many of the lodges are happy to accommodate children of all ages. All the lodges will allow children of 6 years of age and older onto regular game drives at the game ranger’s discretion. Children under the age of 6 are still able to receive the full adventure experience by joining a ‘bumble drive’. The bumble drive will generally take place after the morning game drive’s return and is a bit shorter. Children and parents have breakfast together then embark on their own excursion with a game ranger who is happy to educate, interact, and track wildlife with the children.

Although, not all child-friendly lodges offer this option, there are still many activities that can be arranged for our little safari explorers. Please ask your consultant if you are interested in visiting a specific lodge and the child activities that are offered.

How do I get to the Reserve?

There are several ways to get to the Madikwe Reserve. It is one of the closest reserves to Johannesburg as well as the capitalof Botswana, Gaborone.

Many guests enjoy the self-drive option by renting a vehicle and beginning the adventure as soon as they have landed in South Africa.

The other option is to opt for our luxury private road transfer. Ride in style to the reserve in a 15 – seat mini bus, 6 – seater vehicle, or a luxury sedan.

Alternatively, flights are available directly into the reserve in a 12 seater plane. The duration of the flight is approximately 1 hour, for those ready to start their safari holiday as soon as possible!

What are the road ways like getting to the Reserve?

The roads from O. R. Tambo International in Johannesburg are relatively safe to drive on. There is seemingly always construction when leaving the city. Please allow for a little extra time because of this.

It is not required that guests travel in a 4×4 vehicle, a regular car is acceptable.

When you arrive at the reserve the roads will turn to gravel. The speed limit is 40 km/hour. To prevent damage to the vehicle, and for the safety of yourselves and the animals within the reserve, please adhere to the speed limit.

What is the Madikwe entrance fee?

When arriving by car or by air there is a fee to enter the reserve. This fee is utilized for the maintenance and conservation of the park itself. It is a once off payment that is paid directly by the guests. This fee is managed by the North West Parks and Tourism Board. Please note that these fees can change without prior notification.

Do you have information on the Game Drive Vehicles?

On game drives, you are able to get a lot closer to big game (wildlife). The animals are generally habituated to the vehicle. This means that they are used to the vehicle approaching them and know that it will never cause them harm. This enables to you to get within five to 10 metres of the large animals – and safely! All game drives are conducted in open 4 x 4
Toyota Land Cruisers or Landrovers. Most lodges’ vehicles can take a maximum of 8 guests. These vehicles may or may not have a canopy cover, so bring a hat and plenty of sunscreen.