Madikwe - Meet the Super Seven
Madikwe Game Reserve, in the North West province, is one of South Africa's largest Big Five game reserves and features numerous lodges and camps, ranging from comfortable to luxurious.
Set in a malaria-free area in the historic North West province, near the border with Botswana, the 76 000 hectare (187 800 acre) Madikwe Game Reserve supports a diverse combination of bushveld and the semi-arid Kalahari. Madikwe is famed for Operation Phoenix, the world’s largest game translocation exercise. Established almost 20 years ago, the reserve successfully reintroduced more than 8 000 animals of 28 species, including lion, elephant and buffalo, as well as black and white rhino. This area is now home to the famous Big Five, as well as the endangered African wild dog and 350 bird species.
Apart from wildlife, the region also boasts a rich history, ranging from Stone Age relics to the passage of Mzilikazi and a range of European explorers and missionaries. Madikwe is well known for the Mafikeng Road (the main road running through the Reserve), the artery that once linked the trading route from Cape Town to Bulawayo in the early 1800s. The likes of William Cornwallis Harris, David Livingstone and Cecil John Rhodes travelled through here, battling and forming everlasting friendships with the local people, the Tswana-Sotho. The renowned South African author Herman Charles Bosman also spent several months living in what is the present reserve and many of his books celebrate the unique characters and atmosphere of the region.
Madikwe is great for families and those seeking an accessible, malaria-free wilderness experience.
Exhilarating Big Five game drives
Wide range of African wildlife
- The luxurious Madikwe Safari Lodge boasts private plunge pools
Typical African landscape of savanna, thorn trees and inselbergs
Close proximity to the Kalahari Desert
From R 6,150
Panoramic views, exotic sounds and the wild perfumes of the bush are hallmarks of Jamala Madikwe Royal Safari Lodge. From its genteel position beneath a canopy of age-old leadwood trees, the deck-fringed lodge gives way to views of open savanna and a watering hole that plays host to Africa's...
Combine a luxurious safari with sun, sand and city life within two of South Africa's most spectacular places. Enjoy the vast open space of the African bush at Madikwe Game Reserve, observing an incredible variety of wildlife, as well as discover the richly cultural, historical and starkly...
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