Madikwe is one of the largest game reserves in South Africa and one of the most successful wildlife relocation programs in the world! The other major advantage of the Madikwe Reserve is that it is a Malaria Free Safari destination. It is conveniently located only 3 hours drive from Johannesburg, which makes it even closer than the Kruger National Park. The Madikwe reserve covers 75,000 hectares and is Big 5 territory. Madikwe has one of the largest Wild Dog populations, adding to the excitement of your game drive. Madikwe has 66 mammal species and approximately 300 bird species.

The vegetation and landscapes in Madikwe are diverse giving varied experiences within the reserve. It is possible to have a full 5 or 6 night Safari at Madikwe. It is a great option to combine a Madikwe safari with a beach holiday, either in Mozambique or the KwaZulu Natal Coastline. Madikwe also combines well with Cape Town, giving you the best of both worlds.

Madikwe has some of the finest luxury African safari Lodges available. There are a variety of accommodation options within the Reserve. It is a great family friendly destination, highlighted by the advantage of being Malaria Free. There is real African romance at Madikwe Hills or Etali Safari Lodge. Stunning views, and baths under the stars. One of our preferred partners More Hotels operates Madikwe River Lodge with an exceptional level of luxury, service and expert guiding.

Madikwe is also one of those rare exceptions where the local community is involved in the reserve. There are lodges like Thakadu River Lodge and Buffalo Ridge that are community run. These are luxury retreats and the standard of service and hospitality is on a par with anywhere else in the Madikwe Reserve. Conservation here is of paramount importance. The idea is to preserve a unique wilderness area of Kalahari thornveld in a remote section of the South African safari landscape at Madikwe.



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About "Madikwe"


Jamala Madikwe Royal Safari Lodge is flavour of the year in the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve. Owner-managed and intimate (it only accommodates just 10 guests in 5 luxurious suites), the focus is on the wildlife and the guest experience. Each suite has a private plunge pool overlooking a busy waterhole. The highlight here is having the animals come to you - just sit on your private deck and watch them gather and cavort around the waterhole. Read More


Bush bliss is what Madikwe Safari Lodge is all about. Serene spaces, luxurious attention to detail and superb game viewing of the Big Five in unspoilt surroundings, it has all you’d expect of a luxury African safari and more, and is easily accessible from Johannesburg by plane or car. This private lodge in South Africa’s malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve has been designed as three separate luxury lodges, the intimate Kopano for couples, family friendly Lelapa and secluded, exclusive use Dithaba, so that all guests can enjoy the legendary More family hospitality at its best. Read More

Of all the game lodges in the Madikwe area of South Africa (and, in fact, the entire Southern African region), the 5-Star Tuningi Safari Lodge leads the pack as the ultimate child-friendly safari destination. Not only are its activities designed with children of all ages in mind, Tuningi is also situated in a malaria-free zone famous for Big 5 sightings, its bird and insect life and fascinating eco system. Read More

An intimate and exclusive safari lodge accommodating just 10 people, Motswiri Safari Lodge is hidden in the heart of the Madikwe Game Reserve with beautiful views over its own waterhole and surrounded by mature leadwood trees. This malaria free game reserve in the very north of South Africa, on the Botswana border, boasts all the Big 5 and much more. Read More

Madikwe Hills Safari Lodge is, as the name implies, set on hill in South Africa's malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve. Although the region is just three hours drive from Johannesburg, it is worlds away from the urban frenzy. Here, the only gridlock you will encounter are eland, kudu, wildebeest, giraffe and zebra jostling for position with brawny elephant and buffalo at the neighbourhood waterholes... Watched over, of course, by hungry prides of lion and the stealthy, elusive leopard. Read More

The Royal Madikwe is a safari lodge that takes the concept of luxury and applies it to the power of five... 5 Stars, that is. Situated in South Africa's malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve, the lodge has 4 Luxury Suites and a Royal Villa. It is set on a rolling savannah overlooking a bustling waterhole. The Royal Madikwe is consistently on the receiving end of some of the industry's most coveted tourism awards. Read More


If you only have time to explore a pocket of Southern Africa's many wildlife reserves, make tracks to the Madikwe Game Reserve along the border of Botswana. Not only is this Big 5 territory, but also a place where two fascinating ecological habitats converge. Throw the 5-Star Rhulani Safari Lodge into the mix, and you're guaranteed of a multi-sensory and richly rewarding safari experience. Read More

Nestled in the heart of the Madikwe Game Reserve, Madikwe River Lodge is surrounded by 75 000 hectares of malaria-free African safari wilderness which is bordered by Botswana. The luxurious lodge is perfectly positioned on the Groot Marico River and thanks to experienced game rangers, safari outings and game walks are filled with wonderful sightings of some of the continent's most fascinating creatures. Read More


Madikwe Game Reserve is one of the few national wildlife reserves that is malaria free and an ideal destination for travel with a young family. The wilderness is also home to an incredible diversity of African animals including the Big 5. And Thakadu River Lodge, with its luxurious tented accommodation, is the perfect base to experience all the tranquillity and excitement that underpins an authentic African safari. Read More


Make the most of safari life at the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve where Impodimo Game Lodge has its home. This authentic safari lodge is a family-friendly experience where children are welcomed warmly and safari and bush activities geared towards wildlife enthusiasts of all ages. Whether venturing into the wilderness in search of the Big 5 in a 4X4 or on foot, the animal adventures are endless. Read More