Malaria-free wildlife haven, home to the Big 5 and countless bird species
Madikwe Game Reserve is one of the largest game reserves in South Africa and a local hidden gem. Located in the North West Province against the Botswana border, the reserve is only about 3.5 hour's drive from Johannesburg. It is regarded as one of the best conservation areas in Africa, offering hair-raising experiences of the Big 5 in a 680 km2 park. This malaria-free park is perfect for families looking for a unique safari experience that caters to children and adults. With early morning and afternoon game drives, bush breakfasts, and an organic health spa, Madikwe Game Reserve has just the right combination of an adventure-filled safari and a wilderness retreat.
Explore Madikwe on foot with a guided bush walk through the game reserve.
Keep your eyes open for the Big 5 and the 5 apex predators on a rip-roaring game drive.
Pack your binoculars and look out for over 300 recorded bird species.
Young explorers can learn more about South African wildlife in specially equipped safari vehicles.
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Best time to go to Madikwe Game Reserve
The winter months of May to September is also the dry season at Madikwe. This is when the best wildlife viewing happens. During this season, vegetation thins out, meaning animals will congregate around the waterholes, providing spectacular game viewing during an afternoon safari drive. With the arrival of summer, from October to April, new life is breathed into the game reserve. Travellers can look forward to lush green landscapes, migrating bird species, and the exciting arrival of newborn young.
Featured Madikwe Game Reserve stays
Morukuru Family Madikwe
A bespoke safari experience in an exclusive-use house on Madikwe Game Reserve