Madikwe Game Reserve

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About Madikwe Game Reserve

Although state owned, Madikwe operates like a private game reserve. No self-drive visitors are allowed and all drives are conducted by the private lodges dotted around the reserve. This makes for a very exclusive experience; even more so if staying in one of the lodges that has a private concession within the reserve.

Madikwe is a prime Big Five destination and you can expect to see most major safari animals in a two-day visit.

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750km² / 290mi²
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920-1,324m / 3,018-5,344ft
Pros and Cons
  • Excellent wildlife viewing with all of the Big Five present
  • Similar, exclusive experience, but more affordable compared to Sabi Sands
  • Open-vehicle game drives and off-road driving permitted
  • Night drives and walking safaris available
  • Malaria-free
  • Many upmarket safari lodges to choose from
  • Self-catering accommodation available
  • Less busy than Sabi Sands
  • No self-drive permitted, only expensive, all-inclusive packages available
  • Leopard sightings not as abundant as in Sabi Sands
  • Fully fenced park that isn't part of a larger ecosystem


Madikwe offers excellent wildlife viewing which is comparable to the experience offered in the private reserves near Kruger National Park. All of the Big Five are quite easily spotted, although leopard sightings are hit-and-miss. Wild dogs are a speciality and sightings tend to be superb.
More about the Madikwe's wildlife


Madikwe lies in a transition zone between the Kalahari thornveld and bushveld. The area is dotted with big rocky outcrops and is bordered in the south by the Dwarsberg Mountains.

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By Thanh from SwitzerlandCH

I have spent a week in Madikwe region of South Africa in September 2016. My stay was split between the lodge Royal Madikwe (3 nights) and Madikwe Hills (3 nights). The lodges were luxurious and the suite I had in Madikwe Hills was simply fabul... Full review

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