​Expert Reviews – Madikwe GR

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Stephen Cunliffe   –  
South Africa ZA
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Stephen is a travel writer and avid conservationist whose work appears in prestigious magazines such as Africa Geographic and Travel Africa.

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A Private Park without a Soul
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Just reading the title of this review you could probably already tell that I’m not their biggest fan! I really like the concept of converting unproductive farmland into a viable conservation area and in this regard Madikwe has been a huge success. However, the park was only established in the 90’s and it feels too new and raw to have developed a genuine wilderness feel. To call it soulless might be too harsh, but I feel that despite the rehabilitated farmland having been stocked with a diverse range of indigenous wildlife (and plenty of lodges too), it lacks a true wilderness vibe and I don’t get that feeling of being in real African bush when I’m up there. Bordering Botswana, the topography of the area is interesting with large volcanic Inselbergs, wide-open plains and a riverine environment along the Marico River. But, I like (and would recommend) this reserve for one main reason: it has the big attraction of being malaria-free, making it a great choice for families with small children or pregnant woman who still want to go on safari.

Average Expert Rating

  • 3.9/5
  • Wildlife
  • Scenery
  • Bush Vibe
  • Birding

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