​User Reviews – Madikwe GR

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Ronel van Zyl   –  
United Kingdom UK
Visited: April 2010 Reviewed: Apr 11, 2012

Email Ronel van Zyl  |  35-50 years of age

Overall rating

Beautiful scenery and off the beaten track. Luxurious lodges options with great food, good game viewing and warm days guaranteed.

Goodstuff Visited: August 2007 Reviewed: Apr 26, 2012

Overall rating

Great wildlife.

Nature lover   –  
South Africa ZA
Visited: December 2010 Reviewed: Apr 29, 2012

50-65 years of age

Overall rating

Nice destination if you are visiting Johannesburg on business and want a quick safari experience - somewhat limited in variety of game.

wildswan55 Visited: May 2007 Reviewed: May 18, 2012

Great stay, great guides, tremendous wildlife.
Overall rating

Had a wonderful visit. Lodging in a cabin of my own, outdoor shower was very cool.
Good food. Saw 4 of the big five.

Bob Dewar   –  
United States US
Visited: January 2009 Reviewed: May 18, 2012

50-65 years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

Madikwe was a life time expeience, beyound what we had hoped for or expected.
Overall rating

Our stay at Makanyane Safari Lodge was beyond our expectations. The wildlife and scenery of Madikwe left all of us with lifetime memories. The guides were very professional and yet were very real people. We liked the idea of no public driving to disturb the wildlife. Getting within 15 meters of three male lions and hearing their roars left us breathless. We can't wait to return!

Ken Okumura   –  
Virgin Islands (British) VG
Visited: May 2009 Reviewed: May 29, 2012

20-35 years of age  |  Experience level: 2-5 safaris

Creature comforts and lots of creatures
Overall rating

We went to Madikwe Game Reserve in 2009, having been once before on a safari to its sister park Kwandwe some years earlier. I doubt any two game reserves are the same, and it Madikwe was very different from Kwandwe.

Highlights for me were tracking the pack of wild dogs (which are apparently very rare in Africa but were fairly plentiful in Madikwe), watching a pride of lions relax and play with each other next to the airstrip and having a lioness almost brush past my leg whilst I was sitting in the rear seats of the safari jeep.

Overall I'd thoroughly recommend Madikwe (and Kwandwe) to anyone wanting to get a safari experience whilst staying in relative luxury.

bertly13   –  
United States US
Visited: March 2012 Reviewed: Jun 1, 2012

Email bertly13  |  20-35 years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

It was amazing.
Overall rating

I thought the experience was incredible all around. The experience in the camp, and our relationships with our guides, as well as the food and the accommodations were all very cool. I really enjoyed that we were staying in more of a cabin-like environment and not in a luxury hotel out there because I felt like we got more into the experience that way. If I had money to blow like that I would definitely do it again.

kanigma Visited: January 2008 Reviewed: Aug 7, 2012

Overall rating

We managed to see the big 5 over a couple days, we had a wonderful time on safari.

Nelly Micheleau   –  
France FR
Visited: February 2014 Reviewed: Mar 20, 2014

Email Nelly Micheleau  |  50-65 years of age  |  Experience level: 2-5 safaris

Madikwe park
Overall rating

Madikwe is a very authentic nature reserve with lots of animals (big five at almost every game drive), beautiful landscapes and very comfortable accomodation (Madikwe river lodge), more excusiv than Kruger Park and enjoyable for everyone (kid's game drives too).

Coach P Visited: June 2014 Reviewed: Jul 2, 2014

It was breathtaking and we created everlasting memories in just 3 days.
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We loved this experience. The wildlife was plentiful and we saw 4 of the big 5 - only missing a Leopard. Nonetheless, the Tau Game Lodge was first rate. Their hospitality and level of service was unmatched. The food was delicious and the chef disussed each dish he created at dinner. And the rangers were experienced, friendly and patient.

Average User Rating

  • 4.7/5
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