Wildlife & Animals – Madikwe GR

Philip Briggs
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By Philip Briggs

Philip lives in South Africa and is the author many guidebooks to African destinations, including the Bradt and Insight guide to South Africa.

Philip lives in South Africa and is the author many Africa guidebooks, including the Bradt and Insight guide to South Africa.

Philip is the author of many Africa guidebooks, including the Bradt and Insight guides to South Africa.

Philip is the author of the Bradt and Insight guides to South Africa.

Madikwe is an excellent Big Five private game reserve. Lion are plentiful, but sightings of cheetah and leopard are more hit-and-miss. This is compensated, however, by good sightings of wild dog. Both black and white rhino are present and white rhino are very common. In general, wildlife viewing might be slightly less easy than in the Greater Kruger private reserves, including Sabi Sands, but there are fewer vehicles around resulting in high-quality wildlife experiences.

Abundant
Common
Occasional
Rare
None
ElephantCommon
GiraffeCommon
HippoNone
BuffaloCommon
ZebraCommon
Black RhinoOccasional
LionCommon
LeopardOccasional
CheetahOccasional
HyenaOccasional
Wild DogOccasional

Wildlife Highlights

The dry country habitat is home to the rare and interesting brown hyena, not often seen in other parts of the country. Another dry country special is the gemsbok, while eland and sable are two other uncommon antelope species you might encounter here. Serval and caracal tend to be elusive, but are sometimes spotted on night drives.

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing

For wildlife viewing, the dry months of June to September are best. Animals gather around permanent water sources and vegetation thins, making wildlife easier to spot.

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