Wildlife & Animals – Madikwe GR
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.
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.