Wildlife & Animals – Madikwe GR

Philip Briggs
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By Philip Briggs

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

Philip lives in South Africa and is the author of 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 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. 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
ElephantAbundant
GiraffeCommon
HippoOccasional
BuffaloCommon
ZebraCommon
LionCommon
LeopardOccasional
CheetahOccasional
HyenaOccasional
Wild DogOccasional

Wildlife Highlights

The dry country habitat is home to the spotted hyena as well as the rare and interesting brown hyena, not often seen in other parts of the country. Other dry country species you might encounter here include the gemsbok and eland. Aardvark, 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. Although the evenings can be cold, animals gather around permanent water sources and vegetation thins, making wildlife easier to spot.

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