Madikwe Travel Guide
The Reserve is the fourth largest in South Africa and is home to 66 large mammal species including the "Big 5" as well as cheetah and wild dog, for birders there is& approximately 300 resident and migrant bird species on show. The Madikwe Game Reserve, situated close to the Botswana border, just under four hours' drive either both Johannesburg and Pretoria, is now one of South Africa's prime safari destinations.
The Madikwe is located in an area of South Africa that is 100% free from malaria making this one of the top safari destinations for families or those who are concerned about contracting the disease. Our Madikwe travel guide on Uyaphi.com is all about featuring what in our humble opinion is one of the best safari experiences in Southern Africa.
The drive to the reserve is without question one of the more scenic that South Africa has to offer passing bushveld, koppies and villages along the way. There is of course also a fly-in option should driving not be your thing, there are two airstrips in the Madikwe, and both are serviced by light aircraft out of Johannesburg.
Madikwe Game Reserve
Madikwe LodgesMadikwe offers up some of the finest lodges found in South Africa; this is our selection of what we at Uyaphi.com know to be the very best. Whether you are looking a pure wildlife experience, something romantic or those looking for a safe African safari with the kids, we have all your bases covered.
Madikwe Mammal ListThe Madikwe hosts 66 mammal species including the "Big 7" (elephant, lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo, cheetah and wild dog). The reserve offers the rare opportunity to spot both Spotted and Brown Hyenas within the same habitat as well as 23 carnivore species and an amazing 26 species of snake.
Size & Location: 750km² ,360 km from Johannesburg, in the North West Province
When to visit the park: Drier months (May - September) are best for game-viewing
Climate: Hot, humid (31°C) during summer rainy season and cold, freezing winters
Rainfall: approx. 500mm per annum
Altitude: 950m - 1328m above sea level
Madikwe is Malaria Free
Yes, it is official, those pesky Malaria mosquitoes are not found anywhere near the Madikwe Reserve. Making this the perfect "Big 7" safari experience for those who have children of any age, those who are pregnant as well as those who just do not want to take the chance. The Madikwe is Malaria free but not mosquito free; all lodges offer repellent though.
Best Time to Visit
The Madikwe Reserve offers excellent year-round safari experiences with summer days being hot and winter evenings being cold. The dry winter months are generally best for birders and wildlife sightings, but on saying that you will not be disappointed by a summer safari here. No matter what season you choose to visit, the Madikwe will surprise you with her beauty.
Madikwe Transfer Options
Daily air and road transfers operate between Johannesburg and the reserve, depending on your budget or interests we will advise on the best options. The fly-in option is the most popular as it adds 3 hours to your safari, the flight itself is in the region of 60 minutes and lands at the main Madikwe tarred runway where a transfer to your private lodge is waiting.