Madikwe Game ReserveThe Reserve is the fourth largest in South Africa and is home to 66 large mammal species including the "Big 5", cheetah and wild dog as well as approximately 300 resident and migrant bird species.
The Madikwe is located in a 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.
The Madikwe Game Reserve, situated close to the the Botswana border, just under four hours' drive either both Johannesburg and Pretoria, is now one of South Africa's prime safari destinations.
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 flyin option should driving not be your thing, there are two runways in the Madikwe and both are serviced by light aircraft out of Johannesburg.
Madikwe Safari Guide
Madikwe offers up some of the finest lodges found in Southern Africa. This is our selection of what we at Uyaphi.com know to be the very best (from first hand experience). Whether you are looking a purely wildlife experience, something romantic or those looking for a safe African safari with the kids, we have all your bases covered. Madikwe is an fantastic alternative to the Kruger National Park.
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 Mammal List
With 75 000 hectares of African bushveld available, the Madikwe hosts 66 mammal species including the "Big 7" (elephant, lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo, cheetah and wild dog). Of interest, 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.
Madikwe Bird List
The Madikwe is an ornithologists dream, with well over 350 species of birds having been recorded. What make this area different in terms of birding is that the reserve is located in a transition zone on the edge of the Kalahari basin, so one gets a mash up of Highveld, bushveld and desert species. If you are a birder we have a few guides that specialise purely in birding.
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 it-self is in the region of 60 minutes and lands at the main Madikwe tarred runway where a transfer to your private lodge is waiting.
Best Time to Visit Madikwe
The Madikwe Reserve offers great 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 Self Drive
Pick up your hire car at either O.R Tambo or Lanseria Airports and head in a westerly direction, in under 4 hours you are arriving at the gates of the Madikwe Reserve. The drive is mainly on tarred roads but depending on where you enter the reserve a short stretch of good dirt road has to be navigated.
Johannesburg to Madikwe +- 360km
Zeerust to Madikwe +- 100km
A complete mapped listing of all the lodges that we offer and promote on Uyaphi.com within the Madikwe. A great way to get one's bearings as to where one lodge is located versus another lodge, as well as viewing each lodge from above within "Satellite" view. Zoom out to see where the Reserve is located in relation to Johannesburg, the Kruger Park or even Cape Town.
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 simply do not want to take the chance. The Madikwe is Malaria free but not mosquito free, all lodges offer repellent though.