Madikwe Game Reserve is the fifth largest safari area in South Africa, with 680 km² of open savannah, thick forest, a river and one mountain. All of the Big Five can be found on a tailor-made safari in Madikwe as well as rare species such as cheetah, striped and brown hyena and aardwolves. The reserve is malaria-free and roughly four hours by road from Johannesburg although daily flights are also available.

About Madikwe Game Reserve

Madikwe is located in the north-western province of South Africa bordering Botswana. The different ecosystems provide an ideal habitat for a wide variety of African species with 66 large mammal varieties and over 300 bird species found within the reserve. There is no public access to the reserve and so it doesn’t get crowded like some of the national parks.


Madikwe Game Reserve Wildlife Safaris

Big Five safaris in Madikwe are popular as visitors often encounter lion, buffalo, rhino, elephant and leopard on the reserve. Madikwe is home to other incredible species too, such as cheetah, hyena, African wild dog, caracal and serval, bat–eared foxed and jackals. Antelope species in Madikwe include kudu, eland, blue wildebeest, hartebeest, springbok, tsessebe, impala and waterbuk. Due to the semi-arid landscape, desert-dwelling species like oryx are also found on Madikwe safaris, as well as elusive creatures such as the pangolin and honey badger. 

Activities in Madikwe include game drives and guided walking safaris, as well as cultural visits, stargazing and even night safaris. Specialist photographic and children’s safaris are available too. Birding in Madikwe Game Reserve Recorded species of bird in Madikwe exceed 300, and particular highlights include the blue-cheeked bee-eater, red-billed buffalo weaver, melba finch and gabar goshawk. Between November and April migratory birds can also be found in Madikwe.

Where to stay in Madikwe Game Reserve

Madikwe Game Reserve has an excellent selection of safari accommodation at a variety of standards and prices to choose from, including family-friendly lodges and adult only properties. 

Talk with one of our experts today to discuss the best options for you.


Best Time to Visit Madikwe Game Reserve

The weather in Madikwe Game Reserve is best during the winter between March and November, when temperatures are more pleasant. From October to May is the rainy season, which brings with it hot and humid weather.

Weather During the Year


How to Book a Madikwe Game Reserve Safari Holiday

To discuss your South Africa safari holiday, Madikwe safari packages and tailor-made itineraries, speak to one of our South Africa experts today by contacting us.