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south_africa_holidayGame drives in the Madikwe.
south_africa_holidayLioness and her cubs, spotted on a game drive from camp one morning.
south_africa_holidayCheetah cubs.
madikwe_game_reserve Warthogs are flourishing in the Madikwe.

Perfect for families, malaria free with plentiful game...

Luxury Family Safaris in the Madikwe Reserve

Just a brief light aircraft flight from Johannesburg is the game rich and Malaria free Madikwe Game Reserve perfect for a few nights on safari whilst in South Africa.

For a family safari in South Africa the Madikwe reserve is an excellent choice. Most of the safari lodges in the Madikwe Game reserve are very family friendly, often with guides especially trained in safaris for children. The Madikwe is South Africa's second largest game reserve. The 75,000 hectare reserve is a joint venture embracing the North West Parks, the Tourism Board, the private sector and nearby communities.

The park is bordered to the south by The Dwarsberg range of hills while to the north is the border of Botswana. To the east is a perennial river, and to the west the Marico River that runs along the boundary with the road from Zeerust to Gaborone forming the western boundary of the reserve.

The Madikwe Game Reserve was established in 1991 and benefited from operation Phoenix – the largest translocation of game ever undertaken that introduced over 10,000 animals into the reserve. Not only does the Madikwe Game Reserve offer game viewing of the Big five lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino, but it is also Malaria free, so the ideal destination for a family or first time safari. Madikwe is also incredibly easy to get to as it is just a short flight or a few hours drive outside of Johannesburg.

Madikwe is one of South Africa’s largest game reserves and is home to 66 mammal species which include the Big Five. It is also a bird lovers paradise as it has over 300 resident and migrant bird species.

Madikwe enjoys the accolade of being one of just a handful of game reserves in the world to be proclaimed solely on the grounds of being the most suitable and sustainable land use for a region.

The Madikwe reserve represents an expansion to this stance in that it is run as a joint venture between the State, the private sector and local communities. This approach has been a success and has made Madikwe the example for similar ventures happening elsewhere in South Africa.

Madikwe’s rich grassy plains and open woodland are home to not just the big five but also plenty of cheetah, packs of wild dog, towers of giraffe, hippo, zebra, spotted hyena, brown hyena, springbok, eland, kudu, wildebeest, warthog, crocodile and Chacma baboon along with the numerous antelope that also roam the reserve and this list is not comprehensive by any stretch of the imagination. The Madikwe is also the bird lover’s paradise where you can look forward to seeing Martial Eagle, the African Fish Eagle, the Secretary Bird and the Pale Chanting Goshawk, Spotted Eagle Owls and the tiny Pearlspotted Owl to name just a few.

The Madikwe is a thriving wilderness with superb densities of game, stunning scenery and welcoming, well run safari lodges. As it is only a brief flight from Johannesburg a few days on safari in the Madikwe works well with Cape Town and the Garden Route.

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