Madikwe Game Reserve


Madikwe Game Reserve

Madikwe Game Reserve is the fifth largest game reserve and is also one of the lesser-known parks in South Africa. This makes it a hidden-gem as it is regarded as one of the best conservation areas in Africa and offers the Big 5 in a 680 km2 park. The park offers a number of luxurious lodges as well as community lodges in a malaria-free zone.  The national park is also a champion of social investment and responsible tourism in helping to economically uplift the communities of the area.

  • Excellent Wildlife

    Excellent Wildlife

    Excellent game viewing opportunities of the Big Five, other wildlife and offers an array of birdlife for bird lovers.

  • Game Drives

    Game Drives

    Open vehicle game drives are the best way to get close to these majestic animals. Experienced rangers deliver once-in-a-lifetime moments.

  • Night Game Drives

    Night Game Drives

    At night the bush comes alive once more as the nocturnal animals emerge. Vehicles are fitted with spotlights for optimal game viewing.

  • Highly Rated Lodges

    Highly Rated Lodges

    Well-known and highly rated private lodges in the reserve delivers the ultimate in luxury in a safari setting.

  • All-inclusive Packages

    All-inclusive Packages

    For complete convenience, most travel packages are all-inclusive and offers meals, drinks, activities and more as part of the price.

  • Experience You Can Trust

    Experience You Can Trust

    Based on millions of reviews we've been awarded with our 3rd Tripadvisor 'Travellers' Choice Award

Molori Safari Lodge

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Morukuru Family Lodge

From $1212 / per unit per nightKnow More

Mateya Safari Lodge

From $877 / per person sharingKnow More

Makanyane Safari Lodge

From $819 / per person sharingKnow More

Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge

From $379 / per person sharingKnow More

Rhulani Safari Lodge

From $563 / per person sharingKnow More

The Bush House

From $306 / per person sharingKnow More

Jaci's Tree Lodge

From $642 / per person sharingKnow More

Motswiri Private Safari Lodge

From $346 / per person sharingKnow More

Royal Madikwe Luxury Safari Lodge

From $957 / per person sharingKnow More

Jaci’s Safari Lodge

From $489 / per person sharingKnow More

Impodimo Game Lodge

From $444 / per person sharingKnow More

Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge

From $782 / per person sharingKnow More

Tau Game Lodge

From $340 / per person sharingKnow More

Tuningi Safari Lodge

From $505 / per person sharingKnow More

Madikwe River Lodge

From $252 / per person sharingKnow More

Thakadu River Camp

From $178 / per person sharingKnow More

Madikwe Safari Lodge

From $638 / per person sharingKnow More

Activities Spotlight

Game Drives

Game Drives

Game drives offered at Madikwe are exclusive, as day visitors cannot gain entry and only lodge vehicles are allowed in the area. The drives offer a multitude of sightings, which include chances to spot the Big Five, as well as the Super Seven (the Big Five, as well as the elusive cheetah and the rare wild dog, which is frequently encountered in the area).
Walking Safari

Walking Safari

Head out on foot in the company of your armed Field Guide, and discover an altogether different view of Africa. The walking safari takes on a completely different perspective because each of your senses will be on full alert as you feel the grass and stones beneath your feet; smell the musky scent of wild animals in the vicinity; taste the sweet grass of the veld; and hear the crack of a branch indicating you are not alone.
Bird Watching

Bird Watching

With over 300 species recorded, Madikwe is a great birding destination. Migratory birds are present from November to April. Serious birders will have a lot of opportunities to take a look at birds because birding is the main focus during game drives, private game drives as well as safari walks.
Bush breakfasts and dinners

Bush breakfasts and dinners

No two mealtimes at Madikwe are the same. Whether in the dining room, on the deck, in the boma or out in the bush – the one thing that remains consistent is the caliber of dishes presented. Simple and unpretentious, yet packed with wholesome flavor.
Childrens Activities

Childrens Activities

Special consideration has been provided for guests visiting Madikwe Game Reserve with children. Lodges at the Madikwe Game Reserve offer family-friendly facilities and are ideal places for young children. Parents can relax by the poolside while their kids play cricket, soccer and other games in a safe environment.
Cultural Safari

Cultural Safari

There’s no better way to get a glimpse into real African life than by visiting one of its rural communities and experience the real tradition of the tribes. A trip to one of the villages surrounding the Madikwe Game Reserve provides a glimpse into the challenges, hopes, and dreams of this local community in a way that not only educates but also inspires.
Health Spa

Health Spa

Madikwe offers a number of spa & beauty treatments. Wellness means walking in the wild, breathing fresh air, sleeping well and eating freshly prepared food. Pamper yourself and indulge in a relaxing and revitalizing treatment with Madikwe’s qualified therapist, all in the privacy of your suite. All products used are 100% organic.
Kiddies Drive

Kiddies Drive

Our professional rangers will take care of younger explorers in the vehicles, which are specially equipped for the kids. They also have a variety of snacks and drinks. During such kids drives, rangers tell interesting stories about South Africa and its creatures, as well as different types of plants which South Africa and this Reserve is famous for.
Night Drives

Night Drives

As the sun sets over the horizon, the African bush is awash with colors and sounds. The evening dawns and the nocturnal animals come out from their sleeping spots. Night time is when new adventures are to be had while on safari. The same is with Madikwe Game Reserve which offers a lot of adventures in the night time.

Wildlife of Madikwe

  • Elephant


  • Giraffe


  • Hippo


  • Buffalo


  • Zebra


  • Wildbeest


  • White Rhino

    White Rhino

  • Black Rhino

    Black Rhino

  • Lion


  • Leapard


  • Cheetah


  • Hyena


  • Wild Dog

    Wild Dog

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