How to travel to Madikwe Game Reserve

Depending on your individual travel needs you can get to the Madikwe Game Reserve in a variety of ways. Most people choose a scheduled flight or shuttle flight to the reserve. Travellers on a long journey traveling by rental car also have easy access to the Madikwe Game Reserve.

GPS co-ordinates

S -24° 43’ 29”   |   E 26° 20’ 49.4

Getting to Madikwe by Road

The 75 000 hectare reserve has a number of entrance gates, each accessing specific lodges in the reserve. Information concerning the correct entrance gate to use will be provided upon reservation of your accommodation for your Madikwe South African safari.
The access gates to Madikwe are Abjaterskop, Wonderboom, Tau, Derdepoort, and Motledi and generally, the lodges in the western part of Madikwe are accessed by the Wonderboom Gate and those in the central and eastern part of the Game Reserve are accessed via the Abjaterskop Gate.

From Johannesburg and Pretoria

  • Drive north on the N1 towards the N4 Toll road.
  • Take the N4 Toll road.
  • This will take you through Rustenburg, Swartruggens and Groot Marico to Zeerust.
  • In Zeerust, take a right at the second stop street into President Street.
  • Look out for a signpost on the left: “Madikwe Game Reserve/Gaborone”.
  • Continue on this road, the R49, towards Madikwe for approximately 97km.
  • First entrance to Madikwe is Abjaterskop Gate.
  • Second entrance to Madikwe is the Wonderboom Gate – 7km beyond the first gate.
  • From Botswana
    Most of Botswana’s legendary wilderness areas are in the far north of the country, far from the capital Gaborone, but for visitors to the capital, the option of Madikwe Game Reserve is a popular choice. A mere 30 km away Madikwe provides the ideal getaway for business travelers and residents alike.
    Customs and immigration procedures between Botswana and South Africa are quick and hassle-free, allowing for a short travel time into Madikwe.

    Distances to Madikwe from:
    Gaborone Airport (Botswana) – 28km;
    Johannesburg – 360km;
    Pretoria – 400km;
    Zeerust – 100km.

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Getting to Madikwe by air

Flights from Johannesburg
A daily air shuttle operates between Johannesburg and Madikwe. Departing from OR Tambo International Airport the flights are operated by aircraft from the latest model Cessna Grand Caravans to twin-engine aircraft.
The flight to Madikwe take about one hour, making it an ideal destination for a safari near Johannesburg.

Flights from Gaborone. Botswana
This is the shortest and quickest route for international travellers who have been visiting Botswana. A light aircraft charter flys direct to Madikwe – cutting out the round-about trip through Johannesburg.

Luggage Restriction
1 piece standard soft-sided luggage not exceeding 20kg
1 piece carry-on hand luggage not exceeding 5kg

Passport, visa and other entry requirements


Please note that anyone travelling to Southern Africa must have two consecutive blank pages in their passport which lie side by side when the passport is open (i.e. a left and a right-hand page). Passengers travelling to Southern Africa with passports which do not comply with these requirements will either be stopped from boarding the aircraft or risk deportation on arrival in Southern Africa.


To enter South Africa, a passport valid for at least 30 days after the intended date of departure is required by all nationals. Passports must have at least two blank pages for entry stamps. Our recommendation is to ensure you have three or even four blank pages if you are traveling through more than one country. If there are insufficient pages, entry could be denied. See country specific VISA requirements here.

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