Madikwe Game Reserve

Madikwe Game Reserve is about 70 000 hectares of bushland just north of the little town of Groot Marico that stretches all the way up to the Botswana border

North West Game and Nature ReservesThe Madikwe Game Reserve

Madikwe Game Reserve is about 70 000 hectares of bushland just north of the little town of Groot Marico that stretches all the way up to the Botswana border, about 3 hoursí drive from Johannesburg.

Young it might be - having opened its gates only in August 1991 - but not only is Madikwe one of South Africaís largest and most popular game reserves, itís also one of the only ones in the world proclaimed a reserve purely on the grounds of its being the most appropriate and sustainable land use for this formerly depressed area.

What used to be farm land is now restored to its former natural environment and over 8 000 animals and 27 wildlife species were moved to Madikwe Game Reserve as part of a huge translocation of game known as Operation Phoenix.

Predominantly grasslands and bushveld, intermingled with lone mountains and rocky outcrops, with water a scarcity as it is throughout Africa, the Madikwe Game Reserve serves as home for cheetahs, wild dogs, hyenas, lion, elephant (their resettlement a success story on its own) black and white rhino, buffalo, zebra, giraffe and any number of antelope.

Madikwe Game Reserve is run as a joint venture between the state, private sector and local communities who live on the borders of the reserve and who benefit too, earning an annual share of the parkís profits, so that they in turn can upgrade their own infrastructure.

There are day and night game drives within Madikwe Game Reserve, bush walks and over 350 species of birdlife, including a number of interesting raptors. Lodges within the Madikwe reserve are privately run and offer fantastic opportunities to experience this unique location on the edges of the Kalahari.

Featured Game Lodges in Madikwe Game Reserve

Madikwe Safari Lodge


The rich red timbres of the African earth are reflected in the warm tones of Madikwe Safari Lodge. Cradled between rolling hills, overlooking game-filled plains intersected by the Marico River and framed by the Dwarsberg Hills, just 20 suites...

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Jaci's Lodges


These two exceptional, privately owned lodges will exceed all your safari expectations. Situated in the Malaria Free Madikwe Game Reserve boasting 75,000 hectares of "Big 5 territory.' You can also expect to see Wild Dog, both Black...

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Etali Safari Lodge


Built in harmony with nature under the vibrant African sun, Etali is an exclusive, intimate haven, where body and soul are rejuvenated in surroundings created by people who understand luxury. Etali, meaning 'a new beginning' respects...

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Did you know?

Set close to the Botswana border in a malaria-free area, Madikwe has provided wild game viewing for some 20 years and is famous for Operation Phoenix.

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