In the 'hood, Madikwe as a destination

Still in its beginning stages as a park, the 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 hours’ drive from Johannesburg. Young it might be - having opened its gates, so to speak, only in August 1991 - but not only is it is one of South Africa’s largest and most popular game ... cont.

Madikwe Game Reserve, North West Province, South Africa

Directions to Etali Safari Lodge

Please refuel at Sun Village / Zeerust as there is no fuel available inside the reserve. There are two routes to Etali.

Via Rustenburg / Zeerust:
Which will take approximately four to four and a half hours (depending on amount of stops made) to the Abjagterskop Gate and another hour inside the Game Reserve.

Via Sun City / Molatedi:
Which will take approximately three to three and a half hours to the Molatedi Gate and another thirty minutes inside the Game Reserve (this is the route we prefer to use). It is advisable to fill up with fuel at the Sun Village, just after the Sun City entrance on the right as there is no fuel available inside the reserve.

After passing Sun City on the right, continue straight (approximately 5km) until you reach a four-way junction. Turn right to Derdepoort. There are brown "Jaci's Safari Lodge" signs from this section at each place where you next change direction on the road. Follow the road for approximately 8kms and turn left at the sign saying, "Bapong" . There is a brown sign saying Jacis too.

Continue straight along this road (ignoring all signs saying "Madikwe") and after passing through Mabeskraal at the 4 way junction/stop turn right to Derdepoort. After 26kms the road will become gravel, the Dwarsberg Liquor Store will be on your left. Continue straight along this road, passing through the Molatedi Village, over the Marico River and straight to the Molatedi Gate entrance into the Park.

From here, just follow the signs to Derdepoort Gate, until you get the first Etali Safari Lodge sign. We are 21 km from this gate. Please contact the Lodge to advise us when you have passed Sun City.

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