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.

R49 / R47, Madikwe Game Reserve, Central Region, North West Province, South Africa

Directions to Motswiri Private Safari Lodge

From OR Tambo International Airport:
• Take the R21 towards Pretoria and at the intersection head north on the N1 towards Polokwane and the N4 toll road
• Once past Pretoria, turn onto the N4 toll road towards Rustenburg, Swartruggens, Groot Marico and Zeerust
• Please stay on the N4 – do not follow GPS as it might take you on alternative gravel roads which is not very well signposted
• Please approach Motswiri from the main Zeerust / Gabarone road (R49) and enter through the Wonderboom Gate

Do not approach Motswiri from the Sun City side of the reserve by attempting to enter the reserve through the Moletedi Gate as the chances of getting lost are high and the time taken will be far longer as you will have to travel through the reserve on a main road and then exit and re-enter the reserve through Wonderboom Gate.

• Once in Zeerust turn right at the 4th stop street into President Street. There is a signpost on the left that says 'Madikwe Game Reserve / Gaberone' and an ABSA Bank on the corner to the left
• Follow the R49 (R47 occasionally) towards the reserve for approximately 91km
• The first entrance to the reserve is Abjaterskop Gate
• Pass that gate and enter at the next gate – Wonderboom Gate, exactly 7km from the first gate on your right-hand side


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  • Swimming
  • Wine tasting

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