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Welcome To Madikwe Game Reserve

The Malaria free Madikwe Game Reserve, situated against the Botswana border, 90 km north of Zeerust, just four hours' drive from both Johannesburg and Pretoria, is now one of South Africa's prime safari destinations.

Madikwe is a Big Five game reserve covering some 75,000 hectare. It is one of the largest game reserves in South Africa.The rich diversity of vegetation ensures a wide range of game and the topography offers ideal game viewing opportunities.

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Madikwe Game Reserve Species List

indy Mammals:  As a result of Operation Phoenix, one of the largest relocation programmes of its kind, Madikwe Game Reserve has a diverse mammal population.

Birds:  A special feature of Madikwe lies in its unique location, a transition zone on the edges of the Kalahari, where a number of rare species occur naturally. Over 350 species of birds have been recorded at Madikwe including many interesting raptors. Listed here is a number species to look out for. Read More...


While touring in the North West Province visit:
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Cape Town Hotels

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Garden Route Hotels

Travel to South Africa and visit the Garden Route. The Garden Route is one of the most scenic parts of South Africa. Situated on the Southern Cape Coast almost midway between Cape Town...Read More...

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Pilanesberg Game Lodges

The crater of a long extinct volcano is the setting of Pilanesberg National Park - a fascinating alkaline complex produced by volcanic eruptions some 1300 million years ago...Read More...

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Addo Elephant National Park

The first settlers in the Addo region immediately decimated the big elephant herds, because they frequently devastated their fields and plantations. So the number of elephants continuously decreased...Read More...

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Durban Hotels

Delightful Durban is the largest city of the vast and varied Kwa-Zulu Natal province of South Africa. A coastal port with a more than equable sub-tropical climate and wide golden beaches washed by the warm Indian Ocean, Durban is a holidaymaker's paradise...Read More...

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Johannesburg Hotels

A city of astonishing contrasts, a huge metropolis where opulent wealth and desperate poverty live side by side: Johannesburg is the intriguing, dynamic heart of this turbulent country...Read More...

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Day Tours and Scheduled Tours

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Kruger National Park

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Lion

Big 5 - The Lion

lion(Panthera leo) Most people will hope to see a lion or three while on safari in Africa. Luckily they are not quite as difficult to spot as the rhino or leopard. You have a good chance of seeing lion at most of the major game parks in southern and eastern Africa. Unlike most felines, lions are actually quite social and live in prides of up to 15 members. So, you can get the chance to watch the little ones play and interact with their bored looking mothers. There is nothing quite so chilling as hearing a lion roar in the night while you are camping but they are actually not prone to attacking humans unless you're unlucky and come across a man-eating lion.

Leopard

Big 5 - The Leopard

leopard(Panthera pardus) While leopards are more numerous than rhino in the Big 5 pantheon, they are sometimes just as difficult to spot while on safari in Africa. Leopards use trees as observation platforms and for protection, so you have to remember to look up to see this solitary, beautiful cat. Leopards are shy and nocturnal, quite modest for a cat that can climb, swim and live in a wider range of habitats than most other wild cats.

Elephant

Big 5 - The African Elephant

elephantThere are two distinct species of African elephant: African Forest Elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis) and the African Bush Elephant (Loxodonta africana).
The largest mammal in the world is remarkably adaptable; you can see elephants in rain forests, deserts and savannahs while on safari in Africa. Elephants are usually quite peaceful if left alone, but if they feel threatened, watch out. There's nothing quite like being charged at by 12,000 lb's of animal, flapping its ears and trumpeting loudly.
Did you know that an elephant's trunk has more than 40,000 muscles?

Buffalo

Big 5 - The Cape Buffalo

image(Syncerus caffer) When you spot the Cape Buffalo while on safari in Africa, you usually don't spot them alone. They tend to appear in very large (and intimidating) herds. Even when looking at them through binoculars from a distance, the males always seem to be staring right at you with intense dislike. Weighing in at over 700 kg's (1540 lb's) even lions don't dare take a chunk out of this beast. Cape Buffalo are said to have killed more big game hunters than any other animal in Africa. Hence they have earned their place in the Big 5.

Rhino

Big 5 - The African Rhino

imageIn Africa, there are two distinct species of rhinoceros; the Black Rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis) and the White Rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum). Both of these species have two upright horns on the snout.
Rhinos are large mammals (only second in size to the elephant), shortsighted, bad tempered but magnificent to look at. Unfortunately there aren't too many to look at these days due to poaching. Rhino horn, used for medicinal purposes, is much prized in the Middle East and the Far East where it is more valuable than gold.
There are two species of rhino in Africa, the Black rhino and the White rhino, both of which you can see while on safari. Black rhinos have suffered the most drastic reduction in population in the last 20 years. There are now only about 3500 left in the wild although valiant conservation efforts are increasing those numbers.

Top Lodges

Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge

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Etali Safari Lodge

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Impodimo Game Lodge

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Jaci's Safari Lodge

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Jaci's Tree Lodge

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Jamala Madikwe Lodge

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Madikwe Hills Game Lodge

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Madikwe River Lodge

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Madikwe Safari Lodge

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Makanyane Safari Lodge

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Mateya Safari Lodge

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Molori Safari Lodge

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Morukuru Lodge

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Motswiri Private Safari Lodge

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Rhulani Safari Lodge

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Royal Madikwe Lodge

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Tau Game Lodge

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Thakadu River Camp

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The Bush House

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Tuningi Safari Lodge

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Madikwe Webcam

Webcam at the Tau Game Lodge, Madikwe Game Reserve

Operation Phoenix

image A Game Translocation Program Operation Phoenix is one of the largest game translocation exercises in the world. More than 8,000 animals of 28 species have been released into the Madikwe Game Reserve including... Read More

Park Entry Fees

Madikwe Game Reserve gate entrance fee has increased for 2011. The gate fees effective for all lodges will change to R150 per guest (once) per visit to the reserve. This will be regardless of the duration of stay. There will be no differentiated rate for pensioners. The children under 12 years of age will be R60 per child (once) regardless of the duration of stay.

How to get to Madikwe

image From Johannesburg travel to the Hartebesspoort Dam, Rustenburg and continue with the N4 to Swartruggens and then Zeerust... Read More

Madikwe WOW Factor

Madikwe Game Reserve is set to become the new hub of South African eco-tourism
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Johannesburg Accommodation

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Durban Accommodation

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Kruger National Park Accommodation

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