Madikwe Game Reserve Travel Guide

See Elephant on a game drive in Madikwe.
Madikwe Game Reserve presents a top quality, luxury, African safari experience, with knowledgeable game-rangers, professional hospitality staff, and abundant wildlife.

The Experience

One cannot help but relax in the tranquil setting of the Madikwe Game Reserve. The wildlife viewing in the reserve is second to none with the Big Five and other wildlife in abundance. Picture yourself meandering across an African plain then stopping for a few minutes to listen carefully to the unique calls your ranger has picked up. Can you hear it?Then suddenly you are off as the 4X4 pushes forward and suddenly you find yourself face to face with a Lioness on the prowl. After the thrill of your adventure you then return to the lodge for a delicious breakfast and then perhaps a swim in the pool or for a sensual treatment at the spa. You will wish you could stay forever in this idyllic slice of heaven.


Madikwe Game Reserve can only be entered by visitors staying within the reserve.
By road - Madikwe Game Reserve is just 3.5 - 4 hours drive from Johannesburg; the closest town to Madikwe is Zeerust which is located 90 kilometres (55.92 miles) away.

By air - visitors can choose to enter the reserve by a privately chartered small plane that departs from and returns to Johannesburg's O.R. Tambo International Airport most days.

Internal Road Network

Lodges tariffs include daily game drives. Guests are not allowed to drive around the reserve by themselves.


The closest airport is Johannesburg O. R. Tambo International Airport.


Madikwe Game Reserve is a malaria-free area which makes it ideal to visit with small families. There are 74 listed mammals in the wildlife reserve and visitors can looks forward to fantastic sightings of the Big Five of the African animal kingdom as well as the endangered Wild Dog. With 20 lodges and bush camps to choose from, one is guaranteed to find the ideal accommodation style to choose from.

As the nature park is reserved for over-night visitors only the Madikwe game reserve experience feels even more unique and special, and is heightened by guided game drives by experienced guides who know the areas well.


A visit to the Madikwe Game Reserve offers visitors so much more than the usual safari park experience. While staying in one of the luxury safari lodges visitors can enjoy daily guided game drives, both in the early morning and early evenings, as well as guided game walks where experienced rangers will guide you through the bush.The reserve has a number of hides within it where guests can sit and watch over a watering hole while a herd of Elephant frolic in the water or a family of Warthog play on the banks. Aside from game drives many of the lodges also offer wellness spas where one can enjoy a number of relaxing spa treatments.For those needing to exert a little more energy a number of the lodges also offer fully equipped gyms. After the early morning game drive and delicious breakfast guests can choose to relax by the swimming pool, under the rays of the warm African sunshine, or wander along a viewing deck to see what animals are out in the middle of the day. Madikwe game reserve is home to at least 340 bird species and is also a popular destination for bird-watching.


Madikwe Game Reserve offers guests 20 luxury safari lodges and bush camps to choose from. Ranging from 4 to 5 star accommodations, guests are guaranteed top quality accommodation in Madikwe, gourmet cuisine and the highest levels of service.

Madikwe Safari Package Holidays

This selection of Madikwe Safari Package Holidays in South Africa can all be customized to suit your needs and budget.


The Madikwe Game Reserve is in a summer rainfall region with rain occurring mostly between November and March. The dry months, May to August while crisp and clear can also be very cold with frost falling frequently at night.

Important Information

Only visitors staying at one of the lodges within the reserve are allowed to enter the safari park and it is recommended that guests book well in advance. The 3.5 - 4 hour drive from Johannesburg to the reserve can feel very long, with the road becoming worse with potholes the closer to the nature reserve you get. Visitors are advised to take warm clothing for the game drives as it can become very chilly.
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