A range of activities in Madikwe Game Reserve, showcasing spectacular wildlife and beautiful landscapes, ensure its place in the upper echelons of the South African wildlife safari industry. A South African safari is about landscapes and wildlife. A safari is also about the knowledge of the guides who share their experiences and in so doing enrich the safari. The guides impart their knowledge to guests on game drives and other assorted activities.There are many legendary safari destinations on the continent but recently others have become part of African safari legend and Madikwe is right up there with the best on the continent when it comes to showcasing the wonders of Africa. The guides of Madikwe have a special affinity with the territory and ensure that activities are filled with fascinating sightings and stories.Madikwe Game Reserve was born out of an idea to reclaim farming land that had been all but destroyed and a grand scheme to restock the area with wildlife was instituted. Operation Phoenix as the restocking program was known as was, and still is today, the largest translocation of wildlife on earth and the guides ensure that guests become part of the magic that is Madikwe.
On Safari in Madikwe
Game drives in MadikweGame drives in 4x4 vehicles are the best way to cover as much territory as possible and have the best chance possible of seeing the great diversity of Madikwe. The Big Five is often seen on a Madikwe safari and there is also the opportunity to see the endangered African Wild Dog - a Madikwe speciality.The experienced guides ensure that game drive activities are filled with interesting facts and information about the area and the wildlife that is seen. The afternoon drives in Madikwe often stretch into evening when the nocturnal creatures of Africa can be seen going about their business.
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Fun Stuff in Madikwe for ChildrenTravelling in Africa with children can be very daunting, and at times very frustrating, and with the threat of malaria thrown into the mix many families choose what is perceived to be an easier and less stressful holiday option but with a Madikwe safari all the uncertainties can be laid to rest.Not only is the park malaria free but some of the lodges cater especially for families with children of all ages. Dedicated kiddies game drives are guided by specially trained guides and the lodges provide fun educational entertainment for the kids, allowing the parents to relax and enjoy themselves.
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Bird-watching & Cultural InteractionBesides the game drives, bird watching around the camp is a popular activity in Madikwe, with some lodges offering cultural interactions with local communities on the park borders. Some of the lodges also offer short walks to allow guests to appreciate nature up close.
Star GazingMany of the guides and lodge staff are passionate about the night sky and are only too happy to share their stargazing knowledge. Bush breakfasts and dinners, as well as sleep-outs are part of the activities programme at the lodges of Madikwe.
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