Madikwe

A popular choice for families as it is malaria-free, Madikwe is one of South Africa’s largest game reserves covering some 75 000 hectares. Located in the North West Province along the Botswana border. A three-way partnership between the state, local communities and the private sector, Madikwe’s people-based approach to wildlife conservation benefits both local communities and the park’s operators, and now serves as a model for other reserves in South Africa. Originally an old cattle ranch, Madikwe’s ‘Operation Phoenix’ (which ran from 1991 – 1997) was the largest game translocation exercise in the world. More than 8000 animals have been released into the reserve including the Big Five, the African Wild Dog, hyena and many species of herbivore. Madikwe is now home to over 66 mammal species and over 300 bird species, with the reserve being one of the best places in South Africa to spot the African Wild Dog.

Just a four hour drive or 50 minute flight from Johannesburg, Madikwe is very easily accessible and makes for a great family vacation. Most of the lodges within Madikwe are child friendly and many offer specialised children’s safaris. This means that your kids are provided for with fun activities that can include bush drives, making paper, tracking and frog finding. The famous Sun City Resort is a short drive from Madikwe and makes for a great day trip with all sorts of activities for the whole family.

 

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Jamala Madikwe Royal Safari Lodge

Jamala Madikwe Royal Safari Lodge

Widely acknowledged as being one of the finest conservation areas Africa, Madikwe Game Reserve provides the magnificent backdrop for the Jamala Madikwe Royal Safari Lodge. Tucked up in the North West Province of South Africa, Madikwe is 75 000 hectares of unspoilt wilderness, inhabited by a vast profusion of wildlife. Owner managed and run Jamala Madikwe is defined by its understated elegance. Created out of rich woods, and raw stone the Lodge is made up of five luxuriously proportioned suites.

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Madikwe Safari Lodge

Madikwe Safari Lodge

Untamed wilderness and dramatic landscapes are the setting for Madikwe Safari Lodge, where blissful luxury meets authentic African safari experience. Set in a stunning location in South Africa’s malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve, 4 ½ hours’ drive from Johannesburg or a short flight to the local airstrip, it offers excellent game viewing of all the Big Five in an uncrowded, pristine environment.  Here is another fabulous destination where you’ll experience the legendary More Hotels family hospitality, excellent cuisine and attention to detail.

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Madikwe River Lodge

Madikwe River Lodge

Madikwe River Lodge is situated in the heart of the great Madikwe Game Reserve alongside the banks of the beautiful Groot Marico River. The lodge is surrounded by 75 000 hectares of unspoilt wilderness, providing the perfect base for a safari. Home to the Big Five as well as countless other species, the reserve is one of the few that are entirely free of malaria. The lodge itself is a stunning destination offering family-friendly safari experiences or for hosting intimate special events such as weddings. There are also three conferencing areas inside the lodge, which can host between 8-25 delegates for an unforgettable seminar or incentive getaway.

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Tuningi Safari Lodge

Tuningi Safari Lodge

For those who want to experience a true South African safari adventure in five star colonial style, Tuningi Safari Lodge is the ideal destination.  This luxury lodge is located in the Malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve which is known for its flourishing group of endangered wild dogs and regular sightings of the big five.  The lodge is small and intimate, and provides superior service and accommodation for up to sixteen people.  From the moment you arrive at Tuningi you will feel very much at home and you are guaranteed to enjoy the tranquility and style of this stunning and well-designed lodge.

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Rhulani Safari Lodge

Rhulani Safari Lodge

Peace, tranquility and sweeping views over the Madikwe Game Reserve are guests’ first impressions of Rhulani Safari Lodge, together with the warm welcome and luxurious comfort. Located in a scenic part of this malaria-free Big 5 reserve, which is easily accessible from Johannesburg, the lodge offers luxurious accommodation in individual bush chalets and excellent game viewing, not just of the Big 5 but of a wide variety of creatures, including the rare wild dog, cheetahs and a host of plains game. Rhulani can also be booked exclusively for select conferences in this unique bush setting and has wifi throughout.

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Impodimo Game Lodge

Impodimo Game Lodge

Set into a green wooded hillside overlooking a natural spring, Impodimo Game Lodge offers affordable luxury in the beautiful, malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve. One of South Africa’s lesser known reserves, just 3 ½  hours’ drive from Johannesburg, Madikwe is rich in game, including all the Big 5 and the rare wild dog. The lodge is unfenced so, even when not on a game drive, guests may have the excitement of seeing elephants strolling by for a refreshing drink at the swimming pool, watching lionesses chilling by the waterhole, or wildebeest and giraffe sauntering past the lodge.

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Molori Safari Lodge

Molori Safari Lodge

Molori Safari Lodge is situated in the middle of the beautiful 75 000- hectare Madikwe Game Reserve in the North West Province of South Africa. Thought to be one of the most luxurious safari experiences there is, this five-suite retreat combines an intimate safari experience with breathtaking views and an abundance of game.

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Royal Madikwe Luxury Safari Residence

Royal Madikwe

Intimate and exclusive, Royal Madikwe is a luxury safari lodge deep in the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve, where excellent Big 5 game-viewing is to be found in this unspoilt South African wilderness. Easily accessible from Johannesburg, the lodge can also be booked on an exclusive use basis for families and friends who want the ultimate private safari experience. Completely child-friendly, the lodge feels like a luxurious private home, with lavish and warm hospitality, excellent food and beautifully appointed rooms and outdoor living spaces.

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Thakadu River Camp

Thakadu River Camp

Located along the Botswanan border and 20 kilometers from  Botswana’s capital, Gaberone, Thakadu River Camp is housed within the Madikwe Game Reserve, one of the precious few reserves in Southern Africa that is malaria free. The camp is nestled within the riverine canopy on the banks of the beautiful Marico River and forms the perfect base from which to explore the beauty of the unspoilt surrounds and the African wilderness. A luxurious destination, Thakadu River Camp only offers accommodation for a maximum of 24 guests at any one time ensuring a charming intimacy and personalized service.

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Motswiri Private Safari Lodge

Motswiri Private Safari Lodge

Intimate and serene, Motswiri Safari Lodge encapsulates the romance of the African bush with personalised service that makes guests feel completely at home. Overlooking a small waterhole in the middle of South Africa’s malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve, a few hours’ drive north of Johannesburg, the lodge offers an authentic luxury safari with excellent Big 5 game-viewing, in an unspoilt reserve which never feels crowded. A beautiful swimming pool overlooks the waterhole for relaxing afternoons in between game drives, when guests can watch elephant and other big game stopping by for a drink, from the comfort of their sun loungers.

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