Madikwe Safari

Malaria-free family safari in Madikwe

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Setting off on a game drive in Madikwe just before dusk is an invigorating experience. The bush comes alive, slowly but steadily: the haunting song of an African hoopoe fills the warm air. The quiet beat of velvet-soled feet hit the gravel road ahead. Suddenly a pack of wild dog shoot out onto the road in front of your safari vehicle. Their white tails flying in the air, their tongues lolling. They’ve picked up a scent and somewhere in the distance, an anxious duiker disappears into the foliage. The hunt begins.

A safari in Madikwe Game Reserve, situated in South Africa’s North West Province and just a few hours from Johannesburg, is exciting and filled with unique encounters. Wild dogs are spotted more frequently in Madikwe than in almost any other reserve in the country. Home to the full Big Five as well as cheetah, there’s no wonder why Madikwe is fast becoming a popular safari destination of choice.

Plus, Madikwe Game Reserve is ideal for families. Notably within a malaria-free zone – the reserve falls within the greater Kalahari basin – Madikwe is home to a number of fantastic child-oriented safari lodges (think children on safari programmes, cooking with the chef and dedicated game drives).

The landscape is a mixture of grassland, forest and rocky hills, but the game viewing is superb. Combine a safari in Madikwe with a trip to Cape Town and a leisurely self-drive tour along the scenic Garden Route for the ultimate family adventure vacation in South Africa.

Best Time to Visit Madikwe:

Madikwe is truly a year-round game-viewing destination and safaris can be enjoyed throughout the year. That said, there is a wetter season (December through February) and a typical dry season (May through October). The latter which is generally considered the best time for game viewing.



Bring the whole family to Madikwe for an unforgettable malaria-free family safari.

After wild dog were introduced to Madikwe in 1994, they have thrived to form a number of wild dog clans throughout.

Embark in a photographic safari at Jaci’s Lodges in Madikwe, complete with camera-adapted safari vehicles.

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