Malaria-free family safari in Madikwe
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 and 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, and anxious duiker disappears into the foliage.
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 just some of the rarer game, 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 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
When to Go
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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Bring the whole family to Madikwe for an unforgettable malaria-free family safari. The absence of malaria in the reserve makes it the perfect destination for families with younger children.
Embark in a photographic safari at Jaci’s Lodges, complete with camera-adapted safari vehicles, photographic equipment ready to hire, and the submerged Terrapin Hide with a water-level viewing window.
Witnessing the Big Five is on everyone’s bucket list, and Madikwe offers ample opportunities to spot elephant, buffalo, rhino, lion and leopard on day and night drives, and guided safari walks.
Encounter these remarkable canines while on a perfectly timed hunt or playing around their den. After wild dog were introduced to Madikwe in 1994, they have thrived to form a number of wild dog clans throughout the reserve.
Madikwe’s unique location within the Kalahari basin means that the landscape – and wildlife – echoes its semi-desert environment, making for rather spectacular sunset viewing.