Madikwe: Spot the Big 7

There are few game reserves that can boast having seven of Africa’s fiercest wild animals wandering its plains. Madikwe, the fourth largest in the country, is one of them.

Located close to the South Africa-Botswana border, Madikwe is home to lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos and buffalos as well as cheetahs and very rare, endangered African wild dogs, also known as Cape hunting dogs or painted dogs. In fact the reserve has an active program to ensure the species’ survival. In 1994, it trans-located 6 dogs from a breeding centre near the Kruger National Park, and it continues to monitor the clan’s progress and growth, adding to the numbers when necessary. There are only 3,000-5,000 wild dogs left in the world.

Like human fingerprints, each wild dog has a unique, irregular mottled coat.
Credit: Chris Johns,

And if you happen to be a budding ornithologist, Madikwe also has an extremely abundant bird life of more than 300 species.

Accommodation falls predominantly into the luxury category at Madikwe, and with this comes open vehicle game drives, night drives and bush walks – opportunities you might not get in other areas.

There’s nothing quite like being on an open game drive!

It’s consistently in demand as a holiday destination though so you’ll need to be on the ball to get in. Given the properties boast exquisite views, exceptional service, stunning rooms with the finest of detail and mouth-watering cuisine – plus they don’t allow day-trippers – this should come as no surprise. With 16 magnificent lodges from which to choose, like Madikwe Safari Lodge, Jaci’s Lodges and Motswiri Private Safari Lodge, you might have a tough time deciding which one to pick. If those three aren’t confusing enough, there are many more options.

49Stunning Lelapa Lodge lounge where no expense has been spared.

Adventure awaits you at Jaci’s Tree Lodge.

Pure indulgence at the opulent Motswiri Private Safari Lodge.

To top it all off, Madikwe’s sprawling 75,000 hectares lie really close to Jozi so it’s incredibly accessible for a quick safari holiday. Literally a flight into O.R. Tambo International Airport followed by a road transfer.


Experience an unforgettable lapa dinner around the boma at Madikwe Safari Lodge.

And if you needed any more convincing, Madikwe is a mozzie-free zone so no itchy bites to worry about!

So, what are you waiting for? Book your Madikwe bush adventure today!

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