Madikwe Game Reserve

Bordering Botswana, Madikwe Game Reserve is one of South Africa’s largest game reserves. This is prime big game territory set against rugged landscapes with rocky hills, woodlands and rich, red earth. Madikwe is not open to the general public, and visitors must be accommodated in one of the luxury lodges within the reserve. Guides are highly-trained, getting you up close to sightings of lion, elephant, wild dog and other big game.

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Highlights in Madikwe Game Reserve

  • Consistently good Big 5 game viewing
  • Malaria-free so popular with families
  • Good selection of luxury lodges
  • Easy to combine with Sun City’s golf courses
  • A 4.5-hour drive (or 1 hour’s charter flight) from Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo International Airport

Featured Accommodation

Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge

Sanctuary Makanyane is a beautiful luxury lodge on privately owned ground in Madikwe Game Reserve. Eight secluded suite each have a glass-walled bedroom, open-fronted lounge, and both indoor and outdoor showers. Going to Madikwe you know you’ll have excellent Big 5 game viewing, and staying at Makanyane you’ll also be…

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Tuningi Safari Lodge

Found in the heart of the Madikwe Game Reserve, Tuningi Safari Lodge is a luxurious private and exclusive lodge designed in the form of colonial-African chic. At the main lodge, you will find a rim-flow pool which overlooks the watering hole. There is a tent in the garden for children…

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Molori Safari Lodge

Stay in one of 5 opulent suites at Molori Safari Lodge in the Madikwe Game Reserve. One of South Africa’s most luxurious lodges, Molori focuses on privacy, personalised service and superb game viewing led by their team of award-winning safari guides.

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Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge

Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge is set on a hilltop overlooking the endless bushveld of the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve. The main lodge is designed for complete relaxation and comfort, and consists of 10 stylish private suites, decorated in an ‘Afrochic’ style that integrates natural elements with colours highlighting Africa’s…

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Jamala Madikwe Royal Safari Lodge

If you’re looking for a malaria-free safari experience, then the Jamala Madikwe Royal Safari Lodge is for you! This 75000-hectare reserve offers 5 five private villas overlooking the reserve. Each villa has large bathrooms, a private rim-flow pool, and all meals are prepared by the award-winning chef Nico Verster. Madikwe…

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Morukuru Farm House

Morukuru Farm House offers the perfect private setting for friends or family seeking a big game safari experience in the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve. The five-suite homestead is fenced within a 100-hactare safe area, so kids can play on the lawns and have the freedom to explore. Each suite is…

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