Madikwe Game Reserve

On the border of Botswana lies Madikwe, 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 permitted to drive off road, getting you up close to sightings of lion, elephant 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

Featured Accommodation

Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge

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 treated to a luxurious safari experience with outstanding food and an award-winning wine list.

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Tuningi Safari Lodge

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 to play with. Wooden walkways connect the chalets to the main lodge. Each chalet equipped with air-conditioning, a private deck and an outside shower. There are two family rooms at the lodge perfect for guests who need the extra space.

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Molori Safari Lodge

Molori Safari Lodge

The word “molori” means “to dream” in Tswana and truly captures the essence of the Molori Safari, arguably South Africa’s most luxurious game lodge. This five-suite retreat was constructed in 2002 in the heart of the 75,000-hectare malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve.

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Madikwe Safari Lodge

Madikwe Safari Lodge

Madikwe Safari Lodge is made up of three lodges on the Madikwe Game Reserve, a 75000-hectare private game reserve just north-west of Johannesburg. Lelapa Safari Lodge is great for families, with many activities for the kids, while the Dithaba and Kopano Lodges are more remote and quiet for honeymooners or couples.

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Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge

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 ambience. For the ultimate private escape, Little Madikwe Hills boasts a two-bedroomed Presidential or Family Suite with its own private Land Rover, game ranger and personal butler.

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Jamala Madikwe Royal Safari Lodge

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 Game Reserve is a beautiful mix of open plains, bushveld and rocky peaks.

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Morukuru Farm House

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 equally luxurious but with a homely feel, and since you have your own chef, butler and safari guide there’s no fixed schedule with each day tailored around you and your family.

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Impodimo Game Lodge

Impodimo Game Lodge

Impodimo Game Lodge sits up on a rocky ridge, overlooking a waterhole in Madikwe Game Reserve. The thatched lodge has 10 suites, including two deluxe suites, each with a private plunge pool. Game drives are led by highly knowledgeable guide-and-tracker teams, and the comfortable 7-seater Landrovers ensure that everyone has an excellent view. Madikwe is home to all of Africa’s Big 5, and since the reserve is malaria-free it’s a popular choice for family safaris too.

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Featured Tours in Madikwe Game ReserveDiscover our tailor-made tours

Family-Friendly Fun in South Africa

Family-Friendly Fun in South Africa

We’ve tracked down the most child-friendly lodges and safari experience in Africa for this trip. Spend 13 days exploring the most beautiful sights in South Africa: Cape Town, De Hoop Nature Reserve, Franschhoek and the Madikwe Game Reserve with your entire family. This safari is the best combination of city, bush and winelands.

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Family Adventure in South Africa

Family Adventure in South Africa

A family safari in South Africa is an exciting adventure! Over 12 days, you and your family will meander from Cape Town to Hermanus, ending off at beautiful Stellenbosch. Then you will go to South Africa’s prime safari destination, at Madikwe Game Reserve, to see the Big Five. This itinerary is perfect for families and multi-gen groups.

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