by Tamlin Wightman on June 6, 2012
2 min read

Madikwe Game Reserve is one of the best places in South Africa to see the famous African wild dog. Another reason it’s so special is its unique location – a transition zone on the edges of the Kalahari, where several rare species occur naturally.

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Situated in the North West Province on the border with Botswana, Madikwe is a 4 hr drive or 50 minute flight from Johannesburg. It’s a malaria-free and great year round family safari destination, and is one of South Africa’s prime safari destinations.

Madikwe is home to lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, rhino and cheetah, as well as a large number of plains game and over 360 species of bird.

Founded in 1991, the reserve is a conservation success story. Not only does it preserve the region’s flora and fauna, but it was created to boost employment in the area and provide a sustainable environment for the local people.

Wild Dogs

Wild Dogs at Jaci's Lodges


The Madikwe Game Reserve is home to many luxury lodges that we recommend exploring the reserve from. These include the following properties – click on the link for more information:

Madikwe Hills

Madikwe Hills

Madikwe Safari Lodge

Madikwe Safari Lodge

Jamala Madikwe

Sunset game drive at Jamala Madikwe Royal Safari Lodge

Royal Madikwe Luxury Safari Lodge

Royal Madikwe Luxury Safari Lodge


Interested in exploring the reserve for yourself? Contact one of our expert travel consultants who’ve been there, seen that, done it all, for more information and to start planning your own tailor-made trip!

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