Madikwe Safaris

Expect a magnificent safari experience from this stunning game reserve, which remains one of South Africa's hidden gems. Covering a vast area of approximately 75,000 hectares Madikwe offers a captivating landscape encompassing a variety of habitats, from rocky outcrops to wide open plains to woodlands and lush grassland.

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Madikwe Highlights

  • A stunning 45,000 hectare reserve encompassing a diversity of habitat
  • Fantastic game viewing with the chance to see the Big 5
  • Home to three hunting packs of the rare and endangered wild dog
  • Exciting activities led by highly trained guides

Known for its background in conservation, the reserve is home to a wide variety of wildlife. Guests can look forward to sightings of the legendary Big 5, with lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino; some of Madikwe's star attractions. The reserve is also home to the rare and endangered Africa wild dog. Sightings are sporadic although numbers are steadily increasing and the reserve holds three hunting packs - a wonderful leap from the 6 wild dog that were introduced back in 1994.

To fully explore this malaria free reserve, setting off on some of the excellent activities a Madikwe safari affords is an excellent idea. Embark on exciting game drives and from some properties enjoy thrilling walks into the bush. Excursions are led by highly trained guides, whose expertise and understanding truly enhances your safari.

Selected Madikwe Itineraries

Our favorite itineraries, showcasing the best of Madikwe

All South Africa Itineraries
Ibo Island Lodge aerial view

Madikwe Safari and Pemba Mozambique Holiday

Cost Per Person
From $10,730 (Includes international flights from JFK)
South Africa
Quirimbas Archipelago, Madikwe
Whale tail

Cape Town, Hermanus and Madikwe Family Holiday

Cost For Family of 4
From $11,730 (Includes international flights from JFK)
South Africa
Cape Town, Hermanus, Madikwe

Johannesburg, Sun City and Safari Holiday

Cost Per Person
From $3,110 (Includes international flights from JFK)
South Africa
Sun City, Madikwe, Johannesburg
Wild dog

Private Cape Town and Madikwe Family Holiday

Cost For Family of 4
From $10,150 (Includes international flights from JFK)
South Africa
Cape Town, Madikwe

Madikwe Accommmodation

All South Africa accommodations
  • Madikwe Safari Lodge

    Set in malaria free Madikwe Game Reserve, from Madikwe Safari Lodge view the Big 5 and rare African wild dog. Split across three camps expect an excellent choice of accommodation and superb service.

  • Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge
    lodge deck

    A stunning luxury safari offering in the malaria-free Madikwe region, perfect for couples seeking an intimate, unique and relaxing, yet exhilarating safari experience.

  • Jaci's Safari Lodge

    Set in prime big 5 territory, Jaci's Safari Lodge is a great family friendly property found in the Madikwe Game Reserve's immense 75,000 hectares.

  • Jaci's Tree Lodge
    Break away lounge

    Experience a treetop safari in the malaria free Madikwe Game Reserve. Overlooking the Marico River, from the lodge take in superb birding and exciting Big 5 sightings.

  • Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge
    Bath in luxury suite

    A spectacular lodge set in the heart of the Madikwe Game Reserve; ideally situated for some of the reserve's best game viewing. Stay in comfortable suites and enjoy thrilling activities.

  • Mateya Safari Lodge
    Fire pit

    A stunning lodge found in the Gabbro Hills - expect luxury accommodation, thrilling game drives and exciting bush walks, led by knowledgeable guides.

  • Madikwe River Lodge

    The tranquil flow of the Groot Marico River runs alongside, Madikwe River Lodge; a well-appointed property that affords spectacular game viewing and luxury accommodation.