Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa

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Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa

Highlights Include:

  • Experiencing a Big Five safari in one of South Africa’s top five game reserves
  • Dawn and dusk game drives in search of the elusive cheetah and endangered African wild dogs
  • Freedom to choose length of stay – the perfect extension to any of our Southern Africa programs
  • Guided walking safaris for a completely new perspective

Photo: Jody Schuster/ Borton Overseas

Tour Details

From: $2,685 per person | Single supplement on request

3 days

2021 Departures: Daily
January 1 – 6, from $3,225 per person
January 7 – April 30, from $3,015 per person
May 1 – August 31, from $2,685 per person
September 1 – December 31, from $3,480 per person

The Madikwe Game Reserve, situated against the Botswana border, just 3 hours’ drive or 45-minute flight from Johannesburg, is now one of South Africa’s prime safari destinations. Madikwe, the fourth largest reserve in South Africa, is a malaria-free, Big Five Game Reserve covering an area of almost 150,000 acres. The rich diversity of vegetation ensures a wide range of game and the topography offers ideal game viewing opportunities. The reserve consists of vast plains of open woodlands and grasslands, dissected by the rugged Rant van Tweedepoort and bordered in the south by the Dwarsberg Mountains. The area is dotted with huge rocky hills.

The entire reserve has been enclosed to prevent the escape of elephants and the larger predators as well as preventing neighboring livestock into the reserve. Guests are taken on guided day and night game drives or bush walks. Excellent accommodation is available at various private lodges in the reserve. There are no day visitor facilities; only lodge guests may enter the reserve.

This is an semi-independent program – you will be hosted by your chosen lodge/camp (we have numerous to choose from). Any number of nights can be arranged. This itinerary is perfect to combine with any of our Southern Africa programs.

This is a sample itinerary. Our Destination Specialists will work with you to create an itinerary to meet your preferences.

Day 1Johannesburg, South Africa to Madikwe Game Reserve | Meals: D

From OR Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg) you are assisted to your scheduled light aircraft flight to Madikwe. Upon arrival at the airstrip, you are met and transferred to your selected game lodge. Overnight at Lodge of your choice

Day 2Explore the Madikwe Game Reserve | Meals: B L D

Experienced rangers will take you into the bush on dawn and dusk safaris. Not only does this reserve boast the “Big Five” but it also has the “Super Seven!” This adds cheetah and wild dog to the traditional five – leopard, lion, buffalo, elephant and rhino. Spend today exploring this vast reserve. Overnight at Lodge of your choice

Day 3Fly back to Johannesburg | Meals: B

After a final dawn safari and a hearty breakfast, you bid farewell to the African bush and fly back to OR Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg) for your onward arrangements.

  • Two nights’ accommodation
  • Transfers as indicated, including round trip air transfer Johannesburg—Madikwe
  • Meals as indicated (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner)
  • Shared game activities as offered by your camp
Not Included
  • All flights to/from Africa and related taxes
  • Travel insurance (emergency medical & evacuation coverage required)
  • Preserve entrance/conservation fees, tourism levies, gate entry fees, or landing fees
  • Fees for passports, visas, or health vaccinations
  • Transfers, sightseeing, activities, meals, and beverages not specified
  • Gratuities
  • Items of personal nature such as laundry, spa services, internet, phone, etc.
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