Madikwe Game Reserve Travel Guide

Map of Madikwe

Declared a Game Reserve in August 1991, Madikwe Game Reserve is the newest of the Game Reserves in South Africa.  It is set a mere three hours’ drive from Pretoria or Johannesburg in the far north of the North West Province, adjacent to the Botswana border in a malaria free area. 

The Madikwe Game 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. 
To establish the reserve 10,000 mammals were relocated from other National Parks. This in itself was an act of conservation as may of these animals were due to be culled to keep the environments in balance. Madikwe has the honour of being one of the few game reserves in the world to be declared purely on the grounds of being the most appropriate and sustainable land use for an economically depressed area. Today, the Reserve is home to 66 large mammal species including the Big Five and approximately 300 resident and migrant bird species. A further accolade to Madikwe is that it is run as a joint venture between the state, the private sector and local communities which makes it so successful. No other reserve has been as successful at involving the local community.  Madikwe Game Reserve is now considered one of South Africa's finest safari destinations.
This success has made Madikwe the role model for similar ventures being started up elsewhere in South Africa.
Guests are taken on conducted day and night game drives or bush walks. There are no day visitor facilities; only residents at a lodge may enter the reserve.  Excellent accommodation is available at various private lodges in the reserve. 

Top things to do at Madikwe Game Reserve:


  • Spot the Big Five!
  • Go on a game drive in an open air 4 x 4 safari vehicle with a knowledgeable game ranger
  • Get closer to nature on a guided bush walk
  • Learn about the local flora, fauna and African Wildlife
  • Relax and let the surrounding nature restore your spirits!