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Overview

Madikwe Game Reserve offers a unique experience, especially if you are staying in a lodge which has a private concession within the park.  It is an extremely popular alternative to the (somewhat) better-known Kruger National Park and Sabi Sands.  The reserve has a remarkable track record for sustainable tourism and the upliftment of local communities while having an unwavering focus on delivering superb Safari experiences.

The Reserve is a truly awe-inspiring destination for viewing the Big Five while many other major animals can also be spotted in just a matter of days.  Madikwe has an amazing game viewing experience, similar to that of the reserves found close to Kruger National Park. The Big Five are easy to find, however, leopards are harder to spot. It is an excellent place to see Wild Dogs.

  • Best Time to GoMay to September
    (Dry season)
  • High SeasonOctober to April
    (The park is busier)

Why Go:

  • Off-road game drives permitted
  • Free from malaria
  • Wide array of good quality lodges to choose from
  • Accommodations available with self-catering
  • Amazing game viewing experience, which includes the Big Five
  • Cheaper than Sabi Sands and offers pretty much the same unique experience.

Wildlife

Madikwe has an amazing game viewing experience, similar to that of the reserves found close to Kruger National Park. The Big Five are easy to find, however, leopards are harder to spot. It is an excellent place to see Wild Dogs.

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Scenery

In the region where Madikwe is located, a shift from the Kalahari thornveld and bushveld occurs. Rocky outcrops are abundant and towards the south lies the view of the Dwarsberg Mountains.

Weather & Climate

During the summers, Madikwe tends to get hot and rain is common. Summers are also Madikwe’s wet season with frequent spectacular thundershowers to cool down the air, lasting from October to April.Precipitation and Temperatures both climb in the earlier months, the highest of which are recorded in January with frequent afternoon rains when the temperature on average gets to 32°C/90°F.The temperature starts to go down in March into a drier, usually clear winter season (May to September)

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Best Time to Visit

The ideal time for visiting Madikwe Game Reserve is during the winter season from May to September, the experience is even better during the pleasant early and late winter months.It can get quite cold so it is recommended that you pack some warm clothes for evening and early morning game drives. This is also the time when Madikwe is less busy compared to the rest of the year.

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