Madikwe Game Reserve offers a unique experience, especially if you staying in a lodge which has a private concession within the park.

The Reserve is an amazing destination for viewing the Big Five and many other major animals can also be spotted in just a matter of two days.

  • 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.


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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In the region where Madikwe is located, a shift from the Kalahari thornveld and bushveld can be seen. 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, 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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