MADIKWE GAME RESErve

Safari magic in the malaria free Madkwe

8 DAYS

WHY YOU’D LOVE IT!

Situated on the Kalahari’s edge near the Botswana border, the 75,000-hectare Madikwe Private Game Reserve offers diverse big game safaris. This exclusive reserve ensures intimate wildlife encounters, with expert guides coordinating sightings via radio. Madikwe boasts a high chance of spotting the Big 5 and is a rare haven for the endangered African wild dog. The private nature of the reserve means no day-tripper crowds, allowing off-road excursions and night drives.
Perfect for families due to its malaria-free setting, Madikwe’s family-friendly lodges provide tailored activities for kids. Additionally, it caters to romance, offering secluded and luxurious bush retreats for honeymooners.

OVERVIEW

Itinerary at a glance

 ◽️ DAY 0         | Travel

      Departure

◽️ DAY 1         | South Africa

     Johannesburg arrival

◽️ DAY 2-4     | South Africa

     Madikwe Game Reserve

◽️ DAY 5-7     | South Africa

     Madikwe Game Reserve

◽️ DAY 8    | Return 

     Departure

 

MAP

MAP

Visualize your journey!

DAY 0  | Date to be updated

YOUR SAFARI STARTS NOW!

📍 Depart home

DEPARTURE

Your adventure starts now!

Embark on an African safari and anticipate witnessing breathtaking landscapes, encountering diverse and majestic wildlife in their natural habitats, and immersing yourself in the rich cultural experiences of the continent.

* See your safari itinerary for transfer logistics

DAY 1 | Date to be updated

JOHANNESBURG (South Africa)

Overnight

📍 Africa Rock Hotel

AFRICA ROCK HOTEL

Hotel Overview

This exclusive boutique hotel & Spa is located 6 miles from the Johannesburg International Airport (JNB / OR Tambo) in a quiet suburb of Kempton Park, away from the flight path of arriving and departing planes.

A well-established, lush tropical garden, a swimming pool and a large patio ensures relaxing outdoor living. The interior look and feel is a successful fusion of African, Western and Oriental design trends and offers a warm, welcoming and relaxing atmosphere.

The architecture is contemporary and the establishment includes all modern amenities which makes it practical and comfortable

DINNER, B&B

GUEST HOUSE

OVERNIGHT

DAY 2-4 | Date to be updated

MADIKWE

Safari days

📍 Thakadu River Camp

MADIKWE GAME RESERVE

Area Overview

Madikwe Game Reserve: 275,000 acres of pristine malaria-free land. Located in South Africa along the Botswana border, and within a transition region between lowveld bushveld and the Kalahari thornveld. Consequently, the region hosts an incredible diversity of species from both eco-systems. Geographically, the region has enormous volcanic intrusions known as Inselbergs, which are prominent throughout and create a spectacular backdrop to the reserve.

Home to the Big 5 (Lion, Buffalo, Elephant, Rhino and Leopard). The immense diversity of vegetation ensures a wide range of animal species, and the distinctive topography presents incredible game viewing opportunities. Over 66 mammal species, including the rare African Wild Dog, as well as Cheetah, Eland, Kudu, Giraffe and a range of more than 300 resident and migratory species of birds.

 THAKADU RIVER CAMP

Camp Overview

Thakadu is set within the canopy of the riverine forest on the banks of the Marico River, in the Eastern portion of the beautiful Madikwe Game Reserve.

This treetop lodge has been built to blend in with the nature that surrounds it and allows guests to truly unwind and enjoy their peaceful surroundings. The main lodge consists of an open plan lounge, dining and reception area with a pool and bar area close by. Enjoy the panoramic views from the traditional lapa that is set in the forest glade.

This camp is a tented safari camp and comprises of 12 en-suite, tented suites, each with their own private viewing deck overlooking the Marico River. The tents are large,spacious and have a strong Afro-Asian ambience to them. All of the suites are air conditioned to provide guests with comfort during the hot summer months.

FULL BOARD

TENTED CAMP

GAME VIEW

DAY 5-7 | Date to be updated

MADIKWE

Safari days

📍 Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge

MADIKWE GAME RESERVE

Area Overview

Madikwe Game Reserve: 275,000 acres of pristine malaria-free land. Located in South Africa along the Botswana border, and within a transition region between lowveld bushveld and the Kalahari thornveld. Consequently, the region hosts an incredible diversity of species from both eco-systems. Geographically, the region has enormous volcanic intrusions known as Inselbergs, which are prominent throughout and create a spectacular backdrop to the reserve.

Home to the Big 5 (Lion, Buffalo, Elephant, Rhino and Leopard). The immense diversity of vegetation ensures a wide range of animal species, and the distinctive topography presents incredible game viewing opportunities. Over 66 mammal species, including the rare African Wild Dog, as well as Cheetah, Eland, Kudu, Giraffe and a range of more than 300 resident and migratory species of birds.

 BUFFALO RIDGE SAFARI LODGE

Camp Overview

Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge lies on the Tweedepoort Ridge in the west of the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve providing expansive views of the ravine below and out across Madikwe’s northern plains and inselbergs.

This family-friendly five-star Lodge offers guests a choice of eight luxurious thatch-and-stone chalets positioned for optimal privacy along the rugged slopes of the ridge.

Each beautifully-appointed chalet sleeps two people and features a mini lounge, en-suite bathroom, and double sliding doors that open onto an elevated wooden deck from where you can take in the breathtaking panoramas of this bushveld paradise.

The contemporary Afro-chic décor with its emphasis on earth colours and naturally textured fabrics and furnishings further enhances your experience of the pristine surrounds.

Buffalo Ridge’s main lodge covers two tiers and is accessible via a wooden bridge that traverses the ravine below. Here you can relax on the ample viewing deck in the shade of the towering rock figs, enjoy a sumptuous meal in the welcoming dining area or unwind with a refreshing dip in the plunge pool as you drink in the glorious vistas.

The Lodge boasts a range of outdoor activities to ensure you have ample opportunities to explore Madikwe, including twice-daily game drives in open 4X4 vehicles, bush sundowners, and visits to the reserve’s hides.

Expect to spot a rich diversity of game, from the Big Five to cheetah, wild dog, kudu, springbok, eland, red hartebeest, giraffe, and impala as well as a myriad of bird species under the guidance of the Lodge’s expert rangers.

While Buffalo Ridge is family friendly, children aged six years or younger are not permitted on game drives due to safety concerns. However, mini morning children’s game drives can be pre-arranged. Babysitters are also available on request.

Proud home of Buffalo, Sable, Roan, Tsessebe, Eland as well as 45 other wildlife species. Also rich in birdlife and indigenous flora, making it a hunting, photography and safari paradise.

 
 
 

FULL BOARD

TENTED CAMP

GAME VIEW

DAY 8 |  Dates to be updated

RETURN

DEPARTURE

Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end! Goodbye to the safari life, feeling relaxed, mesmerizing scenery, great food, family time, and romantic memories.

Morning road transfer back to the airport for your outbound flight... dreaming of the trip of a lifetime!

SAFARI COST

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USD $ 3,890 / pps*

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*pps=per person sharing

* Rates vary by season

Minimum of 2 pax traveling

SAFARI DATES & DETAILS

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* Always check the document date and refer to the latest version

INCLUDED*

  • Experience of a lifetime
  • 24/7  support before & during your safari
  • Accommodation
  • Road transfers
  • Tours & Activities
  • Meals & Drinks
  • Tour Guide (where applicable)
  • Airport & airstrip transfers
  • Park fees, levies & taxes (unless otherwise indicated)
  • Inter-Africa commercial & light aircraft flights

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* As indicated on your detailed safari itinerary

EXCLUDED*

  • International airfare
  • Personal gifts & purchases
  • Incidental charges
  • Travel insurance
  • Conservation fees*
  • Visa fees
  • Balloon safari* (if applicable)
  • Laundry*
  • Tips

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* Unless otherwise indicated on your itinerary

TRAVEL INFO

  • Health & Vaccines, Visas & Passports, Connectivity, Power adaptors, Travel insurance, Credit Cards, Tipping guide,Packing list and more

PAPERWORK

PASSPORTS

  • Email or Whatsapp a clear color copy of your passport
  • Expiration date valid at least 6 months past return dates
  • Please check the number of blank Visa pages required by each country

CONTRACT

  • Download the Safari Contract
  • Take a picture with your phone of the first & last page and email back
  • Include APPENDIX C / Indemnity for each person going on the safari

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