Madikwe Game Reserve

Discover the iconic Madikwe Game Reserve

Discover the full range of South African safari experiences at Madikwe Game Reserve, in the North West Province, close to the border of Botswana. A diverse combination of bushveld and the semi-arid Kalahari, this malaria-free 76 000 hectare Reserve boasts the Super Seven – adding cheetah and the endangered African wild dog to the already famous Big Five.

Madikwe is famed for Operation Phoenix, the world’s largest game translocation exercise, successfully introducing more than 8 000 animals into the reserve of 28 species, including lion, elephant, buffalo, and white rhino, since 1991. It is also home to more than 350 bird species, several endemic to the Kalahari.

The Madikwe region is rich in history, having seen the passage of the famed warrior Mzilikazi, as well as explorers, traders and missionaries that included Dr David Livingstone and Sir Cornwallis Harris. Renowned South African writer Herman Charles Bosman celebrates the area in many of his books. Madikwe Game Reserve is run as a joint venture between the North West Parks Board, the private sector and local communities.

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