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Madikwe Game Reserve
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This reserve created in 1991, sits right on the South Africa- Botswana border in a malaria-free area. In the largest movement of animals since Noah filled his arc, the 30,352 acre (75,000 ha) reserve was stocked with 10,000 head of game from 27 different species.
The park's very existence contributes to the preservation of local fauna and flora and rare animals such as rhino and wild dog, and also provides a more sustainable environment for the local people.
Morukuru Safari Lodge is an intimate bush villa suited to guests, small groups of friends and families looking for an exclusive-use bush experience that combines luxury and warm African hospitality.
Not only does this reserve boast the 'Big Five' but it also has the 'Super 7'! This adds cheetah and wild dog to the traditional five; leopard, lion, buffalo, elephant and rhino. Plus brown hyena, sable, eland, gemsbok, giraffe and large herds of plains game and plenty of birds.
Wild dogs are a speciality of the area and due to their rarity and fascinating behaviour, are a wonderful sight. They are also known as Cape hunting dogs or painted dogs because of their tricoloured (black, white and tan) abstract coat. Wild Dogs are Africa's most formidable hunters (followed by hyena and lion), and the essence of their successful social system is co-operative hunting and food sharing. Not only do they regurgitate food for the young but the babysitter gets fed too. They travel great distances while hunting and as a result often traverse farmland where they were almost shot to extinction. Luckily they are thriving in Madikwe.
Sun Safaris can arrange a rental car for visitors and maps and directions will be provided upon booking. The roads leading up to Madikwe are tarred and in good condition. Your drive time will be approximately 4 hours depending on your exact route. Sun Safaris can also arrange all private road transfers for our guests as well as light aircraft transfers from Johannesburg can be arranged.
Rainy Season: It rains from October to April with the highest rainfall expected between November and February. Daytime temperatures are hot and humid with an average of 88F (31C).
Dry Season: The winter months of May to September are dry and cold with evening temperatures as low as 35.5F (2C) and only 72F (22C) in the daytime.
Madikwe River Lodge is situated in the midst of the 75 000 hectares of malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve on the Groot Marico River. The lodge offers luxury and African charm in beautiful thatched chalets offering a tranquil retreat.
Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge offers a peaceful location in the heart of the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve. Guests can enjoy luxurious accommodation with large viewing decks and fantastic game viewing opportunities in this enormous game reserve.
Rhulani Safari Lodge offers guests a superb Malaria-free “Big Five” safari experience in the Madikwe Game Reserve. The chalets are luxurious with en-suite bathrooms, indoor and outdoor showers as well as private plunge pools and spectacular views.
Jaci’s Safari Lodge is situated in the malaria free Madikwe Game Reserve. The lodge offers a unique and intimate safari experience and is privately owned and managed. Guests can expect to see wild dog, rhino, plains game, and over 340 species of bird.
Tuningi Safari Lodge offers 5-star luxury in the world famous malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve. Guests can enjoy a personal and exclusive safari experience in exclusive bush villas with beautiful bathrooms and outdoor rock showers.
Thakadu River Camp is a luxurious tented safari camp overlooking the Marico River in the Madikwe Game Reserve offering beautiful views. The camp is family-friendly, accommodation is luxurious and the safari tents have private viewing decks.
The Bush House is a warm, friendly and intimate game lodge situated in the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve. Accommodating in only six luxurious rooms, guests can enjoy a luxurious yet traditional safari experience in an area known for superb big five game viewing.
Etali Safari Lodge offers peace and tranquility in the game rich Madikwe Game Reserve. The lodge offers the ultimate in bush luxury with eight luxurious air-conditioned safari suites offering complete privacy.
Motswiri Private Safari Lodge is a luxury lodge offering a secluded hideaway in the exclusive malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve. Guests can enjoy a personal and intimate safari experience with game viewing, gourmet cuisine and activities.
Royal Madikwe offers a luxurious and exclusive safari experience in a private corner of the Madikwe Game Reserve; guests not only have a luxurious bush home, but a piece of Africa all to themselves.
Madikwe Safari Lodge is located in one of South Africa’s largest sanctuaries and the reserve is malaria free. The area offers an abundance of wildlife as well as superb bird watching with over 350 bird species in the reserve.
Morukuru Lodge offers visitors a personal and exclusive safari experience in the malaria-free 75 000 hectare Madikwe Game Reserve. The lodge offers only 3 luxurious en-suite bedrooms with king-size beds and air-conditioning.
Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge offers the ultimate in safari luxury; the fantastic team of staff at Madikwe Hills will ensure your safari experience is unique and one not soon forgotten. Guests are ensured of a personal and intimate safari and wildlife experience.
Panoramic views, exotic sounds and wild aromas of the bush are the essence of the Jamala Madikwe experience in the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve. Premier accommodation in 5 individual villas with a spectacular game, including African wild dog.