Madikwe

The malaria-free Madikwe is one of the prime game reserves of South Africa and is particularly known for its wild dog sightings & family safaris.

Overview

Madikwe is the foremost malaria-free game reserve in South Africa. It lies north-west of Johannesburg in the wide open plains of bushveld. If you are looking for a malaria-free safari in South Africa, then Madikwe should be top of your list. Madikwe offers quality game-viewing and African ambience.

The malaria free Madikwe Reserve is one of the largest and finest game reserves in South Africa. There are several luxury game lodges to choose from. This 75,000 hectare game reserve boasts a healthy wildlife population. Included is plenty of the Big Five (elephant, lion, leopard, rhino and buffalo) as well as over 360 recorded bird species. You may also be lucky enough to see packs of wild dog on a Madikwe safari, a rare and privileged sighting. Given its open terrain, Madikwe safaris give sightings of elephant, lions and plains game including sable, gemsbok, springbok and giraffe, possibly even cheetah.

If you are a honeymoon couple or a family, there are plenty of lodges to suite all tastes. Some Madikwe lodges are offer as ‘Safari Houses’ on an exclusive use basis which is ideal for a group of friends or a larger family party.

Features

Why you may love it

  • Malaria free Big Five game reserve
  • Excellent Wild Dog sightings
  • Wide variety of lodges to choose from
  • Superb Family Safari programmes with fun activities such as identifying spore, frog hunts, kid’s game drives

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When to visit Madikwe

November to March

Summer rainfall

Madikwe shares a Summer rainfall climate with the rest of the northern part of South Africa, Typically the rains start in November. The rains are heaviest in January and February but usually take the form of late afternoon or evening downpours which are actually welcome as it cools the air and keeps everything lush and green. Temperatures are hot and humid during the day and stay warm in the evening and night. This is not the best season for safari as the bush is lush and verdant so it’s harder to spot the game. Plus animals don’t need to come to rivers and waterholes so much to drink. However birding is excellent and the game-viewing is still reasonable within the private game reserves.
AVG RAINFALL 71 mm
MAX TEMP 32 ℃ / 90 ℉
MIN TEMP 19 ℃ / 66 ℉

April to May

Dry season

This is the start of the dry season and the safari season. By the end of March the rains have stopped, making game-viewing much easier. The landscape is still green and lush but grasses start dying down. The sunsets are superb as the skies are clearer. Nights are cooler but still very pleasant to eat outside though this starts to change in May.
AVG RAINFALL 19 mm
MAX TEMP 26 ℃ / 79 ℉
MIN TEMP 9 ℃ / 48 ℉

June to July

Still the dry season

Traditionally this is the best time to visit as the dry season continues. The bush is less dense and the animals flock to the waterholes to drink. Daytime temperatures are pleasant (20-22C). But nights can be very cold, because of the altitude. So you will need to have warm clothing once the sun sets. Mornings on the game drive vehicle can be cold so pack warm clothing.
AVG RAINFALL 5 mm
MAX TEMP 22 ℃ / 72 ℉
MIN TEMP 4 ℃ / 39 ℉

August to October

Getting warmer

It starts to warm up again from August onwards. Thought this is technically Spring it is actually just the end of the dry season. So it is the perfect time for safari. The temperatures heat up nicely in September and October prior to the start of the summer rains which usually start in November. However October can bring some early heralding showers.
AVG RAINFALL 38 mm
MAX TEMP 32 ℃ / 90 ℉
MIN TEMP 16 ℃ / 61 ℉

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Milandi’s review of Tuningi Safari Lodge, Madikwe

Heidi has been at Tuningi for 14 years with her husband (both ex Kings Camp in the Timbavati) and she is a great host. The property has a real ‘home away from home’ feel and you get the impression nothing is a problem. I loved its relaxed atmosphere. And as with a number of other Madikwe lodges, it offers a great family safari option.

Pros: Stunning hide near waterhole with nice lunch / dinner spot under trees,  Kids play area and good kids safari programme.

The two-bedroom suites are great for either families or 2 couples sharing. It is a good option for families with smaller kids as it is fenced,

Tuningi is a good option for both families and couples, and manages to get the mix right.

Cedarberg : Milandi Joubert
 
Did you know
  • SizeThe Madikwe Game Reserve is 680km2
  • Birding350 bird species are recorded within the park

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