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.


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.

Highlights of Madikwe Game Reserve

• 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

Choice of Madikwe Lodges

There are plenty of lodges for all tastes. If you are a honeymoon couple, have a look at some of the most luxurious game lodges such as Madikwe Hills and Mateya. Family friendly lodges include Jaci’s Safari Lodge, Tuningi Safari Lodge or Madikwe Safari Lodge.

Some Madikwe lodges are offered as ‘Safari Houses’ on an exclusive use basis which is ideal for a group of friends or a larger family party. One of our recommendations would be Morukuru Family.

Cedarberg Africa has visited nearly all of the Madikwe lodges. With this knowledge, we can advise you from first-hand experience about different Madikwe Safaris.

How to get to Madikwe

The only ‘drawback’ of Madikwe is the relative inaccessibility. The Madikwe Game Reserve is about 4-5 hours’ drive north-west of Johannesburg. Given the distance, many people fly to Madikwe instead (one hour scheduled charter flight from Johannesberg).

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