Mafikeng Game Reserve
Mafikeng Game Reserve
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7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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hanajon
Cape Town Central, South Africa40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Couples
If you find yourself in or near Mafikeng in the North West Province, by all means find time for the Mafikeng Game Reserve. It's actually within city limits...and it's the sort of place that you can see a giraffe's profile against the horizon like an album cover. We were up close and personal (in the car!) with giraffes, wildebeest, various boks, zebras, Cape Buffalo. They say there are rhinos there, but we didn't find them. No matter, there were plenty of cavorting animals. Go near the water holes and you will find them. Forty Rand per person and 10 for the car...that's quite a bargain!
Written 11 January 2018
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Aardvark2010
London, UK124 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Family
This reserve is a must do for us whenever we are in Mafikeng, a town not otherwise hugely renowned for its vibrant and burgeoning tourist industry.

The park is relatively small but is pretty well laid out with good dirt roads, friendly staff and a relaxed atmosphere. The Reserve is also inexpensive, a nice change in a country where the costs of everything seem to be spiralling northwards. It is also a fantastic place to sit on the back of a bakkie (pick-up truck) with a beer watching the sun start to set over the waterhole as the animals come down to drink.

The park hosts a number of buck species and we saw Kudu, Cape Buffalo, Blesbok, Eland, Gemsbok, Springbok, Impala and Black Wildebeest, to name a few. We also saw Giraffe and Zebra up close, as well as smaller mammals such as Warthog, Ground Squirrels and Slender Mongooses.

Birdlife is plentiful, with Ostriches, Glossy Starlings, Hooded Shrikes, Crimson-Breasted Shrikes, Weavers, to name but a few, all being present. There are also a number of raptor species such as Vultures, Goshawks, Kestrels and Kites in the Reserve.

The park has no large predators but it does have a large number of rhino (numbering 60 at the last count) for the area that would be even more impressive if poachers would kindly stop shooting these magnificent animals. Alas with the price of rhino horn being what it is, and ever increasing demand from China and the Middle East, I should think this is unlikely. However, in spite of this, we saw a number of white rhino up close (there are no black rhino in the park) and it is difficult to describe the sense of awe whenever you come into contact with them.

We had a wonderful afternoon in the park, so why did I give it 3 stars, rather than the 4 provided by the other reviewers?

Firstly, you never quite feel as if you are away from civilisation as there are buildings visible from most areas of the park. Secondly, thanks to the infinite wisdom of the local municipality, they are using sand and rocks from the game reserve to lay a new road in the area. Even though you can't see any of the damage, many of the animals in the park are as nervous as a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs because of it and tend to stay far away from the tracks. Thirdly, the road layout makes it difficult to access many areas of the park. This in itself is not a bad thing but combined with the building work, means that the game tends to be far more reticent than it used to be in the past.

All in all, a great afternoon out in the bush if you happen to be in Mafikeng but not necessarily a travel destination in its own right.
Written 5 September 2013
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jbg74
Saint Paul, MN1 060 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2016 • Friends
This is a nice little game park to self-drive if you happen to be in the area. It is about 40R (approx. $2.50) per person for a self-drive. The self drive is mostly well marked and takes about 2 hours. We saw 3 rhino, a dozen giraffes, wildebeest, impala, springbok, zebra, ostrich, and some other antelope species. There aren't any predators here except for some hyena and jackals nor are there any elephants. If you want a full safari experience you need to go to Madikwe or something like that which I highly recommend. This is a fun place to go through if you are in the area. I rate it 4 stars because it is so inexpensive. Don't go out of your way to come here but if you are in the area put together a little picnic and do the self-drive.
Written 15 March 2016
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kschSA
Johannesburg, South Africa22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015 • Business
9 Rhinos, lots of birds, warthogs, giraffe, blesbok, black wildebeest, impala, springbok, red hartebeest and more all in just over 2 hours!
Written 8 October 2015
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MsimangaMR
Harrismith, South Africa134 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Couples
The entrance fee for two people was below R 100. Managed to spot different animals. The game reserve roads were not bad.
Written 4 September 2015
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Kaitlyn C
Logan, UT17 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Business
Although this reserve is smaller, there is still plenty of wildlife to see. Many of the typical animals- kudu, impala, wharthog; but they also have plenty of giraffe, zebra, and rhino! Each time I've gone it has not failed me!
Written 31 December 2014
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simon Birchall
27 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2013 • Friends
This is a great small game park, we went in the last afternoon and we saw and photographed a good number of animals. Locating the entrance is tricky as the brown signs are misleading and the impressive entrance gate close to the Mafikeng information centre which has the Game Park sign on it, is not in fact the entrance!
Written 8 February 2013
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Raquel7891
Pretoria, South Africa35 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2012 • Family
I was in Mafikeng for the 2012 easter weekend. One of the attractions of this town is the Mafikeng game Reserve. Its a self-drive game reserve. The price is inexpensive. A wide variety of game can be found, however, the bigger ones might be hard to spot or not in view of the paths. We saw giraffes, buffalos, springboks, ostriches, warthogs, gemsbok and other boks that I wasn't too sure of. It was great fun for my toddler who has never seen a giraffe before. I think you get what you paid for as the price is about R35 per adult and R20 for kids over 2.
Written 16 April 2012
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Marius Potgieter
Hanoi, Vietnam23 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Friends
A lovely small reserve offering a big opportunity to get close to nature with a collection of game, including some of the big five. A treasure not overcrowded or commercialised.
Written 13 February 2019
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Shadbolt13
Cape Town, South Africa103 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Friends
Driving back from Botswana to Cap Town we stopped over at the Game Reserve, we were going to be late and the staff, both at the gate and at the reservation office were very helpful and waited for us and allowed us in even though it was dark and well after closing time. The ablution block at the camp site however needs a lot of TLC, the lights did not work, water ran through the bathroom from the basin and the showers and there are no shower roses in the ladies bathroom making taking a shower rather difficult. But, despite all that we enjoyed our stay and even spotted some animals on our drive out.
Written 14 August 2017
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