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Madikwe Nature Reserve

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Zeerust, South Africa
+27 14 778 9050
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Best game-viewing reserve in a 4 hour drive range of Johannesburg

We've been at Madikwe four times in four different lodges in the past two years and each of our... read more

Reviewed 11 October 2017
Johannesburg, South Africa
An unexpected "hidden gem"!

We had never heard of Madikwe, but on the recommendation of a friend we made an overnight visit... read more

Reviewed 6 October 2017
Orlando, Florida
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Zeerust, South Africa
+27 14 778 9050
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Reviewed 11 October 2017

We've been at Madikwe four times in four different lodges in the past two years and each of our stays have been memorable. Great Big 5 game viewing (though you have to be very lucky to see leopards). Lodges are fantastic and the place fabulous...

Thank BeneRousseau
Reviewed 6 October 2017

We had never heard of Madikwe, but on the recommendation of a friend we made an overnight visit (staying at Rhulani), and it turned out to be one of the absolute highlights of our 32 days in Africa. Madikwe is an authentic experience; we didn't...More

Thank CleoV
Reviewed 28 September 2017

We love Madikwe game reserve. The elephants are numerous and so are the plains game. Cheetah and wild dogs take a bit longer to find. Parks roads etc are in great condition. Now to wait for the rains.

Thank ClemD2014
Reviewed 24 September 2017

My husband and I visited in early September, which is early spring in South Africa - winter is their dry season, so everything is a bit brown and the water is still scarce, which makes the animal viewing fantastic since the animals are more likely...More

Thank lovestotravel514
Reviewed 15 September 2017

Fabulous opportunities to see elephants. We were at the reservoir and 3 different families came to meet and drink, play, splash around. The humanoid behaviors were fascinating to watch! Saw lions, white and black rhinos. Tons of zebras, antelope galore. giraffes, etc. Adorable reserve. We...More

Thank kurtt225
Reviewed 11 September 2017

Wonderful reserve. Wildlife it plentiful. The sunrises and sunsets are just spectacular. Take advantage of both the morning and afternoon game drives.

Thank Stephanie M
Reviewed 9 September 2017

My four-nights-stay at the reserve was far beyond expectation! The game drives, hosted by ranger Michael from The Bush House, were outstanding and especially the predator sightings where really great!!!

Thank 940manfredf
Reviewed 8 September 2017

They say in Africa - "you cannot see all the Big 5 in one go, you have to come another time" the Big 5 being - the Lion, The Leopard, the Rhino, the Cape Buffalo and the Elephant. We were fortunate enough to see 4...More

Thank ShikhAchal
Reviewed 30 August 2017

In this game resort you can spot the big five. The great thing about this reserve is that it is malaria free, close to Johannesburg (easy driving distance) and you can go here on your way to Botswana. There are a lot of lodges available,...More

Thank Ilse v
Reviewed 20 August 2017

A marvellous place, abundant animals and bird life. We had 5 game drives and saw so many animals- all except for leopards, which are quite hard to find in the area of the park where we stayed

Thank MikeLinda23
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