We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Madikwe Nature Reserve

Certificate of Excellence
Features Animals
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: Zeerust, South Africa
Website

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 125 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 85
    Excellent
  • 7
    Very good
  • 1
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Great visit to the animal kingdom

The reasons we decided to go to Madikwe Nature Reserve were their principles (local partnerships, sustainability & community development) and the fact it is not as popular as for... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Ana C
,
Radovljica, Slovenia
Add Photo Write a Review

125 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 96: English reviews
Radovljica, Slovenia
Level Contributor
10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The reasons we decided to go to Madikwe Nature Reserve were their principles (local partnerships, sustainability & community development) and the fact it is not as popular as for instance Kruger. It turned out to be the right/best decision - the animals really are the kings/queens of the park, drivers are skilled and professional, and we saw/met many more animals... More 

Helpful?
Thank Ana C
Darien, Georgia
Level Contributor
6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Breathtaking natural reserve & the opportunity to visit the wildlife up close & personal. Life-changing!

Helpful?
Thank j0annetl
Zevenbergen, The Netherlands
Level Contributor
5 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Madikwe Nature Reserve is a beautiful place with a great wildlife and a lot of different birds. Thakadu river camp is a different story.

Helpful?
Thank jbr13_11
Saint Louis, Missouri
Level Contributor
130 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We rode in open jeeps and with the skilled drivers, we were able to see most animals (except leopard). In addition, our driver was able to position vehicle so that the lighting was perfect for our photo shoots. You can't go wrong with a visit here...So many (10) options to choose from for lodging.

Helpful?
Thank ssfpdo
Level Contributor
47 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2017

Kudos to national/local partnerships, the community-development and conservation planning, the public/private funding strategy, and the execution of the development of this magnificent park. We (four over-60 Americans) have stayed in two lodges (Thakadu River Camp and Motswiri - see separate reviews) and have had a magnificent experience at Madikwe over the course of 4 nights and 8 game drives. The... More 

Helpful?
Thank deburkins
Lambesc, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur, France
Level Contributor
156 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017

I have been to Madikwe more than 5 times and stayed in different lodges and it is always a nice break. People from outside have to understand how it works as it is not familiar in US or Europe: you arrive by 1PM (plane - 2 small airfields in reserve, 1 hour away from Johannesburg or car (4 to 5... More 

Helpful?
Thank Didier C
Knoxville, TN
Level Contributor
60 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 April 2017

I have been to Madikwe 4 times and always had fantastic game sightings. One of the best wild dog populations. It is a huge plus that there is not malaria

Helpful?
Thank K J
Ware, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
314 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 202 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 April 2017

On the border with Botswana Madikwe is an extensive game reserve situated at around 1800 metres above sea level We visited for 2 nights in March 2017 – staying at the Rhulani – highly recommended – there had been significant rains about fortnight before our arrival – water was plentiful – the grass was standing tall and offering camouflage for... More 

Helpful?
Thank PeteD60
Level Contributor
6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 16 March 2017

private reserve that really preserve the wildlife , you see happiness in the eyes of animals that live there. its not a false santuary. the park really take care of the animals.

Helpful?
Thank Renata M
Wyncote, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
254 reviews
61 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

This is a beautiful reserve with a plethora of animals of various types. My only criticism is the multitude of vehicles and the wait time to view them. Sometimes you cannot make it into the queue for a particular interesting viewing. This gives the entire reserve a commercial feel. This is most unfortunate since it is a terrific place.

Helpful?
Thank Joan K

Travellers who viewed Madikwe Nature Reserve also viewed

Rustenburg, North-West Province

Been to Madikwe Nature Reserve? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Madikwe Nature Reserve and other visitors
2 questions
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from Madikwe Nature Reserve staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?