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Madikwe Game Reserve is one of the lesser known reserves in South Africa, yet is home to over 8,000 animals, including the endangered wild dog.

More than 28 species have been released into the park including elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion, cheetah, wild dog, spotted hyena, giraffe and various antelope and other herbivores under Operation Phoenix in the late 90’s.

The reserve has been hailed as a role model for its successful joint venture management between the state, private sector and local communities. The fact that Madikwe is malaria-free, combined with its prolific wildlife, make it a perfect destination for families, with excellent family friendly lodges.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: African elephant, black rhino, brown hyena, cheetah, Cape buffalo
  • Where: Northwest South Africa, South Africa

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itinerary:

Treasures of Limpopo

Limpopo is one of South Africa’s less travelled destinations, and offers an incredible diversity of wildlife opportunities and cultural experiences, especially for families. This trip is perfect for a first time safari, staying in comfortable family friendly lodges located in malaria-free wildlife reserves.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 12 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £2,895 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
Suggested accommodation is shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Tuningi Safari Lodge

Located on the western side of Madikwe Game Reserve, this elegant lodge is specifically designed for families, with a special Kids Programme and gorgeous swimming pool. Tuningi’s waterhole often attracts a roaming family of elephants, and the reserve is well known for its wild dog population.