Madikwe Private Game Reserve in the North West Province of South Africa is a great place to travel on safari. It's home to lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, rhino, wild dog and cheetah as well as a large number of plains game and over 360 species of birds. And it's all just a 4 hour drive from Johannesburg or a 50 minute flight. It is also a malaria-free destination so is perfect for families.
Formed in 1991, this reserve not only preserves the flora and fauna of the area, but also provides a sustainable environment for the local people. There are a variety of spectacular lodges to choose from in Madikwe, each with its own distinct character and atmosphere. Madikwe Safari Lodge and Jamala Madikwe are two of our favourites. Close by you will find Madikwe Hills set on a hill among huge boulders and an old Tamboti tree. Children and families will feel especially welcome at Jaci’s Safari Lodge and honeymooners will love Jaci’s Tree Lodge.
What makes Madikwe so special is its unique location - a transition zone on the edges of the Kalahari, where a number of rare species occur naturally. It's one of the best places in the country to see the famous South African wild dog.
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