Madikwe is a humble town in the North West province; abutting the Botswana border and the fringes of the Kalahari’s red and orange-dyed dunes. With the help and initiative of the government and local community, an area of inadequate and failing farmland has now been transformed into a Big 5 haven known as the Madikwe Game Reserve.
One of Madikwe’s most impressive assets is its three endangered African wild dog packs. These mottled mutts hunt and roam across the landscape, often with young pups in tow. Photographers are spoilt for choice due to the bushveld being dotted by cheetah, hyena, giraffe, zebra and antelope that wander the landscape against the backdrop of a sloping mountain. Cross the border to explore the Kalahari’s dunes by foot during the day and rest easy under the star-studded sky by night.
The urban sprawl of Gaborone is just an hour’s drive into Botswana. Amidst its government ministries and malls is the Gaborone Game Reserve, easily accessible and ideal for a day trip. A change of scenery can be found at Sun City resort, offering entertainment for water enthusiasts, avid golfers, gamblers and families. Madikwe is an hour flight or 3-4 hour drive away from Johannesburg.
- The Madikwe National Park houses the Big 5 and three packs of endangered African wild dogs
- Photographers are spoilt with cheetah, hyena, giraffe, zebra, and antelope wandering the bushveld, with the sloping mountain as a backdrop
- Cross the border to the Kalahari’s red dunes and sleep beneath the star-studded sky wrapped in the night’s sounds
- Gaborone Game Reserve is easily accessible and ideal for a day trip including sightings of different antelope and plentiful birdlife
- Sun City resort offers entertainment for water enthusiasts, golfers, gamblers, and theatre lovers