Madikwe Game Reserve

Madikwe Game Reserve

Madikwe Game Reserve located in the North West Province, a mere 4-hour drive or 1-hour light aircraft flight from Johannesburg, is a 75 000-hectare partnership by tourism stakeholders North West Parks and Tourism Board, local communities and private sector. Madikwe, South Africa’s premier malaria-free Big Five safari destination, is known for its endangered African predators, diverse birdlife and landscapes

History of Madikwe Game Reserve

‘Operation Phoenix’ 1992 saw entire breeding herds of elephant, Cape buffalo, black and white rhino, along with various antelope and predator species including lion, cheetah, spotted hyena and critically endangered African wild dog relocated to Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa. Madikwe is home to the ‘Magnificent Seven’ namely the Big Five, cheetah, African wild dog, 350 bird species and, staggering biodiversity.

Best time to visit Madikwe Game Reserve

A year-round destination, Madikwe Game Reserve is glorious in any season. The dry, sunny winter months of May through September offer prime game viewing, with chilly mornings and evenings. October and November welcome the thunderstorms, a harbinger of upcoming summer rains. December to April, coinciding with lambing season, offers verdant, lush Madikwe landscapes. Birdwatchers and photographers celebrate this time, especially.

Access to Madikwe Game Reserve

Access to the Madikwe Game Reserve is seamless. Federal Air offers reliable seat-in-plane or private charter flights from Johannesburg. There are two airstrips inside the reserve, and Morukuru Family Madikwe uses Madikwe East Airstrip, approximately 40 minutes’ drive away. Functional road networks ensure self-drive access is easy, requiring a 2WD vehicle preferably with slightly higher ground clearance. No 4WD is necessary.



Morukuru Owner’s House

Madikwe Game Reserve

Exclusive-use two-bedroom private bush house on the Marico River, ideal for couples or a malaria-free family safari. Extended capacity with Morukuru River House next door.

Accommodates 4


Morukuru River House

Madikwe Game Reserve

Exclusive-use three-bedroom private bush house on the Marico River. Perfect for a malaria-free family safari. Extend capacity with Morukuru Owner’s House next door.

Accommodates 64


Morukuru Farm House

Madikwe Game Reserve

Exclusive-use five-bedroom private safari house with sprawling lawns.  Idyllic farmhouse retreat for a malaria-free multi-generational Madikwe family safari.

Accommodates 10

Madikwe Game Reserve