Our Guide to South Africa

Madikwe and the northwest

Madikwe Game Reserve is the perfect introduction to the African bush. The 75,000 acre reserve is malaria free and is the site of the world’s largest wildlife trans-location project. Its diverse geology and range of habitats allow a variety of species to flourish, including Africa’s ’big five’.

Just a 90-minute flight from Johannesburg, the reserve offers a range of excellent lodge accommodation, from the exceptionally family-friendly to romantic honeymoon retreats and those with wonderful bush spas.

One of the largest parks in South Africa, but one of the lesser-known, Madikwe makes for a more private and exclusive safari experience, with fantastic game-spotting opportunities. See the 'big five' here - lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo, along with some of the rarer animals, such as the endangered African wild dog.

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Makanyane Safari Lodge

Madikwe Game Reserve, Madikwe and the northwest, South Africa

Makanyane Safari Lodge is a luxurious and intimate lodge set in a private concession in the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve. The lodge consists of eight stunning, glass-fronted suites, which offer the opportunity to see game wander right past your door.

Best for: Adventure, Couples, Honeymoon, Wildlife

Molori Safari Lodge

Madikwe Game Reserve, Madikwe and the northwest, South Africa

Molori Safari Lodge is the ultra exclusive safari lodge located in the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve. The lodge has five stunning suites and two breathtaking Presidential Suites offering an almost unsurpassed level of luxury in the bush.

Best for: Honeymoon, Spa & health, Wildlife, Adventure

Madikwe Safari Lodge

Madikwe Game Reserve, Madikwe and the northwest, South Africa

Madikwe Safari Lodge comprises three superb lodges situated in the non-malarial Madikwe Game Reserve. The lodge offers 20 suites, each with its own plunge pool and fantastic views over the reserve, accompanied by an excellent level of service.

Best for: Adventure, Honeymoon, Wildlife, Eco/ethical tourism

Camp Davidson

Waterberg, Madikwe and the northwest, South Africa

Camp Davidson is the sister camp to Horizon Horseback Safari's flagship camp, and occupies a beautiful spot high up in the bushveld with stunning views over the picturesque Matlapeng Valley. With only 3 tents the camp is perfect for a family exclusively.

Best for: Adventure, Couples, Riding, Wildlife

Horizon Horseback Safaris

Waterberg, Madikwe and the northwest, South Africa

Set deep in the malaria free Waterberg Reserve in the northern reaches of South Africa, a very special lodge offers wonderful riding safaris in beautiful and pristine surroundings, with all the comforts of home in a glorious corner of South Africa.

Best for: Couples, Riding, Honeymoon, Wildlife

Jaci’s Tree and Safari Lodge

Madikwe Game Reserve, Madikwe and the northwest, South Africa

Jaci's Safari Lodge and Jaci's Tree Lodge are situated in the malaria-free game rich Madikwe Game Reserve. These classic camps both offer the ideal family safari experience, with staff on hand to ensure it's a vacation to remember!

Best for: Adventure, Family, Wildlife, Eco/ethical tourism

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