Madikwe Game Reserve

Madikwe Game Reserve is an ongoing success story. Less than 30 years ago, the site we know today as Madikwe was an economically-depressed area depraved of wildlife. Poor farming practices and mismanagement of the land made this region hardly a blip on the radar in terms of tourism.

But what we find here today is quite spectacular, a stark contrast to the impoverished area that existed before. A unique, joint-management model consisting of community, state and private sector ownership, has brought this region of South Africa’s North West Province to global prominence since the reserve’s inception in 1991.

Initiatives to reintroduce wildlife such as Operation Phoenix have been extremely successful and Madikwe Game Reserve is now a world class safari destination.

Within the 680 km2 fenced boundary of the reserve one can expect to see the Big 5 as well as up to 60 different mammal species like the African Wild Dog – and if you’re very lucky, you might spot an Aardwolf or the one-of-a-kind rose leopard that inhabits Madikwe.

Bird species are plentiful here and the last count revealed over 300 species. The reserve’s mix of open bushveld, woodland and waterhole spots provides ‘twitchers’ with many hours of prime bird spotting.

Plenty of accommodation options exist within the reserve. For those on a budget, the Mosethla Eco-Bush Camp will appeal, while those with higher spend will look to the large selection of mid-range, luxury and ultra-luxury lodges at Madikwe. There are even exclusive-use alternatives for those wanting to create their own intimate experience.

Tuningi Safari Lodge

Tuningi Safari Lodge merges superior accommodation with an excellent Big 5 safari experience.

The Bush House

From a fire-lit dinner in the boma to breakfast in the picturesque garden, The Bush House offers an inviting, homely atmosphere.

Royal Madikwe Safari Lodge

Five luxurious, free-standing suites make up accommodation at the family-friendly Royal Madikwe Safari Lodge.

Makanyane Safari Lodge

Makanyane Safari Lodge is tucked away in an exclusive part of the reserve, providing an intimate stay.

Molori Safari Lodge

Situated deep within Madikwe Game Reserve is Molori Safari, a secluded luxury lodge offering absolute privacy.

Madikwe Safari Lodge

The elegant Madikwe Safari Lodge consists of three separate, private lodges with a total of 20 luxurious suites.

Jamala Madikwe

The owner-managed-and-run Jamala Madikwe offers one of the finest Madikwe experiences offering an ultra-luxury stay in the bushveld.

Jaci’s Safari Lodge

From romantic safaris for two to getaways for the whole family, Jaci’s Safari Lodge in Madikwe Game Reserve has it all.

Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge

Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge is the first community-owned lodge of its kind and is an ongoing success story.

Impodimo Game Lodge


At the source of a natural spring and set against a rocky ridge, lies the 5- star Impodimo Game Lodge.

Tau Game Lodge


This luxurious lodge can accommodate up to 60 people and overlooks a large waterhole where animals great and small pass by.

Thakadu River Camp

Set within the canopy of a riverine forest, this community- based lodge blends perfectly into the surroundings.