MADIKWE GAME RESERVE
Although in South Africa, this large 765-square kilometre wildlife reserve lies up against the border with Botswana and is just 20km from its capital Gaberone. Established in 1991, largely from reclaimed farmland, Madikwe has been very successfully restocked with a full range of wildlife. Access is easy, being only a four-hour-drive in a straight line from Johannesburg on a good tar road, or via light aircraft from the Kruger.
The landscape is dominated by savannah and light woodland, with considerable escarpments and free-standing inselbergs, with a network of waterholes drained by the Marico River to the eastern side.
Madikwe is totally non-malarial, and it gets much less rain during the November to March green season than the Greater Kruger Reserves and subsequently does not get uncomfortably hot and humid.
It is an excellent reserve to find the more elusive animals, such as cheetah, wild dog, and lion. The rare brown hyena numbers dominate the normally more abundant spotted hyenas and finding them on their own kill is not uncommon. Leopard are still present, and rhino are plentiful.
Below are links to various itinerary suggestions, sorted by standard. For bespoke itineraries please contact us directly. Madikwe is renowned for the high quality of its accommodation and as a result, all the lodges are either classified as midrange or luxury.