This will vary from lodge to lodge. Typically, rates include accommodation, all meals, select beverages, two daily game drives and bush walks. Some lodges may include alcohol and additional activities.
What is the dress code?
Guests are advised to dress in informal clothing. It is acceptable to wear causal clothing on safari and around the lodge. Avoid bright coloured clothing and stick to light pastels or khaki.
How many nights should I spend at the reserve?
3-4 nights is the perfect amount of time to spend on safari in Madikwe if you are staying at only one lodge. If you have more time and are planning to visit more than one lodge, then it is recommended to spend 2-3 nights at each lodge. This gives you enough time to enjoy all of the safari activities without feeling rushed.
Is the reserve a malaria area?
Yes, the area is malaria-free.
How big is the reserve?
The game reserve spans over 75 000 hectares of pristine wilderness situated at the northern tip of South Africa, near the border of Botswana.
What type of accommodation is on offer?
Madikwe has a selection of safari accommodation ranging from luxury to budget. This includes eco bush lodges, safari lodges, self-catering units, exclusive-use houses and family-friendly accommodation.
When is the best time to visit?
The best time to visit is in winter, when wildlife is much easier to spot owing to the scarce foliage and browning bushveld. Winter months are from May-August, which also coincide with the North American and European summer holidays.
Do the lodges cater for weddings, honeymoons and conferences?
Yes, there are a number of lodges within the reserve that cater for these events and celebrations. Some lodges may offer wedding packages complete with ceremony and reception, honeymoon specials with private dinner, and conference facilities for large business groups.
Should you include a stay at Kruger National Park?
Kruger National Park is approximately a 7-hour drive from Madikwe. Unless you’re firmly set on including Kruger in your itinerary, it is not necessary to include a stay at the park as Madikwe offers the same level of Big-5 safari thrills and luxury accommodation.
Which lodge offers the best game viewing?
Each of the lodges within the reserve offer their own unique safari experience. However, Tau Game Lodge, Motswiri Private Safari Lodge and Jamala Madikwe are all great for game viewing as they overlook a frequented watering hole. From personal experience, both of Jaci’s Lodges also offer fantastic game viewing opportunities.
What does a typical day at a lodge entail?
You will be woken up in the early morning for coffee and tea with your safari guide, then set off for the first game drive of the day. After returning back, you will enjoy a tasty and filling breakfast. Some lodges and camps offer bush walks, which generally take places sometime after breakfast. Lunch is served in the early afternoon, after which guests can relax at the lodge at their own leisure or partake in any additional activities. You will be treated to afternoon tea before heading off for your evening game drive. Upon return in the late evening, dinner will be served.
Are tipping/gratuities expected?
Tipping is at the discretion of each guest. You are welcome to give tips for good service directly to the intended person in a sealed envelope – either your safari guide, the cleaning staff or general staff.
What activities can I look forward to?
The game reserve offers a variety of safari activities including game drives, bush walks and birdwatching. Some lodges offer additional activities such as star gazing, photographic safaris, spa treatments and children’s programmes. Please check with us beforehand to find out what activities are offered at your choice of lodge.
What is the climate like?
The climate does not drastically change throughout summer and winter, and the temperature is moderately warm throughout the year. Winters see less thick vegetation, making it the perfect time for wildlife viewing. It also brings more animals to the numerous waterholes around the reserve. Summer is perfect to see newborn animals, but tracking them will be more difficult.
What wildlife can I expect to see?
Madikwe is a Big-5 game reserve, so guests can look forward to spotting the sought-after lion, elephant, rhino (black and white), buffalo and leopard. Other animals in the reserve include cheetah, hippo, hyena, wild dog, giraffe, wildebeest, zebra and a plethora of antelope and bird life.
How do you get to the reserve?
Madikwe is situated near the Botswana border, roughly 90kms away from the town of Zeerust. It is approximately 360 km from Johannesburg and can be accessed via the R509, a road journey that will take around 4 hours. Alternatively, the reserve does offer a shuttle service as well as air transfers from Jo’burg at an additional cost.
Is the reserve child-friendly?
Madikwe offers a range of family-friendly accommodation, most of which have family rooms, children’s programmes and child-minding services. Some of our favourite family lodges include Motswiri Private Safari Lodge, Madikwe Safari Lodge, Tuningi Safari Lodge and Jaci’s Lodges. For more information on child-friendly accommodation in the reserve, please contact us.
Can you drive yourself around the reserve?
Guests can drive themselves between each lodge, but the game drives are limited to the reserve’s specialised safari vehicles. All game drives are facilitated by professional game rangers or guides.
Is reception/mobile coverage/WiFi available in the reserve?
There is mobile coverage throughout the reserve, but it cannot be guaranteed owing to the remote location in the bush.
Does the reserve offer photographic safaris?
Yes, there are a number of lodges that offer photographic safaris. Some of these include Jaci’s Lodges, Jamala Madikwe and Royal Madikwe.