Located in the North West province of South Africa, Madikwe Game Reserve is a malaria-free safari destination that was reclaimed from former farmland and repopulated with game in the largest translocation exercise in the world in 1991. A joint venture between government, private sector and local communities, it allows all its lodges to traverse the entire concession. A variety of terrain types makes it hospitable to a diverse range of wildlife – including the Big 5.
Rainy season occurs between October and April (roughly the summer months). Daytime temperatures during this period average 30°C with high humidity. May to September is the dry season – which also correlates with South Africa’s winter – and days are crisp and dry, averaging 23°C, with nights dropping as low as 2°C.
A wide range of lodges within the reserve makes finding something to suit your needs and pocket highly likely. Ranging from self-catering to luxury, ultra-luxury and exclusive use, with a spectrum in between, there are options for all budgets – as well as the fact that you can choose a shorter or longer safari package, and manage costs by opting for self-drive over luxury transfer.