The Madikwe Game Reserve is a game reserve located near the Botswana border in South Africa. The reserve was named after the Madikwe River, as it is located on its river basin. The reserve was opened in 1991 and stretches a 750 sq. km. Madikwe Game Reserve is located within close distance to the Pilanesberg Game Reserve and there is an eventual plan set in place to connect the two in the coming years.
The landscape of the Madikwe Game Reserve is varied and consists of expansive grasslands and wooded areas along with mountainous terrain. Although the park is one of the lesser-talked-about areas, it is also one of the more untouched and contains an abundance of animals including all of the major mammal species as well as over 350 unique bird species. The park is also known as a location where the endangered wild dog can be spotted roaming the land. The reserve also sets itself aside from most others as the area of the park is a malaria-free zone.
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The Dry season (May to September) is the best time to visit Madikwe, particularly the pleasantly mild months at the start and end of this period. In the middle of this season, there can be a biting chill in the air, which means you should wrap yourself up in your warmest clothes for early-morning or late-afternoon game drives. The drier months also coincide with Madikwe’s low season.
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