South Africa

Home to the Big Five

Think Africa in the movies and you’re almost there: endless grasslands, acacia trees and epic sunsets.

Madikwe is home to the Big Five, wild dogs and cheetahs. It’s also malaria free, so if you’re travelling with kids, they won’t need to take tablets.

The lodges are straight out of the movies, too. Imagine outdoor baths, art collections and panoramic views and you’re on the right track. We can’t help having our favourites. Find out why over the next few pages.

Places to stay

  • Jamala Madikwe

    Madikwe Game Reserve

    Calling all foodies. Jamala Madikwe’s chef and general manager is a genius at finely tuning food to match the safari...

  • Madikwe Hills

    Madikwe Game Reserve

    The panoramic views here are jaw-dropping. This includes the views from the suites, where the baths and beds are positioned...

  • Mateya

    Madikwe Game Reserve

    We think Mateya's rangers are among the best in the whole area. They're masters at bringing the landscape to life...

  • Morukuru

    Madikwe Game Reserve

    Morukuru is our number one for families. It’s a collection of exclusive-use lodges (our favourite for kids is the Farmhouse...

  • Rhulani Safari Lodge

    Madikwe Game Reserve

    Rhulani Safari Lodge is a five-star, family owned, African-style lodge with a big focus on service (the staff have all...


Federal Air operate daily flights between Johannesburg and Madikwe. The flight takes about an hour. Alternatively it is a 4-5 hour road transfer from Johannesburg Airport.


You can go to Madikwe throughout the year. In their greener summer months of October to April you might experience afternoon rains and thunder showers, however these are usually brief (and a relief) and don’t usually affect your safari. In winter months from May to September the earth is dry and scorched and animals are easier to spot. The days are lovely and hot, with crystal blue skies, but the temperatures do plummet at night.


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