Luxury in Madikwe Game Reserve: Matchless safari experience
The Madikwe Private Game Reserve is around 90 kilometres north of Zeerust, situated against the Botswana border, close to the Kalahari Desert. Previously this land was used for farming purposes, but the poor soil was no good for farming, so the government decided that a game reserve will be a great advantage towards the area's economic development. Madikwe has the additional advantage of being a malaria free region. The Big 5 is represented in the park and you are sure to see lion, kings of the animal world, shy leopard, huge elephant, black and white rhino or powerful buffalo during your stay. Spotting the game from nearby is very exciting, especially if you go into the veld on a game drive with an experienced game ranger. During your visit you will also have the rare privilege of possibly seeing the highly endangered African wild dog. Despite the odds, current day Madikwe has a thriving wild dog population with three hunting packs roaming the park. There are more than 300 bird species in the park, which makes it a bird watchers' paradise. Gaborone airport is only 28 km away and O.R. Tambo International 369km. Madikwe has a 1200 metre airstrip for use by private aircraft. If you want to experience complete remoteness in the bushveld, you can book a luxury villa in the private safari camp for a maximum of eight guests. And a more memorable honeymoon get-away will be difficult to find!
Madikwe is currently the fifth largest game reserve in South Africa. In 1991 one of the largest game trans-location plans was taken on, when 25 different species of wildlife were introduced to Madikwe, which resulted in an animal population of more than 10,000 strong. The game-viewing experience within Madikwe Game Reserve is unique and not-to-be-missed. Visitors may only drive through the park in their own vehicle when arriving and departing from their private bush lodge. The rest of the time the game-viewing experience will be planned by your game ranger who will not only introduce you to the magical ways of the larger African game animals, but will also convey to you their knowledge of the smaller, often over-looked animals, bird-life or plants. According to a regular visitor to Madikwe, it is not uncommon while driving along on a morning or evening game drive, for the vehicle to be stopped briefly while the ranger enthusiastically sits up, with visible excitement on his face, as if he has spotted the best find of his life. You will then be told with as much detail about the tiny chameleon he gently plucks from the nearby tree as you would about the four hyena cubs playing at their nearby den or the beautiful blue thorn acacia you are parked under. Later, back at your private villa, you can relax on your private deck, having a wonderful view on the South African sun setting.