Tailor-Made

Into the Tshwene Tshwene Hills: Exploring Madikwe

On this safari, you'll travel through the diverse landscapes of South Africa's fifth-largest game reserve, Madikwe, searching for an array of wildlife – including sable, kudu, lion, leopard and painted dog – on expert-led game drives and bush walks.

Duration 5 days
Price From $7,244
When Jul - Sep
Destination South Africa

Safari Overview

Situated at the border with Botswana in South Africa’s northern reaches, the lesser-known Madikwe Game Reserve is the fifth-largest of its kind in the country, at 75,000 hectares. It is home to an abundance of wildlife, including the world-renowned Big Five, a healthy population of endangered painted dogs, and over 350 bird species, from the ostrich to the kori bustard. The landscape is characterised by vast grasslands, woodlands, and the rugged Tshwene Tshwene Hills. Visitors can look forward to sunset drinks overlooking the Madikwe Dam, ample game-viewing opportunities and staying in the lap of luxury at Morukuru Owner's House.

What makes this trip extraordinary

  • Discover the natural wonders on show in one of South Africa's largest but lesser-known game reserves.
  • View iconic African wildlife on bush walks and game drives.
  • Encounter packs of highly social painted dogs, an endangered species which can only be found in a select few parks and reserves. Madikwe's dogs are familiar with humans and safari vehicles, which makes for some fantastic photo opportunities.
  • Explore the reserve's diverse landscapes alongside expert rangers.
  • Indulge in the sumptuous spa treatments at Morukuru Owner's House and visit the well-stocked wine cellar.
  • Free from malaria and with a large quantity of wildlife, Madikwe makes for a great family safari destination.
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Day by day

Day 1

Arrive Madikwe Game Reserve

Upon your arrival into O. R. Tambo International Airport, you will be met by our local representative who will assist you to board the convenient scheduled light-aircraft flight to the Madikwe Game Reserve. Home to 350 bird species and 66 mammal species – including giraffes, cheetahs, hippos, painted dogs and the Big Five – Madikwe offers a wealth of wildlife for safari-goers to encounter. Settle into your sumptuous lodgings at Morukuru Owner's House before preparing for an evening game drive in the bush.

Overnight: Morukuru Owner's House L, D

Days 2-4

Madikwe Game Reserve

The next three days will be yours to explore the majesty of Madikwe. Your safari vehicle will be equipped with a variety of snacks and drinks, so on crisp mornings you can watch the sunrise whilst wrapping your fingers around a hot drink and be in awe of the nature that surrounds you. For evening game drives, enjoy the sunset that engulfs the African skies revealing a sheath of colour and warmth, all with the ubiquitous gin and tonic in hand. Bush walks allow you to see, smell and hear so much more, getting up close and personal with plants, insects and the smaller members of the animal kingdom. You'll also be hosted by an experienced ranger throughout, who will share their in-depth knowledge of Madikwe's rich flora and fauna. Make sure to take advantage of the soothing spa treatments during your stay at Morukuru as well, which you can enjoy in your personal villa, by the side of the pool, or in a sala overlooking the Marico River.

Overnight: Morukuru Owner's House B, L, D

Day 5

Depart Madikwe Game Reserve

Make the most of your final few hours in Madikwe by embarking on a morning game drive, before bidding farewell to Morukuru and taking the light aircraft flight back to Johannesburg, where you'll connect with your international flight home.

Trip Details

About Tailor-made Safaris

A tailor-made safari is one designed according to your specific requirements, including budget, dates, personal interests, the number of people travelling, and more. This itinerary is just an example and can be refined and altered to make it perfect for you.

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