The Madikwe Game Reserve is one of the largest game reserves in South Africa, covering some 75,000 hectare. The rich diversity of vegetation ensures a wide range of game and the topography offers ideal game viewing opportunities. The reserve is situated against the Botswana border, 90 km north of Zeerust, just three hours’ drive from both Johannesburg and Pretoria, and is now one of South Africa’s prime safari destinations. It is very close to Pilanesberg National Park and the world renowned Sun City.

Madikwe is regarded as one of the finest conservation areas in Africa, offering the ‘Super 7’, adding cheetah and the endangered African wild dog to the already famous ‘Big Five’ – lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, both white and black rhino.  along with almost all the plains antelope species. Plus brown hyena, sable, eland, gemsbok, giraffe and large herds of plains game and plenty of birds.

The reserve is becoming ever-increasingly popular perhaps due to the fact that it is in a malaria-free zone, which makes it a popular destination for families travelling with small children. There are 30 lodges on the property, and six lodges in the private farms outside the main reserve.

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Botswana is one of the most diverse and enchanting countries in the world. Here are some of the major reasons collected from tourists who have had the privilege of visiting the beautiful country and why they still consider coming back.

1. UNSPOILT WILDERNESS

Botswana practices a low tourist impact, and with its exclusive tourism policies, the wilderness attractions are largely unspoilt. Thus visitors are guaranteed a wonderfully unique safari adventure.

 

2. UNLIMITED WILDLIFE

Botswana houses herds of wildlife within its national parks and game reserves and is home to the largest population of elephants in the world. 17% of Botswana is set aside for wilderness preservation.

 

3. WHEN TO VISIT

There is no “best time” to visit Botswana as the different seasons all offer completely different experiences! Travel to Botswana is the ultimate game viewing experience no matter when you visit. Unfettered by fences, its wildlife is breathtaking.

 

4. DIVERSE EXPERIENCES

Botswana offers a wide variety of activities for almost everyone; FROM wildlife experience in the form of mokoro (traditional dug-out canoe), motorised boats, 4×4 open vehicles, interpretive game walks TO golfing, hot air balloon safari, fishing, birding, hunting, horse back safari, elephant interaction, scenic flights, cultural interaction.

 

5. A WIDE RANGE OF ACCOMMODATION

Botswana offers a variety of accommodation from luxury, fly-in camps or lodges to simple bush campsites. A variety of luxury lodges and camps allow visitors to experience the diversity of Botswana’s wilderness areas.

 

6. ACCESSIBILITY

Botswana is easily accessible from South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe and even Kenya! and has good infrastructure.

 

7. THE OKAVANGO DELTA

The Okavango Delta in Botswana, is the world’s largest inland delta – a labyrinth of lagoons, lakes and hidden channels. During Botswana’s dry winter months, the delta swells to three times its permanent size, attracting animals from miles around and creating one of Africa’s greatest concentrations of wildlife.

 

8. THE KALAHARI

The Kalahari is an extensive national park of Botswana making it the second largest game reserve in the world. The Central Kalahari is probably at its most enticing during the hot and wet season. At this time, the beautiful inter-dune valleys become lush with vegetation, attracting thousands of springbok and gemsbok. You’ll also find good numbers of ostrich and giraffe, herds of wildebeest, excellent cheetah and the Kalahari’s famous black-maned lions.

 

9. THE ART GALLERIES OF TSODILO

The Tsodilo Hills, which is located in the Okavango Panhandle, is a world heritage site, a sacred site of the Stone Age San. The Hills is the richest rock art site in southern Africa and have over 4,000 catalogued paintings.

 

10. BIRDLIFE

 The country is a birdlovers’ paradise with almost 600 species of birds including many unique and rare species which can be seen throughout the country. Offers superb birding in some of the greatest wilderness areas. an exciting array of aquatic and terrestrial species.  From the world’s biggest bird (the Ostrich) to the heaviest flying bird (the Kori Bustard) to the most numerous of all birds (the Red-billed Quelea), Botswana has a truly impressive variety and quantity of bird species.