Madikwe Game Reserve
John and Julie Hearnden enjoyed a stay at Madikwe
“Cape Town and Franschhoek were great but the accolade goes to the Makanyane Lodge the Madekwi Reserve. From the moment we walked through the door we knew it was something special. The staff are helpful and friendly, the accommodation superb, meals fantastic and our ranger must be the best in South Africa. We saw so much that we will bore for England about it for some time...”
The malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve, located close to the border with Botswana (a journey of around 4 hours from Johannesburg by good road), is one of South Africa's largest wildlife areas. Madikwe was created in 1991 and thanks to 'Operation Phoenix' has seen the introduction of over 8,000 animals. The reserve now boasts the 'Big Five', plus dozens of other mammals including cheetah, wild dogs, spotted hyena and most of Southern Africa's plains antelopes. Birdwatchers will enjoy the 350 plus bird species recorded so far.
Each day will follow the pattern of early morning tea and coffee followed by a game drive in open vehicles, accompanied by an experienced ranger and tracker, returning to the lodge for brunch. Afternoon high tea is followed by another game drive.