Spotlight on Madikwe

September 12, 2011  By: Gretchen

A 45 minute plane journey or 3.5 hour drive from Johannesburg will put you on the doorstep of malaria-free Madikwe game reserve.  It is on the border of South Africa and Botswana on the edge of the Kalahari.  Twenty years ago the area was farmland, but ecologically speaking it was the perfect place for wildlife.  Within 6 years, 10,000 animals were roaming the area as a result of ‘Operation Phoenix’, the largest game relocation exercise ever undertaken.

Now you can find the second largest elephant population in South Africa on this huge reserve, as well as the big five.  The icing on the cake is the population of cheetah and wild dog.  It is an ecologically diverse region offering mountains, rivers, wetlands and more, supporting a huge range of species. There are wonderful lodges here that are perfect for everything from a honeymoon to a family safari.

Call us to plan your visit to Madikwe!