The Madikwe Game Reserve is a conservation area located in South Africa’s North West Province. It is situated on the Botswana border close to the Kalahari Desert. It is the fifth largest game reserve with about 75 000 hectares area and is also one of the lesser known parks in South Africa. The reserve is mainly open grasslands and bushveld plains, interspersed with rocky outcrops and single mountains. It is also regarded as one of the best conservation areas in Africa because of its rich wildlife. Madikwe Game Reserve is home to approximately 66 large mammals such as elephants, lions, leopards, and rhinos, plus endangered wild dogs. There are also roughly 300 bird species in the reserve like the ostrich, vultures and the large kori bustard.
Most popular attractions in the reserve are the Big 5, the African Wild Dogs, the family or self- drive safari destination, romantic escapes, luxury lodges, honeymoon safaris lodge. Madikwe offers a lot of exquisite lodges which are malaria-free and are mostly located around the eastern and western gate.
Here are some of the luxury lodges at Madikwe Game Reserve:
Impodimo Game Lodge
This 5- star luxury game lodge offers everything the visitor could want from a retreat in the bush. Accommodation at Impodimo Game Lodge is intimate and the lodge only caters for a select number of guests. Suites at the lodge are spacious in design and have been carefully positioned to ensure complete privacy. The guest can enjoy the private plunge pool, dining room and lounge and the private boma deck. Impodimo Game Lodge also offers daily dawn and dusk game drives escorted by a professional ranger in the Madikwe Game Reserve.
The Bush House
The Bush House is a 4- star luxury bush lodge and is located on the western side of Madikwe Game Reserve. The lodge provides an intimate setting and personal touch from the owners. The Bush House was transformed from an old farmhouse into the inviting establishment which encourages guests to enjoy the relaxed informal atmosphere. Rooms are elegantly furnished and feature percale bed linen and soft towels. The guests can indulge in a game of cricket or soccer on the large lawn or walk through the private nature trail and explore the wildlife. There are also two daily game drives and delicious sundowners.
Madikwe River Lodge
The Madikwe River Lodge is situated on the banks of the Groot Marico River in the heart of Madikwe Game Reserve. Lodge also provides the ideal venue for intimate wedding ceremonies and offers guests a place to relax and unwind. It provides accommodation in 16 split-level, secluded, thatched chalets. It also features a separate lounge area, outside shower and owns private viewing decks. The lodge offers game drive, guided trail or bird watching drive and employs highly qualified rangers to accompany the guests during the activities. This luxury lodge also has a boma, small conference area, airstrip and swimming pool.
Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge
The Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge is located in the Tweedepoort Ridge. The lodge is a community-based safari lodge and is wholly-owned by the Balete Ba Lekgophung Community. Accommodation is provided by 8 luxury, thatched chalets. The facilities include a lounge, a private boma, dining area, 2 look-out decks and swimming pool. The Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge also offers a number of activities such as vehicle game drives, stargazing, bush dining, and birding.
Thakadu River Camp
The Thakadu River Camp is a treetop lodge which was built to blend in with the nature that surrounds it and allows guests to truly unwind and enjoy their peaceful surroundings. It is a wholly-owned, community-based tented safari camp. The Camp comprises of 12 en-suite, tented suites, each with their own private viewing deck overlooking the Marico River. The Thakadu River Camp is a superb walking and open vehicle safari destination where experienced and knowledgeable guides accompany guests. Activities in the lodge include stargazing, bush dining, and birding. The lodge also has a swimming pool, bar and wedding facilities. The guests can also treat themselves to a relaxing massage treatment in the privacy of their own tent or on their private deck.