Madikwe Lodges and Accommodation

Madikwe Game Reserve is situated in the North West Province and is bordered by Botswana in the north, the Dwarsberg Mountains to the south, and the Marico river to the east. The diverse habitat in the reserve, from acacia savannah to riverine, ensures a unique combination of species, including wild dog, cheetah, lion, white and black rhino, buffalo and elephant. The birdlife is spectacular and it is also one of the few reserves in South Africa that is malaria free.

With the inception of “Operation Phoenix” which began in 1993, more than 8,000 heads of game were brought into the park over a six year period. The government-sponsored programme involved re-stocking and conserving flora and wildlife, which had disappeared from the region, and its huge success has ensured excellent game viewing. In 1996, predators were introduced in Madikwe, first cheetahs, wild dogs and hyenas, later also lions from the Etosha National Park (Namibia) and the neighbouring Pilanesberg National Park. 180 elephants came from the Gonarezhou Game Reserve in Zimbabwe which had been hit by a disastrous drought. The resettlement of the elephants was a great success and their population in Madikwe has grown to 250 animals.
Today some 12,000 animals live in the Madikwe Game Reserve. All predator species are represented and also black and white rhino, buffalo, giraffe, zebra and a great number of antelopes. More than 350 bird species have been registered. The surrounding local communities also benefit from the reserve as they receive an annual share of the park’s profits and so are able to upgrade their own infrastructure.

Overnight packages are available from the following lodges:

Madikwe River Lodge


Positioned on the banks of the Groot Marico River, bordering Botswana, the luxurious Madikwe River Lodge offers guests…read more

Impodimo Game Lodge

Carved from the hillside, eight glass fronted luxury chalets line a natural spring, each enjoying striking views either from within or from the outdoor shower…read more

Motswiri Game lodge

Motswiri Private Safari Lodge lies hidden in the bush, an exclusive lodge offering a maximum of 10 people a bush experience which is impossible to replicate in larger concerns. Our lodge offers some…read more

Tuningi Safari Lodge

The 5-star Tuningi Safari Lodge is set in a valley on the western side of the Madikwe Game Reserve. The theme of the interiors is “Colonial African Chic” and the main thatched lodge offers beautiful indoor and outdoor lounges…read more

Buffalo Ridge

Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge is a five star lodge situated at a prime site in the west of the Madikwe Game Reserve…read more

Thakadu River Camp

Thakadu River Campis a wholly-owned Community-based Tented Safari Camp within…read more