At 75,000 hectares Madikwe is one of the largest private game reserves in South Africa and offers a superb big five malaria free safari experience. This malaria-free reserve is home to all of the Big 5, as well as the elusive wild dog and over 300 bird species.
In our opinion, Madikwe offers the best malaria free safari in Africa. So is of particular appeal to families. Most lodges offer family suites, a children's safari program with educational activities for younger kids and experienced guides who know how to bring safaris alive for children of all ages.
You can visit Madikwe throughout the year, winter (May to September) has excellent game viewing, but mornings and evenings are chilly. Summer (November to March) is hot, but also the wet season, so expect hot days with intermittent rain showers. Located in the North West of South Africa near the border with Botswana, Madikwe is approximately 4-5 hours drive from Johannesburg, or you can take a scheduled small aircraft flight. We often combine safari in Madikwe with the beaches of Mauritius for a lovely bush and beach combo.