Malaria free safaris in Madikwe and Waterberg

Madikwe & Waterberg

Located in the North West of South Africa, this area covers two superb safari areas, offering arguably the premier malaria free safari experience in Africa. The areas are easy to get to, the Waterberg is 3 hrs drive from Johannesburg and Madikwe is 4 1/2hrs drive from Johannesburg with an option to fly).

Madikwe is an up and coming private reserve of over 680 KMsq. This malaria-free reserve is home to all of the Big 5, as well as the elusive wild dog and over 300 bird species. Whilst Waterberg offers superb scenery and a more active bush experience without the predators, so is fantastic for those wanting more of an all round active bush experience with riding, bush walks and mountain biking possible. You can visit both regions throughout the year, winter has excellent game viewing, but mornings and evenings are chilly. Summer is hot, but also the wet season, so expect hot days with intermittent rain showers.

Both Madikwe and the Waterberg have a family friendly reputation; most of the lodges cater for children and are family friendly. Our favourite lodges in the area are Ant Collection (for more active families), Impodimo (good value intimate family friendly safari) and Jaci's Lodge (renowned luxury family bush lodge)


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Two week family holiday including some of the best family friendly lodges in South Africa & Malaria free safari in Madikwe

Tailor-made Luxury 12 days

Families from $3,177 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $1,242 per person economy class from London

Relaxing holiday combining malaria free safari in Madikwe, South Africa with the pristine white sands of Mauritius

Tailor-made Luxury 12 days

Adults from $3,066 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $1,837 per person economy class from London

Families from $2,521 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $1,837 per person economy class from London

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Accommodation

The Ant Collection

Madikwe & Waterberg

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Malaria free Waterberg safari
- Superb for families
- Horse Riding and Bush Walks
- Beautiful landscapes

Jembisa Bush Home

Madikwe & Waterberg

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Waterberg Bush Home
- Bush Walks
- Fly Camping
- Family Friendly

Madikwe Safari Lodge

Madikwe & Waterberg

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Secluded location in Madikwe Game Reserve
- 3 large lodges
- Superb vehicle and walking safaris
- Great for families and large groups

Madikwe River Lodge

Madikwe & Waterberg

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Traditional lodge in riverside setting
- Secluded wildlife reserve
- Malaria free area
- Spacious accommodation and pool

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Glass walled bedrooms with river views
- Morning and evening game drives
- Game walks, sleep-outs under the stars
- Heated infinity pool, spa, gym

Jaci's Lodge

Madikwe & Waterberg

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Malaria free Madikwe Safari
- Renowned Family Friendly Lodge
- Bush Luxury
- Exclusive Family Suites

Thakadu River Camp

Madikwe & Waterberg

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Malaria-free Madikwe Safari
- Great value for Madikwe
- Special drives for under-sixes
- Dedicated family suites
- Strong community links

Tuningi Safari Lodge

Madikwe & Waterberg

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Malaria-free Madikwe Safari
- Five-star luxury
- Lots of activities for children
- Pool overlooking waterhole

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

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based on 499 reviews

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  • Thanks for all your help in making the arrangements, everything went so smoothly from landing in Jo’burg to departing a week later.

    We all had a fantastic time, Kirsty (our youngest) was able to go on all the game drives and we were very well looked after both on the drives and back at the lodge. The food was great, staff were all very friendly & nothing was too much trouble for them (e.g. providing hot milk for Kirsty at bedtime). The kids all enjoyed the rock pool during the day and we all loved the game drives.

    We were lucky enough to see all the big 5, with the additions of Cheetah & Wild Dogs. I think it was the second to last day before we managed to see some Hippo (and finally I’ve been able to take some photos of them - I have only ever seen them at night before). We had the adventure of being caught up with some Lionesses stalking a herd of Zebra (one of the younger Lionesses went a bit early & scattered the herd).

    We’re certainly aiming to go on safari again although it will be a while before we save enough to go again (maybe the kids will be taking us next time!)

    MissingJeff W reviewing South Africa Safari and Mauritius on 13 May 2019

  • I had just the most incredible time on the climb.

    The team were incredible and just so accommodating. I really only have good things to say as it was such a great experience.

    George was as good as a guide as it gets, very articulate and made sure I was comfortable the whole way up with frequent briefings.

    MissingFinn R reviewing Mount Kenya Sirimon Naro Moru Trek on 10 May 2019

  • We had an amazing time thank you. The itinerary was great as we felt like we saw lots of different things and it kept it interesting for our daughter. She especially loved the gorge at Hells Gate.

    Unfortunately the Menengai Crater walk was a bit hard for her although that probably had something to do with how hot it was!

    We especially loved the Sunbird Lodge - it is such a beautiful place and all the staff were so incredibly welcoming and friendly.

    Our guide, Joseph, was exceptional too and we can’t speak highly enough of him.

    MissingSuzanne S reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 30 April 2019

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