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Just over 4 hours by car or 50 minutes by flight from Johannesburg, Madikwe, in South Africa’s North West Province is an incredible Big 5 safari destination with no risk of malaria, making it an ideal inclusion for families with younger children, pregnant families or elderly travellers. Home to lion, leopard, cheetah, rhino, buffalo and over 360 bird species, Madikwe is also one of the largest reserves in South Africa and is blessed with many rare species inhabiting its varying ecosystems. Madikwe offers a superb range of luxury lodges adding to its internationally renowned status as one of South Africa’s favourite Big 5 safari destinations.


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Madikwe Safari Lodge

South Africa

Luxury & outstanding game viewing in a malaria-free reserve


For more information or to start planning your trip contact one of our Africa Travel Consultants


Madikwe offers year-round incredible game viewing, with no one month better than the others. Rainy season is October to March/April however at Madikwe this does not detract from the wildlife you will undoubtedly see and for birding enthusiasts this is arguably the best time to visit with increased numbers of species present. July to September is dry season, with sparse vegetation & exceptional game viewing, warm days an cold nights.


Daily game drives in the comfort of your lodge’s luxury safari vehicles with highly qualified guides. Outstanding Big 5 game viewing without having to worry about malaria medication. Lodges provide swimming facilities and can usually organise bush walks and child-friendly bush activities.


Madikwe can be enjoyed as a stand-alone luxury safari destination or can be included in a tailor-made itinerary including neighbouring Botswana or a visit to South Africa’s Sun City. In close proximity to South Africa’s major air-hub, Johannesburg, one can reach any African destination easily and with hassle-free transfers from Madikwe to your next destination.


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"We will recommend your services.... "

Lyudmila Young

We are very grateful for your planing of the trip. We all found South Africa to be a beautiful country and will recommend your service to our families and friends. Thank you!

"Amazing family holiday"

Andrew Proctor

Created a fantastic trip which felt personalized for me and my young family. Recommend Africa&You to anyone.

"Everything was perfect and memorable"

Pat Hanlon

We completely enjoyed every recommendation. Everything was perfect and memorable. We've travelled a lot but this one may take the cake. You are wonderful people whom we are very happy to know and to work with.

"The perfect honeymoon..."

Jamie & Kate

Thank you so much for organising an incredible honeymoon for us Rachel. You were a superstar and planned everything perfectly.

"Probably the best getaway we've ever had"

Jane McCauley

I wanted to thank you again for your great work arranging our trip. It really could not have gone more smoothly -- absolutely no issues and everyone was wonderful. Probably the best getaway we've ever had.

"The experience of a lifetime"

Melanie Buren

I couldn't have been happier with the experience I had with Africa&You. Belinda was so helpful, and SO patient with me regarding all my worries regarding the upcoming trip. And the trip itself was unforgettable! Not only were the adventures I had more than I could've ever dreamed, but the organization (being picked up and taken to each destination on time and without a glitch) was extremely impressive.

"Couldn't recommend better!"

Jono Durham

Amazing operator with exceptional service right from the beginning. I felt well taken care of and the lodge choice was exceptional. Couldn't recommend better!

"The perfect honeymoon"

Kate & Steve

I can't thank you enough for putting together the perfect honeymoon for us. You really paid attention to detail and met our every wish and much more! I couldn't have dreamt of a better 2 weeks. Thank you. We'll be back!

"Simply amazing!"

Angela Amos

Oh Serengeti, you were so good to us! Big 5 plus so much more! Simply AMAZING! Ready for the next adventure! Thank you Africa&You for putting it together so perfectly!

"Amazing value without comprimising on quality"

Jane & Nick

From a safari in the Serengeti to tropical beaches, everything was perfect. No hassles, no stress, just an amazing holiday. Africa&You gives the best recommendations and incredible value without compromising on quality. We'll be coming back to you for sure!

"Such an amazing experience"

Lucy Trafford

We had such an awesome time. Thank you so much for organizing for us!

"honeymoon paradise"

Rachel & Anthony

We had the most magical & unforgettable 10 days in paradise. Thank you to the A&Y team for creating a honeymoon we will remember forever.

"An exceptional itinerary"

Darren Cooper

I can't give enough thanks for the trip that you organised for me at very short notice. You produced an exceptional itinerary that took in Cape Town, Safari and the winelands. We were blown away by the whole experience which was wholly due to the fantastic service you provided. We can't wait to return to South Africa with your assistance again.

"Passionate and dedicated"

Jolene du Plessis

An excellent tour operator who doesn't treat you like a number. Belinda takes the time to listen to all your concerns and interests and puts forward the best options for you. She is passionate about Africa Travel - that's what makes the difference!