The Madikwe Game Reserve is a part of the latest park developments in South Africa. Madikwe was opened in 1991 and comprises 750 km²(187 00 acres) of bush land north of the small town Groot Marico up to the Botswana border. Madikwe lies on what used to be farm land, but owing to the poor soil type, farming was not that successful.
After extensive research, the South African Government found that this land would best be utilized as a national park, to economically uplift this otherwise rather poor area. The government-sponsored, biggest-ever game- relocation program in Africa involved re-stocking and conserving flora and wildlife, which had long since disappeared from the region.
Ten thousand animals of 27 major species, including wild dog, cheetah, lion, white and black rhino, buffalo and elephant, have been re-introduced to the Reserve over a six year period with anials coming from various reserves and breeding centers..
Game viewing is now at its prime in this Malaria Free game reserve.
Madikwe has started Community Lodges, which the local villages own and run. All profits are then used to uplift the communities. Madikwe game reserve is the fourth largest game reserve in South Africa and yet not widely known, offering exceptional value Safaris.
The terrain is mainly open grasslands and bush veld that offers great game viewing opportunities. No more than 3 game drive vehicles are allowed at any game viewing sight to ensure optimal game spotting.
A special feature of Madikwe lies in its unique location, a transition zone on the edges of the Kalahari, where a number of rare species occur naturally, and the bush veld.
The climate is generally mild to hot, but winter nights can be cold. Over 350 species of birds have been recorded at Madikwe. It is the only place in Africa where Springbok and Kalahari Gemsbok meet naturally. Madikwe is very close to Pilanesberg Game Reserve and Sun City