South Africa is home to a few Malaria-free safari destinations, which make sharing an extraordinary game-viewing experience so much more accessible, especially with your children. As one of South Africa’s largest game reserves covering 75 000 hectares, Madiwke is home to over 66 mammal species, including the Big Five, hyena and many species of herbivore, and over 300 bird species. This reserve us undoubtedly one for the best places in South Africa in spot the African Wild Dog. Let us take you there!
Easily accessible from Johannesburg, with direct flights to the Madikwe Airstrips, you can be met by your ranger off your plane, and transferred directly to the lodge in the seclusion of the African bushveld just an hour after leaving the hustle of busy Johannesburg. This is a perfect escape, and this itinerary highlights the luxury of the private reserves and the afforded opportunity of being able to get close to the big five for the most spectacular photographic safaris in a malaria-free reserve.
You will be met upon arrival at Johannesburg airport, and transferred to the Federal Air charter lounge for your flight to Madikwe. All passengers can check-in at the lounge, repack and store excess baggage if necessary, and have direct boarding access to all the aircraft.
Upon arrival at the Lodge airstrip, you will be met by your ranger and transferred directly to your lodge for check in and freshen up.
What to Expect on Safari:
You will arrive at the lodge in time for lunch, and will then have some time to relax and soak up the splendour of your surrounds before your evening game drive.
As the afternoon comes to an end, and the bushveld heat starts to ease, guests and rangers meet for afternoon tea before departing on your evening Game Drive. Then it’s Safari Time!
You will head out on your evening Game Drive for the day just before sunset. You will be able to catch the last of the day wonderers before stopping to enjoy the sunset in a bush clearing or vantage point on your drive, with a sundowner to allow you sometime to stretch your legs. As the sky gets dark, you continue on your game drive into the night. The nocturnal animals get ready for their hunting. Your ranger will be driving the vehicle and the tracker is up front looking out for tracks and spotting the animals, with the use a powerful spotlight to catch sight of the animals. The animal’s eyes reflect in the spot light and the ranger and tracker will concentrate on finding the nocturnal animals such as Leopards and sunset hunters such as Lions.
Your wakeup call in the morning is usually between 05h30 and 06h00 depending on the season, to meet your ranger and tracker for early morning tea and coffee before heading out on safari, in an open 4X4 safari vehicles again. It’s an exciting time of the day, and the anticipation is high as to what you might spot while out on you game drive – A pack of lions ravaging a fresh kill, a breeding herd of elephants drinking at a waterhole, or a shy giraffe quietly munching on the tall trees on the horizon of the open bushveld? You never know!
3 Nights on Safari in the Madikwe Reserve on a full board basis including two escorted game drives daily
After your morning game drive and breakfast you will be transferred to the airstrip for your return flight to Johannesburg.