From the untamed bush to the sophistication and elegance of five-star luxury, Madikwe is an excellent location to discover the essence of South Africa. Nature has blessed this region with breathtaking scenery: rolling fields of color contrasted by the vast plains of the African bushveld complement the moderate weather and year-round sun. Madikwe is where the plains still teem with game and the acacia savannah symbolizes a paragon of beauty. Black rhino roam freely amongst the Big Five, giraffe gallop across the plains at sunset, and zebra call out to one another in the early hours of the morning. This is where all that is “wild” comes to play.

Madikwe was originally established as a joint venture between the North West Parks & Tourism Board and South Africa’s private sector and local communities. Since 1991, it has provided multiple jobs for locals, as well as a home for all of the Big Five, a flourishing population of endangered African wild dogs, and 350-plus bird species. As such, the private reserves of Madikwe are teaming with Big Five game, zebra, impala, wildebeest, giraffe, wild dog, and hyena. White rhino viewing is exceptional as well, and if you’re lucky you might even catch a family of elephant taking a mud bath. Madikwe is also less busy than the heavily trafficked Kruger, and the different lodges within Madikwe all work together and share information about sightings to help increase your likelihood of spotting what you came here to see. Best of all, Madikwe is designated a “malaria free” region and is ideally suited for the first time traveler to South Africa or families with children who wish to discover its wild beauty.

Guests of Madikwe can experience any number of activities during their stay, including fabulous golf courses designed by South Africa’s finest players, water activities, and exquisite “luxury in the bush” safari moments that are unparalleled and breathtaking. Ask your Ker & Downey travel expert to include the beauty of Madikwe in your next customized journey to South Africa for an unforgettable experience.