Two weeks in Madikwe

Having recently returned from two weeks in Madikwe I thoughts I would go a different direction and steer clear of the normal trip report and tell you all a little bit more about this incredible safari destination.

Some information about Madikwe:

  • Madikwe is the fifth largest Reserve in South Africa
  • It is situated in the North West Province of South Africa on the border Botswana
  • The land where Madikwe now stands was previously used as farming land. The poor soil meant that farming was mostly unsuccessful and the South African government then decided that it would best be used as a national park to help economically uplift the disadvantaged area.
  • Madikwe was opened in 1991
  • The Reserve is 750 km² including the privately owned land
  • Malaria free area

Safari Highlights:

  • The safari starts & ends at OR Tambo International Airport
  • Exclusive, small group of only 5 guests
  • No set game drive times
  • Exclusive use of a 10 bed lodge
  • Accommodation on a single basis
  • The lodge overlooks a productive waterhole
  • Daily Lightroom sessions in-between drives
  • Opportunities to photograph the magnificent 7
  • Just 4 hours drive from JHB (Transport included)
  • Includes all meals, drinks, activities and photographic tuition


The Camp:

I absolutely love Nkurru, it is truly a home away from home. The beauty of this safari is that we take exclusive use of the camp and  guests can feel completely relaxed and comfortable from the moment they arrive at camp.

Madikwe is one of my favourite destinations to visit for so many reasons, one being the lodge. Nkurru is such a great camp, the best part of it is that we take exclusive use of the lodge, which makes it feel more like home. The lodge is situated in the heart of the reserve, this allows us to explore a large portion of the reserve depending on where the animals may be. Majority of the days in-between game drives are spent watching the waterhole as a wide range of wildlife come down to quench their thirst. I have never seen a waterhole as productive as this and is a real treat for guests. The waterhole is visited by a number of general game as well as, buffalo, brown hyena, black and white rhino, big herds of elephant and even the big cats! This trip was no different! Having not hd any rain, the bush was extremely dry with very few water points around, this meant that there was a constant flow of wildlife that came to and from the waterhole on a regular basis.

A few images from the safari:



Until next time,


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