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Elephant and landscape, Marataba Game Lodge, The Waterberg

Madikwe and The Waterberg

One of South Africa’s largest game reserves, Madikwe Game Reserve is home to the Big Five and has a healthy African wild dog population.

Bordering Botswana, which lies to its north, the reserve is one of the best run in the country. Some 8,000 animals including lion, elephant, cheetah, rhino and buffalo were introduced to the reserve during one of the biggest wildlife translocation projects in the world, “Operation Noah” some 20 years ago and have flourished in this unique environment.

The Waterberg, identified as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve is also home to plenty of wildlife and boasts so impressive birdlife. This vast area is dominated by the Waterberg Mountain Range has a rare and rugged beauty with plenty of wildlife and fascinating history. This was home to the San Bushmen for thousands of years, and evidence can be seen at rock art sites throughout the area.

Makanyane Safari Lodge, Madikwe & The Waterberg, South Africa
Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa
African sunset, Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa
Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa

Why visit Madikwe and The Waterberg

  • Excellent malaria-free game reserves, perfect for family friendly safari holidays
  • Rich diversity of vegetation and terrain from open plains to riverine bush ensures a wide variety of game
  • Conveniently accessible and easily combined with other highlights in South Africa and beyond
  • Madikwe is great for the Big Five and The Waterberg has some of the best horse-riding in the country

Experiences

Malaria-Free Safari

Explore the dramatic landscapes of these northern reserves, which are considered to be free from malaria.

Horse Riding

Take advantage of some of the best horse riding in South Africa, in The Waterberg.

Madikwe Safari

Once barren farming land, this area now teems with species. Set out on game drives, in search of lions, leopards, cheetahs, elephants, buffaloes and more.

Kids’ Activities

Take advantage of the countless kids’ activities on offer at Madikwe’s lodges. These include treasure hunts, t-shirt painting, clay building, survival skills and bush memory games.

Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Jackie Devereux

I was born in Zimbabwe. With a dad who was in the police force, we moved from place to place. I have always been passionate about travel. My grandparents mentioned that our ancestors set off from the Horn of Africa – Ethiopia – looking for better cattle pastures. They ended up settling in the south-eastern hills of Zimbabwe, in the Great Zimbabwe area.
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Illona Cross

Born in a small South African town, I have always followed my passion for nature and discovery. After studying Nature Conservation in Pretoria, I was one of the first women to complete a very tough cadetship in the Natal Parks Board. It was here where I cut my teeth in African wildlife management. My desire to see more led me to work as a guide for AndBeyond, first in South Africa, then in Tanzania as the company expanded. Here, I lived and worked in the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro, guiding and running safari camps.
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Bridget Cohen

Aged five and with my Curious George toy safely tucked under my arm, I set off with my family to travel around Europe in an orange VW minibus. Looking back on the adventures we had along the way, I now know that this was where my love for travel and exploring began.
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Why Choose Steppes?

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