Madikwe & The Waterberg

Why visit Madikwe & 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


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 8000 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 a 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.


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