Safari Holidays in Madikwe & The Waterberg

The Madikwe Game Reserve is an hour's flight from Johannesburg on the border with Botswana, while the Waterberg is a three hour scenic drive north-west of Johannesburg.

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  • Travelling with young children, pregnant, or simply don't want the hassle of pills? Then a malaria free luxury South Africa safari is the perfect option

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Located on the edge of the Kalahari in South Africa's North West province, the Madikwe Game Reserve is a 290 square mile expanse bordering Botswana, and is a great alternative to the Kruger National Park (which is not a malaria-free region). It is the fourth largest game reserve in South Africa, and has a range of habitats allowing for a wide variety of wildlife to flourish. These include white and black rhino, a thriving population of endangered wild dog, lions, elephants, and over 350 species of birds.

Not far away, in Limpopo Province, are the Waterberg Mountains - an ancient escarpment rising dramatically from the surrounding plains. Like Madikwe, this is an interesting conservation story and a stunning wilderness area, with the mountains and ravines adding an extra dimension to the beautiful scenery. The area has been designated as a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. This area is particularly good for riding safaris as there is no big dangerous game here.


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These are two of the best areas in Africa to do a non-malarial safari, and so are perfect for families. As well as traditional driving safaris, the Waterberg is also home to some wonderful riding opportunities.

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A note on price

South Africa’s USP is the sheer variety of experiences it offers (from food and drink to diving to safari), which makes it tricky to provide guide prices. A combination of Cape Town and the Winelands could cost around £2,000 per person, while upgrading to the best hotels and combining that with a luxury safari could add a few thousand to the bill. Learn more about our pricing

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  • Average Temp. — 22°C / 71°F
  • Rainfall — 2cm / 0.8 inches
  • Water Temp. — 19°C / 66°F
Flight from London

11:30 hrs

Time Difference

GMT +2 hrs

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The exterior at Jembisa, luxury safari camp in South Africa


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Jembisa is a small and stylish bush home in the heart of the beautiful, malaria-free Waterberg, that specialises in family safaris.

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Horizon Horseback Safari Lodge, luxury safari camp in South Africa

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Horizon Horseback Safaris have something for everyone. And at affordable prices too.

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Leobo Private Reserve at night, luxury safari camp in South Africa

Leobo Private Reserve

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Private islands are so yesterday, it’s all about private reserves, in particular ones in South Africa called Leobo. This place is totally cool, not to mention chic and exclusive for guests wanting a little more privacy when visiting this magnificent malaria-free destination.

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Jamala Madikwe Royal Safari Lodge

Jamala Madikwe Royal Safari Lodge

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Set within the 75,000 hectare malaria free Madikwe Game Reserve, Jamala Madikwe consists of just five luxurious villas, each shaded by age-old leadwood trees and with open views of the private watering hole right in front of the lodge, and open savannah. The lodge is owner-managed and run, and so the service is as top notch as the wildlife viewing (which can often be enjoyed without even setting foot off of the lodge decking).

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The exterior with pool at Molori Safari Lodge, luxury safari camp in South Africa

Molori Safari Lodge

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Bucket showers and camping are a thing of the past. Molori Safari Lodge has re-defined the meaning of safari, and is now one of the swankiest lodges in the bush since glitzy South African designer Stephen Falcke got his hands on it.

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Balcony with landscape views at Marataba, luxury safari lodge in South Africa


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Marataba is a 57,000 acre private concession in the heart of the Marakele National Park – a malaria-free wilderness in South Africa’s Limpopo Province.

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