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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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. 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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As well as traditional driving safaris, the Waterberg is also home to some wonderful riding opportunities and bush walks.

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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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Ant's Nest

Ant's Nest

Madikwe & The Waterberg

Ant's Nest is Ant and Tessa Barber’s unique bush home, situated on a private game reserve in the Waterberg, between Johannesburg and the Limpopo River.

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


Madikwe & The Waterberg

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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Jaci's Safari Lodge

Jaci's Safari Lodge

Madikwe & The Waterberg

Jaci’s Safari Lodge is in the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve.

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The exterior at Jembisa, luxury safari camp in South Africa


Madikwe & The Waterberg

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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Tswalu, luxury safari camp in South Africa


Madikwe & The Waterberg

Tswalu is a private, malaria-free game reserve situated in the Kalahari wilderness of South Africa’s Northern Cape Province.

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Jamala Madikwe Royal Safari Lodge

Jamala Madikwe Royal Safari Lodge

Madikwe & The Waterberg

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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