Guests per Safari Vehicle
Set in amongst the rocky dolomite ridge of the Madikwe Game Reserve, The Royal Madikwe is the perfect retreat to rejuvenate your mind, exhale life’s pressures and inhale the magnificent beauty surrounding you. Endless views dotted with volcanic intrusions known as inselbergs give way to grasslands, rocky outcrops and ancient Leadwood tree’s in the transition region where the Kalahari Thornveldt and the Bushveldt Complex meet.
Travellers choose to stay at The Royal Madikwe because of the unforgettable experience, the seamless luxury, the sincere and passionate team and of course the consistent abundance of wildlife encounters both on safari and right on our doorstep featuring our private waterhole around which the lodge is enveloped.
We invite you to share our journey in the elegance of the wilderness where time stands still and nature calls at your door. Awaken your soul to the spirit of raw Africa and revel in the essence of existence.
With a passionate commitment to responsible tourism practices, we have teamed up with The Bright Future Trust in the shared vision of making a worthwhile difference in luxury eco-tourism.
A visit to The Royal Madikwe is something you can feel proud of knowing that you are directly impacting the preservation of this pristine wilderness and supporting the surrounding communities by simply connecting with nature!
Madikwe, a South African private game reserve created in 1991 from 75,000 ha of farmland, which had been extensively degraded by overgrazing, was chosen as the site of Operation Phoenix. The government-sponsored, biggest-ever game- relocation programme in Africa involved re-stocking and conserving flora and wildlife, which had long since disappeared from the region.
Ten thousand animals of 27 major species, including wild dog, cheetah, lion, white and black rhino, buffalo and elephant, have been re-introduced to the Madikwe Game Reserve over a six year period with animals coming from various reserves and breeding centres and game viewing is now at its prime.
Northwest Parks Board (formerly Bop Parks) has adhered to a strict policy of introducing only those species, which once occurred in the area). Madikwe is run as a three-way partnership between the State, the local communities and the private sector.
Madikwe, therefore, should not be looked at as solely a protected area or tourism destination, the reserve acts as a major social and economic core and engine around which the development of the region can be based.
The name of Operation Phoenix is appropriate: like the mythical bird that burnt itself to a crisp on the pyre and then rose from the ashes to live again with new vigour, nature has regained a stronghold on the land and the programme has been hugely successful.
Madikwe Game Reserve is currently the country's fourth-largest game reserve. It is situated in the North West Province and is bordered by Botswana in the north, the spectacular Dwarsberg Mountains to the south, the Marico river to the east.
The diverse habitat in the reserve, from acacia, savannah to riverine, ensures a unique combination of species such as springbok, gemsbok, sable and impala. The birdlife is also spectacular, and this is one of the few South African private game reserves that are malaria free
All ages welcome
1 Naledi Suite
1 Korone Suite
1 Lenyalo Suite
1 Royal Villa
1 Sovereign House
All ages welcome
Children under the age of 6 years are not permitted on game drives
OR Tambo International Airport
4 hours from Johannesburg
The Royal Madikwe Safari Lodge, South Africa
All ages welcome
The following fees are applicable to all guests staying within the Madikwe Game Reserve:
Madikwe Game Reserve Gate Times: