Guests per Safari Vehicle
The ultimate in luxury and privacy, Little Madikwe boasts an opulent self-contained 2-bedroom Private Villa (±390m²) accommodating 4 guests (and an additional child under 16 years at an additional charge), with its own game drive vehicle and game ranger, as well as a villa attendant to take care of your every need! A diverse wine selection, gourmet kitchen and lounge complete the picture.
By reserving suites 9 and 10, Little Madikwe forms a completely private camp accommodating up to 8 guests, ideal for families and small group safaris. This Private Villa also boasts a large swimming pool and offers extended amenities to groups of guests wanting to truly get away from it all on a wildlife safari in Africa.
A personal luxury is being able to set your own meal and safari game drive times, making this the ideal, exclusive family escape in Africa.
Your sumptuous gourmet experiences are enjoyed in Little Madikwe’s beautifully decorated and enchanting dining room, and prepared in the state-of-the-art gourmet kitchen by your personal chef. You can even pick up a few culinary tips whilst you watch your meal being prepared! A villa attendant is on hand to respond to the group’s every need. A dedicated game ranger and game viewing vehicle means that Little Madikwe’s guests can enjoy private game drives at their leisure, for as long or as short as they wish.
Parents need not worry about their young ones disturbing the peace for other guests, as Little Madikwe’s reception room is also equipped with a satellite TV and DVD collection. Should parents wish to dine at the Main Lodge or enjoy a quieter game drive without the kiddies, a child minder can be arranged at a small hourly fee.
Nowhere else in South Africa can groups be accommodated in such privacy and luxury, whilst being able to experience the ‘Big 5’ in South Africa, with Wild Dog viewing at their leisure – creating a truly unforgettable experience that far exceeds expectations. Open-air decks, plunge pools, luxurious décor, outdoor showers, fireplaces, air-conditioning, and concertina glass doors that open the room up entirely; are all standard in each suite at Little Madikwe.
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
All ages welcome
Children of all ages welcome on a private safari vehicle
Johannesburg – OR Tambo International
4.5 hours from Johannesburg
Madikwe Hills Private Game 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: