3 day self-drive to Madikwe Game Reserve (malaria free)

Spending 2 nights at The Bush House (classic midrange lodge). Departs daily depending on availability.

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Madikwe Game Reserve

The Madikwe Game Reserve was established in 1991 on land that was previously used for cattle farming and some agriculture. An intensive environmental development program combined with re-introduction of wildlife has turned this area into one of the premier game reserves in Africa.

Operation Phoenix was the name given to the restocking and monitoring program that would take five years to complete and lives up to it's name 'Phoenix' that has 'risen from the ashes'. It was one of the largest translocations of game ever to have taken place in the world.

All the large mammal species that were historically indigenous to the Madikwe area have been re-introduced. Of special concern were the endangered animals such as wild dog, white & black rhinoceros as well as cheetah. Elephants were taken from the Kruger National Park culling program and from the drought stricken Gonarezhou Reserve in Zimbabwe. Today tourists are able to witness the success of this remarkable project as the reserve abounds with Big Five species and Madikwe boasts the second largest elephant population in South Africa.

The Bush House ( graded 4 star )

The Bush House boasts one of the best waterholes in Madikwe and now everyone is talking about the fantastic photo opportunities from the underground Hide.

In Africa, a " Hide " is an enclosed structure where guests can visit to watch animals and birds in their natural habitat . Hides are often constructed near waterholes with a good vantage point and in such a way that the animals are not disturbed by the guest's presence. Pilanesberg National Park has several Hides where its possible for families to get out of their vehicle & walk down a passageway to sit at the Hide which is very exciting for children. Early in 2012, owners of The Bush House, Sue and Gordon called in friends & engineers to assist in planning the hide . Below were some of the main points in their brief.

  • To prevent this Hide from obstructing the view of the waterhole from the front of the Lodge , access would have to be underground.
  • Guests would proceed from the Lodge gardens or rock pool via a tunnel to connect with the Hide and they would feel secure in spite of wild animals drinking at the waterhole .
  • The roof of the tunnel would be reinforced to make it sufficiently strong to withstand the weight of 5 ton elephants walking across the area !
  • The interior of the Hide should be large enough to seat several people & have an opening infront to facilitate photography but a dropdown grid for security reasons .

Inspite of many challenges & dangers encountered during construction of the Hide , it was finally finished according to specifications & has become a great attraction for guests at The Bush House plus a unique asset to Madikwe Game Reserve.

Size of reserve - 75 000 Hectares & perimeter fence 150 kilometers.

Location of Madikwe Game Reserve - North West Province, South Africa. Borders Botswana.

Climate - Arid area - rainfall between 475 and 520 mm per annum. Hot in the summer months September - April and cold in winter. Rainfall can be expected during the summer months.

Malaria - There is no malaria in Madikwe Game Reserve.

Game - Predators: Aardwold, Cheetah, Brown Hyena, Spotted Hyena, Lion, Leopard, Wild Dog. Herbivores: Blesbuck, Buffalo, Eland, Elephant, Gemsbok, Giraffe, Red Hartebeest, Impala, Kudu, Nyala, Ostrich, Black and White Rhino, Sable, Springbok, Tsessebe, Waterbuck, Blue Wildebeest and Zebra.

Activities - Morning and evening game drives in open 4x4 vehicles with guide.

Arrival - Check-in by 14.00 Departure - Check out by 10.00

Special offer From 26 March 2021 To 31 August 2021
Per person sharing twin room R2500 per night
Per single room R3250 per night
Per child aged 6 - 11 years R1250 per night

2 nights en suite lodge accommodation at The Bush House.
Tea & coffee facilities in your room.
Meals per night stay - afternoon tea ( sweet / savoury ), boma or lodge dinner & morning brunch.
Beverages - bottled water, local beer & South African wine.
Sunrise & sunset game drive each day.
Unlimited use of Underground Hide.
WiFi on request.

Transport to Madikwe & return.
Gate entrance R 180.00 per person to be paid at the lodge.
Conservation fee R 165.00 per person per night to be paid at the lodge.
Items from the shop & gratuities.

Game Drives
2 sunset + 2 sunrise safari drives.
Duration approximately 3 hours per drive depending on sightings.
9 seater open gameviewer is elevated and ideal for photography.
Registered guide who knows Madikwe & where to look for animals.
Not recommended for children under 6 years - please discuss with Sales consultant.

What to bring
Your South African ID / passport to present on entry to the Reserve.
Cap, sunscreen, sunglasses, swimsuit and towel.
Camera, binoculars (optional), mobile phone data may be useful.
Cash, debit or credit card.

Covid 19 Protocols
The lodge will take precautions according to hospitality protocols.
Staff and guests to wear masks as requested.
Personal details will be recorded.
Hand sanitiser will be available.

Madikwe is malaria free, so no tablets are necessary.



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Malaria free game reserve
Number of Game Drives: 4 - early morning & late afternoon
Animal hide - open all day & at night
Unique photo opportunities from hide
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