4 nights in Madikwe Game Reserve | 24 – 28 July 2014
2 nights in Madikwe | 3 – 5 November 2013 (directly after the Johannesburg Photo Expo)
Madikwe Game Reserve is a 75 000 hectare reserve in northwest South Africa bordering Botswana. Madikwe is a fascinating ecotone between the Kalahari and the Highveld biomes so there is an interesting mix of desert and savannah species with 66 large mammal species including the Big Five as well as 300 resident birds species. Expect to see cheetah, brown hyeana and black rhino, leopard, lion, buffalo, elephants, rhino, hippo, hyeana, sable, eland and gemsbok. It is also known for its wild dogs. The reserve is malaria fee.
Geographically the region has enormous volcanic intrusions known as Inselbergs, wide open plains and the riverine environment along the Marico River in the east of the reserve. The rich diversity of vegetation ensures a wide range of game and the topography offers great photographic opportunities.
Amazingly Madikwe was once farmland and has been restored over the past decade into a great game reserve where the value of wildlife now provides a far better economic return than cattle ever did. It’s a conservation success story.
Arrive at Mosethla Bush Camp no later than 12h30 in time for the afternoon game drive. Mosethla is a four-hour drive from Johannesburg (the closest main airport is Lanseria). It is also possible to fly on a scheduled flight in and out of the park.
Mosethla is a family owned and run, unfenced bush camp at the very heart of Madikwe in a glorious setting. The simplicity of open fire cooking, no electricity, safari showers and raised wooden cabins is a very traditional and wonderful safari experience. Please note that the rooms are not en suite and communal facilities are available. If you need a call of nature in the night then a potty is provided! Its a wonderful recipe for a great safari and if you are in doubt that its going to be great have a look at Trip Adviser.
Day 1 to 5
For the next five nights you will be based in Madikwe Game Reserve enjoying morning and evening game drives in the park.
Drive back to Johannesburg for onward connections,
R14,400 night per person sharing. Single supplements may need to be applied depending upon the number of singles in the group.
This includes entry into the reserve, four nights accommodation, drinks with dinner and on game drives, guiding by David Rogers.
The rates for the 2-night trip are to be released.