A malaria-free prime wildlife area ideal for family safaris to see the 'Big Five'

The vast Madikwe Game Reserve conservation area spans 75,000 hectares of bushland, stretching all the way up to the Botswana border. Just a short scenic flight from Johannesburg and with chances to see the ‘Big Five’, this malaria-free area is ideal for family vacations.

Experience a 4×4 safari game drive to spot cheetahs, wild dogs, leopards, hyenas, lion, elephants and many more. Relax in luxury lodges, dine under the stars and re-connect with your family. Lodges in Madikwe are designed with families in mind, with children’s clubs, swimming pools and family-friendly lodges available.

The biodiversity in the area is what makes this reserve so attractive, and as well as mammals there are hundreds of bird species, giving children a chance to learn about the local fauna and flora from expert guides.

  • Go on a guided game drive to spot the ‘Big Five’.
  • See over 300 different bird species.
  • Five-star comfort and luxury accommodation.
  • Experience astronomy lessons and dine under the stars.
  • Unwind at a spa, surrounded by the African bush.
  • Go fishing at the local rivers.
  • See the wildlife at night with a nocturnal game drive.

Take a look at the itineraries below for more inspiration and let us plan your perfect Madikwe family safari.

Madikwe is perfect for families, since it is malaria free and has so many safari experiences tailor-made for families. Experience game drives, get close to the Big Five and give your family memories that will last a lifetime.

Our top Madikwe safari lodges for families