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Madikwe Fact Sheet

  • The Reserve was opened in 1991 and contains 750 km²
  • The land mainly consits of open grasslands and bushveld plains with scattered rocky outcrops and single mountains.
  • The Reserve is currently the fith largest game reserve in South Africa.
  • Madikwe is malaria free.
  • Madikwe has created Community Lodges that are maintained by the local Villages. All the profits that are made go towards helping the community.
  • The Reserve contains all the major species including lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, both white and black rhino along with almost all the antelope species.
  • The amount of bird species recorded at Madikwe is said to be over 350.
  • Temperatures at Madikwe are usually hot to mild but winter nights can be very cold.
  • Madikwe is home to Mafikeng Road which is a historical road that was biult in 1899 and runs right through Madikwe.
  • Madikwe co-ordinates: 24°44'00' 'S /26°24'27' 'E.
  • Game viewing is great all year round but it is said to be best around March to August.
  • Madike was part of the biggest game relocation programme ever starting in 1991 and finishing in 1997. Operation Phoenix involved moving more than 8 000 animals into the Madikwe Game Reserve including elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion, cheetah, Cape hunting dog, spotted hyena, giraffe, antelope and other herbivores.