Interactive Map of Madikwe Game Reserve
Madikwe Game Reserve
The 75,000 hectare Madikwe Game
Reserve is South Africa's second largest game reserve. The reserve
is a joint venture embracing the North West Parks and Tourism Board,
the private sector and local communities.
Madikwe is situated in the
North West Province of South Africa, some eighty kilometres
north of the town of Zeerust. The
Dwarsberg range of hills forms the southern boundary of the reserve,
while the border of the neighbouring Botswana forms the northern boundary.
The Marico River, the only perennial river in the reserve, runs along
the eastern boundary and the main Zeerust-Gaborone road forms the western
boundary of the reserve
Established in 1991, Madikwe was the
site of operation Phoenix - the largest translocation of game ever
undertaken - with over 10,000 animals reintroduced into the reserve.
Madikwe Game Reserve is more than just an incredible malaria-free safari
destination, it is an internationally significant conservation initiative.
Madikwe Game Reserve has an astonishing
array of wildlife. Elephant, rhino (black and white), lion, leopard,
buffalo, wild dog, cheetah, giraffe, zebra, hippo, brown hyena, spotted
hyena, springbok, eland, kudu, wildebeest, warthog, crocodile and Chacma
baboon are some of the larger species to be seen. Smaller species include
rock dassie, African civet, genet, bush baby, porcupine, and aardvark.
Numerous antelope species also roam the reserve.
Lions laze on Madikwe's wide plains,
as zebra and blue wildebeest keep a wary distance. Both black and white
rhino can be seen in Madikwe and herds of buffalo wander through the
wooded areas of the reserve. The elusive leopard may be spotted sleeping
on the limb of a tree, while comical warthogs forage in the undergrowth
The Madikwe Game Reserve is a bird watchers'
paradise, with over 340 species listed here. These include many species
of raptor, such as the Martial Eagle, the African Fish Eagle, the Secretary
Bird and the Pale Chanting Goshawk. Spotted Eagle Owls are common here,
as is the tiny Pearlspotted Owl.
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