5 DayClassic Madikwe Self Drive Safari

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This 5 Day Classic Madikwe self-drive safari package allows you to enjoy a self-drive safari away from the crowds in the spectacular malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve in South Africa.
  • Accommodation: Spacious thatched tented suites with glass doors, viewing deck and en-suite bathroom
  • Activities: Morning and afternoon game drives
  • Destinations: Madikwe Game Reserve (East and West)

Madikwe Self-drive Experience

This Madikwe Self-drive safari package allows you to discover the beauty and amazing wildlife of the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve in South Africa, which is situated on the border with Botswana. Your first 2 nights will be in an elegant safari lodge located in the eastern regions of the park. It offers you an excellent eco-friendly safari experience, with all the creature comforts, in the heart of the bush.

The Madkwe Game Reserve is known for the "super seven" - the traditional Big Five - Lion, Elephant, Buffalo, Rhino and Leopard - as well as Cheetah and Wild Dog. The reserve is close to the Kalahari Desert and you are likely to see desert adapted animals such as Gemsbok (Oryx) and Brown Hyena.

After the first 2 nights, you will then travel to another Madikwe lodge in the western section of the reserve. You'll stay in a comfortable lodge situated on an escarpment which has fantastic views over the reserve. Just imagine relaxing by the pool after your game drive.

In the afternoon you will go on a guided game drive in a specially adapted safari vehicle, led by a knowledgeable guide who will tell you about the wildlife of the Madikwe region. You could see all the Big Five while on your Madikwe safari and you may even see Cheetah. When the sun begins to set you'll stop off for sundowners before heading back to the camp, where you will savour a delicious dinner.

Day 1: Johannesburg/Pretoria - Madikwe Game Reserve

Early in the morning on the first day of your Madikwe Self-drive safari Package, you will pick up your rental vehicle at your nearest car rental station in Johannesburg or Pretoria, and drive to the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve. The journey will take you around 4.5 hours and you'll travel through some beautiful scenery. You will arrive around lunch time and can settle into camp before having a light lunch.

Day 2: Madikwe Game Reserve (East Section)

On the second day of your Madikwe safari you will be woken up early so that you can go on your morning game drive. The early hours are the best time for game viewing. You will enjoy a cup of tea or coffee to wake you up before you head out. You should keep your eyes open for animals such as rare Wild Dogs as well as members of the Big Five.You'll stop off along the way for a refreshing cuppa, before continuing to explore the region. You'll return to the camp around mid morning, where a tasty breakfast will be waiting for you. This will be followed by some leisure time before lunch. In the late afternoon you will once again go on a game drive to see what wildlife you encounter.

Day 3: Madikwe Game Reserve (East Section to West Section)

This morning you will head out early again on a game drive to track wildlife with your guide, who will tell you more about animal behaviour. You'll return to the camp for breakfast before saying your farewells and driving to the western section of the reserve. The journey takes about 2 hours and you may see more wildlife along the way.

You will be welcomed at the lodge where you will spend the next 2 nights. You'll have lunch before a siesta and then head out on a game drive to explore the western regions of the reserve. At sunset you'll stop and enjoy a refreshing drink before returning to the lodge, where a tasty spread will be waiting for you.

Day 4: Madikwe Game Reserve (West Section)

You will spend the day exploring the area on game drives. The reserve lies in an ecological transition zone and you may see animals such as Brown Hyena and Gemsbok which are usually found in the drier conditions of the Kalahari. In the evening you will enjoy a delicious dinner out under the stars.

Day 5: Madikwe Game Reserve - Johannesburg/Pretoria

On the final day of your Madikwe Self-drive safari Package, you'll go on one last morning game drive before breakfast. You will then checkout and drive back to Johannesburg or Pretoria, dropping off your vehicle at the car rental station. You'll arrive back in the late afternoon.


  • 5 Days car rental ex/to Johannesburg or Pretoria, a category K (Nissan X-trail 2x4 or similar)
  • Super cover insurance and unlimited km
  • 4 Nights in en-suite accommodation
  • Fully inclusive of all meals, welcome drink, tea and coffee
  • 2 Game drives per day

Not Included

  • Car rental fuel, contract fee and additional driver fee
  • Park entrance fee per person/ per stay
  • All drinks and bar account
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