Madikwe & Waterberg - Malaria-free Safari

8 days
FROM £ 2675
Countries Visited: South Africa
Classic Safaris

Madikwe & Waterberg - Malaria-free Safari

Experience the thrill of safari in the Malaria-free reserves of Madikwe and Waterberg, popular with families and those seeking a quick-fix safari.

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Safari Itinerary

DAY 1-3

Upon arrival at Johannesburg International Airport you will be met and transferred by road to the Waterberg area and to your lodge in the Jembisa Reserve (the journey is around 3.5 hours without a stop). On arrival, enjoy a short rest before departing on your afternoon/evening game drive. Jembisa lies in the heart of the UNESCO World Biosphere reserve of the Waterberg. It is a breathtakingly beautiful reserve that encompasses a wide diversity of habitats and biomes including savannah plains, syringa forests, riverine forests, gullies, rock faces, cliffs, flood plains and with 7km of the Palala river meandering through it. During your stay, enjoy morning and afternoon/evening game drives as well as bush walks.

DAY 4-7

Your early morning game drive is followed by breakfast. After breakfast, you will be transferred by road to Madikwe Private Reserve and your safari lodge, the Bush House (the journey is around 4 hours without a stop). On arrival, enjoy a short rest before departing on your afternoon/evening game drive. Over the next few days enjoy twice daily game drives looking for the rare African wild dog, the Big Five and the fabulous wildlife that lives in this important conservation area. You don't even have to leave the camp as they have a discreet hide overlooking the most active waterhole at the camp where you can watch elephants and other game. Madikwe Game Reserve is a conservation area in South Africa’s North West Province, bordering Botswana. The reserve’s grassland, forest and rocky Tshwene Tshwene hills are home to a variety of wildlife. The Big 5 is represented in the park and you are likely to spot a lion, leopard, elephant, rhino or buffalo during your stay. During your visit you will also have the rare privilege of possibly seeing the highly endangered African Wild Dog. In 1994, a small group of six wild dogs were introduced into the park. This founding group has seen a challenging introduction into the park with rabies outbreaks, territorial clashes and encounters with some feisty lions. Despite the odds, current day Madikwe has a thriving wild dog population with three hunting packs roaming the park. The dogs are somewhat accustomed to safari vehicles offering spectacular photographic opportunities. Madikwe Game Reserve’s conservation efforts to protect the ‘painted dog’ are in place to help conserve this majestic diminishing species.


Today, after breakfast and a morning game drive, you will check out and be transferred back to Johannesburg International Airport. The journey is approximately 4 hours without a stop.
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  • Accommodation and board basis as detailed
  • Transfers as specified
  • All game activities whilst on safari and Park/Conservation levies
Not Included: International flights, safari driver/guide tips, general staff tips/gratuities and/or porterage, travel insurance, and all items of a personal nature ie. spa treatments, optional sightseeing trips, curios, telephone calls, laundry etc., any Covid testing or certification required for travel and/or quarantine costs.

Price Guide

  • Per person sharing: from £2,675 (mid season).
  • This trip is available all year round.
  • The price guide is based on the accommodation and transfers as listed above and is subject to availability at the time of booking.
  • For an exact quotation and itinerary based on your requirements please do get in touch.

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