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Madikwe – A Hidden Gem

Madikwe Game Reserve.

Madikwe is currently considered the fifth largest game reserve in South Africa. The malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve is a 75 000 ha region of untamed beauty. 

Considered one of the best conservation areas in Africa, it offers the Big 5 and Super 7(witch include rare Wild dog and Cheetah). The reserve is relatively unknown a real hidden gem within South Africa.

The region where Madikwe now stands was previously used as farmland. The poor soil meant that farming was mostly unsuccessful and in 1991 the area was declared a national park to help economically uplift the disadvantaged area.

Madikwe is situated against the Botswana border on the cusp of the Kalahari. It is roughly 3.5 hours by car from Johannesburg International Airport. The park is home to approximately 66 large mammals and roughly 300 bird species. You will find all this flora and fauna in an area compromising of vast open plains, grasslands, woodlands, rocky outcrops and single mountains.

  • A beautiful elevated view of one of our 5 private freestanding villas at Jamala Madikwe. Each slice of paradise is fully air-conditioned and offers superlative luxury and intimate privacy combined with extravagant outdoor facilities which include individual rim-flow pools and salas, expansive wooden decks and private outdoor showers. The Jamala Madikwe villas exude colonial charm perfectly suited to a luxury safari experience.

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  • Bathing with the Madikwe elephants at Jamala #southafrica #game #safari #pool #view #landscape #luxurytravel
  • Experience true African luxury at the Jamala Madikwe Spa, overlooking the private waterhole and some of Africas's most incredible sights and sounds #relax #spa #africa #treatment #room #beautiful #peace #love #travel #tranquility #massage #facial #manicure #pedicure #interior #southafrica #lamelle #charlotterhys #gift #mothersday
  • The winter lounge at Jamala bathed in The light of a African sunset #5star #service #hotels #luxury #safari #lodge #sunset #africa #southafrica #light #beautiful #love #interior
  • A gentleman and a jester. 
Meet part of the Jamala Madikwe front of house team the Gentleman - Happyness Mkwananzi and the Jester - Lawrence Ndoro. More than 8 years ago these two gentlemen joined the Jamala team their dedication to service and creating a great guest experience is admirable. Looking swave guys! 👍🏻#jamalamadikwe #jamala #jamalamadikwe #luxury #hotel #service #waiter #barman #butler #5star @happymkhwa @starlaw26 @jellyvis @dzondagh #joedanielaphotography #danielazondagh #joedreyer
  • A new Jamala dish featured in our chef Nico Verster's new cookbook Safaris and Spices. Tea and Mint smoked Duck with Cardamom Carrots and mashed Potatoes #jamalasafari #jamalamadikwe #madikwegamereserve #safari #lodge #cuisine #cooking #delicious #food #photography #luxury
  • Relax by the fire in one of our villas this winter #lodge #destination #love #winter #fire #sofasafari #southafrica #safari #luxurytravel #hotels #comfort #5star #beautiful #interior
  • Arial view of Jamala Madikwe main lodge, waterhole and the villas #southafrica #luxury #hotel #waterhole #safari #jamalasafari #remote #africa #lodge #destination #love #untouched #wilderness
  • An incredible view this morning across the savanna plains and the private waterhole at Jamala Madikwe. #safari #waterhole #hotel #luxury #southafrica #sofasafari #elephant photograph @dzondagh
  • The entrance at Jamala Madikwe where colonial charm meets African flair #madikwe #malariafree #southafrica #jamalamadikwe #entrance #luxury #hotel #safari #elephants #big5
  • As winter approaches we are testing some new soup recipes cauliflower, truffle and quail egg #jamala #madikwe #malariafree #cuisine #chef #cook #food #delicious #safari #luxury #cooking #southafrica
  • Elephants for days at the Jamala waterhole #sofasafari #africa #beautiful #jamalasafari #madikwe #ellephants

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