Madikwe Game Reserve

A Plethora of Animals

Where rugged landscapes soften to the blush of the African dawn. The malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve is a 75 000 ha region of untamed beauty. A natural splendour located in South Africa’s North West province. This wild terrain boasts a tapestry of awe-inspiring landscapes that encompass vast open plains, dense bushveld and towering rocky peaks. All of which offers sanctuary to  a kaleidoscope of creatures, including the ‘super seven’.

Operation Phoenix

Prior to 1991, the area where Madikwe Game Reserve is today consisted largely of degraded cattle farms. As the area was not running efficiently, Settlement Planning Services commissioned a feasibility study to establish the best use of this land. The study showed that the development of wildlife-based tourism in the area the creation of a game reserve would be most beneficial to local communities. What followed was the largest translocation project in the world – Operation Phoenix.

Over a period of seven years, Operation Phoenix reintroduced more than 8,000 animals of 28 species into the newly established Madikwe Game Reserve. The project achieved a number of world-firsts with entire herds of elephant being relocated and the reintroduction of African wild dog into a fenced reserve.

Historic Introduction

Madikwe’s rich cultural history began almost one million years ago and is as much a part of the Reserve as the wildlife and other natural wonders in the area. Historical sites containing irreplaceable artifacts are in abundance and in time will be restored and displayed as part of South Africa’s heritage.

Operation Phoenix is world renowned as the largest and most successful reintroduction programme to date. In fact, it has been so successful that Madikwe is able to sell wildlife to donate and sell some of its wildlife to other Southern African Parks. Another result has been the establishment of Madikwe’s prosperous wild dog breeding programme.

The evidence of this translocation project is very clear to visitors of the park today. Madikwe appears to have been a wildlife rich reserve for centuries, however this is all the result of Operation Phoenix. This project is an ongoing effort with 5 cheetah and 25 gemsbok being introduced into the park in 2012.

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  • “For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” Long Walk to Freedom - Nelson Mandela.
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  • Cold winter nights, hearty food on Safari .
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  • “Cape buffalo”
The placid looking buffalo is known as one of the most dangerous animals in Africa. They are known to kill lions, and can seek out and kill lion cubs as a future preventive measure to becoming lion food. . .
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  • We are entering the coldest part of the year at Jamala in Madikwe Game Reserve. The fires are lit and the port is ready. Time to snuggle and watch the waterhole. Stay warm #winter #lit 
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  • Happy World Giraffe Day!
Giraffe are listed as Vulnerable to extinction on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Giraffe numbers in Africa have plummeted by a staggering 40% over the last 30 years. We estimate today that there are fewer than 100,000 giraffe remaining in all of Africa.
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  • SOFA SAFARI

The term “Sofa Safari” does go hand-in-hand with the Jamala experience. There are very few places in Africa where you can sit and watch wild elephants play at a waterhole 20 meters in front of you. The Sofa Safari will evoke incredible emotion for any traveler young or old. .
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  • A view into the origin of our beloved Jamala. .
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  • The largest African predator in early morning territory surveillance. A little known fact Africas lion population has declined severely over the last 25 years. It’s estimated 20,000 wild lions still roam Africa less than the endangered rhinos. .
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