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.

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.

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.

  • A lion sleeps in the heart of every brave man.
  • Safari essentials, booze, binoculars and sunglasses 😎.
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  • We are thrilled to be awarded Luxury Bush Lodge 2019 Continent Winner: Africa
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  • Early morning wild dog pups at Jamala Madikwe waterhole 🐶 .
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  • Today we celebrate World Rhino Day 2019 - This day is both a celebration of the important conservation work conducted by the individuals behind the counter-poaching units and this incredible species itself. 
We are also reminded of the many Rhinos we have lost and how every single persons involvement, understanding and contribution can assist in the future protection of this species.
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  • Our newest addition, the Jamala fire pit. Sundowners, stargazing and storytelling this makes for the perfect bush entertainment spot.
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  • “We cling to our own point of view, as though everything depended on it. Yet our opinions have no permanence; like autumn and winter, they gradually pass away.”
Zhuangzi
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  • Beautiful tea cake at Jamala today from @nicoverster .
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