It is a Big 5 area and an excellent example of pioneering South African conservation and collaboration with the park having reintroduced a huge number of species to the area and being run by a mixture of private investors, local community organisations and the national government. This has really worked for Madikwe and it has resulted in some really great properties and serious investment in infrastructure and tourism.
Our favourites are Shamwari and Kwandwe for offering the most classic safari experiences with Amakhala offering fantastic vale and Sanbona being really easily accessible from Cape Town. These are all fenced and managed reserves and while they do offer good game viewing and a variety of accommodation from family lodges to safari camps, they are not wilderness areas and those looking for an authentic and wild safari would be better looking at alternatives.
The standard of accommodation is incredibly high here the climate and environment requires that the property is more of a lodge that a camp but is suits its surroundings and with the two camps able to accommodate only 30 guests between them it makes the reserve incredibly exclusive. A variety of activities are offered including horseback safaris and sleepouts for the more adventurous, along with game drives and walks. This is a very cool place and for families looking for something different or those looking to get off the beaten track in South Africa this is a really good option.