• COST
    GBP £3,000


    4 - 6 Guests


    6 nights / 7 days


    16 - 22 May, 2023


    O.R. Tambo Airport, Johannesburg


    Madikwe Game Reserve


  • Malaria free area, home to the Big Five plus cheetah, wild dog and a huge array of bird species.

  • Unique ecotone, as Kalahari sands meet bushveld, offering great opportunities for landscape photography.

  • Set during the winter period; where animals are more active and easier to spot.

  • Potential for off-road driving and night drives, to ensure best game viewing.

  • Private vehicle and field guide for entire duration.

  • Small and intimate group size for maximum comfort and space.

  • Photographic guidance and tuition throughout.



Madikwe Game Reserve is currently the fifth largest game reserve and is also one of the lesser- known parks in South Africa. This makes it a hidden- gem as it is regarded as one of the best conservation areas in Africa and offers the Big 5 in a 680 km2 park (750 km2 including newly incorporated privately owned land).

About 90 kilometres north of the town of Zeerust is Madikwe Game Reserve. It is situated against the Botswana border close to the Kalahari Desert. It is roughly 4.5 hours in a car from Johannesburg/ Pretoria. Safari Lodges are mostly located around the eastern and western gate.

The land where Madikwe now stands was previously used as farming land. The poor soil meant that farming was mostly unsuccessful and the South African government then decided that it would best be used as a national park to help economically uplift the disadvantaged area.

In 1991 the area was declared a reserve and 10 000 mammals were relocated from other National Parks. The park is home to approximately 66 large mammals and roughly 300 bird species. You will find an abundance of flora and fauna in an area comprised of vast open plains of grasslands, woodlands, rocky outcrops and single mountains.


The Big 5 is represented in the park and you are likely to spot a lion, leopard, elephant, rhino or buffalo. 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 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.



Located within the Madikwe Game Reserve, The Bush House is a family run lodge that serves as a perfect home base for our photographic safaris in Madikwe. The mixture of comfort and wilderness is perfection, allowing you to feel one with nature but with the luxuries and comforts of a holiday. The lodge features a lush garden, terrace and outdoor pool. The lodge’s rooms are decorated in warm and natural colours, they offer air conditioning and a patio with a view. Each room features a private entrance, coffee machine and a safe.

The restaurant offers a variety of dishes and guests can enjoy breakfast in the garden or dinner under the stars. There is also a bar and special diet menus can be arranged upon request.


One of the mos exciting features of our accommodation is their underground hide. There is nothing like watching wildlife up close and The Hide offers a whole new dimension in game viewing. Bordering the active watering hole, The Hide is safely accessed from either a garden path, or from the swimming pool. It’s a unique and remarkable activity that is available 24 hours a day.



Day One

Meet at OR Tambo airport (Johannesburg) and drive to lodge (approx 4hrs) with a break in between for coffee and leg stretch.

Upon arrival, take a moment to settle in, have a drink and get used to your new surroundings before heading out on your first drive. After your first outing, you'll return back for celebratory drinks and a hearty dinner before bed.

Day Two - Six

Early morning game viewing activities are followed by breakfast back at the lodge. Time in between activities is your free tinme to relax; take a nap, read a book or keep an eye out for birds and other animals that wander by. This is also a perfect time to reflect upon your images, and Sam will be at hand and ready to conduct editing sessions and private critiques. Once again, the afternoon will come by and you'll be off on the search for game before returning back for dinner.

Day Seven

Early morning game drive and breakfast will be followed with checkout and departure.

You'll be transported back to OR Tambo and we aim to arrive early afternoon, so people can catch connecting flights back to Johannesburg or carry on with their travels.


6 nights accommodation


24 / 7 access to underground hide

All meals, tea and coffee

All game viewing activities

Return airport transfers
(Johannesburg - OR Tambo)

All conservation and gate fees


Travel / Health insurance

Soft drinks and alcohol

Laundry service

Any travel or expenses

outside of itinerary

Tips for lodge staff and guides


All bookings are considered provisional until a non-refundable deposit of 40% is paid. Payment is required within two weeks of booking, and must be done via bank transfer. Final payment is need no later than 8 weeks before tour start date. Please make sure to read our Terms and Conditions here for more information.

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