Madikwe is pretty new as far as game reserves go: it was established in 1991 when 10,000 animals were relocated here from other parks. Today, it is home to 66 species of mammals, and roughly 33 bird species, all of which are to be seen in an area comprised of vast open grasslands, woodlands, and rocky mountains.
Madikwe is not just a Big Five park: it boasts the Super Seven! This mammal combination is the Big Five, plus African wild dog and cheetah. The birding opportunities are similarly exciting; significant birds you can encounter include ostrich, vulture, and the large kori bustard.
One special experience certainly not to be missed, is to arrive at the Madikwe Dam at sunset. This is when animals gather to drink from the water source, so you can sit quietly and watch them, marvelling at the wonders of the natural world as the sun slips beneath the horizon. An accompanying gin and tonic or glass of cold, dry white wine is a must!