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The nature reserves of Madikwe and Waterberg are perfect safari locations for anyone looking to tick sightings of Africa’s Big Five off of their bucket list. Both safari parks offer a Malaria free safari experience and are within close proximity to Sun City where you can combine a family resort holiday with an authentic safari experience.

Just 3 hours drive north of Johannesburg, the Waterberg Region consists of a 150km long range, which stretches northeast from Thabazimbi past Vaalwater. It is protected by the 15,000-sq-km Waterberg Biosphere Reserve, one of Africa’s two savannah biospheres. The Waterberg Mountain Range provides a dramatic yet scenic backdrop to your safari and this North Western Province, is also well-known for its population of highly endangered African Wild Dogs.

Big game safari adventures

Madikwe Game Reserve is South Africa's fifth largest game reserve. Its dramatic savannahs, rolling grasslands, forests and mountain ranges are home to a wide variety of native game such as impala, kudu and blue wildebeest as well as other indigenous mammals including the warthog, white rhino and giraffe. For explorers and bird-watching fanatics, walking safaris are a great way to discover the vibrant flora, rare insects, amphibians and animals of this region up close and at your own pace.

Why stop there? See more of South Africa during your trip and include a city break in Johannesburg to enjoy a melting pot of art, history and culture or head to Cape Town and drive the Garden Route for a refreshing change in scenery. Your options are limitless, call one of our Destination Specialists and we'll tailor-make your perfect itinerary, just for you.

Destination Highlights

  • Visit some of the best malaria-free game reserves in Africa, perfect for families
  • Come face to face with South Africa’s Big Five. Search for lions, leopards, buffalos, elephants, rhinos and more
  • Sleep under the stars in a luxury treehouse or safari lodge looking out across the savannah in a private game reserve
  • Combine your safari adventures with a few nights at a luxury resort in Sun City

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Best time to visit Madikwe & The Waterberg Safari

Madikwe & Waterberg are great places to visit all year round, however, the dry season between April and October is usually the best time for a safari. The later you visit in the dry season, the better your chances of seeing wildlife as the bush becomes drier and animals seek out water holes where viewing is easier.

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Christie, Destination Executive

“Madikwe & Waterberg Safari Holidays are great for return safari explorers wanting to explore more of the undiscovered game reserves. These two locations are a quieter and more affordable alternative to Sabi Sands.”

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