Madikwe Game Reserve, situated against the Botswana border, is one of the best malaria-free safari options in Africa. A swift 4 hour drive or 45 minute plane ride from Johannesburg and you'll find yourself in this enormous Big Five game reserve.
It is one of the largest game reserves in South Africa. From mountains and caves, to rivers and open plains, the rich diversity of vegetation ensures ideal game viewing opportunities for wilderness safaris for a variety of wildlife. Madikwe is also one of the few places where you can see the Brown Hyena and the Aardwolf, making it a must visit reserve for those looking to catch a glimpse of the rarer animlas.
For families or even couples looking to go to an accessible and malaria-free safari destination this is right up there with the best. There are a number of different lodges in this reserve including a number of sole-use properties ideal for big families wanting to take their safari at their own pace.
Madikwe represents an extension to this philosophy in that it is run as a joint venture between the State, the private sector and local communities. The success of this approach has made Madikwe the role model for similar ventures being started up elsewhere in South Africa, offering more opportunities for more south african safaris.