Marakele National Park is another Big 5 reserve, scenically located in the heart of the Waterberg Mountains and like Madikwe, easily accessible by road from Johannesburg.
With fewer visitors than the Kruger and malaria free, these destinations all add up to a family friendly safari destination to include on your wish list.
The Waterberg is also the location of Leobo, a private 20,000 acre estate featuring the award winning ‘Observatory Bush Villa’ – one of the most stunning safari houses in Africa – perfect for a family celebration. In addition there are authentic family owned safari lodges where horse riding is a speciality, suiting all riding abilities and offering exciting game watching in the bush.
Sun City, the exuberant resort, is just 2 hours north of Johannesburg and a popular holiday and weekend destination that combines well with Pilanesberg Game Reserve – perfect for a first time safari experience.
Madikwe & The North encompasses the North West and Limpopo Provinces.
The North West Province of South Africa is bounded on the north by Botswana, on the south by the provinces of Free State and the Northern Cape, and on the northeast and east by the Limpopo Province and Gauteng.
Apart from its enviable setting in the western Magaliesberg, there’s always plenty to see and do in the popular holiday resort of Rustenburg. From there, less than half an hour’s drive takes you to the glamorous Sun City Resort and its enormous range of leisure options.
Nearby, you have an excellent chance of spotting the “Big Five” at the Pilanesberg Game Reserve. History buffs will be fascinated by Mafikeng, and in particular its museum, which has exhibits relating to the Siege of Mafeking, the Barolong people and the Bushmen.
Madikwe Game Reserve in the North West Province is a unique terrain of vast savannahs and rocky outcrops and home to Africa’s Big Five.
South Africa’s northernmost province, Limpopo, borders onto Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Botswana, making it the ideal entrance to Africa. Named after the great Limpopo River that flows along its northern border, this province is rich in wildlife, spectacular scenery and a wealth of historical and cultural treasures.
Known as the Great North, Limpopo is land of legend. Ruins and relics abounds in ancient forests, sparkling trout waters, hot mineral springs and waterfalls. Much of it has remained unchanged for centuries, offering unlimited opportunities in Limpopo for the enjoyment of untamed Africa. Limpopo is home to ancient lands and pre-historic secrets.
The Waterberg is a popular safari destination featuring Leobo Private Reserve, Welgevonden and Marakele National Park.
Forming the southern part of the Kalahari Desert the North West Province offers almost year-round sunshine, making suntan lotion and a hat a prerequisite when visiting the North West Province, South Africa. The capital city, Mafikeng, enjoys weather indicative of largely the entire North West Province, with towns in the western areas only slightly hotter and those further south a bit cooler.
The summer months (from August to March) bring brief but refreshing afternoon thundershowers. The town has an above average rainfall of 300 to 700 mm annually. Summer temperatures range between 22 and 34ºC and winter brings with it dry, sunny days and chilly nights. The average winter (from May to July) temperature is 16ºC but can range from an average of 2 to 20ºC in a single day.
The North West Province is all about the authentic African bush experience, and it is the hot, dry Africa that, if properly prepared for, is truly special. Small wonder, then, that so many indulge in the many water recreational facilities available throughout the region.
Finding itself at South Africa’s northernmost area and bisected by the tropic of Capricorn, visitors to Limpopo can expect sunshine, long summer afternoons and dry days for most of their stay. Polokwane (previously known as Pietersburg), the capital city of Limpopo, lies more or less in the centre of the Limpopo province and its weather is reflective of most of it. Only the region east of the city offers markedly different climate, with most the subtropical conditions of the Lowveld providing weather more suited to dense forests. Polokwane offers an extremely pleasant climate for most of the year. With almost all year-round sunshine, it can get rather hot in the summer months (October to March) averaging 27ºC. The lowveld is less forgiving in the swelter of summer afternoons, with towns such as Phalaborwa known to reach 45ºC. Generally, however, visitors to the Kruger National Park area can expect temperatures around 30ºC in summer. Don’t be surprised to find late afternoon growing heavy with clouds and you can expect short thunderstorms. Winter is typical of the interior highveld plateau. A sunny season of chilly, early mornings, warm middays, dry afternoons and cool to cold nights. In general the weather of Limpopo will greet you with a hospitable display of sunshine and reserve.
Ant’s Nest and Ant’s Hill offer the opportunity for some of the greatest game viewing in the ...read more
Ant’s Nest and Ant’s Hill offer the opportunity for some of the greatest game viewing in the African bush – from horseback. For novices and competent riders alike.
Madikwe Game Reserve amongst others intros region are ideal for a family safari. Malaria free with ...read more
Madikwe Game Reserve amongst others intros region are ideal for a family safari. Malaria free with a large choice of accommodation where the atmosphere is relaxed and homely.
Photo credit: Tuningi Lodge
Madikwe Game Reserve is currently the fifth largest game reserve in South Africa. We feel it’s a ...read more
Madikwe Game Reserve is currently the fifth largest game reserve in South Africa. We feel it’s a hidden treasure as it’s a Big 5 reserve with African wild dogs and easily accessible from Johannesburg by road or air.
Guests staying at the house are able to see a tour of the night skies and it is also possible to ...read more
Guests staying at the house are able to see a tour of the night skies and it is also possible to book a local Astronomer who can give a more detailed Starlit Safari.
The Waterberg Observatory is situated within Leobo Private Reserve and is an integral part of the main house. Think of a James Bond villain’s ultra-cool luxury villa in the African bush…
The Observatory’s fully automated copper coloured dome houses two different types of telescope – a 20 inch corrected Dahl Kirkham for looking at stars, Planets and Nebulae and an 8 inch Hydrogen Alpha scope for looking directly at the sun.
More than 340 bird species have been recorded in the Madikwe Game Reserve, many of them ...read more
More than 340 bird species have been recorded in the Madikwe Game Reserve, many of them near-endemic to Southern Africa, especially those of the arid west region.
World renowned Rovos Rail offers incredible journeys through South Africa. Its regular destinations ...read more
World renowned Rovos Rail offers incredible journeys through South Africa. Its regular destinations include Cape Town, Durban and Victoria Falls. This is a 5 star exclusive and unique way to experience the sights of South Africa.
Built on the edge of a cliff, Ant's Hill Lodge offers breathtaking views across the plains of the Waterberg stretching to the mountains on the ... Read More
Jaci’s Safari Lodge is an authentic safari experience - built on the edge of the Marico River, it is owner-run and managed, adding warmth and ... Read More
Leobo Private Reserve is not like any other game lodge. Available only on an exclusive use basis, the entire 12,000 acres of pristine African ... Read More
Madikwe Safari Lodge is located in the central eastern region of the Madikwe Private Game Reserve and is family owned and operated. The three camps ... Read More
Marataba Safari Lodge is located in a 23,000 hectare private concession adjoining the Marakele National Park in South Africa's Limpopo Province. ... Read More
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