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Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge, Madikwe Game Reserve

Northwest province

Big-Five safaris, off the beaten track

Visit the Northwest province


The vast, semi-arid Kalahari and bushveld habitats of the Northwest Province, near the border with Botswana, were the scene of the world's largest game translocation exercise: Operation Phoenix. The area is the least visited safari destination in South Africa and provides an authentic, off-the-beaten-track experience. Free from malaria it offers visitors exceptional Big Five viewing.

Madikwe Private Game Reserve

To the north of Johannesburg, the malaria-free Madikwe Private Game Reserve is a 75,000-hectare wilderness home to some 300 species of birds along with cheetah, wild dog, a host of reptiles and amphibians, and that all-important Big Five. Accommodation here is exclusive and indulgent, and includes perennial favourites such as the Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge and the stunning Molori Safari Lodge, whose five unique open-air suites are among Southern Africa’s most luxurious.


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Northwest province holiday ideas

 Madikwe Safari Lodge, South Africa

Johannesburg, Madikwe and the Cape

11-day tailor-made holiday from £3,960 pp incl. flights

Explore in luxurious comfort with private transfers throughout, expert-led guided tours and stays in some of the country’s finest hotels as you combine South Africa’s city greats – Cape Town and Johannesburg – with an all-inclusive Big Five safari.

Places to stay in the Northwest province

Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge, Madikwe Game Reserve

Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge, Madikwe Game Reserve

Traditional safari lodge

Situated within the Madikwe Game Reserve – a haunt of the fabled Big 5 – the Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge mixes unapologetic luxury with some of South Africa's finest wildlife encounters.

Molori Lodge, Madikwe Game Reserve

Molori Safari Lodge, Madikwe Game Reserve

Contemporary safari lodge

Situated within the fifth largest game reserve in South Africa on the border of Botswana, the secluded lodge ensures privacy and luxury

Lelapa Lodge, Madikwe Game Reserve

Madikwe Lelapa Lodge, Madikwe Game Reserve

Contemporary safari lodge

Lelapa offers a family-orientated safari with specialised rangers and facilities for young naturalists.

Dithaba Lodge, Madikwe

Madikwe Dithaba Lodge, Madikwe Game Reserve

Contemporary safari lodge

Dithaba Lodge is located in the eastern region of Madikwe Game Reserve upon the mountain, offering incredible views of the plains.

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Where to go in Northwest province

Pilanesberg National Park

The fascinating Pilanesberg National Park is located in the transition zone between the Kalahari and Lowveld, offering a thrilling big game viewing in a malaria-free environment.

Madikwe Game Reserve

Spot the Big Five in South Africa's Madikwe Game Reserve alongside a whole range of beautiful luxury lodges.

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