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Madikwe Private Game Reserve

The 75 000ha Madikwe Game Reserve lies in the extreme northwest corner of South Africa’s North West province, abutting the Botswana border close to the Kalahari Desert and is a mere three-and-a-half-hour drive from Johannesburg. 

Populating Madikwe with animals over a six-year period became one of the largest wildlife translocation projects in the world. Nicknamed "Operation Phoenix", the task entailed capturing and transporting 8 000 animals representing 28 species from reserves elsewhere in the country to the North West province. From 1991 to 1997, animals introduced to the region included elephant, rhino, buffalo, cheetah, spotted hyena, lion, giraffe, antelope, and the highly endangered wild dog.

 Today, Madikwe boasts more than 60 mammal species including the Big Five (lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino and elephant) and well over 300 resident and migrant bird species. 

Aside form the high concentrations of game, Madikwe truly is a birdwatchers paradise
More than 340 feathered species have been recorded in Madikwe. 

I tend to base my photography in Madikwe out of Jaci's Tree Lodge. What sets Jaci's aside from all the other lodges in the reserve is the fact that it is run by Deon De Villiers and his team of exceptional safari guides, all of whom are highly proficient photographers themselves and are specialised at creating the right experience for visiting wildlife photographers. Tell Deon what you are looking to capture and you can be sure that he and his team will pull out all the stops to send you home with the images you came for.

It's an exceptional set up and a fantastic base for photographers having it's own (very busy!!) waterhole right on the doorstep of the lodge where you can while away the afternoon in the hide with the luxury of a beer or two!!


PO Box 785569
South Africa


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