I rented a car, got out my map and headed off towards Madikwe. It was a comfortable 4 hour drive, with a few stops on the way. This 2 night short-break safari gave me a good taste of Madikwe, but it was a bit too much driving for 2 nights. It would have been manageable if I had stayed at one camp.
When to go
The advantage of Madikwe is that it is malaria free. The best time to visit is in the cooler dry winter months - May to October.
I saw good game including 3 white rhino and lots of elephant outside our camp.
The Bush House 13 May 2007
Got the vehicle from Budget Rent-A-Car and started driving to Madikwe Game Reserve, finally got to The Bush House in time for a cup of tea and a small snack before the afternoon game drive, there was a herd of elephants drinking at the waterhole in front of The Bush House and this herd had a lot of young baby elephants. It was fun watching them play and squirt water.
On the game drive, we headed to one of the bigger waterholes in the reserve and found two male lions eating on a rhino carcass. There were 50 to 70 vultures waiting in trees for the lions to finish their share.
Thakadu 14 May 2007
The next morning wake up call at Thakadu River Camp came at 06h00 am and no sooner were we out on a morning game drive, and saw three white rhinos! The other guest got to see the wild dogs, but I had missed them unfortunately.
After my game drive I went to Buffalo Ridge Lodge, Tuningi, Motswiri and The Madikwe Farm House inspections. I had breakfast at Buffalo Ridge Lodge and must say that they have a fantastic view as it’s situated on top of a valley and their waterhole being at the bottom of the valley makes game viewing great.
There are only three sables in the entire reserve and I had the opportunity of seeing two at the waterhole of Buffalo Ridge, not to mention lots and lots of elephants.
Tuningi and Motswiri are “sister” lodges both look exactly the same, but their décor differ a bit. Both these lodges I thought are great family destinations.
Madikwe Farm House; well let's just say I wouldn’t mind going up there with my family soon or even with my friends, it’s a private self-catering establishment in Madikwe Game Reserve, and would be an ideal destination to go to for an Easter weekend?
After lunch I departed back to Johannesburg.
I would recommend a minimum of 3 nights in Madikwe Game Reserve. Spend 2 nights in the camps on the eastern end of the reserve and 1 night at one of the camps on the western end.
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