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Madikwe vs. Kruger area

Old Aug 12th, 2004, 06:11 AM
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Madikwe vs. Kruger area

Is there anyone who has spent time in both Madikwe Game Reserve and in or around Kruger National Park and can compare and contrast them?
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Old Aug 12th, 2004, 11:47 AM
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I have spent a lot of time in both areas and Madikwe is a very special reserve with a very special history, such as the wild dog reintroduction program etc, Kruger is the second oldest game reserve in South Africa so it and all the private lodges around it are far older and more established, the main reason for doing madikwe versus kruger would obviously be that madikwe s non malaria and the driving time is not as far as Kruger from Johannesburg, but Kruger still holds a very special magic!!!!!!!!!!
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Old Aug 17th, 2004, 09:56 AM
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Anyone else out there able to chime in? I'm planning a trip and would really appreciate your collective guidance on this. Thanks.
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Old Sep 4th, 2004, 05:42 PM
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Thanks, Debbi, for your post. One more try for any others out there. I am hearing wonderful things about Madikwe. However, there are many more posts about Kruger area. I understand that may be because Madikwe is newer, but I want to be sure that I would not be sacrificing game viewing by choosing Madikwe over Kruger. Any thoughts from those who have spent time in both?
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Old Sep 4th, 2004, 06:16 PM
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If you haven't already done so, do a search for "Jaci" as in Jaci's Safari/Tree Lodge, possibly the most popular lodge in Madikwe. Also try a search for "Madikwe" and you should be able to pop up a few more posts from the database.

Where are you considering staying?

I am strongly considering a stay at Madikwe Hills. (

There are other places that look great, as well, but I do think that despite its big pricetag, Madikwe Hills prices nicely against similar type lodges in Kruger/Sabi Sand (Singita, Londolozi, Royal Malewane).

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Old Sep 5th, 2004, 09:04 PM
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Here is some nice info about Madikwe:

(Click on links for pictures, but I am copying and pasting all the text)

This reserve created in 1991, sits right on the South Africa-Botswana border in a malaria-free area. In the largest movement of animals since Noah filled his arc, the 30,352 acre (75,000 ha) reserve was stocked with 10,000 head of game from 27 different species. The park's very existence contributes to the preservation of local fauna and flora and rare animals such as rhino and wild dog, and also provides a more sustainable environment for the local people.


Not only does this reserve boast the 'Big Five' but it also has the 'Super 7'! This adds cheetah and wild dog to the traditional five; leopard, lion, buffalo, elephant and rhino. Plus brown hyena, sable, eland, gemsbok, giraffe and large herds of plains game and plenty of birds.
Wild dogs are a speciality of the area and due to their rarity and fascinating behaviour, are a wonderful sight. They are also known as Cape hunting dogs or painted dogs because of their tricoloured (black, white and tan) abstract coat. Wild Dogs are Africa's most formidable hunters (followed by hyena and lion), and the essence of their successful social system is co-operative hunting and food sharing. Not only do they regurgitate food for the young but the babysitter gets fed too. They travel great distances while hunting and as a result often traverse farmland where they were almost shot to extinction. Luckily they are thriving in Madikwe.


Rainy Season: it rains from October to April with the highest rainfall expected between November and February. Daytime temperatures are hot and humid with an average of 88?F (31?C).
Dry Season: the winter months of May to September are dry and cold with evening temperatures as low as 35.5?F (2?C) and only 72?F (22?C) in the daytime.


? 'Super 7' big game animals
? Rare and endangered wild dog
? Few other tourist around
? Small number of select lodges


Madikwe is 3?-4 hour's drive from Johannesburg or 45 minutes by aircraft.
This is not a malarial area.

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Old Sep 5th, 2004, 09:16 PM
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Here is another fine looking lodge that I just discovered in Madikwe.

I have no idea if this is related to the Royal Malewane, but I would guess not, since there is no link to the Royal Malewane or the RM's sister properties, La Residence and Birkenhead House.

No rates are posted on the website, but I will report back once I get a quotation from the lodge.
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Old Sep 5th, 2004, 09:44 PM
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Here is an excellent website full of Madikwe info including each (and every?) game lodge in Madikwe:
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