Game Drives

Wake up in the true splendour of Madikwe River Camp, situated along the Botswana border, and start your day amidst nature. All our game drives are led by experienced and highly trained rangers who have a vast knowledge of both the fauna and flora in the area.

Guests have the opportunity to enjoy early morning as well as evening game drives where the chances of spotting the Big Five, are high. Both morning and evening game drives offer completely different opportunities and sightings.

Please Note: Madikwe Game Reserve is a private game reserve and does not allow ‘Self-Drive’ game drives

Early Morning Game Drives

Get an early start to the day and enjoy the sights, sounds and smells that accompany the dawning of a new day. Depending on the time of year, morning game drives depart at different times. Please book and check with reception with regards to departure times.

Expect to see everything from elephant and rhino to lion and giraffe during morning game drives. Leopards are a bit more difficult to spot but should you wish to find this well hidden creature, evening game drives are your best bet.

Evening Game Drives

As the sun sets, an entirely new game viewing experience presents itself. Once again, depending on the time of year, departure time will differ. Evening game drives offer a host of wildlife: hyena, lion, jackals, leopard, birds of prey and various other animals.

Whether you are visiting Madikwe River Camp with friends or family, game drives provide the excitement and thrills that this beautiful part of Africa has to offer.

Game Drive Times:

arrow01Winter 06:00 and 15.30

arrow01Summer 05:30 and 16:00

Gate Times:

arrow01Winter 08:00 and 16.30

arrow01Summer 08:00 and 17:00

Bird watching in Madikwe Game Reserve

aha Thakadu River Camp offers game drives where professional and informative rangers will gladly assist with educating you about various bird species you may encounter.

The great variety of habitats, from forests and rocky hills to open grassland and dams, provide the perfect setting for a magnificent diversity of bird species throughout the game reserve.

Bird life at Madikwe Game Reserve comprises migrants and permanent inhabitants.

Early morning and late afternoon drives are the best times to view wildlife and birdlife through Madikwe Game Reserve.

Hear the sounds of a wide range of birdlife and have your camera and binoculars on hand.

Bird watching in Madikwe Game Reserve

arrow01Meyers Parrot

arrow01Kori Bustard

arrow01Yellow Throated Sandgrouse

arrow01Temminck’s Courser

arrow01Burchell’s Courser

arrow01Bronze Winged Courser

arrow01White Stork

arrow01Pied and Arrow Marked Babbler

arrow01Desert Barred Warbler

arrow01Harlequin Quail

arrow01Kurrichane Buttonquail Thrush


arrow01Rufousnaped Lark

arrow01Natal Spur Fowl

arrow01Pale Chanting Goshawk

arrow01Walhberg Eagle

arrow01Martial Eagle

arrow01Black Breasted Snake Eagle

arrow01African Fish Eagle


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