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Climate

In Madikwe, the spring and summer rains give way to green, lush and thick vegetation, and it’s also the time of year where you’ll see many newborn animals in the reserve.

Autumn and winter, with their crisp, clear days and star-filled nights, can be dry, with the bush being less dense and the waterholes frequented more often due to the lack of rainfall. Great for spotting more game! 

What to bring

Summer (September to March)

• Lightweight clothing
• Long trousers and long-sleeve tops
• Shorts, t-shirts and vests
• A warm sweater for any cool mornings or evenings
• Swimwear, sunblock, sunglasses and sunhat
• Walking shoes and socks, sandals, cap, raincoat

Winter (April to August)

• Long trousers and long-sleeve tops
• Shorts and t-shirts for warm days
• Fleece, warm gloves, beanie, scarf
• Thermals for particularly cold mornings
• Swimwear, sunblock, sunglasses and sunhat
• Walking shoes, socks, closed comfortable warm shoes, sandals

Binoculars and camera with a spare memory card and charger are a must all year round.

Transport to Madikwe Game Reserve

Please do not rely on your GPS for accurate directions to your lodge! On confirmation of your booking, your lodge will provide further information on how to get there. Contact your lodge here.

There are several ways to get to Madikwe, including:

Self-drive

From Gauteng via Rustenburg/Zeerust – 4½ hours (all tar road)
From Gauteng via Sun City – 3½ hours (tar and dirt road)
From Gaborone Airport in Botswana – 2 hours

Road transfer

You can arrange a private road transfer with your lodge, from Johannesburg, Pretoria or Gaborone Airport.  

Scheduled flights

Fly with Federal Air daily from OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg.

Commercial flights 

Fly from Cape Town International, landing at Gaborone Airport. From there, it's a short drive to the reserve.

NOTE: The gates into Madikwe open at 6am and close at 6pm. Should you arrive after 6pm, the North West Parks and Tourism Board has stipulated that guests then need to be escorted to their lodge by a lodge official.