In addition to boasting sought-after African species such as lion, buffalo, leopard, elephant and rhino (both black and white), the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve is also home to hippo, giraffe, wild dog, hyena (spotted and brown) and cheetah.
Of these, the cheetah, wild dog, brown hyena and black rhino are the most endangered species.
The reserve’s location close to the edge of the Kalahari Desert means there’s an overlap of a number of species, offering visitors greater viewing diversity.
Madikwe supports a number of large antelope species, such as eland, gemsbok, sable and nyala, to name but a few. Smaller buck species such as springbok, oribi, duiker and klipspringer also abound.
There are many animals to be seen during the day, while some species are active under cover of darkness and are likely to be seen on a night drive.
Some of the smaller animals to be found here include the honey badger, otter, serval, fox, meerkat, antbear, baboon, porcupine, warthog, bushbaby and hedgehog.