Discover Madikwe Game Reserve
Hoping that history will repeat itself
Madikwe Game Reserve was originally farmland but due to arid conditions and poor soil, farming was not sustainable. After exhaustive research, the authorities decided the land would be best utilized as a nature and wildlife reserve. In 1991, Madikwe Nature Reserve was born, offering the best and most sustainable land use in the area.
A massive wildlife relocation program code named ‘Operation Phoenix’ followed. As a result, Madikwe Game Reserve now has a large and diverse mammal and wildlife population and is operated and managed as a joint venture between the State, the private sector and local communities. The success of this approach has made Madikwe the role model for similar ventures being started up elsewhere in South Africa.