The reserve lies within a transition region between Lowveld bushveld and the Kalahari thornveld. As a result, the region is host to an incredible diversity of species from both ecosystems. This reserve is located on the edges of the Kalahari Desert and is also home to a number of rare species.
The terrain consists mainly of open grasslands as well as bushveld plains interspersed with single mountains and scatterings of rocky outcrop. The region also has enormous volcanic intrusions known as Inselbergs (huge rocky hills) aside wide open plains as well as the riverine environment along the Marico River in the eastern part of the reserve. Madikwe Game Reserve has been regarded as one of the better conservation areas in Africa, offering a natural home to all the major species.
The reserve is located in a semi-arid region bordering the Kalahari Desert. The climate is generally mild to hot but during winter, the nights are cold.
There are two main seasons: The wet rainy summer season (October – April). During these summer months, daily temperatures are high (30+ deg celcius) but often interspersed with cooling thunderstorms. Evenings are mild to warm.
The dry winter months (May – September) . Winter months are dry with mild days and chilly nights.
SO, When is The Best Time To Visit Madikwe?
... whenever you want ...
Each season has its own unique benefits and either way, you won't be disappointed. Game viewing is good all year round, however the best time to view game is during the dry winter season (June-September). During this period, the foliage is sparse and the bushes are thinner making it easier to spot the animals.
Since there is less water, the animals tend to congregate around permanent waterholes or along riverbeds. Generally, waterholes and riverbeds attract more activity during the dry winter months which makes for enhanced game viewing. As mentioned above though, you'll have an amazing experience at Madikwe no matter when you go.
Some lodges have underground hides and others have waterholes. All lodges offer unique and unparalleled close-up game viewing opportunities, see photos in the gallery below.