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Madikwe Hills Photographic Safaris

By Madikwe Hills on May 25, 2022
Fulfill your photographic safari dreams on a trip to Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa with Madikwe Hills.

Experience a photo safari in Madikwe Game Reserve

Thanks to abundant wildlife, luxury accommodation, warm hospitality and exclusivity, Madikwe is quickly becoming South Africa’s most coveted game reserve. Here you can capture all of the Big 5 on camera – lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino – under the guidance of our highly experienced guiding and tracking teams at Madikwe Hills.

We have a range of tailor-made packages and affordable deals, with options for your ideal photo safari.

What To Expect

As a result of one of the largest relocation programmes in Africa, Madikwe is home to a wide variety of species including the Super 7 – lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, rhino, cheetah and wild dog.

Our unique location in the transition zone between the Kalahari Desert means that unusual species can also be seen. A few of these more rare animals include brown hyena, endangered wild dog (also known as painted wolves) and bat eared fox.

Madikwe Game Reserve is home to all of the Big 5. Lion and leopard are both present, as well as rhino, a healthy elephant population and buffalo. Although leopard are notoriously difficult to track down, it is not uncommon to see all of the Big 5 during a safari at Madikwe Hills.

Cheetah and wild dog have been introduced into the reserve. At this time, their populations remain stable and although not guaranteed, it is possible to see both during a stay in Madikwe.

Below is a link to a list of the animals to be seen in Madikwe.

Madikwe Hills Animal Checklist

Image Credit: Marc Grove

Image Credit: Marc Grove

Best Place for a Photographic Safari

With expert guides specializing in photographic safaris and fantastic bird and wildlife, Madikwe Game Reserve is a premier destination for a photo safari in South Africa.

Best time to go: the winter months from May to September are the best for actual game viewing. The weather is cool and dry and the dusty landscapes bring vibrant sunsets to life in the dry bush. On the other hand, the green season from November to April is a wonderful opportunity for keen photographers to capture the emerald colours of the bush, there is fantastic bird life and rolling thunderclouds add a special ambience to photographs.



Big 5 game viewing

Privately guided game drives

Expertise in photographic safaris

Limited guests on open game viewing vehicles

Optional walking safaris

Other Options for a Photo Safari

A stay in Madikwe Game Reserve combines well with an extended safari to the Greater Kruger Area. We have sister properties in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve and the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, both of which border the unfenced Kruger National Park.

Don’t forget to pack

  • Light and comfortable clothing.
  • Warm layers for early morning and night game drives.
  • Sun protection – SPF, a hat and sunglasses.
  • Binoculars and your CAMERA!

Book your Photographic Safari

Use Madikwe Hills to book your ideal holiday and relax on safari in Madikwe Game Reserve. We offer a selection of packages to make your stay the best it can be.

Take a look and make use of the quick and seamless online booking process and start imagining your ideal vacation today.

If you’re interested in finding out more about our accommodation options, please follow the link to our accommodation page here. Alternatively send our team an email at or book online directly.

We look forward to giving you a warm welcome to Madikwe Hills.


Image credits
Sync Excursions
Marc Grove
David Batzofin

Madikwe Hills


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