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Cheetah at Madikwe by Jolyon Neytzell de Wilde

Amber eyes. A cheetah coalition.

Elephant at Madikwe by Jolyon Neytzell de Wilde

A young elephant at play

Crimson-breasted shrike exp

Madikwe’s game viewing is of a very high standard, with regular sightings of zebra, impala, wildebeest, giraffe, warthog, white rhino, lion, wild dog, elephant, white rhino, brown hyena, and spotted hyena. Leopard sightings have become a lot more frequent as individuals are more relaxed in the presence of vehicles in the area. Along with buffalo and Black rhino, leopard are now seen regularly in the reserve. Sightings are generally limited to a maximum of 3 vehicles at any given time so as not to unduly stress the animals.

The cheetahs of Madikwe
Elephant at Madikwe
Impala at Madikwe
The beautiful impala
lion standard

YOUR SAFARI JOURNAL

  • We have compiled a full species checklist for Madikwe Game Reserve You will find the many different mammal, reptile, bird and plant species that are abundant within the Madikwe Game Reserve.
Leopard kill at Madikwe

A leopard having hoisted its kill into the upper branches of a dead tree.

Sunset at Madikwe
Elephant by Jolyon Neytzell de Wilde
Wild dog at Madikwe by Jolyon Neytzell de Wilde
Wild dog and pup
golden orb spider
Golden-orb spider
Bird at Madikwe by Jolyon Neytzell de Wilde

A magnificent reflection

Leopard at Madikwe by Jolyon Neytzell de Wilde
lilac-breasted roller
Lion at Madikwe
Lion at Madikwe
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Giraffe at Madikwe

A journey of giraffes

The Brown Hyena

  • Solitary but gregarious, they tend to scavenge by themselves but will den together females.
  • Pure scavangers, only a few individuals have been known to kill their own food. Will often take food home for clan members and puppies.
  • They eat Tsama melons for water. One Brown Hyena was recorded eating 18 Tsama melons for its moisture intake.
  • They have long shaggy fur, which makes them look bigger than the Spotted Hyena. In actual fact, they they are only half the weight.
Hyena at Madikwe by Jolyon Neytzell de Wilde

The spotted hyena

Bird at Madikwe by Jolyon Neytzell de Wilde
Lion cubs doing what cubs do best ....a must watch
Sunset at Madikwe
Kudu at Madikwe by Jolyon Neytzell de Wilde
Black-backed jackal
Snake at Madikwe
wild dog
Leopard at Madikwe
Starry sky at Madikwe Safari Lodge
Lion at Madikwe
An endangered species, and also a signature animal of the Madikwe region.

Painted Wolf/ Cape Hunting Dog/ Wild dog

  • They are pack animals with an Alpha Male and Female. They hunt co-operatively and are highly successful.
  • Very caring and nurturing, the puppies are the most important aspect to the pack, recognised as important for the pack’s long term survival. The Adults will hunt and bring food to the den, or stand back and let the puppies eat first.
  • They are successful at both breeding and hunting. They reproduce every year in the winter and have between 6 – 16 puppies!
  • Use huge stamia to run prey down – this stamina is the secret to their success. They can out run any prey, a tactic they use frequently. Once the animal is exhausted, it will be devoured.
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Wild Dog at Madikwe by Jolyon Neytzell de Wilde
Serval at Madikwe
Jackal at Madikwe
Lizard at Madikwe
Giraffe at Madikwe by Jolyon Neytzell de Wilde
male lion exp

Springbok

  • Fast, tough and beautiful – 3 simple reasons why this is our national animal
  • They have Loops of Henle in their kidneys, which mean they drink less than others.
  • They are most famous for pronking to show off to the females, and also to let predators know they have been seen.
Lion at Madikwe
A trumpet from a young elephant
Giraffe and zebra at Madikwe

Stripes and spots

Elephant & Rhino at Madikwe
Ancient animals in the dust
Cheetah at Madikwe by Jolyon Neytzell de Wilde
A new born buffalo calf. A rare and special moment.
Buffalo at Madikwe
Zebra at Madikwe by Jolyon Neytzell de Wilde
Sunset at Madikwe