Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa
When to go
Winter (April to August) is best for spotting game: expect star-filled nights, clear days and well-frequented waterholes, but bring some thermals for those cold early-morning drives. In the spring and summer (September to March) rains bring lush, thick vegetation and newborn animals to the reserve. For a peaceful stay, avoid mid-December to January, when South Africans evacuate their cities and Europeans and North Americans flock here for some winter sun.
PlanesScheduled flights with Madikwe Air or Federal Airlines leave Johannesburg every day, and take around 50 minutes.
AutomobilesThe reserve is three and a half hours on a tar and dirt road from Johannesburg, passing Sun City along the way. It’s a two-hour drive from Gaborone Airport in Botswana. It’s best to arrive before 6pm, or you’ll need to arrange for a lodge official to escort you from the gates.