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Kay's Tales from the Watering Hole at Madikwe Game Reserve - the watering holes serve as nature's grand theatre, drawing in a mesmerizing array of creatures, showcasing a harmonious dance.

Madikwe Game Reserve

Nestled within the heart of the Madikwe Game Reserve lies an experience unlike any other, where nature gracefully takes centre stage and wildlife enthusiasts like myself and my husband are treated to a spectacle that feels straight out of a wildlife documentary.

In this captivating haven, the watering holes serve as nature’s grand theatre, drawing in a mesmerizing array of creatures, and showcasing a harmonious dance of life that is both breathtaking and humbling. It’s a sight to behold, where the boundaries between observer and observed blur, and you find yourself in awe of the raw beauty of the animal kingdom.

What struck me most profoundly was the intimate connection one can establish with the wildlife. The lodges, strategically positioned around these watering holes, provide a front-row seat to this captivating show. I remember moments when the temptation to venture out on a game drive was overridden by the fear of missing out on the enchanting encounters right at our doorstep. It was as if the animals themselves were inviting us into their world, daring us to look away from their fascinating activities.

A Profound Memory

One of the most unforgettable experiences occurred at the hides built close to the watering holes. These hides, a sanctuary for both wildlife and photography enthusiasts, allowed for an up-close and personal experience that left a lasting impression. I recall an incident where a fellow guest, lured by curiosity, found themselves sprayed with mud from playful elephants indulging in a refreshing bath. It was a reminder that nature, in all its glory, is unpredictable and wonderfully untamed.



A photographer's paradise

During our game drives, the diversity of Madikwe’s wildlife unfolded before our eyes like chapters in a captivating novel. We were graced by the presence of the majestic big five, with leopards, in their elusive nature, adding an air of mystery to our adventures. Seeing rhinos, their horns untouched and gleaming in the sunlight, was a testament to the conservation efforts that make Madikwe Game Reserve a truly special place.

The encounters didn’t stop there; we were treated to the sight of wild dogs, the playful energy of cheetah cubs, the grace of hippos submerged in water, the elegance of giraffes grazing against the backdrop of the African sky, and an array of other fascinating creatures. It was a wildlife enthusiast’s dream come true.

I’m incredibly proud to be sharing some of our favourite photographs captured:


Why I will return again

What truly sets the Madikwe Game Reserve apart was the sense of community among the lodges and their game rangers. Despite the presence of multiple lodges and rangers, there was an unmistakable camaraderie, a feeling of being part of one big family. The mutual respect and cooperation among the rangers were evident, ensuring that each sighting was shared with a sense of shared joy. With no more than three vehicles at a sighting, the experience was not only intimate but also respectful of the animals’ space, allowing us to observe their natural behaviour without intrusion.


In this sanctuary, where the bush TV becomes a window to the wild, every moment is a treasure. It’s a place where the wilderness sings its song, where every rustle in the bushes and every call in the distance adds to the enchantment. Madikwe Game Reserve is more than just a destination; it’s a symphony of nature, a masterpiece waiting to be explored, and an experience that etches itself into your memory, reminding you of the incredible wonders our planet has to offer.

In this article
  • Madikwe Game Reserve
  • A Profound Memory
  • A photographer's paradise
  • Why I will return again

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