The Eastern Cape Private Reserves in South Africa are the most successful private conservation initiatives in this beautiful country, one of which is Madikwe, one of the largest in the area. What used to be farm land is now restored to its former natural environment and over 8 000 animals and 27 wildlife species have been moved to Madikwe Game Reserve as part of a huge translocation of game known as Operation Phoenix.

Predominantly grasslands and bushveld, intermingled with lone mountains and rocky outcrops, with water a scarcity as it is throughout Africa, the Madikwe Game Reserve serves as home for cheetahs, wild dogs, hyenas, lion, elephant (their resettlement a success story on its own) black and white rhino, buffalo, zebra, giraffe and any number of antelope.

There are day and night game drives within Madikwe Game Reserve, bush walks and over 350 species of birdlife, including a number of interesting raptors. Lodges within the Madikwe reserve are privately run and offer fantastic opportunities to experience this unique location on the edges of the Kalahari.

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