North West – Madikwe Game Reserve
About the Birding
Target species for Madike are numerous and include Pale Chanting Goshawk, White-backed Mousebird, Grey-backed Sparrowlark, Southern Pied Babbler, Ashy Tit, Cape Penduline-tit, African Red-eyed Bulbul, Burchell’s Starling, Marico Flycatcher, Black-chested Prinia, Shaft-tailed Whydah, Black-faced Waxbill, Barred Wren-Warbler, Acacia Pied Barbet, Northern Black Korhaan, Burchell’s Sandgrouse, Short-toed Rock Thrush (subspecies pretoriae) and Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill amongst loads more.
About the Birding Site
The remote 75 000-hectare Madikwe Game Reserve is situated on the Botswana border and mostly covered in vast plains of arid acacia woodland and grassland – very rich in wildlife (66 large mammal species) and approximately 350 birds. The habitat mosaic in the reserve is exciting for birders: Acacia thornveld, mixed broad-leaved woodland communities on rocky outcrops, grassy open plains, the Marico River with associated riverine thickets as well as several waterholes and dams, seasonal pans and small wetlands.
Other Related Information
Guided game viewing drives, walks and night drives are conducted by the various lodge and camp operators, using the extensive network of roads which has been developed. Independent movement within the park is not possible (Visitors are allowed to drive to their overnighting lodge only). Accommodation in private game lodges only. No day visitors are allowed. Madikwe is malaria free and approx. 4.5 hours drive from Johannesburg, about 90 km north of Zeerust.