Travel advice

Preparing you for your African adventure

The access gates to Madikwe Game Reserve are open from 06h00 – 21h00

Please plan your journey accordingly. It takes approximately 4.5 hours to reach the lodge from Johannesburg with minimal stops.

Road Transfer Companies can be recommended to you.

If self-driving, a high clearance vehicle is advised but not strictly necessary if you are careful on our dirt roads.

The Wonderboom gate attendant will give you written directions to Kukama Lodge.

Gate entrance permits are not paid at the gate, please hand them in at the lodge.

It is strongly advisable to arrive before sunset in the evenings as game, donkeys and cattle on the roads after dark could make for a hazardous trip. You will be escorted through the Park before sunrise and after sunset – this may interrupt the game drive of earlier arrivals at the Lodge.

Packing recommendations:

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sun cream
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Bird book (for our keen ornithologists)
  • Anti-mosquito spray

Clothing for November to March:

  • Light summer clothing (neutral colours recommended)
  • Warm evening sweater

Clothing for April to October:

  • Light clothing as well as winter clothing (neutral colours recommended)
  • Insulated jacket
  • Scarf
  • Gloves


Landscape view of Madikwe game reserve from Tschwene west hill