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Digital Subscriptions > Travel Africa > July-September 2017 (79) > EXPLORING AN UPLAND EDEN


Following a trip to Madikwe Game Reserve and the Waterberg Biosphere, Justin Fox reveals why we should travel to this remote, northern part of South Africa
Rapula Rock in the magnificent Lapalala Wilderness, part of the Waterberg Biosphere.
Wild dog pups play in Madikwe Game Reserve, home to three ‘painted wolf’ hunting packs

The northern corner of South Africa, along the border with Botswana, falls beyond the compass of most visitors. This sparsely populated Bushveld region has good ecotourism infrastructure, fine game reserves, superb scenery and diverse appeal, especially for families. The two main safari areas are Madikwe Game Reserve and the Waterberg Biosphere. The former doesn’t allow day visitors or self-drive safaris and has more than a dozen private properties. At the budget end of the spectrum is the rustic Mosetlha Bush Camp & Eco Lodge but most are top-end safari hideaways, such as Jaci’s Lodges, with all the pampering you’d expect of such establishments. The wildlife viewing in Madikwe is excellent.

The latter is a varied, mountainous biosphere with a number of parks and private reserves. These include the spectacular Lapalala Wilderness and Marakele National Park, a good choice for budget travellers as it offers basic accommodation and camping facilities. With its 4WD trails, world-class golf course and horse-riding options, the Waterberg has much to off er.

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