Travel Information

Travel visas for South Africa can be obtained in most countries around the world, and offer unlimited access to all regions of the country.

However, it is important to note that separate independent countries reside within South Africa’s geographical borders and that entry into and out of these countries will require a multiple entry visa. So as to avoid unexpected border delays and penalties, please consult your travel agent regarding the visa most suited to your traveling itinerary.
South Africa consists of many cultures and languages, from which eleven official languages have been selected.

The Madikwe Game Reserve district is home to the Tswana culture and language. However, travelers will find that English, although only third in terms of language preference among the population, is nonetheless widely understood and considered to be South Africa’s international language of choice, spoken by all staff at the lodge.


For general purposes, the most widely accepted currency is the South African Rand (ZAR), which can be exchanged for most major currencies at exchange bureaus located at all major airports and hotels.

The following credit cards are also welcome:

  • * MasterCard
  • * Visa
  • * Diners Club
  • * American Express

A major advantage for tourists to the Madikwe Game Reserve region is that it has been classified as a Malaria-free area.

The reserve’s only perennial river, the Marico, is also free of all bilharzias. However, bathing in the Marico is prohibited due to the presence of hippo and crocodile, both of which nonetheless provide excellent game viewing opportunities. An additional advantage is that the water in the region is perfectly safe for drinking.

In order to make your stay as comfortable as possible, we suggest the following preparedness tips:

  • * UV protection sun block, lip creams, and sun hat
  • * Comfortable walking shoes for tracking safaris
  • * Prescription medicines
  • * During the winter (May to September) the mornings and evenings can be cold. Therefore we suggest you bring along a bush jacket and warm clothing for game drives and light clothing for the days.
  • * During the summer (October to April) light weight cotton clothing will provide both adequate shielding from the sun’s UV rays and comfort in the heat.


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