Madikwe is one of Southern Africa’s best-kept safari secrets and certainly worth adding on to any Botswana photo safari itinerary.

The terrain, as well as some of the species, are very different to the reserves further north and here you will find healthy populations rhino and cheetah which are rarer sightings the Okavango and Chobe.

We have teamed up with Jaci’s Tree Lodge to develop their photo safari offering and the lodge now features a hide set in the centre of a waterhole, built by Pangolin co-founder Gerhard Swanepoel, called The Terrapin. There is a photo vehicle available as well as some extra cameras for those travelling without their own gear. There are several lodges within the Madikwe reserve who share a radio frequency to help each other locate key sightings and manage the number of vehicles at each. It is a very well managed reserve and a firm favourite of ours.

From Madikwe, it’s a relatively quick journey to the more renowned Kruger/Sabi Sands reserves for more wildlife or to a very different environment indeed – Cape Town

All our safaris that include Madikwe

Pangolin Places

Pangolin Chobe Hotel

Perched on a plateau overlooking The Chobe River and Caprivi Floodplains the Pangolin Chobe hotel is designed around a wildlife photography gallery. With only 14 rooms it is an intimate property and the base for our iconic photo safari experiences on water and land.

The Pangolin Voyager

Our floating lodge is actually moored on the Namibian side of the Chobe and is the perfect base for families and groups to charter on an exclusive basis. With 5 cabins the Pangolin Voyager can accommodate up to ten guests cruising along the Chobe River.

Chobe Mobile Camp

Nestled in the North Westerly region of the Chobe National Park our mobile camp makes use of private campsites deep in the bush. The camp can accommodate up to eight guests at a time and is hosted by a Pangolin Photo Host who is on hand to assist you.