Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa
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Excellent game viewing. Superb bird watching. Dramatic scenery. Terrific guides. Safari lodges to fit every budget and style. Madikwe Game Reserve, one of South Africa's best-kept secrets, affords an unforgettable safari experience. So why take the kids? Here are six reasons. 1) Many reserve lodges and camps cater to families. Several offer family game drives as well as special activities for children under the age of eight. 2) The safari guides at this game park excel at explaining the bush to kids. 3) Thanks to Operation Phoenix, the largest game translocation operation in the world, Madikwe is home to a large variety of animal species including the African big five - lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo, rhinoceros - and three of South Africa's most endangered species - brown hyena, African wild dog and black rhino. 4) Roughly 300 bird species, including many raptors, have been sighted at Madikwe. 5) The reserve's diverse landscape - inselbergs or rocky hills, acacia studded grasslands and thick riverine forests - make it ideal for wildlife viewing. 6) Madikwe is malaria free.
Watching a Black Rhino in the Bushveld

Watching a Black Rhino in the Bushveld

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The bushveld, Afrikaans for thornbush field, is a dry grassy plain dotted with trees and shrubs. It is an ecoregion of southern Africa and is found in parts of South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe. The bushveld is part of the savanna biome and has two seasons, hot, wet summer and cool, dry winter. It is home to a variety of animals - white rhino, black rhino, blue wildebeest, giraffe and several species of antelope - and more than 500 species of birds. The bushveld is a mineral rich ecoregion. Iron, tin, platinum, palladium, osmium, iridium, rhodium, ruthenium, chromium, titanium and vanadium are all found here. The bushveld's dry, sandy soil is ill suited for growing crops. Cattle ranching and ecotourism are this ecoregion's principal land use activities.
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