The name Madikwe translates as ‘place of blood’, ‘the crocodile’ and ‘wealth’ in the indigenous languages of the area, and as such is synonymous with wilderness.
Madikwe has a rich heritage, being first home to the ancient San people, and then to Nguni tribes migrating south. Later, missionaries and cattle farmers settled in the area and eked out an existence in the rugged terrain. In the 19th century, Madikwe was part of the Bechuanaland protectorate, and the land, which now forms the reserve, saw action during the Anglo-Boer War of 1899 – 1902. All these myriad histories and experiences linger at Madikwe, making it a unique space in the Southern African landscape.
In October 1991, a three-way conservation collaboration between the North West Parks and Tourism Board, Local Communities and the Private Sector saw 10 000 heads of game reintroduced into the area to establish the 75 000 hectare (185 000 acres) Madikwe Reserve. Today, the reserve is an abundant habitat for flora and fauna, which thrive in this wilderness.
The Brews family, headed up by Robin Brews (seen in the photo on the left with his son, Ben), who has a keen interest in establishing a legacy of being involved in protecting one of South Africa’s most beautiful landscapes partnered with the More Family to build and operate a luxury safari Lodge in the Madikwe Game Reserve. What has been created is a Lodge which blends with the natural landscape, giving consideration to all stakeholders especially the local communities which benefit from the micro-economies which come from the Lodge operations.
Robin is a regular visitor to the Lodge with his son Ben and this sense of owner involvement is tangible in the guest experience and is what gives the Lodge so much of it soul.
We look to welcoming you to the Lodge and are certain in that you will fall in love with the Reserve, its people and animals, feeling touched by something unique.