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“Easy game viewing with rhinos up close...”

Mafikeng Game Reserve
Reviewed 5 September 2013

This reserve is a must do for us whenever we are in Mafikeng, a town not otherwise hugely renowned for its vibrant and burgeoning tourist industry.

The park is relatively small but is pretty well laid out with good dirt roads, friendly staff and a relaxed atmosphere. The Reserve is also inexpensive, a nice change in a country where the costs of everything seem to be spiralling northwards. It is also a fantastic place to sit on the back of a bakkie (pick-up truck) with a beer watching the sun start to set over the waterhole as the animals come down to drink.

The park hosts a number of buck species and we saw Kudu, Cape Buffalo, Blesbok, Eland, Gemsbok, Springbok, Impala and Black Wildebeest, to name a few. We also saw Giraffe and Zebra up close, as well as smaller mammals such as Warthog, Ground Squirrels and Slender Mongooses.

Birdlife is plentiful, with Ostriches, Glossy Starlings, Hooded Shrikes, Crimson-Breasted Shrikes, Weavers, to name but a few, all being present. There are also a number of raptor species such as Vultures, Goshawks, Kestrels and Kites in the Reserve.

The park has no large predators but it does have a large number of rhino (numbering 60 at the last count) for the area that would be even more impressive if poachers would kindly stop shooting these magnificent animals. Alas with the price of rhino horn being what it is, and ever increasing demand from China and the Middle East, I should think this is unlikely. However, in spite of this, we saw a number of white rhino up close (there are no black rhino in the park) and it is difficult to describe the sense of awe whenever you come into contact with them.

We had a wonderful afternoon in the park, so why did I give it 3 stars, rather than the 4 provided by the other reviewers?

Firstly, you never quite feel as if you are away from civilisation as there are buildings visible from most areas of the park. Secondly, thanks to the infinite wisdom of the local municipality, they are using sand and rocks from the game reserve to lay a new road in the area. Even though you can't see any of the damage, many of the animals in the park are as nervous as a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs because of it and tend to stay far away from the tracks. Thirdly, the road layout makes it difficult to access many areas of the park. This in itself is not a bad thing but combined with the building work, means that the game tends to be far more reticent than it used to be in the past.

All in all, a great afternoon out in the bush if you happen to be in Mafikeng but not necessarily a travel destination in its own right.

2  Thank AndyW2010
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Reviewed 3 June 2013

Went on a mid-morning game drive. Loved seeing the rhinos, blue wildebeests, giraffes, zebras and other wildlife. The roads are very nice and probably even a sedan would be fine. 4x4 is not necessary. They were probably the nicest roads of any game drive I have been on. Our only complaint, which is minor, is that it is mainly a loop with very few inroads so you cannot get very close to the animals. I suspect this is to protect the animals so should not really complain. Other game drives I have been on have paths along the main roads so you can get a little closer. The price is good (we paid R70 for two adults, child <2 and a car). Would really recommend if in Mafikeng.

Thank DaveLD
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Reviewed 8 February 2013

This is a great small game park, we went in the last afternoon and we saw and photographed a good number of animals. Locating the entrance is tricky as the brown signs are misleading and the impressive entrance gate close to the Mafikeng information centre which has the Game Park sign on it, is not in fact the entrance!

2  Thank Oakwardenh
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Reviewed 17 December 2012

I joined the North West Parks and Tourism Board 'ambassadors" on the promotion of Tourism North West as a packaged destination.The theme of the promotion Mahikeng was: " I Love Mahikeng" . I was invited to join the group on the visit to the Game Reserve as one of the award winner:s "North West Provincial Tourism 2012 Best Guest House. Although this was not my first trip to the Game Reserve, I found it still as fascinating as ever. Incidentally the Game Reserve is about 3 kilometres from our Guest house. The day was well spent, viewing the white rhino, zebras, giraffes and other smaller species.The tourists brought their own picnic baskets and had great fun in the lapa.The tour on the Reserve is never finished without a sun downer.The Reserve left an indelible memory of an experience among our Northwest Tourism 'ambassadors".

Thank Mmanong N
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Reviewed 29 October 2012

The game reserve is hard to find with no signs to the entrance located out of town through a residential area. However we sawa a good selection of game close up including White Rhino, Gemsbok, Giraffe, Kudo, Zebra and Impala. A very pleasent Braai and Picnic area in the middle of the park makes a nice spot for a sundowner with toilets & water available.

1  Thank StanInLondon
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